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Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:15 am
by jodofin
Is there a way to get Joomla to auto update?

I am keen to avoid missing the big security updates.

I have been using CMSs that autoupdate for over a year now and so far no problems with those.

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:42 am
by Webdongle

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:26 pm
by JAVesey
There’s no “auto update” function in Joomla itself. However, some webhosts (e.g. Siteground) offer the functionality on their hosting packages.

Personally speaking, I don’t use the “auto update” feature as I’d rather be in control of when I update (I like to take a manual backup first).

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:19 pm
by jodofin
JAVesey wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:26 pm
There’s no “auto update” function in Joomla itself. However, some webhosts (e.g. Siteground) offer the functionality on their hosting packages.

Personally speaking, I don’t use the “auto update” feature as I’d rather be in control of when I update (I like to take a manual backup first).
I'm also reassured by a manual backup before updating. However do you know of any hosts that offer the double whammy of auto backup followed by autoupdate?

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:09 pm
by mandville
some hosts who offer joomla installed by fatastico or Softaculous may offer the auto update of core files BUT its not advisable to use them anyway.

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:10 pm
by JAVesey
jodofin wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:19 pm
I'm also reassured by a manual backup before updating. However do you know of any hosts that offer the double whammy of auto backup followed by autoupdate?
Not personally. Siteground do a daily auto-backup but I prefer one taken immediately before the update.

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:06 pm
by sozzled
jodofin wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:15 am
I am keen to avoid missing the big security updates.
Understood.

Out of curiosity, how many websites are you currently maintaining?

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:27 pm
by jodofin
sozzled wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:06 pm
jodofin wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:15 am
I am keen to avoid missing the big security updates.
Understood.

Out of curiosity, how many websites are you currently maintaining?
Four Joomla sites and declining. The rest have already transferred to Wordpress.

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:32 pm
by Webdongle
Good luck with that .... sorting out every time the wp sites get hacked.

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:53 pm
by jodofin
Webdongle wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:32 pm
Good luck with that .... sorting out every time the wp sites get hacked.
I think your research is out of date, buddy :D . My experience is that Joomla is more vulnerable than WP. If you have hard data that shows this is not the case will be glad to look at it.

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:39 am
by sozzled
For the sake of four websites, I wouldn't looking at automating the update process to keep four websites updated. What I would be doing, however, is to make sure that you receive notices about update available w.r.t. those four websites and act on those notices in fairly short order.

As most of us who have a dozen or even several dozen websites have found, the effort in choosing the time and manner of updating J! usually involves less than an hour. Four websites would take me about 15 minutes (including the time to keep a few notes, mark the emails as read, etc.).

I'm not going to entertain any J! vs something-else debate. Leave that for the armchair commentators.

Re: Auto update in Joomla

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:19 am
by Webdongle
sozzled wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:39 am
... Four websites would take me about 15 minutes (including the time to keep a few notes, mark the emails as read, etc.).
...
Less than that if you open several browser windows/tabs. First is backingup/updating while you are loading the next site etc.