After the migration is complete

After the migration is complete

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The final step of the migration process confirms when the upgrade has been successfully completed, and displays shortcut links for the administrator to access the new Joomla! 2.5 installation. You can visit the front-end of the new install using the "Site" link, while the "Administrator" link will direct you to the back-end. With a successful migration, you should be able to log into the new site using the same username and password as the old one.

Post-migration verification and testing

Now that the upgrade is complete, it is recommended to run through the following checklist:

In the back-end
  • verify all user accounts were transferred and group level permissions settings have been maintained
  • check that all Joomla! categories and articles were transferred correctly, including any Joomla! 1.5 sections that were converted
  • check that all menus were transferred and menu items and parameters have been maintained
  • check that all core modules and stored parameters were transferred
  • in case they are part of the site's functionality, check to ensure that any banners, contacts, newsfeeds and weblinks (and their respective category structures) have been transferred and rebuilt successfully
  • verify that all the images and media used in the Joomla 1.5 site has been transferred successfully (a quick way to check is using the "Media Manager" in the new installation)
  • if any supported third-party components are being used on the new 2.5 site, verify that all the relevant data has been transferred successfully (this can only be done after the 2.5 version of the component has been installed)
  • check Joomla!'s Global Configuration to verify all relevant settings are correct

In the front-end
  • check that the template(s) used for the site are being displayed correctly
  • check that all menu item links work and point to the items they are meant to
  • check that any Joomla! categories being used have the correct articles assigned to them
  • check that the modules are displaying in the correct positions

Making manual adjustments to the new site

After testing the integrity of the migration, there are several manual adjustments that might have to be made to complete the gaps in the site and resolve minor display issues. Some of these include:

  • locating and installing any required language packs (as these are not migrated)
  • updating the "template_details.xml" file of any transferred 1.5 templates before 2.5 can work with them
  • updating the template positions of modules not yet assigned or those that lost their assignments to match those of the new template
  • if using a club template, locating and installing the 2.5 version of the template in the new site
  • locating and installing the native 2.5 versions of the components whose data was migrated
  • locating and installing the native 2.5 versions of any modules that were being used on the old site
  • locating and installing the native 2.5 versions of any plugins that were being used on the old site
  • in the event that 2.5 versions are not available, locating, installing and configuring any extensions that would provide similar or equal functionality to the ones used on the old site, or leaving the functionality out for the meantime altogether

Backing up the new site

The migration has been completed successfully, all minor issues have been resolved, re-installations and manual adjustments have been made, and the site has been tested and verified as working successfully and as expected. The new site is ready to move into the old one's space.

Before that happens though, it is highly recommended to make a backup of the new site. Once again, Akeeba Backup is the component of choice for this job; simply download and install into the new 2.5 site. If you have Akeeba Backup installed on the 1.5 site before running jUpgrade, any profile or configuration settings will be transferred and available as soon as it has been installed in the 2.5 site.

The backup instructions are the same as those listed on the " Preparing to migrate from 1.5" page.

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Moving the new site over to the old space

Once you are satisfied with the new version of the site, verified that the migrated tables are in working order, and have made a proper backup, follow these steps to replace the live Joomla 1.5 with the newly migrated Joomla 2.5 website.

The general procedure is as follows (it should take about 30 seconds if you review the steps before you start):

  1. Create a subfolder (e.g. myoldsite) for the Joomla 1.5 installation in your html root, e.g. public_html/myoldsite
  2. Select all the folders (***except the jupgrade folder***) and files in the html root and move them into the Joomla 1.5 subfolder (e.g. myoldsite)
  3. Select all the folders and files in the jupgrade folder and move them to the html root
  4. Double check the frontend and backend


The notes that follow are borrowed from the JomSocial migration guide (http://www.jomsocial.com/blog/moving-joomla-25-from-localhost-to-live-site.html).

If the migration is done locally

1. Make sure a backup or several backups of the live site have been made.

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2. Completely erase all Joomla files in /public_html/ directory of the live site. Be cautious if you have several non-Joomla directories in it that you may require for other reasons.

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3. Using your favourite FTP software, upload the entire content in /jupgrade folder of your local site into the live /public_html/ directory.

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4. Once done, be sure to update Joomla 2.5’s configuration.php, and update it to meet your new server setting.

5. Don’t forget to also export the database for local site, and then import it into the livesite using PHPMyAdmin.

6. For more information on moving site from local to live, kindly view this Joomla documentation.

7. You are now done! Joomla 2.5 is now live!

If the migration is done on live site

1. Make sure a backup or several backups of the live site have been made.

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2. Completely erase all Joomla files in /public_html/ directory of the live site, but DO NOT delete the /jupgrade/ directory. Be cautious if you have several non-Joomla directories in it that you may still need them for other reasons.

3. Move all content inside /jupgrade/ directory into the main /public_html/ directory.

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4. Once done, be sure to update Joomla 2.5’s configuration.php, and update it to meet the new paths.

5. You are now done! Joomla 2.5 is now live!

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