Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Using Joomla to run your Website - Do You Know Which Version You're Running?


Which version of Joomla are you running?

Why is it important to know what version of Joomla you’re on?  Joomla, like many other applications, get patched as bugs and security vulnerabilities are identified.  Joomla sites running on older versions are being compromised by hackers at an increasing rate.  The best way to protect your investment is to adhere to common technology best practices.

1)      BACKUP YOUR SITE!  Minimally, you should be taking a backup your site.  Frequency of your backups may vary depending on how frequently you make changes to your content.  ABSOLUTELY take a backup before applying any update or making significant changes to your site.

2)      Apply updates to Joomla. Staying current on your software is critical to ensure business continuity.  Knowing what version of software you’re using is the first step in figuring out what you need to do to prevent downtime of your site and costly repairs.

3)      Look for and monitor updates for plugins. Vulnerabilities in plugins can be exploited too. Use popular plugins that have an active development community. Visit plugin download sites to look for the latest version and install them.

This post isn’t meant to serve as a comprehensive guide on Joomla security best practices; therefore, these are but a few of several things that can and should be done to make your environment more secure.  If you are uncertain about what to do, contact a knowledgeable professional and seek assistance.
To find your current Joomla version start by logging onto your Joomla Administrator Site. For example, http://www.yourjoomlasite.com/administrator, replacing the red text with your site name.
If you want to check the Joomla Version on the Administrator Site inside Joomla 1.5, check on the top right corner after you login.
 
If you want to check the Joomla Version on the Administrator Site inside Joomla 1.6, check the footer links at the bottom of the Administration page after you login.

If you want to check the Joomla Version on the Administrator Side inside Joomla 2.5
Hover over Site and then click System Information.
The version of Joomla 2.5 you're running can be found next to Joomla! Version: 

 You now know how to find out the specific version of Joomla your website is running!  Armed with this new information, are there patches for your version?  The latest versions for 1.5 is 1.5.26 release on March 27, 2012.  Joomla 1.5 has been retired and no more patches will be released. 
Joomla Versions
Version
Current Patch version
Release date
Supported until
1.5 (LTS)
1.5.26
2008-01-22
2012-12-01
1.6
1.6.6
2011-01-10
2011-08-19
1.7
1.7.5
2011-07-19
2012-02-24
2.5 (LTS)
2.5.8
2012-01-24
2014-03
3.0
3.0.1
2012-09-27
2013-04
3.1
 
2013-03
2013-10
3.2
 
2013-09
3.5 (LTS)
 
2014-03

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