With frequent Moodle and Totara major versions being released at least every six months (and minor versions released more regularly), it is understandable that it can be hard to keep up-to-date with version upgrades and whether there is really any benefit in doing so.
There are, in fact, many significant reasons why it is worthwhile in keeping your site up-to-date with version releases, some of which we discuss here.
- Security. Moodle and Totara version upgrades include patches for potential security vulnerabilities. For both systems the underlying processes for dealing with potential issues are robust and this means the risks are reduced, but why take a chance?
- Make your site more inviting. If your Moodle or Totara site is on an older version the site may look outdated. Branding that looked great 2 years ago can be out-of-touch with expectations of your current visitors. Current versions offer more opportunities to make your site look great so that you attract and maintain more engagement than ever before.
- Features, features, features! A popular driver for many clients wishing to upgrade their site are the inevitable new and improved features in the current release. It’s very satisfying to see comments on the roadmap coming to fruition in the software. Some features are requests from the community e.g. Certification management tool (Totara), drag and drop questions (Moodle). You may find that you’re spending hours achieving certain results on your site that’s streamlined or improved in the latest release.
- No longer supported. There comes a point where Moodle or Totara HQ can no longer support older versions. This means no more security reviews or other bug fixes by the core developers. You can view which versions are supported by Moodle HQ here, and Totara here.
Need help with upgrading your Moodle or Totara site? Get in touch with our friendly experts on 0330 660 1111 or contact us here.