By Dec. 31, 2014, the Joomla 2.5 series will reach EOL or end of life. This means that security releases will no longer be issued for this version of Joomla So, if you’re thinking of upgrading your Joomla site, this is a great time to take the plunge or put plans in place for early next year. If you’re on the fence, or need more reasons than security upgrades to make the leap, we present below 6 of the best reasons we think you should upgrade to Joomla 3 right now.
Here are 6 reasons to upgrade to Joomla 3 right now:
1. Joomla 3 is mobile friendly
Joomla 3 is now completely mobile friendly by default. From the new front-end template called Protostar to the use of Bootstrap to make sure visitor and administrator areas are mobile-friendly, this version of Joomla Is a 100% mobile responsive CMS tool.
2. A new installer
This improvement in Joomla enables quicker installation times of only a few seconds to get through the installation screens. With only three steps, the process is a lot faster.
3. Bootstrap and JQuery support
These tools are now baked into the Joomla core and make it a lot easier to create extensions for websites. If you’re a developer this is something to get excited about. If you’re not a developer, it means that more cool extensions will be designed and available for your website in Joomla 3.
SEO work can keep you really busy. Between creating new and engaging content for Google to munch on, optimizing your on-page data, and appealing to others for those all-important quality links, SEO can be a full-time job.
Today, we have rounded up a few handy tools to help you wage the battle, and maybe even find a little free time.
1. Smart SEO
Smart SEO is a great option for people who are new to the world of SEO, it offers a the ability to edit a broad range SEO-related elements from the front end of the site, which is terrific if you have someone doing SEO work for you and do not want to grant them Super User access to your site’s backend.
A site map is vital for search engine optimization. Xmap is an easy-to-use site map generator that allows Joomla admins to quickly and easily create a map based on the structure of their website’s menu. Xmap features include:
* Ability to create multiple sitemaps.
* XML sitemaps for Google, Yahoo, Bing and others.
* Cache system allows ultra-fast sitemap generation for high traffic sites.
* Easily exclude menu items from the site map.
* Ability to compress the XML sitemap
Maintaining a Joomla website is like maintaining a store front. It has to look clean and easy for customers (Users) to shop around and find what they want. You need to have something interesting every time so that people will come back to check out your new stuff. You might want to change your banners every now and then.
Your website is your silent online marketer. It does all the talking for you, if it is well equipped. Here are few items that have to be checked at the minimum to keep your website looking good and performing at its best.
Domain Name: Make sure you have marked in more than one place when your domain name would expire. Set reminders, it is bare minimum. Make sure you do not set your reminders to snooze. You definitely have to have all of your domain names renewed to make sure your competitors do not grab the name from you. Make sure the email address registered for the domain name is checked regularly. Our advice is to have it set-up as a group email account which will have multiple recipients.
Joomla has released Joomla 2.5.13 which is a maintenance release. This release does not include security updates. In the new release, there are, however, 25 tracked issues that have been addressed. Most of these issues were fixed and tested during the Pizza, Bugs and Fun session on July 12th, 2013. The Joomla Geeks team was proud to participate, at the platinum level, in the PBF event. If you would like your existing Joomla 2.5 site upgraded to the new Joomla 2.5.13 version, please get in touch with us.
There are lot of advantages to having a CMS website. CMS websites account for 32.2% of all websites. That is a pretty big share. Some of the advantages of using a CMS for your website include:
- End-users can manage the website: Gone are the days when you have to call your developer to make a content change or to add a new menu to your site. With CMS it is absolutely easy to manage your website.
- Security: With a CMS, security is built-in. There is a community of CMS developers who are watching your back. When new vulnerabilities are spotted, you can download a security patch to keep your site secure.
- WYSIWYG editor: Most Content Management Systems feature a built in WYSIWYG editor; this means that is no longer necessary to have someone with HTML/CSS expertise make style changes to your site content.
- Extensions: When you use a CMS, you are not limited to using only the out-of-the-box features that come with the CMS platform core. There are a wide variety of ready-made extensions available that can add new features, enhance existing features, and customize the way that a site looks, feels, and functions. Extensions for most common, and some not-so-common, functionalities are readily available, and if there is not an extension that suites your needs; one can be custom developed for you.