Policy change announced for Joomla! Extensions Directory
The Joomla! Project have announced that all extensions uploaded to the Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) after 10th January 2017 are required to use the Joomla Update System.
This change applies to any new extensions listed by developers
Objective: to help ensure that website owners are always notified of when new versions of their installed extensions become available.
Reason: keeping extensions up to date can help to improve security.
What about extensions already listed on the JED?
These will not be unpublished if they do not comply with this new requirement.
Instead, a popup warning will be shown to users when clicking the Download button.
The popup warning will inform users that the extension must be updated manually.
We outline how to perform a manual update in our Joomla! User Guide - see below.
How to update 3rd party extensions
When you sign into your website's control panel you should see an alert message at the top of the screen if there are any new releases available for any installed 3rd party extensions.
You can also check for updates when you select Extensions > Manage > Update from the menu at the top of your website's control panel.
When you do you will be presented with a list of available updates.
But ONLY for those installed 3rd party extensions which comply with the Joomla! Update System.
Not all 3rd party extensions comply with the Joomla! Update System
Installed extensions which do not comply with the Joomla! Update System have to be manually updated.
But first you will need to scan the JED for available updates.
If your websites uses lots of extensions this can be quite tedious.
All the more reason to use as few as possible.
And to replace extensions which do not comply with the Joomla! Update System with ones which do!
Back up before updating any 3rd party Joomla! extension
Any update can break your website.
Perform a FULL backup of your website (database and files) before installing any update.