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How We Handled the Recent Joomla Vulnerability

07 August 2013 Joomla News 0 0 votes

Joomla Hosting Security ReleaseWhat you have in place to protect your Joomla site is so very important when critical security issues are discovered such as the recent vulnerabilities patched by the Joomla Project with the release of Joomla 3.1.5 and 2.5.14.

Shortly after the release of 3.1.4 and 2.5.13, it was discovered that there was a security hole in the media manager that allowed for an attacker to upload malicious contents via a registered user account. It was also discovered that this vulnerability affected older, no longer supported, Joomla 1.5.x websites. Luckily some great folks in the Joomla Community released a patch for Joomla 1.5 addressing the issue. The vulnerability that these updates patched would grant a hacker access to virtually anything under the vulnerable hosting account, so it's very important that you get your sites updated if you haven't already.

While this this may sound scary to Joomla hosters, the layers of security and options we have in place make us very prepared to take on the task of protecting our customers from such a threat.

Proactive updates for 3.5.x and 2.5.x sites

Our Total Website Maintenance Plan customers never have to wonder if their sites are up-to-date with such releases. Like always, all of their site files and databases were first backed up, and then were updated to the latest version the very same day the updates were released. The same day the community released the patch for Joomla 1.5, our customers with 1.5 sites received the patch. Our maintenance plan customers also enjoy proactive updates as released by the developer to any of their Joomla extensions which have become vulnerable. Just so you're aware, vulnerable extension updates are something that nifty update services simply aren't able to perform.

We understand that some customers don't want us messing with their site files and databases and have good reasons for such, so for customers not on our maintenance plan we provide a tool named installatron to easily roll your own installs and updates. If you're using installation to manage your site with us, we do periodically backup out-of-date scripts and apply minor releases.

Insulation from inattentive site owners

There's no need to fear other customers who never update their sites when you Get Simple. All of our shared hosting accounts have layers of insulation between them and are more than secure. Even those with SSH access are only granted jailed shell access after jumping through some internal security protocols.



50% OFF Year End Savings and more

18 December 2012 News 0 5084

50% off Web Hosting PromotionChristmas is coming a few days early this year and we're bringing the presents.

If you're familar with Simple Source, you're fully aware that we don't run promotions very often because we believe we offer high quality services at very affordable prices to our customers. So, you probably already know that discounts on our hosting services are rare...especially deep discounts like we're offering until the end of the year. If you've been thinking about getting away from your current host, there's really never been a better time to Get Simple.

For the remainder of 2012, use promo code YEAREND50 to received 50% off your Simple Hosting Plan and Joomla Hosting Plan orders. If you've been eyeing our Business Web Hosting Plan, you're in luck. We're also cutting it by 30% until the end of the year. Use promo code BIZYEAREND30 to receive the discount.

Both of these promotions are available on new orders placed by new AND existing customers...while resources last. This is a great way to save a ton of money–giving you the potential to literally save hundreds of dollars over your current host and on our already affordable plans. SIGNUP TODAY to take advantage of these incredible savings! 

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Joomla Upgrade - Up to 30% Off Joomla Upgrade Promotion

15 November 2012 Web Development 0 9029 0 votes

Upgrade JoomlaIf you're using Joomla on your website and your website was launched before January of 2012, your website is out-of-date at this point. If you're still using Joomla 1.0 or Joomla 1.5, you should really upgrade to Joomla 2.5 as soon as possible, not only for security reasons, but because Joomla 2.5 offers so many great features.

New Features available when you upgrade your old Joomla website

Depending on the version of Joomla you're upgrading from you may enjoy the following new features that Joomla 2.5 has to offer:

  • ACL - granular permissions control for users and content via the access control system
  • Easy Updates - The automated notification of Joomla! core and extension updates
  • Smart Search - a faster, more user-friendly search experience for your visitors
  • Multi-Database Support - it's now possible to run the Joomla! CMS on many different databases, not just MySQL and MySQLi.
  • CAPTCHA built into the core of Joomla
  • Ability to copy a template
  • Implementation of Terms of Service in User Profile Plugin
  • Use the Images and URL Fields to Create Simple Standardized Layouts
  • Choose whether Administrator to Get Email When New Users Register
  • Addition of Counter to redirect component
  • Ability to add notes to Menu ItemsMenu Item Note
  • Ability to add custom text filters
  • Greater Flexibility Filtering by Category in Article Manager
  • Manager for Language Overrides
  • Ability to add User Notes
  • Flexible Newsfeed Order
  • Ability to add Image for the Offline Page
  • Option to Have a Site Come Up Offline After Installation
  • Better Performance in Menu Item Edit page
  • Alternate meta tags for multi-lingual sites
  • Improved Search Engine Optimization (SEO) via the new system plugin
  • Hundreds of bug fixes and more!

Why is it important to upgrade to Joomla 2.5?

Official support for the 1.0 branch of Joomla ended in July of 2009. Official support for Joomla 1.5 was ended by the Joomla project in September of 2012. This means that the Joomla project no longer releases security updates for these branches of Joomla.

Joomla 1.0 will not function properly on servers running newer versions of PHP. So, if you haven't already run into this issue, you will soon enough. It's going to become exceedingly difficult to find a hosting company that still has servers that will support your old Joomla website. Over time, the site functions of older versions of Joomla will no longer be supported by any hosting company.

What do you offer with your Joomla update service?

Every website is unique, so for starters, we'll examine your Joomla installation in detail and provide you with a quote for what it will cost to upgrade your website. To upgrade your website to Joomla 2.5 we will:

  • do all work locally so that you experience no downtime on your website
  • review your installed extensions, update them to the latest version on Joomla 2.5
  • locate comparable extensions to any old extensions that are no longer being developed and migrate your data to the new extensions
  • review and make any necessary changes to your Joomla template files
  • review and make changes to your database data, migrating your data to Joomla 2.5
  • work with you to install your newly upgraded site for you or we can simply provide you with the upgraded site files and database

So, what's the Joomla upgrade promotion you're offering?

Our standard hourly rate for most services is $65 an hour, so we're cutting you a break by giving you 10% off the standard hourly rate. Furthermore, if you switch to using our great hosting services, we'll give you an additional 20% off our standard hourly rate. Combined together, you'll save 30% off our standard rate services. This means you're going to save $20 off of our hourly rate, which is a huge discount off of Joomla Upgrade service. You're going to be hard pressed to find a better deal on Upgrading your Joomla website from an equally reputable web service provider.

Get Simple and save yourself some money and some headaches on upgrading your Joomla website today.

Contact our Sales Department to get a quote for upgrading your Joomla website with Simple Source Solutions.

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