Whichever content management system (CMS) you are using, regular updates will be available and the backup of your database and files will be essential before going ahead with new updates. Joomla is a powerful CMS, which will highlight new updates available and recommend the latest version of Joomla software, primarily for security and performance reasons. Joomla is easy to use and can be leveraged to create a completely customised website experience that integrates seamlessly with apps and social networks. Joomla is free to download and install but there are financial costs to consider when it comes to configuring and updating Joomla.
Website maintenance is often an after-thought in many website projects. An initial plan for a new website is put together with layouts, themes, plugins and branding colours considered. Images and text content are a key element too but ongoing updates down the line, can be overlooked. There are bound to be new content updates needed and after a year or two the theme may be looking a little tired. Sometimes, websites can also become slow to load and navigate or errors begin to appear in the backend.
The financial costs to consider when using Joomla relate to the impact on your time and resources. For example, the cost of learning Joomla including training, books, watching videos and your time to dedicate to it. There is the cost of design, using templates and extensions with some premium options for functionality.
Website hosting for Joomla also has a cost and technical support on hand is always a good plan if you run into issues. Your time to build the site and maintain it is the true cost to consider.
Upgrading Joomla to the latest version isn't without risk and can be time-consuming, but it is also a careful process, which is better to be dealt with by a professional Web Developer. They can ensure your website is capable of efficiently upgrading to Joomla without any issues or conflicts.
Firstly, you need to establish what version of Joomla you are currently using. For example, migrating from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3 could potentially have an impact on the current setup of your website and other extensions and plug-ins may need to be updated for compatibility. Based on the template you are using, the third party plugins and overall theme, it is important to identify where possible conflicts could arise and which plugins may need to be replaced or reinstalled.
Websites come in all shapes and sizes and each have a different purpose. For example, your website goal may be to increase memberships, sell products through an e-commerce store or showcase your portfolio of work. This determines what is an essential component of your site such as online payments, custom graphics, downloadable assets and integrations such as for social media and Mailchimp for email marketing.
Web Foundry has created a step by step guide to simplify the quote process for a price estimate for a Joomla Upgrade Project. It only takes 5 minutes to get a realistic price estimate for your upgrade project, using our cost calculator.
Once you have completed the online form, a member of our team will get in touch with you to discuss the options and provide a pdf of your price estimate for upgrading Joomla.
Joomla is a big part of our work here at Web Foundry and our team is well experienced in Joomla web development and design. We have an eye for detail and we’re passionate about great design and creativity. Please get in touch and let us know how we can help with your exciting web project!