Websites for the Visually impaired

There has recently been an influx of spam emails in Australia from an amywils.1976@gmail suggesting that she is having problems navigating your website because she is visually impaired and your website is not compatible with screen readers.
 
If you receive this email, please cheerfully ignore and delete as it is actually just SPAM.
  
Joomla, Wordpress and Opencart (the main CMS's we use to build your websites) have been created with screen readers and visual impairment in mind. When we build your website we also take steps to ensure your website is usable for the visually impaired.
 
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Moving to Joomla 3 is critical

Joomla 2.5 is end of life and has been for some time now!

At the end of 2014, Joomla Version 2.5.28 (the final 2.5 version) became "end of support" meaning that:

  • No new versions or security updates
  • New or updated extensions and plugins for your website won't work under Joomla 2.5
  • No vendor tech support for any issues with Joomla 2.5 sites or plugins

That together with the forced PHP Upgrade of our server recently it is imperative that all Joomla 2.5 websites are updated or replaced. 

At present we cannot update the PHP version of your Joomla 2.5 site which places your site in peril!  We are keeping your site on the air by manually adding an obselete PHP version to it but one day soon the server will simply drop it! This is out of our hands and it is possible that we will not receive any warning.

Your site will be down and there will be no quick fix!  

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Will Cpanel's Dec 2018 PHP switch off break my Joomla website?

Short answer

Cpanel (leading webhosting software) and PHP (the "operating system" for your website) will drop support for older PHP versions from Dec 2018. Current versions of Joomla, Wordpress and Opencart will be fine. Older versions may have isssues or just stop working all together. This is because older versions of Joomla, Wordpress and OpenCart were only written and tested to work on past PHP versions.

Now is a great time to talk to Artful about upgrading your site software to the latest version. We can also help you run a custom older PHP version to keep your site on the air. This is a short term "bandaid fix". Adding and switching to an older custom PHP version is not expensive but has issues for your website's security, speed and reliability.

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Joomla Websites

At the risk of sounding like a broken record we can't emphasise the importance of keeping your website secure. You might think its overkill and a risk you are willing to take but we can guarantee you after being hacked once you will change your mind very quickly.

Hackers can steal user information, passwords, install malicious software, and can even distribute malware to your users. And all that without taking into consideraton the costs involved in getting your website and information back online if taken down.

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Wordpress Websites

At the risk of sounding like a broken record we can't emphasise the importance of keeping your website secure. You might think its overkill and a risk you are willing to take but we can guarantee you after being hacked once you will change your mind very quickly.

Hackers can steal user information, passwords, install malicious software, and can even distribute malware to your users. And all that without taking into consideraton the costs involved in getting your website and information back online if taken down.

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Form Spam? Get a Google reCaptcha

It's free to get and generally takes less than 30 minutes to enable on Joomla & Wordpress wesbites. All you need is a Google account. Go to https://www.google.com/recaptcha & select the blue blox Get reCaptcha.

Prevent spam on your website with minimum impact on genuine website users.

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Joomla 3.8.7 Released

What's in Joomla 3.8.7?
Joomla 3.8.7 contains several bug fixes and improvements, including:
Bug fixes and Improvements Various backend improvements for multi language websites (admin menus and associations).
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Joomla 3.8.8 Released

What's in Joomla 3.8.8?
Joomla 3.8.8 is now available. It is a security release which addresses 9 security vulnerabilities, contains over 50 bug fixes, and includes various security related improvements.
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Auto SSLs as part of our hosting

Firstly, what is an SSL?

SSL Certificates are an essential and powerful tool used to secure your website. They consist of small data files that contain information to authenticate the ownership of a website and digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organisation's details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.

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