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Joomla 3.10 has entered security only mode. Support ends 17 August 2023

Have you recently logged into your Joomla 3 website and seen a notice up the top that states that your Joomla 3.10 website has been put into a security only mode? Is it suggesting that you start planning to migrate to Joomla 4?

Firstly let’s break this down and explain this message, then I can help you come up with a way to move your site to the new Joomla 4 Framework, or migrate your website into a WordPress or other CMS of your liking.

Joomla Security only mode

As Joomla 3 and the developers prepare to shift focus from the old outdated Joomla 3 and move on to the Joomla 4, the people at Joomla have set an end of support or end of life for the version 3 CMS at 17th August 2023, considering we are still at this time 1 year away from that date you’re probably wondering why you are getting the warning at the top of your control panel? Joomla security-only mode in my perspective can only mean one thing. The development team at Joomla are stopping the production of features and new innovations to the Joomla 3 framework, and shifting focus to the development of Joomla 4.

Security only mode doesn’t mean that your website is broken, vulnerable or in danger of malware attacks, it just means that if you want to experience the best Joomla has to offer in terms of SEO speed and other enhancements, well… you will miss out.

As Joomla 3 ends support on 17th August 2023 there is still time for your site to be protected and give you a chance to move forward onto a newer or better platform. Joomla will continue to maintain and patch security threats and malware on the Joomla 3 framework until such date, however, it is highly recommended you upgrade your platform.

Preparing to update

Joomla 3.10.x is being developed as a connection between the Joomla 3 life cycle and the Joomla 4 life cycle. The purpose of Joomla 3.10.x is to provide backports of API changes from the Joomla 4.x development branch to assist the transition to the next major release in the Joomla community. A new feature in Joomla 3.10.x is the Joomla! Update the component’s Pre-Update Check, which will help you make your mini-migration as simple as possible. The Pre-Update Check will make sure that your PHP and SQL options, settings, and extensions are compatible with Joomla 4.0. If extension developers used the target platform tag, you can check the Pre-Update Check documentation for more information.

If you need a hand checking your requirements for the next version or looking into upgrades please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Joomla’s recommended Plan of action Checklist:

  1. Make sure your website is running 3.10.x.
  2. Assess your original site goals. Migration is an opportunity to get back into focus on your goals or change direction.
  3. Does your server meet the minimum technical requirements for Joomla 4? If not, you will need to change hosts. No better time to change hosts than during a migration.
  4. What kind of development environment will you use? A development environment on your local device? A subdomain or subdirectory on your server? A new server/hosting account due to technical specifications?
  5. Make a list of all third-party extensions in use. This includes components, modules, plugins, languages, and templates. You may just copy/paste them into a document for reference, or a paper and pen work too. Include if these extensions are used heavily, moderately, hardly ever, or not at all.
  6. Determine whether the third-party extensions you rely on are ready for the version of Joomla you are migrating to by selecting the Joomla Next option (once running Joomla 3.10.x) in the Joomla Update Component and checking if they show compatibility with Joomla 4. Don’t run the update to 4.x, just select Joomla Next in the Joomla Update Options so that the Pre-Update Checker can display. This will help you get a summary view of extensions in use and their compatibility. It is not a substitute for still needing to use Extensions → Manage. More on that in the Step-by-Step and the documentation for the Pre-Update Check component. This is simply to get prepared on what third-party extensions will stay or go or be replaced.
  7. Determine if you really need all the extensions you are using. Could it be that Joomla 4 has built-in features that could eliminate the use of a third-party extension?
  8. Take a look at your Categories and Articles. Is there clean-up that needs to be done so that you don’t migrate unnecessary content?
  9. What about your template? If you purchased your template from a third-party source, is there a 4.x version released for it? Would you like to continue using it? Is there an upgrade path published by the developer? Is the new version of it responsive? Is your template a custom template? Or was it heavily customised from a third-party template? The Joomla core template for Joomla 3.x, Protostar is NOT compatible with Joomla 4. Upon migration, it will disappear. Using the Joomla core template for Joomla 4.x, Cassiopeia might be an option for you. For an expansion of Template based considerations, see Template Considerations During Migration.
  10. If you are changing out your template for a new one, will it require any new images? For example, if your current site has a white background and your logo or other images are .jpg images with a white background it won’t look very nice against a new template with an off-white or coloured background.
  11. If you redesign or make changes to your site design or navigation, will you have obsolete pages that will require a redirect? If so, document them. A spreadsheet is helpful for documenting links that will need to change.

