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What is the right time to upgrade a CMS website

There are lot of advantages of having a CMS website. CMS websites account for 32.2% of all sites on the web today. A few advantages of using a CMS website are:

1. End users can manage the website: Gone are those 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 everything.

2. Security: With CMS security is built in. You also have a community or a CMS developer who is watching your back. When new vulnerabilities spotted, you get a security patch to cover for the vulnerability.

3. WYSIWYG editor: Most CMSs have the WYSIWYG editor capability; this removes the necessity of having a person with HTML/CSS knowledge to make those style changes you want on your content.

4. Extensions: When you use a CMS platform, you get the additional features that act as extensions. As a result, CMS platforms are attractive for any requirement that arises.

In this environment of ever changing technology, it is a constant necessity to change and adapt with newer technologies. Relying on a stable CMS solves most of this problem as the CMS itself generates new upgrades that keep tabs on the changes you need. It is a constant race to stay on top and cater to the ever demanding needs of CMS users. But to adapt to these changes it is necessary to upgrade your CMS platforms when new versions are released. Some CMS platforms have a predefined release cycle, whereas others are more ad hoc. When the release cycle is predefined, it is easy for customers to plan accordingly for new features that need implemented on the new version per their business needs and to set aside a budget for the upgrade. The big question is: When should you upgrade?

Decisions to upgrade are for core version upgrades and not sub-version version upgrade which are often mandatory. Examples of core upgrades are Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 2.5 or 3.x upgrade, or a Drupal 5.x or Drupal 6.x to Drupal 7.x, etc. Whereas a sub-version upgrade will be iterations within the same core version, which will be bug fixes and security patches which in most cases are mandatory. Here are few points that will help you decide if you need to have your CMS platform upgraded or continue on your existing CMS version:

1. When your current version is no longer supported: This is like staying in an un-guarded territory with bandits having the roadmap to find your treasure. When the CMS version you have is no longer supported, the CMS provider won’t provide any security upgrades for even the known vulnerabilities that are found after the support had stopped. You can consider yourself safe until the cyber bandits come knocking at your door, but why risk it? In this case change is often the only option as few hosting companies will continue hosting out of date CMS versions.

2. When new extensions are no longer available for your current version: When CMS versions are on the end of their life cycle, extension developers will spend their effort on newer versions instead. In this case you can either have the new feature custom built, which can be costly, or plan for an upgrade and have the new features added.

3. When your site needs features available in the next version: This is another important deciding factor when you find that the features you are trying to build on your existing version is part of the newer version core. In this case, it is obvious that upgrading is the way to move forward. You get the new feature added to your site and also you get a newer shiny engine running your online presence.

4. Industry Compliance: It becomes a mandate per industry standards to be on the latest version of the CMS to be compliant. Having the latest version helps keep up with updates for ever changing compliance standards, and as well upgrading your CMA platform also helps with mandates for environments your CMS is hosted in.

If you have any more questions or would want any of our geeks to help you with more insight and information, you can reach us at (312)- 340-7111.

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