Joomla Site Security

WordPress & Joomla Specialist

Joomla site security - site audits - backups

It's vital to keep everything backed up and up to date!

Joomla is an Open Source CMS which means that anyone can download and install it.  Unfortunately this also means that hackers can download it and pull it to pieces looking for vulnerabilities and can readily identify sites that are built with Joomla or any other Open Source CMS.

Whilst this might seem like a serious downside to using an Open Source CMS it’s reassuring to know that the Joomla team are extremely active in identifying threats and responding to them with patches and upgrades.

This is only beneficial if site administrators keep a close eye on their Joomla installations and make sure they are running the latest version of Joomla and are keeping all extensions up to date.

Apart from choosing good, professional hosting it’s vital that steps are taken to minimize the risk of your site being hacked.

Joomla site security - regular backups

It’s important to make sure that your site and database are backed up regularly so that if the worst should happen, you can restore a working site.  We always install Akeeba Backup onto our Joomla sites and take a backup BEFORE making any upgrades to Joomla or any extensions. We also recommend a regular backup programme which can be weekly or monthly – depending upon how much content is being added to the site.

Backups are only of use if they are tested!  So we regularly install the live site backup onto a local server to test its validity.  We also use a local version of the site to test any major extension changes or installations before doing it for real on the live site.  Just in case….!

Joomla site security - site audit

If you’ve had your site for a while and are not sure if it’s secure why not let us carry out a Site Audit for you?  We will check your installation and Joomla version as well as your extensions to ensure that they are up to date and as secure as possible.

Joomla site security

Even with best practice, it’s impossible to completely secure a site against attack.  We install Akeeba Admin Tools Pro on all sites that we host just to give us an extra level of protection and recommend it to clients who host elsewhere.

Joomla site security - extensions

Most people who run Joomla sites rely on a variety of extensions to give them all the functionality they need.   Many extensions are free whilst some are available for a modest cost.  Free or paid, it’s important to choose the right extension that is well supported and kept up to date.

From a security standpoint it’s really important to check that you are using the latest version of the extension and that it does not appear on the ‘Joomla Vulnerable Extension’ list.  We recommend that you check out your extension on the Joomla Extension Directory (JED) and sign up for Joomla Security notifications.

Just because you have a new Joomla website doesn’t mean that you can sit and relax!  All sites need upgrades and maintenance and ongoing expenditure to keep them safe and secure.

If you would like us to carry out an Audit of your site and advise you on how to keep it safe and secure give us a ring on 0115 9621218.


WordPress & Joomla Specialist

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