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I need to update a client website from 7.2.8 to the latest possible version without breaking anything. We also need to be able to support changes in the XSLT files within the Umbraco administration. Only package we've installed is XSLTSearch version 3.0.5. Any feedback?
The package compatibility isn't helpful. My suggestion would be to take a backup of the website and database, firstly test this locally to see if this is possible.
You won't be able to just update to the latest version but https://our.umbraco.org/documentation/getting-started/setup/upgrading/version-specific covers the best ways to get the website as up to date as possible.
If the package you have installed doesn't work on the later version I can recommend ezSearch. It's really easy to install and set up and has good documentation if I remember rightly.
If you need any more help let me know.
XSLT should still work and I do believe XSLTsearch still works. EZsearch is the replacement for XSLTSearch and it has the same macro paramters, so it should be really easy to swap them out.
Really? Tried updating another website recently that gave me all sorts of problems meaning I had to downgrade back to 7.4.3 to get XSLT working including the editor in the backoffice.
If your XSLT macros use some of the EXSLT extensions, there's a package to reinstall those for v7.x ("EXSLT Redux", I think it's called).
I know editing XSLT files within the backoffice was pulled from the roadmap when all the template editors was updated recently, so you might be out of luck there?
That said, I have a site on Umbraco Cloud that was recently upgraded all the way to 7.7.2 - it's using a lot of XSLT and I can still open the files in the editor in the backoffice (though I don't edit them there).
On the other hand, if the only XSLT you're using is XSLTsearch, I'll definitely recommend replacing it with EZsearch to be future-proof.
Hope that helps,
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