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My organization is currently using Umbraco 6.2.5. We are interested in upgrading to the newest version of Umbraco but want to be aware of the pitfalls an upgrade like that can come with.
Does anyone have suggestions for for upgrading? Is 6.2.5 to 7.2 too far a jump?
Any and all upgrade advice is welcome.
Hello Jeremy and welcome to Our :-)
Unfortunately it's been a while since I've been doing big upgrades myself however it's always a good idea to read the information about version specific upgrades here https://our.umbraco.com/documentation/getting-started/setup/upgrading/version-specific
Since you're going from version 6.2.5 you should also read this document very carefully https://our.umbraco.com/documentation/getting-started/setup/upgrading/upgrading-to-v7 - A lot of things has changed under the hood since the version you're coming from. So it's also worth considering how to deal with any potential 3rd party packages currently being used and figure out if they will still work or if they need to be replaced somehow. Also any custom API stuff might need to be refactored for instance. If you're using ASP.NET Masterpages for templating it might be necessary to keep using these, which you can by changing the <useAspMasterPages> setting in the /config/umbracoSettings.config file mentioned in the documentation here: https://our.umbraco.com/documentation/reference/config/umbracosettings/#templates
Apart from that Paul Seal has written a nice blogpost on how to upgrade Umbraco in a safe manner here https://codeshare.co.uk/blog/how-to-upgrade-umbraco-safely/
If I remember correctly you should in theory be able to upgrade from 6.2.5 to 7.11.1 for instance. But I'm not sure about this and I think it's better to do a step by step process since it's easier to manage and remember to do the necessary changes bit by bit.
But of course make sure to backup the files and database before starting the journey :-)
I hope this helps!
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