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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