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Joomla 3.2 Hosting :: Top Five Joomla Security Issues

clock April 10, 2014 09:36 by author ben

Here we've listed the ten most likely ways your Joomla website will get hacked. How many of them could catch you out?

 

1. Weak Joomla Administrator Password
Firstly rename the administrator account username from admin to something memorable. I know in the modern world we have so many passwords to remember, I use three words and swap out some letters for numbers, on different sites and services I swap the order of the words, there are only three possible passwords I can use and if I don't know them, they are going to be difficult for other people / hackers to guess. Software enables hackers to run millions of guesses a second, you can configure servers to block 'brute force password attempts', for the main just setting a strong password is enough but remember to change your username from 'admin'.

2. No Security Measures For A Joomla Website
Database prefix, super admin id, upload limits, hot linking, blocking terms in URLs, block all SQL injections, etc, etc.Some of these are basic, some are complicated and should be done by a Joomla professional. From my point of view if your are a serious business and you've not implemented these and other Joomla security measures, you are begging to be hacked and made a fool of. Your website is your online shop window, defacement, spam emails in your name, outbound links to porn sites, user information taken and used, etc.
Falling prey to hackers damages your businesses reputation and costs far more than the costs of cleanup - which in turn cost far more than the cost of prevention. I'm not scaremongering I see it every day, and funnily enough it's never ourselves.

Keeping on top of your website will save you money should something go wrong, a recent large hacking incident set someone back over £2,600 for the de-hack and a further £480 to seal other weaknesses. They needed to retrieve their user's information no matter what, and keep an online presence throughout. With our expert Joomla security measures none of this would have happened. A £350 Joomla security audit would have shown all the potential issues and pointed out how to fix and seal the cracks. A further £360 would have paid for us to do the necessary follow-up work - this would have prevented the hack and also fixed other weaknesses that the site audit highlighted.

3. Joomla Website Re-hacked - Missed Hacker Files
About 20% of our de-hacking jobs come from other developers or site owners who have cleaned out a hacking incident and very quickly been re-hacked. De-hacking a Joomla website is a skill, you can overlay a clean set of files to your current files but what about new files that have been added.

We've created our own script that we add to a client's site, we then search for anything that is not a part of the core Joomla files, we then investigate what these files are, some will be legit and others might be hacker files.
One thing is for sure, our clients never get re-hacked from the same incident.

4. Joomla And Server Login Details Taken From Infected Computers
Malware, Spyware and other computer infections once accounted for a significant proportion of website hacks. People's awareness of viruses and better quality antivirus has reduce this form of hacking, however it does still happen and we have seen incidents of this recently.

Run regular full system scans against all machines that are used to access your website, be careful / vigilant when browsing the Internet and opening emails. Don't risk your businesses reputation, keep your computers clean and free from infections with the added benefit of helping to keep your website clean.

If you are concerned about your website's security or believe you might have already fallen foul to hackers, do not hesitate to get in touch.

5. Cheap Joomla Hosting
Why would you go for the cheapest hosting provider you can find?

Cheap or low cost hosting providers use shared servers that can host up to 1,000 websites. Shared hosting by itself is not bad, but if you pay the minimum for your hosting you know it will not be configured for optimal speed or security.

Cheap hosting is sold as a lead generator

When something goes wrong - and it will - the hosting company will do nothing to help and will do everything to up-sell you to a more expensive package that they claim is more secure - which isn't, it is on the same server but you pay more for nothing extra. For optimum security, smaller hosting providers like ourselves offer the best Joomla hosting packages.

ASPHostPortal.com is a popular online Joomla 3.2 hosting service provider catering to those people who face such issues. The company has managed to build a strong client base in a very short period of time. It is known for offering ultra-fast, fully-managed and secured services in the competitive market.
“We have hosted large numbers of websites and blogs until now. Our clients come from diverse backgrounds from all sectors of the economy. We offer free trial for our new customers so they get an idea of the kind of service they will receive,” - Dean Thomas
, Manager at ASPHostPortal.com.
ASPHostPortal.com has been offering fully managed backups, updates, and security all round the year without any sorts of interruptions to make sure that the web traffic of their clients’ websites and blogs is not lost. The company is also seen offering maximum security for its clients’ blogs and websites.

