joomla4

Accredited Design LLC are experts in the development of Joomla! CMS websites, as well as other CMS's and site frameworks. In our work we pay close attention to developments in technology and upcoming features and systems. This being said, Joomla! version 4 is rumored to be in production. Let's have a look at what it will likely be.

The main details about Joomla 4
The current version of Joomla at the time of this article is 3.7. Joomla 3.8 and 3.9 will be released before Joomla 4 is made available.

Joomla 3.9 will be released mainly as a means to allow easy migration to Joomla 4. Here's the official statement concerning this:

In preparation for Joomla! 4.0, Joomla! 3.9 will primarily be a release containing backports of API changes from the 4.0 development branch to help ease the transition to the next major release for the community. It is planned for 3.9 and 4.0 to release simultaneously.

The release dates for Joomla 3.9 and 4.0 have not yet been decided. From chatter on the internet, It would seem that the first alpha of Joomla 4.0 could be released within the next few weeks.

Click here to view the Joomla 4 project roadmap.

What changes will be in Joomla 4?
If you're a developer you will see some differences from the previous installments of Joomla, but to the average user the only changes you'll notice are in the user interface of the administration area.

Joomla 4 will utilize the Bootstrap 4 framework and Joomla 3 is currently using Bootstrap 2.

Will it be difficult to upgrade my site from Joomla 3 to Joomla 4?
Probably not, but we can't know what exactly lies ahead on this concern until Joomla 4 has been released and we're making our first migration attempts. What is for sure is that the Joomla team is making every effort to ensure that the upgrade to Joomla 4 from Joomla 3 is as smooth as reasonably possible.

Conclusion
Joomla 4 will not be available for a some time yet. There are no alpha versions of Joomla 4 available to the public just yet, and Bootstrap 4 is itself still in early alpha stage.

Joomla 4 will be loaded with great new features and new technology to carry us further into the future of the ever-evolving internet. We look forward to making powerful use of the new Joomla 4 when it is available.

For those of us running Joomla 3 websites, it's a safe bet that we have at least a year of breathing room before we'll need to upgrade to Joomla 4. Bear in mind that at some point in the future, Joomla 3 will be considered obsolete and will become unsupported by the Joomla team concerning updates. The lack of updates means that the framework will eventually become vulnerable to security threats as security holes are discovered by the hacker community. This is currently the situation with Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 2.5, as mentioned in other articles here at AccreditedDesign.com. When Joomla 4 is released and you need expert assistance migrating / upgrading your Joomla website to Joomla 4, contact us for help. We'd be glad to hear from you! It should also be mentioned that if you are actually still running Joomla 1.5 or Joomla 2.5 there's a decent chance that your site is/was already compromised as it's been some time since they've been unsupported. Again, contact us asap so we can get your site upgraded to the latest Joomla version and look for security threats in your current site.

scam alert

 

In this day and age there is no shortage of scams targeting all sorts of people of all ages in all walks of life. Below is an account of how I narrowly avoided one targeting web developers such as myself. A few days ago, I received a text message on my smartphone from the phone number (681) 233-1381.

 

Hello, I want to know if you handle Website design for a new company, also if you accept credit cards? kindly get back to me ASAP, so that I can email you with the Job details. Thanks

 

Only on rare occastion do I receive a legitimate random text message concerning new business, but this sounded like perhaps it could be real, so I replied:

 

Yes, both. Visit accrediteddesign.com

 

The next day, I received an email direct to my business email address from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating the following:

 

Here is the job details

I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in GA and the company is based on Horseback Riding and exercise services, i need a best of the best layout design for it, can you handle that for me ?
I need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.rockinghorseranch.com the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
Note:
1. I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
2. I want only English language
3. I don't have a domain yet but i want the domain name as besthorsebackriding.com
4. you will be updating the site for me.
5. I will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
6. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
7. My budget is $4000 to $8000
Kindly get back to me with:
(1) An estimate
(2) Your cell phone number
(3) And will like to know if you are the
owner ??.

smith Cole

 

With this, numerous alarm bells started going on in my head and I had a creepy "I'm being stalked" sort of feeling about this. I've been in business dealings in my adult life as long as I can remember, have been in sales and marketing nearly as long and several things seemed very odd to me.

  1. It originated with a text to my phone.
  2. The phone number (681) 233-1381 is unlisted, even in reverse cell phone search and it's a Hurricane, WV landline phone number and he/she says the company is in GA.
  3. How did they text me from a landline?
  4. The name, "smith Cole" seemed odd. A search for the name in WV and GA yielded no results, only "Cole Smith" in Hurricane, WV.
  5. How did they initially only have my cell phone number for texting me, but have no clue about my email or company information to otherwise contact me.
  6. If you read the email closely, it seems English is not their first language, however they speak it fairly fluently.
  7. Why would they ask for my cell phone number in the email when the origination was a text chat and they already had my cell phone number?
  8. Why would they want to know that I'm the owner? Who cares?
  9. What's up with the "project consultant"? Another 3rd party?

So after doing some research and speaking to another friend in web development, I confirmed without question that this was a total scam attempt. The first clue I had was this post:

http://www.topix.com/forum/business/computers/TOU7MI4GLAOFQFKRH

After speaking with the mentioned friend, he forwarded me these links:

https://wolfcreekweb.com/post/Scam-Targets-Web-Designers

https://benweiser.com/the-art-of-the-web-design-scam-e-mail/

https://teamtreehouse.com/community/web-design-scam-heads-up 

Here’s a quote from scamwarners.com as to how this works.

