Ep2 - Joomla backups, security, updates and Watchful.li
This weeks episode we take a look at Joomla backups and how important it is not to rely on your hosting backups and alternatives to hosting backups, Joomla security and updates as well as a monitoring service called Watchful.li.
We've upgraded some of our audio equipment here after spending hours on our old setup trying to get things perfect.
This weeks episode is much better quality than the previous. Let us know what you think? We should have a few great interviews lined up over the next few months as well so we're all looking forward to that.
Tip of the Week
Backing up your Joomla website.
When was it that you last backed up your website? Yesterday? Last week? Or was it last month, or have you never backed up your website?
We can not recommend backing up your website enough. If you aren't too sure about backing up, lets change that. Most hosting companies will automatically backup your website but you can't rely on just that. Some hosting companies even have statements in their terms and conditions that state they're not responsible for your backups of your website. They provide the service for you but if anything should happen, it is your issue and responsibility. If the hosting company is really nice, they may help you with that restoration progress. Lets look at some options and alternatives.
Manage Hosting Services
So on a first line of defense, lets find a good hosting company that manage your backups better. Anchor Hosting manage service do this. They will test your backups and hold quite an extensive record of backups for you. Unfortunately this can be a little bit expensive.
Rochen, who have been a long term hosting partner with Joomla, also provide secure managed hosting services with managed backups.
So if you can't afford that, let work with some Joomla backup methods that are cost effective but work really well. Namely, an extension for Joomla called Akeeba Backup. This is a great extension and I can't recommend it enough. It does a simple zip of the files and of the database of your Joomla website and then packages it into a deliverable file that can be deployed on any other server you may wish. The bonus is that it is free!
Also available is the Pro version which has the ability to store your backups directly to Dropbox or to a Amazon S3 account effectively storing your backups in a cloud environment. If your server was to crash then you have these files safely stored away in a remote location.
It can't get any easier than that. Well it can actually and you can set up schedules for the backups to run on a nightly and weekly basis to make sure you always have an up to date backup of your website!
So that is the tip of the week. If you don't know when the last time you backed up your site, make sure you go to akeebabackup.com, download the free version at least and install that on to your website and start your backup procedures today.
Article of the Week
This weeks article, "How Secure is Your Joomla Website" comes from the Joomla magazine and is written by Ruth Cheesley.
The main guts of the article talks about updating your Joomla website and the need to make sure that it is up to date as possible.
If you're running Joomla versions 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, you should think about upgrading. Actually don't think about it, start planning your migrations to Joomla 2.5.
The Joomla strike team will announce all Joomla updates via various channels including Facebook, Twitter, email, the website and Google Plus. It is important to connect via some of these channels to make sure you know when an important Joomla update has been released.
In most situations this is somewhat complex and can take some time so we might talk about that in a later podcast. But if you're running an older version of Joomla, it really is time to upgrade to Joomla 2.5.x.
The upgrade path to Joomla 3.0 should be a lot easier too now that the one click upgrades have been integrated into Joomla too.
Read the full article from the Joomla Magazine: http://magazine.joomla.org/en/issues/issue-jan-2013/item/1032-how-secure-is-your-joomla-website
Show Feature - Watchful.li
Watchful.li is a service which basically watches everything that happens on your Joomla website. It monitors everything that happens on the website, such as when files are modified and also will notify you if your website needs to be backed up. The cool thing about watchful.li is that it directly integrates with akeeba backup. When you log into the watchful.li interface you can view all your websites and trigger a backup for any if need be.
Another feature is for websites running on Joomla 2.5, watchful.li will let you know about updates removing the need for you to log into the backend of your website. In addition to this, it monitors your server status, sending you a notification of when your server is offline or down.
As well as monitoring the server it also monitors file modification, so if you happen to be hacked or tampered with, you will receive a notification straight away letting you know that your site has been hacked.
Check it out at https://watchful.li
You can also read our blog post about Watchful.li at: http://pbwebdev.com/blog/watchfulli-remote-backups-and-security-monitoring-for-joomla
That concludes this week's podcast, next week we should have some interviews from Joomla day in Melbourne as we are heading there over the weekend.
There are some tickets left if anyone is interested.
That's all for this week and we hope to catch you all on the next podcast. Don't forget to subscribe to the feeds via Stitcher, SoundCloud, iTunes or the RSS feed on the website.