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,

hackers will continue to find innovative ways to corrupt the sites and there simply isn’t any way to prevent it or to fix the damage once it has occurred. It is imperative to convert to protect your site by migrating to a new version of Joomla! as soon as possible. 

Converting from 1.5-It’s a Full Migration Process!

The changes between Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 or 3.1 are so complex, there is no core upgrade path.  Converting your site will require a full migration, rather than a few simple clicks. There are several things to pay close attention to when updating your site.  It is important to convert existing templates to work with Joomla! 2.5 and 3.1, update extensions properly, and replace incompatible items from your 1.5 site.

Joomla! 2.5 or 3.1, what’s right for me?

It depends. Both 2.5 and 3.1 are excellent secure options for your website.  Joomla! 2.5 offers smart search options, captcha user registration security, multilanguage support, and mobile enhancements. Joomla! 3.1 offers these features in addition to Twitter Bootstrap and is completely device responsive. However, 3.1 sites will need to be upgraded to 3.5 when it is released. 3.1 does not support all extensions including Virtuemart, nor will 3.1 work if your server does not support PHP 5.3.    

Now that you know your Joomla 1.5 site needs to be updated, it’s important to decide whether Joomla! 2.5 or 3.1 is the best fit for you.  Simple CMS Design would be happy to discuss your site’s specific needs and can provide assistance with migration.  Call us today at 208-740-1534!

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