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XF 1.3 Safe way to upgrade?

#1
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?
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#2
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.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#4
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.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#6
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
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.
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.
 

craigiri

Well-known member
#10
I've upgraded live on every release since beta with no issues.
I don't have a test site anymore :)
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.
 

melbo

Well-known member
#11
Agreed

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.