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Upgrade from 3.0.12 to 3.8.6
by SiSoft
29 Jul 2012 20:37

I want to upgrade my forum to 3.8.6, the current version is 3.0.12
Can I upgrade it normally ? or I have to upgrade from 3.0.12 to 3.6 then from 3.6 to 3.8.6

And another thing, the 3.0.12 works on php5 ?


borbole 29 Jul 2012 20:51

I am not familiar with the 3x versions and their server requirements but regarding the upgrade you can upgrade directly to 3.8.6. And don''t forget to make a backup of the db before the upgrade.

vijayninel 29 Jul 2012 21:07


Originally Posted by SiSoft (Post 2352527)
I want to upgrade my forum to 3.8.6, the current version is 3.0.12

:eek: !!! surely you mean 3.6.12 and not 3.0.12 ? Since you version is quite old there may be problems while upgrading. You could try this out in a test server to see how it goes. If there are problems you could import data to a new installation of 3.8.6.

peterska2 30 Jul 2012 02:09


3.0.x won't run on php5

Before doing anything, backup and backup again to be safe.

Never ever import instead of upgrading. It's the sure fire way to break things!

You'll need to redo the config.php file as that changed between 3.0.x and 3.5.x

A few things to do in advance:
- A clean install of the version you are upgrading to on a test site to convert your style. Styles have changed a lot since 3.0.x unless you have only made CSS changes in which case those will still apply after upgrading.
- Practice your upgrade on a test board using a copy of your live database. It will give you an idea of how long it takes and also any issues you may have can be worked out before upgrading your live site.

To upgrade:

- Close your live board
- Backup
- Backup again
- Upload the 3.8.[whatever the number is these days] files overwriting your existing files
- Redo config.php
- Run the upgrade script
- Be patient - some parts take a long time to run, especially the 3.5.0 beta upgrade sections and the 3.6.0 beta sections.
- When the upgrade script has finished, import your style that you updated on your test board
- Check for problems
- Open your site again

If you've got modifications on your site, they won't work any more. However, once you get used to it, you'll find the plugin system a pleasure to work with instead of editing files.

Good luck with the upgrade :)

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