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Like all open source software, the underlying codebase can always be scrutinized by attackers with the will and ability to find exploits. The flip-side of this equation is that popular and active open source software projects like Joomla have been hardened against nearly all of the published exploits and are generally considered quite safe.

Despite this, it is not possible to have a website that is both publicly accessible and 100% secure. Security is a continual process of learning and website hardening that should always be considered a 'work in progress'.

To help you on your journey of website security with Joomla, we've prepared this collection of resources that can be used to keep your Joomla site safe.

Read more: Security Resources for Joomla

Maintenance scheduled

Watchful will have a planned outage on August 24, 2016 in order to perform some importance maintenance.

We expect the maintenance period to last no more than three hours. It is scheduled to begin at 9:00 CET / 2:00 AM CDT.

During the maintenance period, a snapshot of all your website data and logs will taken and stored securely. However, the entire Watchful service and website will be inaccessible. System notifications and scheduled backups will also be suspended.

Once the maintenance is complete, all scheduled monitoring tasks and backups will resume as normal.

watchful - top Joomla service 2016

This past weekend in Barcelona, Spain, the annual J and Beyond conference brought together some of best-known developers, integrators, and contributors in the field of build web sites and applications using the Joomla content management system

Each year, J and Beyond recognizes industry leaders by handing out J!OSCAR awards, or Joomla! Open Source Creative and Artistic Recognition awards.

The J!OSCAR process begins with public nominations in a variety of categories related to web site development with Joomla. 

Watchful was nominated in the Joomla Services category and made the short list along with OS Training (a website training and support company centered around open source content management systems) and Cloud Access (a hosting company specializing in websites built with Joomla and Wordpress).

J and Beyond attendees voted on the short list on Friday, May 20 and Watchful was selected as the winner.

"The J!OSCARs are always exciting. And it's a great honor to receive this award as it is voted on by our peers and colleagues. In other words, the people who know Joomla best," said Victor Drover, CEO and co-founder of Watchful.

In 2013, Watchful won it's first J!OSCAR for Innovation of the Year, an award shared with other monitoring services in the category.

"It's great to see the progress from a new, innovative service to one that is relied on by so many agencies and consultancies to manage their web sites and help grow their business," said CTO Pierre-André Vullioud. 

Update Watchful Client to update to Joomla 3.6.1

NOTE: Please read the Joomla 3.6.1 release announcement before updating your sites 

Today version 1.10.10 of the Watchful Client was released. 

This Client must be installed on all your Joomla websites to properly apply the recently-released Joomla 3.6.1 update. 

The Watchful Client can be easily updated using a number of methods:

  •  (Recommended) From the Watchful Dashboard
  • Using Watchful's Remote Installer
  • Using the Joomla extension updater in the Joomla backend
  • By downloading the latest Watchful Client and installing it using the Joomla backend extension installer

Once the Watchful Client is updated to version 1.10.10, simply refresh the data for all the sites in your Dashboard to detect and apply the Joomla 3.6.1 update.

 tag manager settings

With nearly 4 years in the business, the folks here at Watchful like to think we have a pretty good handle on what web developers and managers need in a website management dashboard. 

Despite this, Watchful will never suit everyone’s needs. Maybe there are too many buttons. Maybe too few.

Maybe you just want to be able to save some preferences rather than adjust them every time you login.

To address these issues, we’re excited to share a live preview of a new feature — the ability to customize your Dashboard. 

Currently, we have enabled this feature for the Tags Manager only. This will give you a feel for the customization tool and help identify any bugs.

As you can see in the video below, you can customize the columns displayed, the default sort order, and default number of records to show in each page. 

Of course there will be a lot more options when we release this for the Watchful Dashboard and other areas such as the Installer and Updater.

Please take a moment to leave any feedback in the comments below.

Testimonials

Matthew Philogene
Watchful.li provides a great overview of all our projects. Great support, great tools, cannot live without! Matthew Philogene / raramuridesign.com
Martijn Boomsma
It's great to have Watchful.li as an easy, timesaving and useful tool for professional managing (many) Joomla websites. Martijn Boomsma / perfectwebteam.com
Marcus Stafford
If you're not using Watchful, you're doing it wrong. Marcus Stafford / wintercorn.com
Sander Potjer
Thanks to the built in support for the ACL Manager Download Key, users of Watchful.li can update ACL Manager on all their sites with just a single click. Sander Potjer / aclmanager.net
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Customized Apps

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Google Analytics

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Extension Tracker

Keep track of all your components, plugins and modules

Server Status

Be on the lookout for changes in your primary server status

Uptime Monitor

Be notified when a site goes down

White-Label Reports

Generate great looking reports for your clients to showcase the value of your services

Customized Apps

Expand your insights with customizable Apps to cater to your specific needs

Google Analytics

Keep track of traffic and search terms

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Backup Manager
Backup Manager

Always know if your site has been backed up recently

Software Updates
Software Updates

Seamless updates for both free and commercial add-ons

Remote Installer
Remote Installer

Install extensions in bulk for standardized or customized changes to your websites

Site Audit
Site Audit

Be sure that website best-practices are followed and remain in effect

Single Sign-On
Single Sign-On

Manage your agency developers in a central location

API
API

Develop your own custom applications with watchful

Watchful News and CMS Blog

Did you miss these three summer features in your Joomla Dashboard?

24 August 2016 / Blog

With warm weather and longer days, most of us step back a little during the summer months to get outside more often, spend time with friends and family, and take some time off.

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