 



ASPHostPortal.com Proudly Announces SQL Server 2014 Hosting

clock April 8, 2014 08:29 by author ben

ASPHostPortal.com, a reliable web hosting company specializing in ASP.NET hosting services, announces the deployment of SQL Server 2014 in its web hosting packages.

ASPHostPortal.com now provides the SQL Server 2014 in all of web hosting packages, assisting all their web hosting customers on organizing, improving and securing business’ data. Making business decisions are the crucial steps that businesses need to take, mostly in short time. It requires accessing company’s data in easy manner to be analyzed and evaluated. The SQL Server 2014 has the excellent tool to do this. With the Power View, businesses will be able to excerpt data into PowerPoint presentations and bring updated information in every meeting.

 


Businesses are often must face complicated issues, whether it occurs inside the organization or related to clients and customers. For example, clients often want their data quality being improved regularly that can be a challenging task. With the SQL Server 2014 this process can be reduced this problem since it has the ability to enhance the consistency and accuracy of the data. The SQL Server 2014 works by cleaning out the data thus resulting in superior quality and enduring maintenance.

The basic shared hosting service is supported by SQL Server 2014 web hosting and the site provides this plan at a monthly cost of $5. The site assures a 24x7 customer support service and guarantees a 99.9% uptime as they have installed fully servers. The company through its website gives all its customers a Plesk Panel which is basically server management software.

“Our customers have been asking us about SQL Server 2014 and we are happy to deliver a hosting platform that supports all the latest in the Microsoft Web Stack.” said said Dean Thomas, Manager at ASPHostPortal.com.  "And it proves that we remain at the forefront in Microsoft technology".

ASPHostPortal.com is a popular SQL Server 2014 hosting service provider with all of its  hosting plans to help users to automate and simplify website and server administration tasks such as  installation and migration. For more information about this topics or have any enquiries related to SQL Server 2014 hosting,  please visit http://asphostportal.com/SQL-2014-Hosting.

ASPHostPortal.com is now providing this FREE DOMAIN and DOUBLE SQL Space promotion link for new clients to enjoy the company's outstanding web hosting service at a low cost from just $5.00/mo. This offer valids only from 21st March 2014 to 20 April 2014 and it applies to all the new clients registered during these dates only.

About ASPHostPortal.com:

ASPHostPortal.com is a hosting company that best support in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting. Services include shared hosting, reseller hosting, and sharepoint hosting, with specialty in ASP.NET, SQL Server, and architecting highly scalable solutions. As a leading small to mid-sized business web hosting provider, ASPHostPortal.com strive to offer the most technologically advanced hosting solutions available to all customers across the world. Security, reliability, and performance are at the core of hosting operations to ensure each site and/or application hosted is highly secured and performs at optimum level.



Free Trial Joomla Hosting :: New Security in Joomla 3.3

clock March 19, 2014 08:13 by author ben

With the release of Joomla 3.3 we will see a new system requirement for the installation and upgrade or pre-existing website in the Joomla 3.x series.

To be able to update to 3.3 your server must meet the minimum requirements of PHP 5.3.10 to allow for the required higher level of password encryption that is being integrated into Joomla.
This means there are a few checks that you have to perform before doing the update!

Since the release of Joomla 3.2.2, there has been the introduction of a new system checker before you can update your Joomla website.

So if you update from Joomla 3.2.2 to Joomla 3.3, the installation process of the upgrade will warn you and stop you from upgrading your Joomla website.

If you're on a lower version of Joomla, this won't happen, or if you're upgrading your website through third party services or server level scripts, these may not check settings either so it is best to check your PHP server settings yourself.

It is easy to check, just login to your administrator area and go to SYSTEM -> SYSTEM INFORMATION and the PHP version should show on the first screen that appears. If your server isn't updated, then you might want to change servers, asks your host to upgrade the PHP version or just not update your website just yet. (but you will have to gain security updates and new features)
You can see more conversation about this topic on the Joomla Google Community.



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clock March 14, 2014 12:42 by author ben

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Joomla 3.2.2 Hosting - with ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Enable Content History

clock February 28, 2014 07:06 by author ben

Great! Joomla 3.2.2 Stable has been released. This has been a great effort with contributions from over 30 volunteers. A heartfelt thanks goes out to all contributors.
This release is a bug fix release, but we recommend that users perform a Joomla upgrade in order to take advantage of the fixes that have been released.

