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I need to upgrade a really old website and after suggestions on the best way to do this... the version-specific guides only start at V4.x so i assume I'll need to get to a V4.x and then upgrade from there... any suggestions welcome
I have an (unofficial) archive of all the Umbraco releases, (if you are missing any?)
Towards the bottom of the page there is a general upgrade path guideline, along with links to blog posts about more specific upgrades.
Thanks Lee... fark, 13 upgrades to get to the latest version. NASTY!
I wonder if it'd be better just to rebuild the entire site on V6. hmmmmmm :|
Of course the guidelines I put on there are more to cover myself and to try make the upgrades as smooth (albeit lengthy) process.
You could skip a few of the steps between the v4.x releases - just keep in mind that there'd be a load of config changes.
e.g. v3.0.6 > v22.214.171.124 > v4.5.2 > v4.8.1 > v6.0.2
But yes, still a number of steps.
... or take a backup of your v3.0.6 site, upgrade it direct to v6.0.2 ... and see what happens? Theoretically all the database upgrade scripts are in the code, so it could work - the biggest parts are the config changes, especially between switching to MasterPage templates (in v4.x) and XML schema from legacy to new (in v4.5). Obviously I can't make any guarantees - the safest option is still the 13-steps. :-)
Good luck and godspeed.
Thanks Lee... I'll let you know how I get when i get onto it in a few days.
I'm leaning towards rebuilding the site.. i dont think it'd take much longer than the upgrade path, and is less likely to leave me with ongoing issues in the future. Sounds safer and cleaner to me.
FYI, I rebuilt this site from scratch. Upgrading seemed to painful an option and potentially would have taken even longer than a full rebuild.
Thanks for the advice though
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