How do I upgrade my Joomla website and make it more secure?

If you built your website using Joomla, it's important to keep it up to date. This fixes bugs and helps keep your website secure.

Using an old version is the most common reason for sites getting hacked.

1. Identify your software version

Joomla 1.0.x - this is no longer supported.
You can normally spot this by a red stripe across the top of the page. You'll find the version number at the bottom of the page.
The latest stable version is 1.0.15.

Joomla 1.5.x - official support is being withdrawn.
If you have this version, you'll see a green stripe across the top of the page. You'll find the version number near the top right.
The latest stable version to date is 1.5.26.

Joomla 1.6.x and 1.7.x - these were short term releases which are no longer supported.
If you have this version, there's a blue stripe across the top of the page. You'll see the version number at the bottom of the page.

Joomla 2.5.x - this is the current stable version of Joomla. If you have this version, you'll see a blue stripe across the top of the page and the version number at the bottom.

2. Back up your site

It's really important to do this before you move on to the next step. back up your site.

3. Upgrade

There are two ways you can do this. Either:

  • Download the patch files manually from the Joomla website (versions 1.7.x and below) and upload these to your site using FTP, or
  • Use admin tools in Joomla to update with a single click

Remember to keep your extensions up to date as these are targets for hackers.

4. Change your admin password

Having the administrator login set to the default “admin” makes it easier to hack. We recommend you change the password to something more secure.

Need more help?

Please visit the Joomla Forum.


*Please note that the above information and links were provided by Joomla Community and BT can't take responsibility for them.

 

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