A Joomla upgrade can be performed directly in the Joomla administrative backend.
One of the best new features in the latest version of Joomla is Content History.


Enable within Article Manager

First step, go to "Content" -> "Article Manager" ->"Options"

After that, go to "Editing Layout" tab;
In "Save History" coloum, choose "Yes";

Adjust the "Maximum Versions" setting to your preference. This sets the number of latest revisions to save for the article.
And click "Save & Close".

Test the Feature
For make test feature, enter an article, make a few revisions, then click "Save". Make a few more revisions, then click "Save" again. Finally, click on the "Versions" button to see the saved changes.

In the above screenshot everything's working. I can now preview a revision, restore it, compare it to another, keep it on, and delete it.Remember, the function of Keep On/Forever option is to store that version indefinitely. We using an example in this tutorial because it is an easy way to explain this feature.
Do you know about the function of the Maximum Versions setting? If you set that to 5, then 5 versions of that article are saved. On the 6th one, the 1st version gets deleted so that there are still 5 versions left total. What if you want to keep the first one or any other article? That's where the Keep On setting comes into play. If you enable it for that article version, it won't automatically get deleted from the list, but rather will remain there untouched. It's basically a "lock" feature that prevents deletion.



Joomla Hosting – ASPHostPortal.com :: PSD to Joomla Template Conversion

clock February 21, 2014 11:07 by author ben

Joomla is one of the widly used software that allows you to create a professional-looking and user friendly website in a verry short time. And in Joomla Web development, PSD to Joomla conversion is an inevitable process.

Any PSD file can be converted into a Joomla Template by following these three easy steps. Simply go through the following illustrated steps for the PSD to Joomla conversion :

  1. Slicing the PSD:
    First, you must slice the PSD file into multiple layers viz. header, footer, content or navigation part. Slicing should be done with a keen eye because it creates the base for your website. You should also work on the parts which you don’t want to duplicate using the CSS such as the images, logo and the buttons. So slice out all your images and save them in a separate folder called images.

  2. Conversion and Styling:
    • HTML Conversion : Now next thing in conversion is the coding of  image files in a proper semantic form. It should be kept in mind that your conversion is well structured with a table-less Search Engine friendly semantics.
    • CSS Styling : In another step you have to start developing your Cascading Style Sheet popularly called as CSS. While designing a CSS, you should check whether it is meeting all the requirements of website.
    • JavaScript : In this part of conversion implement all your JavaScript into the website. Make your website more attractive and add dynamic interaction with the use of proper JavaScript.

  3. Joomla Integration:
    Here, you need to be verry consious in order to avoid any inconsistency in the data. It would be better to hire a professional Joomla designer who has all the required expertise to carry out this conversion in an efficient manner. So, now, create a relevant folder and directories required for your website. Create a Template_thumbnail.png for displaying  template image in admin panel and a template_details.xml which will be serving as the  main file that Joomla reads to install a template. Finally make a zip file of the complete folder and install it using the Extension Manager in your Joomla Content Management System.

 



ASPHostPortal.com Proudly Launches IIS 8.5 Hosting

clock February 10, 2014 10:05 by author ben

ASPHostPortal.com proudly launches the support of IIS 8.5 on all their newest Windows Server 2012 R2 environment. ASPHostPortal.com IIS 8.5 Hosting plan starts from just as low as $1.00/month only.

ASPHostPortal.com,a leading web hosting provider and ASP.NET specialist, today launched the latest update of the Microsoft IIS technology. The IIS 8.5,  introduces many new features including several that focus on premium media experiences and business application development for faster loading websites, business services and applications regardless of an organisations requirements.


IIS 8.5 will be released with the Windows Server 2012 R2 product. With IIS 8.5, the IIS team continued its focus on scalability and manageability improvements.  IIS 8.5 adds sophisticated features like Dynamic Website Activation, Enhanced Logging and Logging to Event Tracing for Windows in IIS .8.5.

Another wonderful feature of IIS 8.5  is Suspended AppPools. This new feature allows applications hosted on IIS 8.5 to be suspended instead of being terminated, so when the site is shutdown because of the idle timeout, instead of completely killing the worker process, all the state is saved into disk.

