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Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

When Should You Upgrade Your Joomla 1.5 Site

According to W3Techs, as of the beginning of July 2013, 63% of all Joomla sites are running version 1.x. Of these, some 92% are running version 1.5. That works out to a rather large 58% of all Joomla sites running 1.5! The other 5% are mostly version 1.6 and 1.7. [Aside: if your site is one of those 5% please just upgrade now. It's not going to be that painful and you are a sitting duck for hackers. By "now" I mean stop reading this and go upgrade. Seriously.] So why is the number so high? There are usually a long list of factors, and most of them are valid. Here are the ones I hear regularly:
A while back I came across a video on streamlined inline editing in Drupal 8, and while I was impressed with a lot of what they've done, I noticed that the new interface seems to be somewhat less functional. This got me to thinking about my frustration with the administration interface for Joomla 3.0, which inspired a post on my Toronto Joomla blog An Argument for Complex User Interfaces.
Maintaining a secure web site is a top concern for many people. Everyone is looking for the one way to make sure their site is always running, safe, and secure. When someone expresses concern about the security of their site, I usually ask them how old their most recent backup is. Most don't know, or don't have any backup at all.