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Happy Customers

Dolphinz Swim School had an existing Joomla-based website that needed a refresh and various security updates. Brett is one of the few Joomla website builders that we could find. He was able to get our website up to date without having to do a full rebuild and all the time and money associated with that. He provided a cost-effective solution for our business and understood our needs well. We would recommend Brett's skills and service to any business that needs website support.

Lisa - Dolphinz Swim School

I am very impressed with Brett Ransley of Embed Limited. His knowledge is excellent and he is happy to impart his knowledge. He is friendly, very helpful and very professional. I made a commercial decision to leave a long association with our previous I.T. service provider and move over to Embed Limited. I am also impressed with the energy Brett brings and the value that he adds to our business. I am very happy and I have no hesitation at all to recommend Embed Limited. Shane Crawford, Managing Director, Specialist Collections & Consultants Limited.

Shane - Collection Experts

We are in the business of Engineering Services, for the Food Manufacturing sector, when it came time to advertise our brand online we engaged Brett Ransley to guide us through the inner workings, of the world wide web. It was important to me that the website reflected our workmanship, and I couldn't be happier! Brett really took the time to get to know us and understand our business and brand, once the website was launched he continued to tweak and edit the content to set a standard we were all proud of, he has continued to support us over the years and often provides updates and suggestions as new technologies and software becomes available, this keeps our page looking Clean and Fresh, reflecting on our food manufacturing & engineering standards. I would recommend Brett Ransley, to any business. Thanks, Brett.

Mason Drent - Managing Director - MDR Engineers

Brett at Embed has been FANTASTIC to deal with, listened to what I wanted, gave GREAT advice, and produced content as per the brief supplied. Super happy with the work he has done through the setup of our social media channels, website, and has been GREAT at Following Up if ever I need anything.

Tris Walker - Taupo House Removals

Brett created a simple straightforward solution for us, using Magento, despite the limited amount of products we were still able to create online sales & integrate our eShip plugin. Early 2021 we changed our systems to WooCommerce & WordPress, Embed managed to launch the website in under 1 week and we had our first order the day of launch! Great work!

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Questions & Answers

Absolutely! We encourage you to transfer Domain & Hosting to us, it allows us to better understand and support your website, monitor malware & attacks, make updates much faster, and you know it's 100% New Zealand based. We also charge no transfer fees.

100%, we can fix/alter any website you already have, even if you're not hosted with us. We may require access to FTP or cPanel at your current agency's discretion.

Open Source is the most elegant solution when building a website, unlike Wix & Squarespace, when you build a website opensource you own 100% of the code & content, any developer or agency can work/alter your website, it allows you to control where you host and what functionality you add to your site, and allows greater optimization for better search performance.

The cost is dependant on many factors including, the timeline for the project, size of the website, number of pages, CMS, Optimisation, and required functionality. Ask for a free, no-obligation quote, and we will get back to you within 24 hours!

It depends on the size and complexity of the website. A simple website can be built in a matter of hours, while a more complex website can take days or even weeks. Larger projects can take years, and the time it takes to build a website also depends on the experience of the web developer.

We operate in New Zealand, which means our data centers are Auckland-based to optimize the delivery of your website faster to the New Zealand Market, for overseas markets we have CDN options available including Cloudflare & Netlify.

We build in a wide variety of Open Source CMS platforms including Joomla, WordPress, Magento, Shopify, Silverstripe, Gravity, Contentful, a range of headless CMS, Laravel and and Drupal.

My partner operates across all areas of New Zealand North & South Island. As we work online, we can help you from anywhere around the country or world!