“Our customers have been asking us about IIS 8.5 and we are happy to deliver a hosting platform that supports all the latest in the Microsoft Web Stack. With the launched of IIS 8.5 hosting services, we hope that developers and our existing clients can try this new features.” said Dean Thomas, Manager at ASPHostPortal.com.

Where to look for the best IIS 8.5 hosting service? How to know more about the different types of hosting services? Read more about it on http://www.asphostportal.com.

As a leading hosting provider, ASPHostPortal.com offers a comprehensive range of services including domain name registrations, servers, online backup solutions and dedicated web hosting. ASPHostPortal.com is well placed to deliver a high quality service.

About ASPHostPortal.com:

ASPHostPortal.com is a hosting company that best support in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting. Services include shared hosting, reseller hosting, and sharepoint hosting, with specialty in ASP.NET, SQL Server, and architecting highly scalable solutions. As a leading small to mid-sized business web hosting provider, ASPHostPortal.com strive to offer the most technologically advanced hosting solutions available to all customers across the world. Security, reliability, and performance are at the core of hosting operations to ensure each site and/or application hosted is highly secured and performs at optimum level.



Press Release - ASPHostPortal.com Proudly Launches osCommerce 3.0.2 Hosting

clock January 30, 2014 10:13 by author Mike

ASPHostPortal.com is a premiere web hosting company that specializes in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting with innovative technology  solutions, proudly announced the best osCommerce 3.0.2 hosting service with a combination of affordable price, high customer  satisfaction rate and commendable quality in all ASP.NET and Windows web hosting plans.

osCommerce 3.0.2 are made to showcase the new features being worked on and to generalize a version specific for testing to help fix  and improve subsequent alpha releases for a final, stable, secure, and production ready 3.0.2 releases. The osCommerce solution offers  great flexibility and empowers even amateur webmasters to develop highly competitive ecommerce websites.

Until recently, the cost involved in hiring a web development company to develop a similar ecommerce web site was prohibiting several  small businesses from selling on-line. The osCommerce solution is one of the best fruits of the open source community and which poses  a serious challenge to other similar commercial software products.


Installation for this software can be performed easily from within the web hosting control panel, even by customers with poor  programming experience. The installation process takes up to a minute to perform, thus enabling customers to deploy an entire  ecommerce storefront for their business within a few clicks of the mouse.

ASPHostPortal.com
is the among the few top web hosting company that tested and offer ASP.NET hosting plan that compliance with  osCommerce 3.0.2 hosting. There are several companies out there that offer e-Commerce hosting plan but at ASPHostPortal.com, we provide quality e-Commerce  hosting plan at affordable prices that will not only keep your operating costs low but also help you to maximize your profits.

ASPHostPortal.com
development teams have fully tested and deployed the latest osCommerce 3.0.2 in hosting control panel systems.  Clients can install and use osCommerce 3.0.2 hosting with few clicks of installation steps. For more information about this topics or  have any enquiries related to osCommerce hosting, please visit http://www.asphostportal.com/osCommerce-Hosting.

About the Company
ASPHostPortal.com is a hosting company that best support in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting. Services include shared hosting,  reseller hosting, and sharepoint hosting, with specialty in ASP.NET, SQL Server, and architecting highly scalable solutions. As a  leading small to mid-sized business web hosting provider, ASPHostPortal.com strive to offer the most technologically advanced hosting  solutions available to all customers across the world. Security, reliability, and performance are at the core of hosting operations to  ensure each site and/or application hosted is highly secured and performs at optimum level.



ASP.NET MVC 5.1 Hosting :: ASPHostPortal.com Proudly Launches ASP.NET MVC 5.1 Hosting

clock January 28, 2014 09:12 by author ben

ASPHostPortal.com officially launches ASP.NET MVC 5.1  hosting at affordable prices. Instant Setup, Fast and Friendly Support!

ASPHostPortal.com, a leading innovator in Windows Hosting, announces the launch of ASP.NET MVC 5.1 Hosting. The ASP.NET MVC 5.1 Framework is the latest evolution of Microsoft’s ASP.NET web platform. It provides a high-productivity programming model that promotes cleaner code architecture, test-driven development, and powerful extensibility, combined with all the benefits of ASP.NET.

ASP.NET MVC 5.1 contains a number of advances over previous versions, including the ability to define routes using C# attributes and the ability to override filters,Enum support in Views, Support for current Context in Unobtrusive Ajax, Filter Overrides and etc. The user experience of building MVC applications has also been substantially improved.

