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Upgrading Joomla 1.5 to 3.x notes

Postby PGB » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:02 pm

Notes regarding upgrading a joomla 1.5 website to 3.x

    On the 1.5 install clean out all trash, menus etc. Remove duplicate section and category names. Remove unused unpublished items. Generally tidy up the backend before backup.

    Backup old site files (on some hosts you may need to select site files and use the compress option, download resulting zip, original live site files will remain) and database, save remotely, download locally.

    Via file manager in cpanel create a new folder in public_html named newsite.

    Upload and install new core joomla package

    Enable "Upload from web" in Extension Manager

    Upload and install ALL new extensions, templates, etc. compatable with 3.x

    Run upgrade script as instructed (available here to clients as a service or for purchase from the author) - ASK for the proper script. Most upgrade/migrate/transfer scrips fail.

    Check front and backend of test site. Republish modules to new positions if needed. Use old site as reference.

    Set site to offline.

    In root delete old site files (You have a compressed copy on server from above just in case)

    In the new site fold select all files and use the "Move To" function to move these to root. The move to field will say something like public_html/newsite/ so delete the "newsite/" to move files.

    After complete open/edit configuration.php file and find where it says "newsite" and remove those two mentions.

    Test front and backend.

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