Tips for Joomlers

Subscribers to WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support contact us on a daily basis with questions about an issue which they are unsure about when working with their Joomla! CMS website.

Just occasionally we receive a number of enquiries on a theme, resulting in a tip being posted here!

PHP 7.2 is now available: use it

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukIf you have updated your Joomla! CMS to v3.9 you should upgrade your server's PHP version to PHP 7.2.

Using PHP 7.0? 

Be aware that security support by the developer ended in December 2018.

Using PHP 7.1?

Be aware that bug fix support ended in December 2018.

On the other hand, PHP 7.2 will be actively supported by the developer until November 2019, and security supported until November 2020.

If your hosting company offers PHP 7.2 then you should use it.

Other reasons to use PHP 7.2 include:

  1. improved performance, including page load speed;
  2. significant reduction in memory usage, meaning more users can be served at any one time.

See which versions of PHP are supported.


Older versions of Joomla!

If your website is using an earlier version of Joomla! than 3.9 then we recommend that you use the Joomla! Update plugin to update it to the latest available release before switching to PHP 7.2.

Read more: How to check which PHP version is being used by your Joomla! website.

WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support

We coach, help and support managers with responsibility for Joomla! websites in organisations across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Read more: WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support Packages.

Security harden your website post Joomla! 3.8.8

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukThis week saw the latest Security Release for the Joomla! CMS: Joomla! 3.8.8.

Read more: Joomla! 3.8.8 Release News.

As usual. the Joomla! Project recommended that Joomlers update their website with immediate effect.

Unusually this time however, they also recommended a little extra housekeeping.

Purpose: to harden website security.

With effect from Joomla! 3.8.8 the default Global Configuration settings of fresh installations of Joomla! CMS websites will have tighter security settings.

The Joomla! Project recommend that existing users of Joomla! review and change their website's Global Configuration settings.

Recommended changes to Global Configuration settings

The Joomla! Project recommend that you check and change the following Global Configuration settings:

Add a Telephone Field to your Contact Form

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukIn the past you had to install a 3rd party extension to create the Contact Form of your dreams.

Now that the core Joomla! CMS supports creation of fields you can create snazzy customised Contact Forms without having to install yet another 3rd party extension.

As someone who believes in using as few 3rd party extensions as possible, this is great news!

In this article we show how easy it is to add a TELEPHONE field, like the one shown below, to your website's Contact Form.

field contact telephone eg