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XF 1.3 Safe way to upgrade?

Discussion in 'Installation, Upgrade, and Import Support' started by LurkerLou, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. LurkerLou

    LurkerLou Active Member

    Would it work updating offline on a test site and get everything situated and then just upload the whole test site folder to your directory?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That's one way of doing it.
    Bear in mind that while you're doing the upgrade on the test site, you would need to close your live site, otherwise people will be posting to a database which is going to be overwritten and any content will be lost.

    The other way is to test upgrading on a dev site and once you're comfortable with the process and have taken notes about what needs to be done, then you can do it on the live site.
  3. LurkerLou

    LurkerLou Active Member

    The test site is wholly hosted locally with it's own DB.
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Well that's not going to work then is it?

    When you upload the test DB to your live site DB it's going to overwrite it.
  5. LurkerLou

    LurkerLou Active Member

    DB and forum files are separate. The DB is hosted on another server. The DB won't be uploaded.
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    How exactly are you going to upgrade without touching the DB?

    There are many changes made to the DB when upgrading to 1.3.

    To clarify, you can only upgrade using the installation (files and database) you intend to use for your live site.
  7. LurkerLou

    LurkerLou Active Member

    I wasn't aware it would be touching the database. I thought it was just a file overwrite and/or update. If it updates the DB then I can't do it as I had hoped, update the files offline and then just overwrite the files. Thanks for clarifying, Brogan.
  8. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    I've upgraded live on every release since beta with no issues.
    I don't have a test site anymore :)
  9. LurkerLou

    LurkerLou Active Member

    Thanks for the vote of confidence.
  10. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Maybe you...but almost every time we upgraded our (large) forum, we needed some stuff tweaked...not the fault of XF, but often add-ons as well as perhaps permission issues, etc.

    If everything is perfect from day one...and it's a small forum without many add-ons, you can have a high degree of confidence. For everything else, you should have backups as well as perhaps an expert (from here) waiting in the wings in case you run into issues.
    jmurrayhead likes this.
  11. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member


    I have daily,weekly,monthly backups. I do not upgrade on day one of a release but wait to check out any addon updates or reported issues first.

    I don't mean to upgrade recklessly, I just don't have a test site for upgrades anymore and perform them live in the wee hours of the morning.

    With a little preliminary work, I've never had an issue.

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