“Our customers have been asking us about MVC 5.1 and we are happy to deliver a hosting platform that supports all the latest in the Microsoft Web Stack.” said said Dean Thomas, Manager at ASPHostPortal.com.  "And it proves that we remain at the forefront in Microsoft technology".

Where to look for the best ASP.NET MVC 5.1 hosting service? How to know more about the different types of hosting services? Read more about it on http://www.asphostportal.com.


About ASPHostPortal.com:

ASPHostPortal.com is a hosting company that best support in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting. Services include shared hosting, reseller hosting, and sharepoint hosting, with specialty in ASP.NET, SQL Server, and architecting highly scalable solutions. As a leading small to mid-sized business web hosting provider, ASPHostPortal.com strive to offer the most technologically advanced hosting solutions available to all customers across the world. Security, reliability, and performance are at the core of hosting operations to ensure each site and/or application hosted is highly secured and performs at optimum level.



ASPHostPortal.com Proudly Launches nopCommerce 3.2 Hosting

clock January 23, 2014 10:46 by author Mike

ASPHostPortal.com is a premiere web hosting company that specializes in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting with innovative technology  solutions, proudly announced the best nopCommerce 3.2 hosting service with a combination of affordable price, high customer  satisfaction rate and commendable quality.

nopCommerce is an open source e-commerce solution that contains both a catalog frontend and an administration tool backend.  nopCommerce is a fully customizable shopping cart. It's stable and highly usable. From downloads to documentation, nopCommerce.com  offers a comprehensive base of information, resources, and support to the nopCommerce community. The latest version of nopCommerce is  3.2 with lots of awesome features.

The first feature that will grab the attention of every nopCommerce store owner is the new Facebook Shop. The next major functionality  that comes with nopCommerce 3.20 is its support for warehouses. What this means is that you can configure individual products to be  shipped from a specific location (warehouse). You can also configure the system to use the warehouse location when calculating the  shipping cost for the product. While we are on the nopCommerce 3.20 shipping functionality, there is another new feature worth  mentioning. Now the store owner can specify when a product will be shipped. In nopCommerce this information is referred to as delivery  date. This is useful for example when you are selling products, which are manufactured on demand.

Nopcommerce 3.2 is simply the best and most powerful open source shopping cart on the planet. It is the only open source shopping  cart application that supports both multi-sites and multi-vendors. NopCommerce is fast, easy, and fun. I definitely recommend  NopCommerce to anyone who wants to start an online business.


ASPHostPortal.com
is a popular online nopCommerce 3.2 hosting service provider with all of its hosting plans to help users to automate  and simplify website and server administration tasks such as installation and migration. There are several companies out there that offer e-Commerce hosting plan but at ASPHostPortal.com provide quality e-Commerce  hosting plan at affordable prices that will not only keep your operating costs low but also help you to maximize your profits.

nopCommerce is ASP.NET 4.0 based supporting MS SQL databases. It features an embedded graphic installer, so nopCommerce can be setup  in few minutes and run immediately. For more information about this topics or have any enquiries related to nopCommerce hosting,  please visit http://www.asphostportal.com/nopCommerce-Hosting.

About the Company
ASPHostPortal.com is a hosting company that best support in Windows and ASP.NET-based hosting. Services include shared hosting,  reseller hosting, and sharepoint hosting, with specialty in ASP.NET, SQL Server, and architecting highly scalable solutions. As a  leading small to mid-sized business web hosting provider, ASPHostPortal.com strive to offer the most technologically advanced hosting  solutions available to all customers across the world. Security, reliability, and performance are at the core of hosting operations to  ensure each site and/or application hosted is highly secured and performs at optimum level.



About ASPHostPortal.com

We’re a company that works differently to most. Value is what we output and help our customers achieve, not how much money we put in the bank. It’s not because we are altruistic. It’s based on an even simpler principle. "Do good things, and good things will come to you".

Success for us is something that is continually experienced, not something that is reached. For us it is all about the experience – more than the journey. Life is a continual experience. We see the Internet as being an incredible amplifier to the experience of life for all of us. It can help humanity come together to explode in knowledge exploration and discussion. It is continual enlightenment of new ideas, experiences, and passions

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