Our rival Bluehost has recently announced to their customers that an upgrade from Joomla! 1.5 to the most current stable release of Joomla! 2.5.17 is mandatory. Existing Bluehost customers will be suspended if they don’t upgrade. According to an email sent out to customers this past week, this mandatory upgrade will apply to ALL Bluehost customers currently using any instance of Joomla! that is below version 2.5.17 due to “extensive security vulnerabilities”.
If you are a current Arvixe customer running a Joomla! website you have nothing to worry about. We respect you as a customer and upgrades of your own software hosted on our platform will never be mandatory. For those of you currently hosting with Bluehost, we would strongly recommend transferring your website over to Arvixe or another host that does not require a mandatory upgrade. Arvixe offers free website transfers and assure you that the reliability of our services outshines our competitors’.
Arvixe is a global Joomla! sponsor with years of experience hosting tens of thousands of Joomla websites. Security is our utmost priority and we take the proper steps to ensure our customer’s data is safe and out of harm’s way.
The security vulnerability that has been identified for Joomla! 1.5 users, is a critical vulnerability allowing unauthorized file uploads. This can be patched by downloading the SECURITY PATCH 31626 made available from the kind people over at Anything Digital. The security patch can be installed like any other Joomla! Extension.
Arvixe pledges to provide up to 30 minutes of assistance in applying the above patch to any Joomla 1.5 site that we migrate over to our services from a competitor (as long as the patch is easily applied and the installation has not been modified beyond the level of properly working with the patch).
Once again, we understand that upgrading to the latest version may not always be in your best interest. However, we encourage our customers to stay up-to-date with software updates to prevent any problems in the future. If you are interested in upgrading your Joomla! website, please follow the links below:
- Migrate from 1.5 to 2.5: http://docs.joomla.org/J2.5:Migrating_from_Joomla_1.5_to_Joomla_2.5
- Upgrade 1.7+ to 2.5.17: http://docs.joomla.org/J2.5:Upgrading_from_an_existing_version
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please post your reply below and we’ll be glad to address them!