Joomla 2.5 is here and is better than ever before! With more va-va-voom that its 1.5 predecessor, Joomla! 2.5 boasts a better user experience for both administrators and front-end visitors – and that’s just the beginning.

Many of our clients on versions 1.7 and below will already know that these are no longer supported by the Joomla! community. This makes these out-dated websites a specific target for hackers, who will try to access the site through known vulnerabilities. To future-proof your site and protect against potential hacks, upgrade to the latest version – 2.5.

Benefits of upgrading:

Increased browser compatibility: Joomla! is no exception when it comes to supporting cutting-edge web technologies. It uses new standards of HTML5, to maximise compatibility with all major browsers.

Enhanced security: The Joomla! framework has been greatly improved to patch any holes that were present in previous versions. The programming interface itself has been improved and now provides better protection against brute force attacks.

Simplified upgrade path: Due to the infrastructure being separated from the CMS itself, upgrades will become significantly cheaper. The next stable release of Joomla! is 3.5. This separation also means that Joomla! is now more powerful and better at handling a larger number of simultaneous users.

User-friendly back-end interface: There are several improvements to user management, which includes updated permission settings. SEO in 2.5 allows for a higher level of administrator control – enabling the user to add titles to the navigation menu, control page, site title and meta-descriptions. Module assignment is dreamy, as the process of assigning modules to specific pages is simplified.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I do the upgrade myself?

Moving to Joomla! 2.5 is not a process that can be completed by any user. Although we use the word “upgrade” to describe the process, it is best defined as a data migration. The procedure is complex, and mitigating risk is important. With this in mind, upgrades should be completed by a development professional who has strong knowledge of PHP & Joomla!, plus experience and a proven methodology for completing upgrades. Otherwise, your site could be seriously damaged, or even destroyed.

Will my website design be changed?

No – your website will look exactly the same, and any visitors to your site will not notice any difference once the upgrade is complete – except that the website is faster! However, if your site is more than five years old, it is the perfect time to carry out a redesign to keep it looking fresh. Rolling a redesign into the upgrade is a cost-effective option as it reduces management and testing overhead fees.

Do I need additional training?

If you’re familiar with the Joomla back-end, making the switch to 2.5 will be easy. We would however suggest getting a short, one-hour training session with our support team to help you brush up on existing skills and familiarise yourself with Joomla’s fancy new functions.

What happens if I don’t upgrade?

There are a number of risks. The main concern is your site will be a target for security exploits. It will also become less accessible as technology moves on, as major browsers won’t support it. Hosting providers may refuse to host out-dated versions as they pose a security risk. It will also be more expensive to add new features, as developers will be focusing on up-to-date versions. In some cases, components will become obsolete, so a custom plugin will need to be created from scratch, which is more expensive, and less sustainable. Overall, your site could be sucking money unnecessarily.

How do I upgrade?

The best way is to contact your Account Manager who will be able to provide a custom quote for your website and components. You can then choose to get rid of any components that are no longer in use, which will reduce the cost. If you don’t have an Account Manager – contact our Sales Team on 03 9009 9610.

How often do I need to upgrade?

About every two years to get onto the development cycle that the Joomla development community recommends. 

Additional features of the CMS

  • Access control features as standard – determine who sees what via a simple user management interface
  • Unlimited nesting of categories – this allows content to be more efficiently structured and organised
  • Improved module linking to menu items - tick boxes, apply to all but selected, direct access from menu items
  • Improved menu item creation – the menu creation process is much faster, and modules are assigned at this time
  • Featured items module as standard
  • Automated updates available
  • Better interface for admins
  • Dynamic user access levels
  • Smart search: Internal indexing and better search functionality, including autocomplete
  • Support for multiple authentication protocols including LDAP, OpenID, and Gmail
  • Fast page loading with page caching, granular-level module caching, and GZIP page compression
  • Integrated help
  • Language manager override - easily change any system message
  • CAPTCHA in Core
  • Notes feature: For users, menu items and more
  • Image Option for the Offline Page
  • Alternate meta tags for multi-lingual sites
  • Improving SEO: New system plugin: languagecode
  • Smart search
  • Redirection component which enables redirections of urls to avoid ‘404’ not found pages
  • Modules published and unpublished based on date and time.
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