Should I update my existing Joomla 2.5 website to Joomla 3.2 and above?

In December 2014, Joomla.org support ended for Joomla 2.5. In addition, support for the Joomla 2.5 version of JForce also ended. That said, our development team will be focusing our attention and resources to the Joomla 3.2 and above version of JForce only. In addition, we are no longer providing support nor updates for the Joomla 2.5 version of JForce.

 

Should I upgrade my existing Joomla 2.5 website or create a new Joomla 3.2 and above website?

The decision of whether to upgrade or create a new Joomla website is up to you to decide. There are two options available.

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Option A) Upgrade your existing website to Joomla 3.2 and above. Then install the latest version of JForce that supports Joomla 3.2 and above

Note: A problem with this method is that other Components or Plugins on your website might need to be updated as well (if they are dependent on an older version of Joomla).

Note: If choosing this method, we also recommend ensuring that your website is using a default Joomla template for JForce (example: Protostar for Joomla 3.X). To accomplish this, simply log into the Joomla Back-end / Admin ... navigate to Menus ... locate the JForce menu item ... Edit the JForce Menu item and change the Template Style to a Joomla default template (example: Protostar if you are using Joomla 3.X) If you do not see Protostar listed, navigate to Extensions ... Extension Manager ... Manage. Search for Protostar to see if it's published. If it's not published, simply publish the template. If it's not listed it may not be installed or other issue.

Note: For reference on how to migrate Joomla, please click this link

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Option B) Create a brand new Joomla 3.2 or above website such as a subdomain Joomla website.

Note: Joomla 3.2 and above simply means that any version of Joomla above Joomla 3.2 will work with JForce 3.X.X+. For example, we also support Joomla 3.3.6 and newer versions of Joomla.

Note: There are no known cons to this method, provided the backup and restore is done correctly. In addition, it will make sure that you have the latest version of JForce installed and with the latest version of Joomla.

 

If choosing option B, how do I backup and migrate the JForce database and files from an old website to a new Joomla website?

Note: If you need assistance with logging into your database, you may contact your hosting provider.

( ) if your website has CPanel and how to login to Cpanel

( ) if your website has CPanel and how to manage your database via phpmyadmin

( ) how to login to your database if your hosting provider is hostgator

( ) how to login to your database if your hosting provider is godaddy

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To accomplish this and migrate JForce from an old website to a brand new website.

[A] Backup your JForce database to an SQL file and backup Joomla users database table

1) You will need to login to your database via a database management tool similar to phpmyadmin

2) click on database name for your website.

3) place a checkbox to the left for ALL _jf database tables

4) scroll down to the bottom of the page

5) Where it says "With Selected" ... click the dropdown to select the "Export" option.

6) Choose Export Method Quick, unless you wish to customize, and for Format select SQL

7) Click Okay.

8) Then save the SQL file. This will backup all of your JForce database tables to an sql file.

9) Place a checkbox to the left of the _usergroups , _users , _user_notes , _user_profiles , _user_usergroup_map , _viewlevels , and export any other database tables that you need to migrate. This will ensure that the Joomla user id numbers etc. will be the same on the new website.

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[B] Backup your JForce files

1) If in your htdocs or www or html folder (depending on how your website is setup in terms of folder structure) if you have a folder name that ends with DSimages and DSmedia you will need to backup both of these folders. After backing them up OR alternatively if you do not see these folders listed, then proceed to step [B2] below.

2) Backup / save a copy of all of your other JForce files. These files can be found within /media/com_jforce

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[C] Create a new Joomla 3.2 or above website , copy over the avatar and document files , and import the JForce database

1) Create your new Joomla website.

2) Using FTP, copy over the the files that you backed up in [B1] and [B2] and copy them to the new Joomla website that you created in step [C1]

3) After creating the website, login to your database via a database management tool similar to phpmyadmin

4) click on the database name for your website

5) click the "Import" button

6) click the "Choose File" button and select the file that was downloaded in step [A]8

7) click the "Go" button for the import to start

8) Note: if necessary you may need to rename the database table prefixes for the new database tables that were imported IF they do not match the existing prefix for your new website database. In addition, depending on what other types of database tables that were imported (such as user database tables) you may need to replace some of the database tables on the new website with the ones that were imported. The goal is to have all database tables have a matching prefix and to NOT have any duplicate database tables.

9) After the import is finished, open a web browser, navigate to, and log into the Administrative Back-end of your website (which has Joomla CMS installed).

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[D] Download the latest version of JForce that supports Joomla 3.2+. Then install the latest version of JForce on your new website

1) To download JForce after purchase, open a web browser and navigate to the Extension Depot website at http://extensiondepot.com/ , click the Sign In (menu link) in the upper right corner (if you are not already logged in), enter your username and password. Then, click the login button. Navigate to the Purchase History page. Then click the "View Details and Downloads" to access the "Purchase Confirmation" page which includes the available download links to download the latest version, which supports Joomla 3.2 and above.

2) After downloading, to install or update JForce, navigate to your Joomla Administration ... Extensions ... Extension Manager ... choose the .zip file that you downloaded in step [D1] ... then click "Upload and Install".

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[E] Setup your Joomla menu item for JForce and configure the Joomla menu item to use the default Joomla template named Protostar

Note: all JForce documentation may be found at http://jforce.com/index.php/help

Note: to configure the Joomla menu item to use the Protostar template, simply log into the Joomla Back-end / Admin ... navigate to Menus ... locate the JForce menu item ... Edit the JForce Menu item and change the Template Style to Protostar. Then save and close.