A wake-up call for people using old versions of Joomla

9501 hits Updated: 30 January 2019

Doing nothing about it

It’s unsurprising, really, that technical self-help forums receive a lot of urgent cries for help from people who have old websites built with outdated, unsupported and obsolete software.  It’s just human nature to build something and then “hope for the best” that the structure will last, more or less indefinitely, without having to maintain it.

The world of technology isn’t like that.

The technological landscape we knew ten years ago is vastly changed.  The iPhone hadn’t been invented.  People were still using Internet Explorer 4 or Netscape Navigator 2 (remember them?) and they went to bookshops to buy reference manuals!  So, is it really surprising that websites that were built a few years ago are, today, showing their age?

Why is it, then, that the majority of websites are still running on outdated, obsolete and unsupported platforms?


Behind the scenes December 2018

1143 hits Updated: 19 December 2018

Joomla 3.9

Around the forums

Another new product

Kunena’s “spam factory”

Although I’ve been fairly quiet with this site for a few months, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy.  This article covers a few items that you may find interesting.

As we head into 2019, many of us are gearing up for Joomla 4 which is currently in late alpha testing.  Apart from major makeovers in terms of look-and-feel, the biggest difference is that Joomla 4 will be the first version to exclusively use PHP 7.  This will mean that people currently relying on PHP 5.6PHP 5.6 is approaching its end of life and what to do about it who anticipate moving to J! 4 will need to equip themselves with PHP 7.  This will also bring with it problems for website owners who may still be running much older versions of Joomla (e.g. J! 1.5 or J! 2.5) especially if they do not have the ability to run different versions of PHP on their webhosting platforms so that their differently-versioned J! websites will continue to operate.

In preparing ourselves for the eventual release of Joomla 4—some time in 2019—the Joomla development team has been tidying up Joomla's source code with the release of J! 3.9 in October this year.


Returning to Joomla 10 years later

797 hits Updated: 17 August 2018

“They don’t make things like that anymore.”

I was intrigued when I read a question on the Joomla forum today that read, in part:

For those who go back with Joomla a decade ago, are old Joomla extensions—modules, components, plugins or even templates—still compatible with the current version?  I know already, from trial and error, I haven’t seen any templates that are which is a shame—I have a lot of them I paid for from various developers.  The same goes for many premium extensions I have, so I was curious if it is an issue where it just depends on the extension or if it is a flat out “no”, none of these is compatible with today’s Joomla?a forum user, Joomla Forum, 17-Aug-2018

This article discusses some of these questions.


Choosing the right forum product

827 hits Updated: 15 April 2018

Who uses forums on their websites (and why)?

How to choose the “right” forum product

Could someone tell me if there exists an updated comparison table between Kunena and phpBB?a forum user, Joomla Forum, 8-Apr-2018

It is impossible, whatever views we may have about Kunena or phpBB or any other forum product, to say anything about them without a broad understanding of the issues this topic may cover; it is also impossible to do justice to these matters in a few words. There are, however, three points that we can make:

  1. I am unaware of any comparison “table” that exists comparing the differences between Kunena and phpBB.  If such a table exists we should be grateful if someone could point us to it.  Further, because I am unaware of an existing “table”, I don’t know how anyone can comment on whether such information has been updated.
  2. There is an abundance of literature on the internet, not to mention user reviews in the JED, that speak about people’s experiences with different forum products available for Joomla.  As readers of my blog would know, I have written thousands of words about various Joomla forum products (including personal observations and experiences I have with them).
  3. Irrespective of whatever forum product people may choose—they may choose one over another because of ease-of-integration, reliability, robustness, durability, level of support, ease-of-use, documentation, security, etc.—an internet discussion forum is used to grow a website’s content without the site owner having to do all the hard work themselves.  Some products are evidently better than other products when compared from an operational and administration perspective.  Whatever reasons people choose to use a forum product, the final decision rests with the site owner and the purpose(s) for which the forum is required on that website.
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