Latest Joomla versions 2.5.25 and 3.3.4; WordPress 4.0
There are many ‘good’ hackers out there who volunteer to find security holes in websites, including WordPress and Joomla. Joomla users were notified yesterday of a security vulnerability in Joomla 2.5.24 and Joomla 3.3.3. If your site uses either of these versions, it’s time to upgrade.
My current clients’ Joomla sites have already been upgraded.
WordPress is now up to version 4.0, which is undoubtedly to fix security vulnerabilities and to add new features. If you are running a WordPress site you should consider upgrading. However, make sure that your site template and plug-ins are compatible prior to making the change. Contact me if you need help.
How do you know if your site is vulnerable? The first thing to do is log in to your site as the admin user. Both the Joomla and WordPress control panels show what version you have.
While you are in your control panel you should see a notice that updates are available. You have the option of following those links and doing the update automatically. A word of caution though: those automatic updates do go wrong. And when they do your site could go down. So be sure to do a backup of your site first.
Updating your site
How do you do a backup? Chances are I have installed Akeeba Backup on your site. Look for that component (in Joomla) or the Akeeba Backup link on the left side of your admin screen in WordPress. Go ahead and do a backup using Akeeba and make sure that it completes properly.
The last thing to do before upgrading your Joomla or WordPress version is to check on your templates, components, modules and plug-ins. If they are old they could cause you problems, especially old templates. If you aren’t sure, let me do it for you.
Once you have done your backup and are comfortable with the compatibility of everything, go ahead and use the automatic update feature. If you are lucky it will complete in just a few minutes. Then test your site to make sure that everything is okay.
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