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  • subhakar 18 posts 38 karma points
    Dec 23, 2021 @ 04:54

    Upgrade Umbraco 6.1 to umbraco 8

    Hi, I have have developed the websites in Umbraco 6.1 need to Upgrade the Umbraco v 8 .1.17 How to Upgrade the Website , Is there any major changes in DB wise, umbraco structure wise

    Or I can work from the scratch

  • Marc Goodson 2149 posts 14354 karma points MVP 9x c-trib
    Dec 23, 2021 @ 07:51
    Marc Goodson

    Hi subhakar

    That path is not for the feint-hearted! and not possible in a single step.

    But it is possible to upgrade incrementally from 6 -> 7 -> 7.6.14 -> 7.7.14 ->.7.15.7 and then migrated content to 8.1

    A lot will depend on the size of your site and any reliance on 3rd party plugins/property editors that might have existed for V6, but don't exist in V7 or V8.

    There is a guide here about migrating from V6 to V7:

    It's not possible to upgrade from v7 to v8, but there is a migration path, where you can migrate the data from the V7 site into a new vanilla V8 site, and then reimplement.

    guide here:

    Each version may have introduced new settings or have settings that need to be manually removed, the version-specific upgrade guide tells you what and when:

    And there is a really good blog post that describes the migration from v7 to v8, in great detail here:

    With the number of steps involved, if the site is reasonably small, it might be better to start from scratch with a new site, and then write code to or manually copy content into the new site.

    good luck!



  • Mark Drake 134 posts 458 karma points c-trib
    Dec 23, 2021 @ 19:18
    Mark Drake

    My agency has had little success moving sites in this manner.

    I've had one site successfully migrated from 7 to 8 because they were only using the CMS and no custom development work, no package dependencies, etc. We still used Usync to move everything over because in the end, the migration left a lot of things to cleanup.

    Marc above has a great response, but IMHO I'd get a team of data entry specialists to start migrating the site over to a new install, and a team of programmers to fix any backend & frontend issues along the way. That's too many versions.

    Also with 9 having just been released and 10 right around the corner - I'm not sure I'd waste my time specifically with version 8.

    I hope that my comments here are seen as constructive. All the best and happy holidays!

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