Our WYNCHCO Blog is written for customers and Joomla! users across Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Bringing the Joomla! 3 Update History up to date!

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Joomla! 3 was launched in the last quarter of 2012.

Since then the average number of updates issued by the Joomla! Project has been 9 per year.

Approximately HALF of these updates have been SECURITY updates.


2018 so far: 11 updates (5 bug fix & 6 security fixes).

2017: 10 updates (4 bug fix & 6 security fixes).

2016: 8 updates (5 bug fix & 3 security fixes).

2015: 9 updates (5 bug fix & 4 security fixes).

Miss critical security updates at your peril.

Be proactive or engage the services of someone who will be proactive on your behalf.

Making Tax Digital is on its way!

In the coming years businesses will need to keep digital records of their finances and submit tax returns through HMRC-approved accounting software.

For starters MOST businesses with turnover greater than £85,000 (VAT threshold for 2018-19 tax year) will have to submit their quarterly VAT returns in this way WEF April 2019.

This story was covered by Radio 4 Money Box Live on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

Listen here: Money Box Live - Making Tax Digital.


We use FreeAgent to get ahead of the game

You may already be using an accounts software package which is recognised by HMRC as being ready to support MTD for VAT.

If not then we recommend FreeAgent.

Ask your hosting company for PHP 7.1

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside ukIf you have updated your Joomla! CMS to v3.8 or later, you should also upgrade your server's PHP version to PHP 7.1.

PHP 7.1 was released in December 2016.

And will continue to receive security support from the developer until December 2019.

Joomla! 3.8.0 was the first release in the Joomla! Development Cycle to be compatible with PHP 7.1.


Why upgrade your PHP?

PHP 7.1 provides a significant performance boost for Joomla! 3.8 websites when compared with using previous versions of PHP.

If your hosting company offers PHP 7.1 then you should use it.

Reasons to upgrade

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

Need help gearing up for GDPR?

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GDPR: General Data Protection Regulations

Last month I posed the question "How might GDPR affect any business or organisation?".

I also recommended that small business owners learn from how larger organisations are adopting the new privacy regulations.

To this end I have been monitoring the plethora of GDPR related emails arriving in my inbox from suppliers and service providers over the past few weeks.

freeagent dark 180x150Whilst most are the usual ya-de-da (and amount to nothing better than spam), a gold nugget arrived in my inbox this morning from the provider of our cloud accounting package: FREEAGENT.

I recommend that you read the blog post by Richard Grey (FreeAgent) and then take a look at their GDPR Policy Statement.

Read on to see the links:

Are you geared up for GDPR?

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GDPR: General Data Protection Regulations

Even the smallest business runs the risk of incurring financial penalties if it does not comply with these new regulations.

If like me you have been vaguely aware of GDPR but not yet acted, now is the time.

The new regulations come into force in May 2018.

I found that reading the article at the following link was useful.

When I did, two questions came to mind:

  • how might GDPR affect any business or organisation, big or small?
  • what practical steps might help a business/organisation comply with the regulations?

Read more: What is GDPR for Small Businesses?