Migration - Joomla 1.5 - 2.5.1 - Preparing your existing Joomla installation for the migration

Preparing your existing Joomla installation for the migration

Before performing the migration you need to first complete a backup of the Joomla installation. Depending on your hosting provider there should be an option to perform a backup from within your hosting control panel. If there isn't then it is ok you can do a backup using akeeba backup. Once you have completed the backup you will need to register for and download the JUpgrade component.

You should use this opportunity to review the site, its content, modules and components that are installed on your site. If there is anything you deem as no longer needed or are you are not using then you really should remove these. If there is no updates available for the Joomla components, plugins or modules you are running then you should ask yourself 3 questions. Firstly is that component a free one? secondly is there a need for this component after the upgrade and finally if there is no upgrade is there going to be one or has the existance of this component come to an end?

Once you have gone through these questions remove the ones you no longer need. Grab upgrades for the ones you can and store them on your computer. If you cannot do either then you should really be looking around for someone who can help you with this migration as it is not something you will be able to complete. I know this sounds harsh but this process can get difficult especially if you are not experienced in this process.

There are alot of providers that will be able to help you but you will have to keep in mind that it will come at a cost. I would strongly recommend that you consult the resources directory on Joomla for assistance first. If you cannot find someone who is willing to help you out then you need to allocate a good budget and to be honest $40-$50 for this support is not going to give you a decent result. Allow atleast $400-$1000 to be on the safe side.

The reason to cater for such a budget is for a few reasons. The most common is that if you are being charged at a per hour rate, which is going to be a the most likely outcome then you need to cater for atleast 8 hours labour. I know people will tell you "Rubbish it can be done in 2-3 hours." I also know that those people waste more of your time in getting it done and more importantly getting it running. There would be a few people within the Joomla community that I would trust to do this in that sort of timeframe. These people are usually extremely busy and they do know what they are doing so that will certainly come at a higher cost than you would have thought.

The other side of the coin is that you will probably end up using these people again for other things if they do a good job. You really need to develop such a relationship with those people and in order for them to hang around in the future doing this sort of work they need to be paid accordingly. Enough of this side note talk, I think you should get the point by now.

You should now be at the stage of downloading and installing the JUpgrade component, followed by enabling the MooTools Upgrade plugin.