What is Happening?

If you host a Joomla 2.5 site with 8Dweb, your Joomla content management system is severely out of date. 8Dweb will no longer permit Joomla 2.5 sites to run on our CMSdefender servers after February 28th, 2017. The Joomla 2.5 series was set to "End of Life" on December 31, 2014, so it is well past time for you to upgrade to the newer Joomla 3.6.x platform.

 Why is this Happening?

  • 8Dweb is serious about security. This commitment requires that website technology is kept current. 8Dweb normally updates Joomla and WordPress automatically for our users, however, we have made it clear that we do not handle major version upgrades that require web developer intervention. Joomla 2.5 to 3.6.x requires a conversion process that needs to be handled by your web developer.
  • 8Dweb CMSdefender security requires us to update our servers to PHP 7.
    The PHP platform on our CMSdefender servers is currently running PHP 5.6.x. PHP 5.6 is end of life and is only receiving security updates. 
    Beginning March 1, 2017, all 8Dweb CMSdefender servers will be updated to
    PHP 7. This will break all Joomla versions prior to Joomla 3.5.

 What Does this Mean to Me?

  • You must upgrade your Joomla 2.5 site to the Latest Joomla version. 8Dweb can put you in touch with a web developer if you need help.
  • IF you choose to ignore our announcements regarding Joomla 2.5, your site will be removed from our CMSdefender at 3pm on February 28th. You will still be responsible for your hosting fees (which include email delivery).
  • You may choose to move your outdated website technology to an 8Dweb SentryServer. Your site will be isolated on a SentryServer with partial CMSdefender technology activated.
    • SentryServers with Interworx Hosting Panel (required) and R1soft daily backup (required) begin @ $35/month. 8Dweb will secure your server and hosting, however, 8Dweb will not be responsible for hacks related to the Joomla 2.5 content management system or any Joomla 2.5 plugins (CMSdefender plugins for Joomla 2.5 are over 18 months old and are not being updated or actively developed)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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