Post by jwyatt » Fri Sep 15, 2023 1:33 am

Hello everyone! First off, my apologies if this is posted in the wrong forum. I thought I had seen a forum topic here before along the lines of "Hire a developer" but I did not see that today.

Our website www.micro-trains.com is on OpenCart 2.2.0.0 running on the Journal v2.16.1 theme.

We've had numerous security issues in recent months and our web host said we can solve these problems by upgrading the OpenCart version on our site. I admit I have a lingering doubt about this, because there are still a lot of people using OpenCart 2, evidenced by the active support forum here for OpenCart 2.

So, please anyone feel free to set me straight if upgrading OpenCart isn't really the likely cure for security issues. (Website hacks, at one point for example our domain was redirecting to another unknown and completely unrelated URL).

But if you guys agree that, yeah we better upgrade: can I ask about hiring a developer here, or is there another place I could go to find a list of developers we could hire to upgrade the site for us (particularly with an eye to retaining as much of its current front-end and back-end functionality as possible)?

Thanks very much!

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Post by ADD Creative » Fri Sep 15, 2023 4:11 pm

While there are some security vulnerabilities that have been patched in later versions, they are not of the sort that can easily be exploited, as far as I'm aware. They would likely require some sort of interaction by an admin to do what you describe.

What is far more likely in my experience is weak/stolen passwords or security vulnerabilities found in themes and extensions. Old versions of the Journal theme are known to have vulnerabilities.

Of course upgrading OpenCart will probably force you to upgrade your theme and extensions anyway. You would need to check there are newer version that would be compatible with whatever version of OpenCart you decide to upgrade to.

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Post by TMD Extension @ » Sat Sep 16, 2023 1:31 pm

It is highly important to always stay updated on software versions. In the case of OpenCart. the latest version is unstable and has a lot of errors. You can upgrade your website to 3.3x version that is stable and the most preferred amount by the developers. It will add security in your website, as OpenCart constantly working to make it more secure and reliable for shoppers and website owners.

We have created a module that will upgrade your website's OpenCart version to a stable 3.3x version. If you like to upgrade your website to the latest 4x version we can easily do it -- but not recommended. https://www.opencart.com/index.php?rout ... load_id=29

We will make your website Compatible with PHP 8 version to make sure your website will run smoothly.

when a hacker gains access through a module or theme security breach. then they add their code to the website. There are tools present like server-side "SECURI" and other tools that will prevent the hackers from taking down the website. Enable the backups, real-time antivirus scanning on your server.

On the other hand, hacking is a skill. The hacker even hacks Google, Facebook and other companies. :P

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Post by SohBH » Sat Sep 16, 2023 5:54 pm

Hi,
It would be more practical to address any remaining issues rather than opting for a store upgrade. Upgrading your store would necessitate starting from scratch, including reinstalling the theme and extensions. This approach could potentially be more time-consuming and complex than simply addressing and resolving any lingering issues in your current setup.

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Post by EvolveWebHosting » Sun Sep 17, 2023 10:07 am

jwyatt wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2023 1:33 am
Hello everyone! First off, my apologies if this is posted in the wrong forum. I thought I had seen a forum topic here before along the lines of "Hire a developer" but I did not see that today.

Our website www.micro-trains.com is on OpenCart 2.2.0.0 running on the Journal v2.16.1 theme.

We've had numerous security issues in recent months and our web host said we can solve these problems by upgrading the OpenCart version on our site. I admit I have a lingering doubt about this, because there are still a lot of people using OpenCart 2, evidenced by the active support forum here for OpenCart 2.

So, please anyone feel free to set me straight if upgrading OpenCart isn't really the likely cure for security issues. (Website hacks, at one point for example our domain was redirecting to another unknown and completely unrelated URL).

But if you guys agree that, yeah we better upgrade: can I ask about hiring a developer here, or is there another place I could go to find a list of developers we could hire to upgrade the site for us (particularly with an eye to retaining as much of its current front-end and back-end functionality as possible)?

Thanks very much!

Jacob Wyatt
Micro-Trains Line Co.
This is Godaddy telling you to upgrade? Rather than upgrade, check the PHP version you are using. You are right that many are using older Opencart versions but they have used modified version that supports PHP 8+. From a hosting aspect, there's also the option of using a hosting provider that includes CloudLinux. CloudLinux releases security patches for the outdated PHP versions that the head developers of PHP no longer update and support.

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Post by jwyatt » Thu Sep 21, 2023 1:44 am

Thank you all very much for your thoughtful responses.

You've given me a lot of food for thought - on the one hand I'm being told that upgrading is important, another practical approach being to address existing issues rather than do an entire rebuild (as SohBH advised, saying upgrading would be like starting from scratch - so do I understand correctly that we couldn't upgrade OpenCart and retain our order records, customer database, and product databases - everything would have to start truly from scratch?)

Also, after reading this I realize it is important to include that we have intentionally kept our server at an older PHP version (version 5 I believe), because whenever it has been updated to current PHP version the site always has a PHP error at the top of the site on almost every page (When PHP is updated it is usually GoDaddy doing that without us asking when we let them know we're having issues - we end up telling them "No, we have to keep it at this version otherwise we get errors", so they put it back to the previous version and resolve whatever other issue we're having)

In terms of security attacks, our latest critical issue was due to the fact that we had a defunct site build on an old version of Wordpress present on the server - which allowed hackers to install various mal-wares.

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Post by SohBH » Thu Sep 21, 2023 4:18 pm

jwyatt wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2023 1:44 am
Thank you all very much for your thoughtful responses.

You've given me a lot of food for thought - on the one hand I'm being told that upgrading is important, another practical approach being to address existing issues rather than do an entire rebuild (as SohBH advised, saying upgrading would be like starting from scratch - so do I understand correctly that we couldn't upgrade OpenCart and retain our order records, customer database, and product databases - everything would have to start truly from scratch?)

Also, after reading this I realize it is important to include that we have intentionally kept our server at an older PHP version (version 5 I believe), because whenever it has been updated to current PHP version the site always has a PHP error at the top of the site on almost every page (When PHP is updated it is usually GoDaddy doing that without us asking when we let them know we're having issues - we end up telling them "No, we have to keep it at this version otherwise we get errors", so they put it back to the previous version and resolve whatever other issue we're having)

In terms of security attacks, our latest critical issue was due to the fact that we had a defunct site build on an old version of Wordpress present on the server - which allowed hackers to install various mal-wares.
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