  • The scammer places a (usually large) order for goods, services or a reservation.
  • The scammer insists on using his own courier/shipper or freight company.
  • The scammer gives a plausible explanation for additional charges to be added to the card. These may include, but are not limited to, another party needing payment but doesn’t accept credit cards, or taking safety precautions by only sharing credit card information with one party.
  • The scammer provides credit card information for payment with a request for the overage to be sent to a supposed third party. That third party is the same scammer using another name. The usual request is for the payment to be sent by transfer via Western Union or Money Gram.
  • Any credit card information you receive belongs to an innocent victim. The scammer is using your ability to charge and process cards as a way to steal money from compromised cards. Any money sent to the scammer is lost, with both the business and card holder as victims.

So basically, had I continued with this person via email, They would have had me process a stolen credit card number in the amount of say, $4,000. Once the payment was made and it was processed and complete, I would have seen this as a sign that it's for real. They would have then asked me to pay this third party project consultant (really the same person, the same scam artist using a different name alias) an amount of say, $1,500 for their content services from my own credit card. The end result would have been that the $4,000 payment they made to me would fall through after about two to three days because it was a stolen card in the first place, and I'd be out the $1,500 I had just legitimately paid to them. I'd never hear from them again.

I hope this information finds someone else before they nearly slip into the grip of a similar scam artist. Always trust your instincts, and always hesitate and investigate if anything seems abnormal to you.

On April 21st 2015, an update at Google impacted most websites on the web. From April 21st 2015 onward, only mobile and responsive websites will appear in Google search results on mobile devices.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
To put it simply, if your website is not mobile friendly or responsive, your website will not show up in Google's search engine results on most mobile devices! You will become invisible.

WHAT DOES THIS GOOGLE UPDATE LOOK FOR?
The Googlebot must be allowed to scan your CSS and JS files in order to deem them as mobile friendly. At the time of writing this post, tablets are not affected, but expect this to change soon.

TAKE THE TEST
Google provides a Mobile-Friendly Test Tool which you can use to see if your website is mobile friendly to Google:

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

You can also see what your current website looks like on multiple mobile devices by visiting this site and entering your domain name: http://www.responsinator.com/

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY SITE DOES NOT PASS THE TEST?
There's no easy way to say this, but you have no choice except to upgrade your website to use a responsive or mobile friendly framework.

NEED ASSISTANCE?
As always, if you are in need of assistance migrating your website or making it mobile friendly, we are here to help you. Contact us and we can help you stay visible to the search engines! You can read the official announcement here: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.fr/2015/02/finding-more-mobile-friendly-search.html

It's time to migrate your Joomla site

Most Joomla! website owners, implementers, and designers are aware that Joomla! version 3 is the latest major release of Joomla!. The Joomla! Project has recently announced that version 2.5 support ended on December 31, 2014! If you are not already aware, version 1.5 support ended on April 30th, 2012.

BREAKING NEWS 12/14/2015:

It has come to our attention that the Joomla Security Strike Team was notified of a critical security vulnerability and they have just released a patch on 12/14/2015. There was a High Priority Remote Code Execution (affecting Joomla 1.5 through 3.4.5). According to news posted by the Joomla Security Strike Team your site can be very easily hacked if you are not running the latest Joomla version 3.4.6 or later.

Further details can be found here:

https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5641-joomla-3-4-6-released.html

This critical vulnerability affects all versions of Joomla below 3.4.6, including Joomla 1.5 and 2.5 versions. Since these series of Joomla are no longer supported, there will be no patches released for Joomla 1.5 and 2.5 websites. It is highly advised that you migrate to Joomla 3 ASAP if you are running these rather outdated versions of Joomla.

If you are running an older version of Joomla and wish to be updated please contact us ASAP and we can help you get your site secure.

Do you have Joomla 3.4.x but have no time to upgrade - need help?
If you need help with the upgrade then we can do the upgrade for you as a priority. Send us your site details NOW and we will add you to our list of sites to upgrade and make secure.

What does all of this mean?

As mentioned, Joomla! is an amazing CMS which makes up the core framework of millions of websites. Joomla! is a software project maintained by a skilled group of software developers as well as a large and knowledgeable community of experts. In order to keep up with internet trends as well as constantly emerging security threats, the Joomla! developers are constantly upgrading and reworking the Joomla! code. These changes emerge in the form of release versions of the Joomla! system to be installed on your web site. Joomla! works in such a manner that all updates to a major release can only be made within that major release. In other words, Joomla! 2.5.5 will update smoothly to 2.5.6 and later on to 2.5.7 but never to 3.x. In order to make the leap to 3.x from 2.5, a “migration” is required which is in essence a full or partial rebuild of a website where certain elements of the system can be “copied” or “migrated” over to the new system. When many of the web technologies driving a major release of Joomla! become archaic, a new major release version of Joomla! is developed and released, and the archaic versions are abandoned. This means that no more updates will be made to that version.

Conclusion

Joomla! 3 is where you need to be! Not only for important security reasons but for ease of management for your entire website. And don't you want to take advantage of all those new features? Joomla! version 3 will be actively supported through at least September of 2016 as reported on the Joomla! Development Network.

We are experts at migrating Joomla! websites. More and more new clients are coming to us every day because of our experience and knowledge with Joomla! upgrades and development.

Feel free to contact us and we can discuss your needs and requirements.

Click here to get a free migration quote today!

Joomla! 1.5 support ended on April 30, 2012 and Joomla! 2.5 support ended on December 31, 2014. Click here for more information.

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