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== Next Steps... ==
== Choose A Checklist==
: When you're ready, continue on to [[Security Checklist 4 - Joomla Setup]].
# [[Security Checklist 1 - Getting Started|Getting Started]]
# [[Security Checklist 2 - Hosting and Server Setup|Hosting and Server Setup]]
# [[Security Checklist 3 - Testing and Development|Testing and Development]]
# [[Security Checklist 4 - Joomla Setup|Joomla Setup]]
# [[Security Checklist 5 - Site Administration|Site Administration]]
# [[Security Checklist 6 - Site Recovery|Site Recovery]]
[[Category:Security Checklist]]
[[Category:Security Checklist]]

Revision as of 01:07, 29 October 2008

Secure Testing and Development

Develop locally, deploy globally

Develop and test your site on a local machine first. Installing Joomla locally is not as hard as it may sound, and the exercise will greatly boost your confidence.

Use an IDE

Consider using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). One free IDE that many Joomla! developers use is Eclipse. See Setting up your workstation for Eclipse development for instructions on installing Eclipse.

Use a versioning system

Be able to roll back to an earlier version of your site using a modern version control system, such as CVS, Subversion, or git. The Eclipse IDE indicated about includes a Subversion plugin. This allows you to work with the Joomla! source repository as well as other projects hosted on JoomlaCode.

More suggested tools

Check out the Joomla! community's list of popular Developer Software and Tools.

Setup a backup process first

The most important rule

Thou shalt at all time be able to return your site to a previous working state through regular use of a strong, off-site backup and recovery process.
Be sure your backup and recovery process is ready and tested BEFORE your site goes live.
This is the single best way (and often the only way) to recover from such inevitable catastrophes as:
  1. A compromised/cracked site.
  2. Broken site due to a faulty upgrade.
  3. Hardware failure, such as dead hard drives, power failures, server theft, etc.
  4. Authoritarian government intervention. (More common than some think.)
  5. Needing to quickly relocate to a new server or hosting provider.

Choose A Checklist

  1. Getting Started
  2. Hosting and Server Setup
  3. Testing and Development
  4. Joomla Setup
  5. Site Administration
  6. Site Recovery