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How to Auto-Update Joomla

Learn How to Enable Auto-Updating for Joomla 3 on SiteGround servers

In this tutorial we will show you how to use the Joomla! Auto-Update tool developed by us in order to keep your website always safe and up-to-date.

Accessing Joomla! Auto-Update

First, you need to access your cPanel. To do that, login to your User Area and go to the My Accounts tab. On this page, you will find a list of all of your hosting accounts with SiteGround. Select the one you want to install Joomla to and click on the Go to cPanel button next to it.

Once you access your cPanel account, open the Joomla! Auto-Update tool located in the Sitebuilding Software section.

How to have your Joomla listed in the tool

All Joomla installations you make through SiteGround install tools will be listed in the Auto-Update tool by default. The tools will show their current versions and information if newer version is available.

If you have a manually installed Joomla, or do not see any of your Joomla 3 installs, just use the “Add URL” button in the bottom right corner.


What will happen when Auto Update is enabled?

When your Joomla Auto Update is enabled you will be notified by email when there is a new Joomla version and your website will be automatically updated 24 hour later. Thus you do not need to keep track of new versions neither perform any manual updates. However, you can still be in control of the process as we send you an early notification and you can decide to skip any update you do not want to be performed.

Important! Your Joomla website will be updated to the latest version of its branch. This means that if you have a Joomla 2.5.6 site, it will be restored to Joomla 2.5.8 (which is the latest version by the time we are writing this tutorial) and if you have a Joomla 3.0.1 site, it will be updated to 3.0.2 if that's the latest version. This tool will not migrate your Joomla site from one main branch to another, for example it will not update your site from Joomla 1.0 to Joomla 1.5 or from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3.0.

How to use the tool for immediate Joomla update?

In addition to scheduled auto updates, the tool can also be used for immediate one-click updates of your Joomla. This option is available for all Joomla installations, including the ones for which the automatic function is disabled.

How to disable the Auto-Update?

You can cancel any scheduled update using the Actions dropdown. Thus the particular Joomla version will not be applied to your Joomla. However, this action does not disable the autoupdater in general and once the next version is released it will be applied normally.

If you want to disable the Auto-Update function completely, choose the disable action from the drop down.

How to revert an update, that has already taken place?

Note, that if any issues with your website occur due to the automatic update feature, you can always restore your site to its state before the update. Joomla Auto-Update stores a backup of your website each time, it performs an automatic update. If something goes wrong, simply select your site and select the Restore latest backup action.

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