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Joomla 1.5 support expanded to include remote updates


One of the most popular features of Watchful is the ability to apply updates for both Joomla and Joomla add-ons with a single click from your dashboard.

This is currently possible for websites running Joomla 2.5 and greater.

Today we are proud to announce that Watchful now supports remote updates for the millions of Joomla websites that cannot or will not be upgraded to modern versions of the CMS.

The problem

About 50% of all Joomla users are still using Joomla 1.5 which lacks the “Joomla update” feature found in Joomla 2.5 and later versions.

That’s about 14,000,000 websites running end-of-life software.

Of course we recommend that these websites migrate to more recent, more secure versions.

But in reality, many, perhaps most of these sites will never be upgraded and require long term support.

The solution

The first step in helping Joomla 1.5 users protect their sites via Watchful is to provide a reliable way to install software.

The Remote Installer we launched last December was an obvious choice.

To activate this feature, you will need to manually install version 1.9.4 of the the Watchful Client from the backend of each of your Joomla 1.5 sites.

Now what? There aren’t any Joomla 1.5 software updates...

Once you’ve upgrade to the 1.9.4 Watchful Client, you can easily install software using the remote installer as you may already be doing for Joomla 2.5+.

And while there may not be regular releases for Joomla 1.5 add-ons, and there will never be any core updates for Joomla 1.5, there are still important updates you should be aware of and apply to all your sites.

For example, Akeeba Backup recently patched a security vulnerability for it’s Joomla 1.5 version (as well as all other Joomla versions).

We easily installed version 3.3.4 on all our Joomla 1.5 sites without issue.

Similarly, the Joomla 1.5 security patch released by Anything Digital patches a critical security issue and can easily be applied via the remote installer.

Future updates to the Watchful Client can be easily applied to all your Joomla 1.5 sites in a similar manner

What does the future hold

With Joomla 1.5 representing such a large sector of the community, we feel it is too important an issue to be ignored.

That’s why all the Watchful features — including popular features such as backups and uptime — have been available for Joomla 1.5 users since our very first day of operation.

With support for remote updates now available, we’ll be looking for feedback in the comments below on ways to better leverage the Watchful toolbox to manage, backup, update and protect your Joomla 1.5 websites.

Why use Watchful?

You manage your websites manually.

You manage your websites manually.
We started like that! But our spreadsheets and reminders quickly became very complicated. We designed Watchful to simplify website management and actually make it pleasant experience.
Kristoffer Sandven saves me from manually monitoring dozens of websites - I can keep them updated with just a few clicks from a single, slick interface!
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It takes you days to update all your sites.

It takes you days to update all your sites.
Logging into websites and individually applying software updates is time-consuming and error-prone. With Watchful, we let you know what updates are available and help you apply updates across all your sites at the same time.
Jonathan Frewin
Watchful cut my monthly [maintenance] time down from days to hours.
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You don’t offer maintenance plans for your customers.

You don’t offer maintenance plans for your customers.
Maintenance plans are a key way most agencies generate recurring revenue and keep in regular contact with their clients. With Watchful you can offer professional maintenance plans and deliver white-label reports to show your clients the value of your work.
Martijn Boomsma
Watchful keeps us on track with updates and maintenance tasks so our clients sites are always monitored and up-to-date.
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You don’t check your websites for security problems or backups.

You don’t check your websites for security problems or backups.
Watchful helps you monitor industry-accepted best-practices and potential security issues. And if a problem arises, Watchful’s customer support is there to help you understand the problem and advise you on possible solutions.
Joe Sonne
Using Watchful is far better than having to deal with a hacked website because a site fell behind in security updates.
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You use WordPress and Joomla! in your agency.

You use WordPress and Joomla! in your agency.
Watchful works seamlessly with the two most popular website softwares: Wordpress and Joomla. And the list of supported applications is growing.
Matthew Philogene provides a great overview of all our projects. Great support, great tools, cannot live without!
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