Last June Bing announced that it had signed a 10 year advertising deal with long-time Google partner AOL, which came to fruition from the 1st January 2016 when Bing results and ads replaced Google on AOL search.
AOL might not be the power they used to be, but this is still a significant coup for Microsoft who have slowly but steadily been gaining market share in the search marketplace, recently passing the 20% mark in the US.
This is a question we've asked ourselves frequently over the last year. And the conclusion we've come to is 'probably not', and 'definitely not' for anything other than micro businesses.
The hosting and email hosting market has changed radically over the last few years with the proliferation of devices used to keep people in touch.
Nobody likes spending money when they don't have to. But when it comes to modern CMS based websites like Joomla and Wordpress, 'have to' comes around periodically.
Both systems are now quite sophisticated pieces of software, and like all software, neither are flawless when it comes to security, and neither are the server operating systems upon which they rely. Recent revelations in relation to long undiscovered/patched flaws in some older PHP versions exposed vulnerabilities in both Wordpress and Joomla, with both organisations recently releasing critical updates (J3.4.8 and WP 4.41).
Unfortunately this PHP flaw leaves any Joomla or Wordpress version prior to the latest release potentially vulnerable, so now is one of those periodical 'have to' moments. Updating Wordpress is usually a straightforward process, and if you haven't updated to the latest version, we strongly recommend you do as soon as you can.
A fourth generation site, the new site visual design is based on a design created for their Europe Direct Relay service.
The site is still based on Joomla, and the upgrade included a migration of some 3,300 articles from the old Joomla 1.5 site (itself an upgrade from J1.0).
All was relatively straightforward thanks to the excellent and highly recommended Migrate Me tool (http://extensions.joomla.org/extension/migrate-me)
After far too long adopting the 'do what we say, not do what we do' principle in relation to our own website, we have finally bitten the bullet and upgraded our website with a shiny new look.
Staying in are our special fishes; cleared out is a lot of old clutter that nobody looks at or uses, to be introduced shortly will be a new updated client support area.
As you might expect, the site remains running on Joomla, just upgraded from the now end-of-life J1.5 to J3.4 - just one of a recent series of upward migrations, now essential given recently discovered security issues with older Jooomla versions.