In the options of the component Joomla! Update you can specify the update server. The current help info doesn't provide enough information to decide to use Custom URL and Currently configured (no change). When to use those options?

  • See docs.joomla.org for introduction on Joomla. If this question is not clear you are on the wrong q&a.
    – sovainfo
    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:43
  • To be honest, the bloody exclamation mark confused the way I read your question.
    – jackJoe
    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:51
  • Can't help that. It is the name of the component. Should I put the component name between quotes?
    – sovainfo
    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:52
  • I think so, at least for me it would make more sence.
    – jackJoe
    Apr 25, 2014 at 9:54

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The Custom URL option in the Update Server dropdown allows you to set the update server (or more specifically, an XML file listing update locations) in the Custom URL field below. This could be useful in a number of scenarios:

  • If you centrally manage multiple Joomla sites and want to stop users from performing updates, you could point it to a dummy file.
  • If you have your own in-house Joomla distribution mechanism (perhaps to stop users from upgrading to versions you don't support, or to point to a custom Joomla version you've modified yourself), you can point it to your own XML manifest of available updates, much like this example.

The Currently configured (no change) option stops Joomla from receiving / seeing any updates (a terrible name if you ask me).

Find out more in the docs.

  • Pointing to a dummy file is a nice idea :)
    – jackJoe
    Apr 25, 2014 at 10:02
  • Would probably use ACL permission to control who is allowed to update!
    – sovainfo
    Apr 25, 2014 at 10:06
  • That's valid - I imagine the Custom URL option gets very little usage, and the more I think about it the more I imagine it's designed for very specific use cases (e.g. custom version distribution, pushing specific versions that are 'corporate approved', etc.) Apr 25, 2014 at 10:10
  • Maybe for language specific versions or providers that have installation/update software.
    – sovainfo
    Apr 25, 2014 at 10:12
  • In J3.4 the Update Server is now called Update Channel, LTS is renamed Default, STS renamed Next. The No change option has been removed. Extension manager->Update Sites allow management, disable Joomla! Core to simulate the No change option. Suggest to verify other sites to enabled as well.
    – sovainfo
    Feb 28, 2015 at 13:27

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