Sabuj Kundu 17th Aug 2013

Joomla is one of the most popular Content Management System in the world, trusted by millions of websites. Many people both technical and not so technical love Joomla, because of its open source (hence free), has great community behind it, has tons of free extensions developed by passionate Joomla developers (like us, Codeboxr and we have served more than 100 extensions).

Now because of the dynamic nature of web where technologies are changing rapidly, Joomla is also evolving. When Joomla came out and later stabilized over time, Joomla 1.5 became quite popular and millions of website were made with it. Now later on 1.6, 1.7 came out and eventually came more stable version 2.5. We have found many sites exist as Joomla 1.5 despite the fact that major versions have been released by now. We are now in the era of Joomla 3.x, so you can imagine how far behind 1.5 must be in terms of updates and upgrades.

We often find clients who are facing security issue, such as site being hacked because they didn’t upgrade their CMS for long time. So here we present top 10 reasons why you should at least upgrade from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5. In a followup blog we will share the advantage of upgarding to Joomla 3. Please stay tuned.


Top 10 Reasons for Upgrading from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5


1. Security issues:

It was September 2012, When Joomla 1.5 reached its end-of-life-cycle, which means that  you will not get any more  security support. It also  means that there is a high risk possibility of your site being hacked, causing downtime, damage to your reputation.


2. Extensions Support:  

After Joomla 1.5 reached its end of life, most of the extension developers will mainly concentrate their programming efforts on the latest versions. More than 65% of joomla extensions have been converted to be compatible with joomla 2.5


3. Ease of Management:

Some best improvements like One click extensions package installer, unlimited levels of hierarchy in the category tree used to classify content, improved reliability and less unexpected errors during editing.


4. New Features:

Some extraordinary features which improve Joomla performance; such as Smart Search, CAPTCHA Plugin, Multilanguage Support or User Notes.


5. SEO:

A language search engine has been added to the Joomla 2.5 core with improved features. This provides a more ‘Google’ experience when searching a large Joomla website.


6. Long term support:

It will be officially supported until 2014.


7. Technology Obsolescence:

PHP and MySQL are continuously upgraded and new versions are released, joomla 1.5 will NOT be updated accordingly to compatible.


8. Upgrades with update notification:

Whenever new updates are available there will be a notification in the control panel. In order to access to the newest update all you need to do just click on the corresponding button.  


9. Renovate and clean up your current website:

You can examine analytics data of  your Joomla site, so that when you upgrading, you can make enhancement to help increase the goal conversions and SEO.   


10. Future proof:

Last but not the least is that by upgrading to 2.5 you make your site future proof because it will make the site and all its functionality more closer to upgrade to the next version, say for example to 3.x


Who can Help Migrate to Joomla 2.5 from 1.5 with reliable service and competitive cost


At Codeboxr we offer service to reliably migrate your Joomla 1.5 site to 2.5 and 3.x with full support upto upgrading to live server. We will also take care if there is any extension that needs rebuilding during this migration phase. We are experts in developing extensions, so we understand your need and integration more than others. You’re welcome to contact us for a free quote.

Generally we charge about $350 for a standard Joomla migration.

2 Responses to “Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5”

  1. Justin Spencer

    Excellent article.
    Joomla! 3.x versions provides you longer backward compatible support (with one-click upgrades) and smooth transitions for users and developers.

    Joomla 3.x is easy to install extensions and it’s compatible with your Joomla 2.5 templates.