Is your Joomla! site up to date?

Do you have a Joomla website for yourself or your business? If someone else built it for you, it’s important to be sure that it’s up to date. Any content management system that is not up to date, is at risk of being hacked. They don’t build these updates for nothing, you know…

Checking if your website is up to date is easier than you might think, as the version number is displayed in the administrator side of the website. The position of the version number depends on which version you were using.

Screenshot of Joomla! 1.5
Screenshot of Joomla! 1.5

If your administrator panel looks like in the image above, you are using Joomla! 1.5.  This is an older version of Joomla! for which updates no longer be available soon.

You can find the version number in the top right corner. If the version number says anything other than 1.5.25 it’s really, really outdated. In this example, it says “1.5.15” – which makes it ancient.

Please note that 1.5.x will no longer receive any updates soon. If possible, have your site upgraded to the latest version.

Joomla! 1.7 in action
Joomla! 1.7 in action

If your administrator panel looks like above, you are using Joomla! 1.6, 1.7 or 2.5.  To find the version number, you need to look at the bottom of the site.

If the version number says 1.6 you’re using a version which will no longer be updated. The same applies to 1.7.  We suggest you to upgrade to 1.7.3 . When Joomla! 2.5 is available, we suggest you to upgrade to that version instead. This should be easy, when you use the built-in feature or Admin Tools.

2 thoughts on “Is your Joomla! site up to date?”

  1. The three major updates within 12 months has been a proper ballache for users and developers, but I think we’re finally at a point where people shouldn’t feel like updating is a regular chore more than an occasional treat!

    Kudos for promoting security by spreading the message 🙂

    1. Agreed, although it depends. If you’re still stuck on 1.5.25; upgrading to the latest and greatest is a bit of a PITA. Otherwise it’s pretty simple especially if you use Admin Tools to do the job. 🙂

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