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How to handle a Joomla! Update on your website?

When you work with multiple websites, time spent on updating components can be very well spent doing otherwise. For this reason, one by one all the RSJoomla! extensions have been equipped with the Joomla! default updater feature.

It doesnt have to be that way!

To harden and protect your Joomla! website, you need to be on top of what is going on in the Joomla! community and most of all on new versions available for your CMS and extensions. An upgrade brought to one of your extensions can significantly heighten the overall productivity of your website.

Website SecurityThese days website security is paramount and thats why security extensions are constantly revised and improved, and why you should first and foremost focus on keeping your security settings and extensions up to date. Thats the reason RSJoomla! added a great Update through Joomla! feature to the RSFirewall! security extension first:RSFirewall! Updates - Now a breeze thanks to the Joomla! Updater Integration.

Are you using the latest secure version of Joomla!?The most important responsibility as a website administrator is to keep everything up-to-date. As a solution, check out the vulnerable extension list provided by Joomla! and update the outdated extensions to keep them in check. Note: Joomla! notifies the admin on his admin home page when an update is needed.

First look in your Joomla! Components section. Browse for a Joomla! update and if an update is available you will be guided to take action in order for it to be successfully installed (Click on Install the Update button and allow the update to run).You can take a look at the Joomla! step-by-step tutorial on how to update your Joomla! CMS version

Upgrading issues? Take a look here: Known upgrading issues and solutions.

Tip: You should set up monitoring for your website to make sure everything is working well. Make sure your website is available to your customers by subscribing to a service provider that can monitor your site and give you notices and updates when something isnt working. For example, such service providers are Watchful and WebSitePulse.

If something isnt working well during or after an upgrade, go on and bring the issue to the attention of the Joomla! community in the Migrating and Upgrading to Joomla! 3.x Forum read the FAQ for the latest version you updated to.

Weather we are talking about a component, module or plugin, updating your Joomla! extensions is easy. All you have to do is access your Joomla! CMS admin page and go to Extensions -> Extensions Manager -> Update, then check the boxes of the extensions you want to upgrade and click Update.If you dont have the Update through Joomla! Feature in your Extensions

1.Check out the changelog and release description to understand what was changed and what was improved.Best Practices

2.For security and efficiency, always follow the instructions offered directly by the CMS or extension provider when installing the update.

3.Dont gamble with your website! Before you upgrade to a new version, a backup of your site is important to have because there are many things that can happen to your website (an extension malfunction, website hacking) and if something does go wrong, then you can restore it to the earlier version. Check out the Joomla! Documentation on how to backup a Joomla! site.

Bonus tip: Another way you can go about installing your new version is to create a development installation, a separate Joomla! installation where you have all the data of your live site. The idea here is to test the new version on your development installation first, just in case there are any incompatibilities that may affect your website for a time.

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