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Bluehost is set to Migrate my Joomla 1.5 site—What Should I do?

bluehost-logo-270x250Recently many website owners using Joomla 1.5 on a Bluehost hosted site received a confusing and potentially very upsetting email. 

Bluehost is no longer supporting sites using Joomla 1.5.  Such sites will be suspended and migrated via an automated upgrade to Joomla 2.5 by Bluehost. Bluehost is recommending that users migrate ahead of time on their own to avoid any complications.


Yes, complications. Unfortunately with a systemized upgrade, there are likely to be a number of complications to individual websites.  These problems might include incorrect migrations, loss of information, sites unavailable for an uncertain time during the migration, loss of custom codes or themes. 

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Is a Migration to Joomla! 3.1 right for you?

Should you convert to Joomla! 3.1?

It’s the newest version of this hot content management system, complete with several innovative features. The mobile responsive tool allows you to perform website management on the go using any device. It also ensures that your site visitors will see your site optimally no matter what device you use. The article management tool bar features new options and better defined icons. Twitter Bootstrap is showcased in 3.1 and provides a common set of tools for extensions. 

It is important to pause before you hastily jump in and migrate your site to Joomla! 3.1 as this is a decision that cannot be made solely on your excitement for the new hot features. Simple CMS Design would like to share what we consider before deciding whether a move to 3.1 is in the best interest of a client’s website. 

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New Exciting Features of Joomla! 3.1

Joomla! 3.1 TagJoomla! 3.1 was released in September 2012. This highly awaited update contains several new features that make creating and managing a Joomla! site even easier. Here’s an overview of our favorite changes at Simple CMS Design.

Mobile Friendly Administration

The Joomla!3.1 administration system is completely device responsive. This means that the backend will automatically adapt to the screen of any device used to access it-mobile phone, computer, tablet, etc. Joomla!3.1 is the first major CMS to provide this critical ability. Need to update your site on the run? Simply log in with your iPad or phone and make your changes quickly and easily. Rest assured that visitors to your website are always viewing your site optimally no matter what device they are using.

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Should I upgrade my Joomla! 1.5 site?

It’s time to convert Joomla 1.5 sites to 2.5 or 3.1!

Perhaps you are wondering why? Maybe you have a 1.5 site that is running as it always has run?  Why convert when you are aren’t having any problems with your website? Sure it doesn’t have any fancy new features but you feel comfortable with the site as it is. 

It’s about Protecting your Site!

It is certainly true that Joomla! 1.5 sites are still functional. However, support for 1.5 ended in September 2012. What this means for businesses still using a 1.5 site is that these sites are no longer receiving security updates, leaving the websites incredibly vulnerable to hacking. Without any new security for these sites,

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Joomla! 2.5 New Features Available

Joomla! 25 featuresJoomla! 1.5 support has officially ended. Your 1.5 site continue to run as it has been running. However, there will be no new security features and fixes released. This leaves a 1.5 site vulnerable to hacking and unable to benefit from newly released Joomla! upgrades and features. 

You might consider updating your site to Joomla! 2.5, a fully support Joomla! platform.  Converting to 2.5 will provide the assurance that your site will be secure. Additionally, you will be able to access and enjoy some cool new features that come with the Joomla! 2.5 platform.  

Let’s take a look at some of the new features added in Joomla! 2.5.

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