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Updating your Joomla websites

joomlaExtensionsAt regular intervals, the Joomla team release new versions of Joomla.  You can manually update your site, but this extension allows you to perform the update automatically.  Learn how to install Joomla extensions to get yourself started.  The developer of J!Update has even produced this really useful video!  If you need to manage multiple sites, you may want to try J!Update Pro.

Visit the Joomla extensions site to review J!Update and to get the latest version.


To start the installation install the following:

  1.  joomla15zip (119 kb)

J!Update will now be installed.

Perform your first update

Always remember to backup your Joomla website prior to any major changes including a site update.

  1. Go to Components > J! Update.
  2. Here you'll see a summary of your site's status.
  3. If your site needs an update, click on the Update found icon.
  4. Click the INSTALL JOOMLA PATCH... button.
  5. Click OK to confirm.
  6. Click Install from server.
  7. Finally click the Click here to complete installation link and you're done!

Restore to a previous version

Once you've performed an update, you can choose to revert to the previous version.  This could be particularly useful if a Joomla update is not compatible with one of your extensions and you want to wait for the extension to be updated too.

  1. Go to Components > J! Update.
  2. Click Restore backup.
  3. Click Yes to confirm.
  4. Finally click the Click here to go to home page link and you're done!

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