Choosing Between Joomla 1.6 and Joomla 1.5

Written by admin on April 4, 2011

We’ve had a number of people contact us asking which version we’d recommend using. Here I’ll discuss some of the differences between the two with opinions on why you might pick one over the other. We’ll look at this from the perspective of starting a new site, as well as migrating from 1.5 (should you do it now, or is it OK to wait?)

Joomla 1.6



  • Newer coding
  • Won’t need to migrate to a new version as soon
  • Vastly improved user ACL system
  • Multilingual support for content
  • Nestable categories
  • Start and end publishing times for modules
  • Easier installation and upgrading for extensions
  • Slightly easier to use


  • Supported by fewer extensions
  • Not an easy update from 1.5


Joomla 1.5



  • Proven stability
  • Huge support from 3rd party extensions


  • You will need to migrate to 1.6 eventually
  • Very basic ACL
  • No built in multi-lingual support

Scenarios where you will want to use Joomla 1.5:

If you already have a site running Joomla 1.5 and you don’t need the new features in Joomla 1.6, I would wait until the migration process has been refined and made much easier. As it stands the migration process is spotty at best. Before migrating you also need to make sure that any added features you have on your site with extensions will work with Joomla 1.6.

Similar to above, if you are starting a new site and you do not need the new features and you need an extension that is only available for Joomla 1.5, you will want to choose 1.5.

It’s important to keep in mind, that of the two new main features, one can be replicated in 1.5 with an extension and one really cannot. JoomFish is a great extension to make your Joomla 1.5 site multi-lingual. There are a few extensions that try to give you additional control over user access, but they all require a lot of core customization, and none do as good of a job as the new ACL system.  When evaluating if you need features in Joomla 1.6 keep that in mind.


Scenarios where you will want to use Joomla 1.6:

If you don’t need any extensions, or the extensions you need support 1.6 that will be your best bet. The number of extensions that work with Joomla 1.6 grow daily, so this will become more of a moot point soon.

If you have a Joomla 1.5 site already and you don’t have any extensions installed, the migration process to 1.6 is stable enough that you might as well do it now.



Joomla 1.5 will be maintained for over a year still. This means that any security issues will continue to be fixed, so you don’t need to worry about that. It’s highly unlikely that any new features will be added though. Because of the Joomla 1.5 end-of-life, all sites will need to run Joomla 1.6 eventually.

If you’re already running a Joomla 1.5 site, deciding to migrate now or wait is pretty easy, based on the above criteria.

If you are starting a new site, this decision highlights the need to plan your site features before you start building a site. This is always a very good idea, even if you don’t need to make this decision.


Have you come across any other pros or cons to using either version? Have you done the migration already? Share your experience with us below in the comments.

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Pay for April, Get May & June Free + Free Hosting Contest

Written by admin on April 1, 2011

We are running a new promo offering two months of hosting free with a paid month. Sign up for any shared account and we’ll extend your renewal date by two months. You don’t need any coupon codes.

There is also a chance to win a free month of hosting if you share our messages with your friends on Twitter or Facebook.

For full details on the promo visit our specials page.

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Apache Caching

Written by admin on March 18, 2011

To help speed up all of our shared servers we have installed Apache caching. There are several benefits that it enables us to offer:

    • It caches all pages that are rendered, so your site makes fewer database calls and spends less time processing PHP. This means your visitors see your site faster, making them happier.
    • We are able to fit more accounts on each server, while offering the same level of service. This means we are able to use less power, making it a more green solution.
    • It’s the best caching solution available. Sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter use the same software we are.

    If you’re doing development on your site, and it doesn’t seem like the changes are getting saved it’s because of the caching. Do a force refresh in your browser (hit Control + F5) and you’ll see the changes.

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    WordPress 3.0 Released

    Written by admin on June 19, 2010

    WordPress has just released 3.0 with some impressive new features. 1,217 bug fixes and enhancements, to be precise. Check out the video below for some of the highlights.

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    Joomla 1.5.16 Security Update

    Written by admin on April 25, 2010

    Joomla has released 1.5.16, a security release in the 1.5 line. All versions of 1.5 are affected and all users are encouraged to upgrade.

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    How our backup systems work

    Written by admin on March 21, 2010

    I thought I would take some time and talk about one of the least thought about parts of the hosting package for most clients, the backups. It’s something that until you need it, you’re not very likely to even think about it, and you’re probably not going to think about it when looking for hosting.

    To help keep the chances for data loss to a minimum we employ a three part process for our backups.

    Step 1:
    Since we run cPanel as our control panel, it only makes sense to use the built-in backup system that cPanel provides. The only drawback is it can create a heavy load on the system, especially with larger accounts. If you’re using a host that only uses cPanel backups and your account uses more than 30-50,000 inodes, chances are they aren’t taking backups of your account due to this heavy load. We take a full cPanel backup of every account each week and keep those backups on hard drives on the server.

    Step 2:
    Every week we also transfer full backups off of each server to a completely separate datacenter. This is done in case something happens to the datacenter, we can still access account data. This is a critical aspect of our business continuation plan, and is something we strongly believe in.

