Google Now Shows if Your Joomla Site is Out-of-Date

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googleOver the last few weeks, Google has quietly rolled out a new Joomla-specific feature. They will tell you if your Joomla site is out-of-date. Previously this useful feature had only been available to WordPress users.

Here's how to take advantage of this new Google feature.

Step 1: Sign up for Google Webmaster Tools


Step 2: Add a Site

  • Click the Add a Site button.
  • Enter the URL of the Joomla site you'd like to track.
  • Google will give ask you to download a file and upload it to your site. You will need access to FTP software or a file manager to upload the file.
  • Follow the first three steps and then click Verify.
  • If you can't or don't want to use these methods, you can also use a Joomla plugin.

Step 3: Check for Warnings

  • Once your site is verified, every time you login to Google Webmaster tools, you'll see a page like the one below.
  • Whenever your site becomes out-of-date, you'll see the message "Joomla Update Available".
  • Click the "View details" link in the image above and you'll see a detailed message explaining what you need to do.

About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.