upgrading to joomla 2.5 or 3.5Updating your Joomla website, depending on what version of Joomla you have, can be a tricky time consuming process. There are many variables to consider. However, the benefits to getting on the latest versions are completely worth the cost of the upgrade. Three of the biggest examples are the SEO capabilities, the automatic update capability and the upgrade to the database to name a few.

Each of these aspects are a huge change to how your website runs. The update to the database increases speed and delivery of your website thus increasing speed load times. The automatic updates will save you in the long run cost wise in that you wont have to rebuild your website for years and years to come. And finally, the SEO upgrades really allows you to implement some of the latest techniques that you could not implement in Joomla 1.0 or 1.5. So updating your Joomla Website to 2.5 or Joomla 3.x is a wise investment. However, there are things that have to be talked out first. Sometimes and some sites cannot be upgraded and will have to be rebuilt. Below are some of the questions that need to be asked before you upgrade your Joomla Website.

Upgrading your website to Joomla 2.5 or 3.x

Questions that need to be asked:

Note: Using Joomla Automatic Updates within Joomla itself, on an upgraded website, or components that say they will update your site for you automatically stay away from. Unless you have a development environment to do all the testing, this will more than likely break your site.

We have already received many phone calls on upgrading to Joomla 2.5 and 3.x. Joomla 2.5 as well as the new Joomla 3.x is very similar to Joomla 1.7 in that themes for 1.7 generally work with 2.5 (sometimes). However, you would want to have the latest theme if possible.

A word of caution when updating from 1.7 to 2.5 or 3.x. Make sure your theme is compatible with Joomla 2.5 or 3.x, your database structure is the same and that all your components will be supported.

Your business is too valuable to make an update without discussing potential problems with a Joomla Specialist. In 60% of the cases we have found we have just had to completely rebuild the site for various reasons. Our team knows exactly what to look for, how to chart an upgrade path and all the issues to look out for. We are here to help. Please contact us via the options below and let us take a look at your site so that we can work with you so that you have no down time, no upgrade issues and that your transition to 2.5 or 3.x is seamless. Our Joomla Web Design Team has the skills to make sure your upgrade is a success.