    Step 3:
    This is the crown jewel of our backup process. Taking advantage of the industry-leading backup technology provided by R1Soft we take full backups of every file on each server 4 times each day. This includes not only all account files, but also server configuration files, operating system files, etc. Their technology allows backups to be taken without causing noticeable load on the servers, helping keep sites running as fast as they should. It also allows users to restore backups of their own files, choosing from several different restore points going back months. R1Soft provides the best system for backups, and we’re proud to be able to offer it free as a part of all of our shared and reseller plans and as an addon for all servers as well.

    Step 4:
    This is a bonus step, and not really a true backup method, but all of our shared/reseller servers run hot-swappable, hardware RAID-10 drives. This gives not only the best data-protection available, but also offers the best read/write speed and is another component that helps keep servers fast.

    Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of how we’re working every day to keep your data as safe as we can.

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    Buyhttp Data Vault Continuous Data Protection

    Written by admin on March 1, 2010

    Buyhttp is one of the first hosting companies to offer free continuous data protection to shared and reseller hosting customers and they love it, the seamless integration with cPanel makes it easy to login to the backup server and restore individual files anytime without the need to contact support.

    Continuous Data Protection, CDP for short, perform a low level block backup with differential and incremental options which lower server resources utilization significantly and reduce backup window to seconds or minutes instead of hours.

    Buyhttp Data Vault is also available to anyone with a dedicated server for a very good price, if your host doesn’t offer CDP Buyhttp is here to help. As a dedicated server customer you can set your backup interval to as low as every minute to create over 100 recovery points every day. CDP uses compression and end-to-end strong encryption for low bandwidth usage and secure transfer, CDP is able to backup open files and with MySQL plugin you can backup open tables with restore option down to the individual database table.

    CDP support all main flavors of Linux, Windows XP, windows server 2003, please visit our website to learn more about the many features of Buyhttp Data Vault CDP or contact our sales team if you have any pre-sales question.

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    WMware ESXi Hosting

    Written by admin on February 25, 2010

    Looking for a dedicated server to run multiple virtual machines using VMware ESXi platform?

    We recently added the free edition of VMware ESXi to our list of  installable operating system to professional and enterprise servers which comes with 60 days trial period, to keep using the server after the 60 days trial is over you’ll need to sign up for a FREE unlimited license from WMware website below.

    The benefit of running ESXi on a dedicated server is that you can run 2 different operating system like Linux and Windows side by side on the same box or running applications that requires different flavor of Linux like CentOS and Ubuntu for example, plus all other virtualization benefits like dividing the server resources any way you like, assign virtual CPU, RAM and Disk as per your application requirement, console access to all VMs, creating a VM snapshot and many of the cool features available from the VMware vSphere Client which is a free download from the client area at VMware website.

    Our PowerEdge DELL servers are fully compatible with VMware ESXi which also include hardware specific features for DELL servers.

    Note: Buyhttp only provide the hardware, software licensing is the responsibility of the customer.

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    Buyhttp Launch a New Unlimited Hosting Plan

    Written by admin on February 24, 2010

    Unlimited hosting is here!

    So what is unlimited hosting? is it really unlimited? is it for me?

    As we pointed out in a previous post, unlimited hosting is for the most part a marketing term for the same old hosting plan but with a little twist.

    Hosting is not about disk space and bandwidth only it’s more about server resources like CPU, RAM, Disk Space, Network, etc… and like every other host out there that offer unlimited hosting, there’s always a limit hidden somewhere, if it’s not disk space it’ll be inodes (number of files), CPU, Memory, number of processes, number of connection or a combination of them.

    How our unlimited hosting is different

    What we did is we created the right mix of server resources using the right combination of server hardware, limiting the number of accounts hosted on each server to provide a good performance and not overload the server, the new plan include unlimited disk space and bandwidth, large number of inodes, CPU and RAM enough to run just about any personal website.

    Is unlimited hosting right for me?

    If you’re running a non critical personal site that doesn’t requires high level of server resources or top of the line server hardware and performance you’ll be fine with unlimited hosting but if you’re running a business critical website that requires an enterprise class hardware, the best performance and uptime possible then you’re better off with a business hosting plan like our GIGA and the newly added GIGA+

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    Free virus and malware scanner for cPanel

    Written by admin on February 23, 2010

    Are you looking for a virus and malware scanner for your VPS or dedicated server running cPanel?

    cPanel comes with clamav a free virus scanner as a plugin, all you have to do is login to your WHM manager to install it with just a few clicks.

    Login to WHM > scroll down to the “cPanel” section > click on “Manage Plugins” > select “install and keep updated ” for clamavconnector and cPanel will install the plugin for you and create the link  “Configure ClamAV Scanner” under Plugins section of WHM.

    You can use this configuration screen to activate the virus scanner for all or selected users to perform manual scans.

    Now to the best part, how to schedule a server wide scan?

    First you’ll need to create a temp directory to use as a quarantine area, /tmp/virus for example

    # mkdir /tmp/virus

    Then add this cron job to crontab to schedule a weekly scan of your /home directory and send the results to your email address (

    #crontab -e

    5 0 * * 0   nice -n 19 clamscan -i -r –move=/tmp/virus /home | mail -s “***** Server Name – Infected files *****”

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