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Joomla Security

here is no denying that CMS web development has become the de facto choice for web development professionals. The users also like CMS based websites for their simplicity and ease of use. The web developers can set up a stunning website with CMS very fast compared to other available methods. The CMS apps also offer support for database integration and have a huge number of extensions. With time, the corporate giants are also using CMS apps for their websites as well. However, the developers making CMS based websites need to carry out adequate security measures in the sites. Generally, CMS based websites are secured but the malicious hackers are always on the prowl to trace loopholes in websites and cause trouble for the users and website owners.

Joomla is one of the most popular CMS apps used by website developers these days. The developers using this powerful and versatile CMS app should resort to some security measures for the benefit of the client and end users.

Website developers using Joomla for website development services should make sure that they are using the latest version of the app. The developers should preferably subscribe to the Joomla Security updates but RSS feeds and email. The CMS app developers try hard to fix the loopholes but it is hard to beat the hackers. Therefore, the CMS web developers should update their websites when a new version of Joomla comes out.

Joomla offers a number of extensions that help the web developers in extending its functionality. However, not all these extensions are secured by nature. This is particularly true about the Joomla extensions that third-party developers and programmers make. Therefore, it is prudent for the Joomla web developers to check the Vulnerable Extensions List for Joomla. This list is also updated from time to time. There are some extensions a CMS Development professional may not need so it needs removal. A Joomla website can be secured by installing commercial security extensions like Mighty Defender and RS Firewall.

It is also very important for the Joomla web developers to make a backup plan for the sites. In case a hacker manages to wreak havoc with the site through any undetected vulnerability, the backup will come in handy. The web host should give periodical backup and update. Third party backup extensions are also available for this purpose.

The Joomla web developers also need to make the admin module hacker proof. The default admin username, which comes with the first install, should be deleted first. The JSecure plugin can be installed which hides the administrator login page. This also makes a customized URL for the CMS developer's Joomla login page. The site administrators should make it a habit to alter passwords periodically. The passwords should be composed of at least eight characters. Alphanumeric passwords that do not include nickname or pet's name etc should be used.

If a website developers or website owner detects any hacking attempt, he should report it to the company that is hosting the website. There are some other steps the Joomla web developers can take while developing the website. For instance, they can disable the FTP layer during the app setup process as not doing so can leave a security loophole open.