This is often a common question amongst Joomla users and one that we would like to address.

In the technological world we live in, a website is a key component for almost every business and given that modern people spend around 8 hours a day on the internet, web presence should be a priority.

In order to ensure your website remains accessible, interesting, safe and secure for your customers at all times, there are 3 key reasons why you should perform regular Joomla updates. "But I'm too busy to do this right now" you say to yourself when the "Joomla Software Update" reminder message pops up on your screen and you ignore it and get back to what you were doing. Sound familiar? Well here are those 3 key reasons why you should perform those software updates when prompted before something bad happens to your website:

1)   SECURITY

Outdated software means your website is effectively saying "I'm open to all you hackers and cybercriminals out there if you want to gain access to my data", not to mention the possibility of opening your website up to all kinds of viruses and malware. Joomla developers invest a lot of their time fixing security issues and critical errors that exist within Joomla code, hence the reason for so many new versions of Joomla being released. So, new versions of Joomla can reduce the risk of cyber attacks, and enhancements to security will keep your website safe. In a nutshell, the vulnerability security fixes are the most important reason to have your website up-to-date and vitally important that anyone with a website keeps up to date with.
The latest bug fixes are also another important reason to update your software frequently to improve the overall performance of your website. Bugs in software can cause a whole manner of problems for visitors to your site. Problems with viewing text on a page or with a purchasing tool can all be affected by bugs, hence the importance of ensuring you have the latest bug-free version of software running on your site.

2)  IMPROVED COMPATIBILITY

Your existing Joomla version may not always remain compatible with a new upgrade and you should ensure that you don't ignore any critical Joomla update.

3)  NEW FEATURES

In addition to the provision of security and compatibility, software updates also have some really great benefits, features and functionalities that enhance the performance of your website which ultimately improves the end-user experience.

TO CONCLUDE

We hope we have provided a concise explanation regarding the importance of Joomla Software updates and stressed the necessity of regular updates to the latest version to protect your website's security and enhance it's performance.

So next time the Joomla Software Update reminder pops up on your screen, don't ignore it...it's EXTREMELY IMPORTANT YOU DO IT!! Of course, if you host your website with Pink River your updates are handled by us, but if you don't please contact us

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