In the past couple of days we are observing a rather interesting trend in our flow of incoming Customers – a lot of people tend to transfer from Bluehost to TMDHosting for hosting their Joomla 1.5.x up to Joomla 2.5.16 powered websites.

Bluehost appears to be banishing their Joomla Customers using version 2.5.17 or below, forcing them to either upgrade on their own, let Bluehost autoupdate their website (yes, without human interaction – what could go wrong?) or get suspended. This maneuver is dangerous for the hosted websites in so many ways, but let us name just a few:

  • Any kind of extensions not compatible with Joomla version 2.5.17 will stop working immediately
  • Any kind of templates not compatible with Joomla version 2.5.17 will stop working immediately
  • Any kind of code customizations, which you might have done, will be gone immediately
  • Mass auto upgrade is insane at such a large scale, no matter what


The official reason for banning Joomla 1.5.x from Bluehost is because this is an older version and is no longer supported. However, the truth is that if you already have a Joomla 1.5 website with some customizations, it is a completely usable, well-working, and stable platform. All you need is some extra human touch from a Joomla professional to patch your website and you are good to go!

In short, we at TMDHosting believe that all of the hard work put on so many Joomla websites should not go to waste, and we are ready to assist any Joomla user in preserving their website in a way they like it to be, while making sure it is secured and functional. TMDHosting specialize in Joomla hosting since 2007, and we have gathered detailed knowledge on how Joomla operates, allowing us to tailor our services to provide an incredible Joomla experience. And that does not stop with the environment – we know how important a helping hand really is, and that is why we provide FREE Joomla support and personal assistance to our customers. Thus, there are numerous options we can suggest for preserving the way your website looks, feels and operates, while improving its security and even its speed:

Step 1: Transferring your Joomla website to TMDHosting – it is free!

Our Genius Support Team will transfer all your data from your current hosting provider (no matter if it is Bluehost or not) to our servers. All you need to do this is to provide us with your former hosting company’s login details. It is a service TMDHosting provides completely free of charge. Furthermore, we will transfer your website to a server that is completely optimized and assembled to handle Joomla powered websites!

Step 2 (Final Step): TMDHosting patches your Joomla 1.5 website with no downtime guaranteed! – FREE

Once you have your website transferred over to the TMDHosting infrastructure, we can secure your Joomla 1.5 instance, that way allowing you to continue using it the same way as before, while making sure your website is protected against any known vulnerabilities. TMDHosting will neither threaten you with suspension for not upgrading your software, nor will insanely auto-upgrade the entire infrastructure, eventually leaving you behind with a broken and probably useless website. So far, there is only one major security hole in Joomla 1.5 and it already has a fix released for it, a matter that requires a small update, not a general change in the infrastructure. This is also a service, which TMDHosting’s Genius Team provides completely free of charge.

You would like to upgrade to Joomla 2.5.17 while keeping your website’s look & feel the same? We can help you out with that as well!

Of course, if you are a Joomla user and you find Joomla 2.5.17 or any other version more attractive or useful than the one you are currently using, TMDHosting covers you, as well. Why risk an automatic upgrade, when you can have a member of our Genius Support Team sit down and personally review and upgrade your Joomla instance? Our techs are insanely dedicated to their job, making sure that every module and component of your website can be upgraded before actually performing the upgrade, thus making sure no functionality is broken, or left behind. Where modules and components cannot be upgraded, their experience allows them to give suggestions for other, compatible versions, making the transition from an older to a newer Joomla version as smooth as possible.

So, you can have your website transferred over, secured, and running well on our Joomla optimized infrastructure, without having to deal with auto upgrades, or any changes. You can even have it manually upgraded, so that as much of your work as possible is kept in the new version of the site, and all of that, completely FREE of charge. Our technicians will be glad to take care of all the work required, saving you valuable time and effort, the only thing you need to do is to choose a hosting provider that knows their Joomla, and has the experience to prove it. We are looking forward to have you as a part of our happy Joomla family!