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Why Should We Upgrade our Site?

Early next year, the next major release of Joomla will be released. It's currently slated to be called Joomla! 2.5. Don't ask me why, I didn't number it. Joomla 1.5 will thereafter hit end-of-live. Joomla 2.5 is scheduled to be supported for at least 18 months. Some of our client sites are Joomla 1.0, most are 1.5. We often get asked 'why should I have to upgrade my site? After all, it's working just fine.' And it may be, for the moment, but the sea is changing around it. When a piece of software reaches end-of-life, the developers quit maintaining it. This includes bug-fixes and security patches. Unfortunately, the bad guys don't lose interest in end-of-life software. In fact they actively start looking for vulnerabilities in older software, because they know the security holes won't be fixed. Along with this is

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100% Guaranteed!

The previous blog post about our websites being up 99%+ of the time leads to another discussion. We had a prospect who wanted to host with a different outfit. This group guaranteed 100% uptime. We can't guarantee that, so the prospect went with the 100% hosting provider. Why don't we use this '100% uptime' group?

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What's Up and What's Down?

We rent two servers at 1and1.com to host our clients' websites. One of them just passed a major milestone: being up without reboot for over one year. Just a few minutes ago, it's uptime statistics were: 372 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes, the other reports being up 214 days, 22 hours, 17 minutes. So why aren't all our websites up 100% of the time? Well, this leads to a discussion of what parts of the digital pipeline between you and your website are reliable what percent of the time. We employ a monitoring service that checks the availablity of several of our sites from different places around the world. One of the sites we host, for instance, has a reported downtime of 5 minutes in this past month. But the server's been running along just fine for the past nine months? What went down?

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Analytics Talk

On June 8th, I gave a talk at the Alpharetta Joomla Users' Group about website analytics. You can see the presentation online , but you'll miss my snappy commentary, unfortunately.
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Alice Through the Looking-Glass and SEO

I was going over Google Analytics with one of our clients the other day and noticed that the traffic they were getting from Google search had dropped by about half over the past year. Their site was still the same, but wasn't coming up on the first page on certain key search terms any more. What was wrong? What was wrong was that their site was the same, and the competition's had changed. A good analogy comes from Alice's adventures through the looking-glass where...

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