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January 30, 2014

Think of your CMS as a luxury automobile, a complex, finely-tuned machine that works well as long as it is maintained. But miss an oil change or forget to rotate the tires or pass on that new air filter, and pretty soon you’re sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

The same is true with your CMS. Skip that update, don’t install that patch, ignore that plug-in fix and you’ll find yourself wondering why your site is suddenly clunking along like a ‘63 Corvair.

We can handle site upgrades – just give us a call.

Popular CMS platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla go to great lengths to ensure security. They quickly issues new patches when security threats arise. Ultimately, however, it is your responsibility as the user to maintain those patches and new releases.

Check out this article from Bill Powell about why it’s important to constantly upgrade your site.

As Powell says, “upgrading is a small price to pay.”

A recent report from Symantec suggests a CMS should never be run in its default configuration and should be upgraded whenever newer versions become available.

Wordpress makes it really simple for you to stay up to date.. The Dashboard (admin panel) notifies you whenever a new version is available and offers you an automatic update. (If it doesn’t, your WordPress version is far too old – update it right away!)

Joomla: you can subscribe to receive Joomla security updates by email. We can help you stay on top of the updates.

Drupal provides an Update Status module that checks with drupal.org once a day to see if there are new officially released versions of Drupal and any modules that you are running. The module requires cron to work. If your web host does not provide cron, you need to check http://drupal.org/security/.

You should also stay updated about vulnerabilities in third-party plugins that you probably use in your CMS website. The greatest vulnerabilities are often found in these add-ons.

Wordpress notifies you automatically about new versions if you visit the plugin section of your admin panel. Joomla provides a Vulnerable Extensions List. The Drupal Update Status module mentioned above also gives you security notifications about any modules that you are running.

We would be happy to analyze your site to determine if is is secure and what, if any, updates need to be performed.

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