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Moving Joomla 2.5 from localhost to live site


Once you are satisfied, and have verified that the migrated tables are in working order, follow these steps to replace the live Joomla 1.5 with the newly migrated Joomla 2.5 website.

If the migration is done locally:

1. Make sure a backup or several backups of the live site have been made.


2. Completely erase all Joomla files in /public_html/ directory of the live site. Be cautious if you have several non-Joomla directories in it that you may require for other reasons.


3. Using your favourite FTP software, upload the entire content in /jupgrade folder of your local site into the live /public_html/ directory.

4. Once done, be sure to update Joomla 2.5’s configuration.php, and update it to meet your new server setting.

5. Don’t forget to also export the database for local site, and then import it into the livesite using PHPMyAdmin.

6. For more information on moving site from local to live, kindly view this Joomla documentation.

7. You are now done! Joomla 2.5 is now live!

8. If you wish to continue with migration of JomSocial information, please follow Phase 5 onwards.

If the migration is done on live site:

1. Make sure a backup or several backups of the live site have been made.

2. Completely erase all Joomla files in /public_html/ directory of the live site, but DO NOT delete the /jupgrade/ directory. Be cautious if you have several non-Joomla directories in it that you may still need them for other reasons.

3. Move all content inside /jupgrade/ directory into the main /public_html/ directory.

4. Once done, be sure to update Joomla 2.5’s configuration.php, and update it to meet the new paths.

5. You are now done! Joomla 2.5 is now live!

6. If you wish to continue with migration of JomSocial information, please follow Phase 5 onwards.

Navigation. You are now reading Part 1 of a series of 6.
Part 1: Migrating Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 2.5, a guided tutorial
Part 2: Preparing Joomla 1.5 site for Joomla 2.5 migration
Part 3: Comparison of Joomla 2.5 Migrators. In review: jUpgrade
Part 4: Joomla 2.5 Migrator Review J2XML Importer
Part 5: Joomla 2.5 Migrator Review SP Upgrade
Part 6: Moving Joomla 2.5 from localhost to live site

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    Great tutorial. I would like to add that taking a back up of a Joomla based website and restoring it either on line or locally could be much easier if we use Akeeba Back up component for it. Just my 2 cents.

    Cheers all