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Still Using Joomla 2.5? It’s Time for You to Fly

If your website still lives on Joomla 2.5, it’s time to migrate — or make the move — to the latest version of Joomla 3.

Migrating your Joomla site is very different from updating it — it’s like moving to a new home.

Think of the moving process: Going through your belongings and getting rid of what you no longer want or need.  Packing up what you want and making the move. Once you unpack, you may discover you have new wants or needs that you didn’t have in your old house – so you bring in new items and make needed fixes to make your house work for you.

Top 5 Reasons to Migrate to Joomla 3

Still need convincing that it’s time to let go of your Joomla 2.5 site? Consider these reasons to migrate to Joomla 3:

1.    Stay Secure and Safe

Since the Joomla Project no longer supports Joomla 2.5, they no longer fix emerging security issues that make your site vulnerable to hackers. In addition to security fixes, new versions of Joomla 3 fix technical bugs that can interfere with your site’s performance. Two Factor Authentication is a security option starting in Joomla 3.2.

Joomla 2.5 was retired at the end of 2014 and you are at risk if are still on it. How long can you survive when your website gets hacked and is gone?

2.    Don’t Miss Mobile Users

According to an iAquire Report, 70% of mobile searches lead to action on websites within an hour. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Joomla 3.6 is device responsive and viewable on tablets or phones. You’ll need a Joomla 3 responsive template to get the most out of your upgrade. Responsive is not an option anymore.

3.    Ramp Up SEO

Joomla 3’s responsive design is also a plus for SEO — and its “lighter” core means your site loads faster, which search engines love!  Joomla added other new SEO tools to Joomla 3, such as the ability to use microdata and generates better URLs to boost a site’s ranking on Google.

4.    Revamp Your Shopping Carts

All those great third party software plugin extensions you use on your current site — like shopping carts, slide-shows and calendars — are out-of-date and unsupported on Joomla 2.5. Plus, many plugins can no longer be updated on Joomla 2.5. Enjoy more secure and de-bugged plugins on your new Joomla 3 site.

5.  Explore New Features

Joomla 3 includes features that improve site performance such as drag & drop capability, a cloud storage API and front end editor. The administrator interface, redesigned with a more modern look, is also easier to use.

We know change can be hard, but migrating your site to a supported version of Joomla offers so many benefits. Start your moving process today. Need help? Please contact us today.

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