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How I migrated to Joomla 2.5 – a true story.

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Would you like to upgrade to Joomla 2.5 - or even go straight to Joomla 3.3?

A few months ago, I was still using Joomla 1.5.

After several hack attempts, I was worried that my site would be compromised, or that my extensions would no longer be supported.

So I decided to upgrade to Joomla 2.5.

Well, I tried.

I tried out all the different migration extensions. None of them did the job. Either they missed out data, or they lost the arrangement of items, or they used the wrong article IDs.

And none of them saved the data properly to the new Joomla asset table. This meant I had trouble rearranging, deleting and editing items after the migration.

And so I developed Migrate Me.

Here's how it works

I designed Migrate Me to be really easy to use. Watch the video here, and follow these instructions:

Step 1: Install a new Joomla 2.5 (or Joomla 3) environment on your system
Step 2: Install Migrate Me
Step 3 (optional): Install the components you want to keep on your new system. This allows Migrate Me to upgrade the data during migration.
Step 4: Download a copy of your database. You can either use PHPMyAdmin or DataSafe Pro.
Step 5: Open Migrate Me, and find your backup.
Step 6: Select the data to migrate, and click 'Begin Migration'
Step 7: Migration is complete! Check the log and admin, and update your template. Job done!

 

Just look at all the benefits you get:

Articles migrated! Categories migrated!
Menus migrated! Custom HTML modules migrated!
Users migrated! Kunena data migrated!
Weblinks migrated! K2 data migrated!
Extensions data migrated! Asset table built and integrated!
Links perfectly maintained! Article & Category IDs maintained!

 

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All purchases come with upgrades, support, and a satisfaction guarantee.

Please note: this component will only migrate Joomla! 1.5. To migrate Joomla! 1.6, 1.7 or 2.5 please use MigrateMe PLUS

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Manos K

Rating:
July 13, 2014 - 16:00

I think this probably the best solution for migrating 1.5 sites to the latest versions. If only there was one option -if possible of course- to keep existing content if any.

The reason I am asking this is because it more than usual to install Joomla 2.5 or 3.3 from a quickstart file of a purchased template that installs a lot of sample data. Once the Migrate Me does its magic, all of the sample data is lost. That means that one is a blind as to how to achieve the original template's functionality and look'n'feel, the way it was in the demo of the template.

Reply to Manos K

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
July 14, 2014 - 09:29

Hi Manos,

This would also be true if you installed the template with demo data on your 'live' site. It would override your existing articles and modules. Unfortunately, it is not possible to have both your 'normal' and your demo data on the same system.

I would recommend you set up a template demo site alongside your regular site if you want to see how the template is set up. Also, you can usually check your template documentation to see how to configure it for a pre-existing site.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

anna brown

Rating:
July 13, 2014 - 01:25

HI there.. so before I get started I need to take a 1.5 template with a 1.5 datebase and make them both 2.5. I just bought this component, but Im thinking this may just migrate the database. Forgive my ignorance..but do I install a fresh 2.5 joomla installation ( no demo data). Install your component and then upload the 1.5 database. But my question is what about my 1.5 template? They dont make a 2.5 template? I have a lot of sites to migrate. Can you spell it out for me?

Thanks!

Reply to anna brown

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
July 13, 2014 - 18:07

Hi there Anna,

You are right - Migrate Me will migrate your data, but not your template. You will need a Joomla 2.5 template, and yes you should install it without the demo data.

In general your original template creator will have an update for Joomla 2.5, but if not, I'd recommend updating to a different template, to take advantage of the new functionality provided by Joomla 2.5

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Steven

Rating:
July 11, 2014 - 12:56

Hi Barnaby,

Thanks for the great extension! The import of the data went fine (although not all the internal links are working due to the change in menu item id's but thats not a biggy)
I do have one bigger problem and that is the editor (JCE nor Tiny MCE) is not appearing in the back end (articles, modules etc). The editors are installed and I can choose either in the main configuration screen.
I did a fresh install locally of the latest Joomla version 3.3.1 and Im running it on Mamp.

Any ideas?

Reply to Steven

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
July 11, 2014 - 13:11

Hi Steven,

If you have the latest version of JCE and TinyMCE, my guess would be the settings associated with each user.

Please go to User Manager > [Select user] > Basic Settings, and set Editor to 'Use Default' for your main Super Admin user.

Then log in as that user, and see if the editor works.

If not, it'll likely be the editor 'access' permissions. Check the editor is enabled in the Plugins Manager, and also that the Access is correctly set (usually it's Public). Then save and ... hopefully it'll work!

Hope that helps, let me know if it doesn't kick in for you (and also disable your cache so that the settings actually take effect).

All the best - Barnaby Dixon

Angela Bullen

Rating:
June 30, 2014 - 08:38

Hi Barnaby

I have 14 Joomla sites to update from 1.5. I was wondering if there was any way of testing this on one of them to ensure it does everything we need for our clients then go ahead and but the licence for each site and do the upgrades.

Please could you contact me to discuss?

thanks

Angela

Reply to Angela Bullen

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
June 30, 2014 - 13:52

Hi there Angela,

Thank you for your email. You'll be fine to just purchase once and use on all 14 systems :-)

I don't have a test version, but all purchases do come with a full money back guarantee.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Carol

Rating:
June 26, 2014 - 02:29

Have already uploaded Joomla 2.5 (migrating from 1.5). Do we install the new template design BEFORE or AFTER the site data is migrated?

Reply to Carol

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
June 26, 2014 - 07:24

Hi Carol,

Personally I would install it after migration, but it won't affect the migration - feel free to install it when you like.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

BJarne Dahlin

Rating:
June 17, 2014 - 14:30

Just tried to perform migration from J1.5.15 to J3.3.1

Component says it did the migration and log show all success. Still when checking the site, NONE of the old content has migrated. I can only see what's part from the newly installed J3.3 site.

What's happened, and how can I move on from here?

/Bjarne

Reply to BJarne Dahlin

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
June 17, 2014 - 15:08

Hi there,

Thank you for your question. Please send me the log for analysis - but also please ensure that your Joomla cache is turned off so that any changes to the system are reflected in the live site.

Thanks & all the best, Barnaby Dixon

Reply to BJarne Dahlin

BJarne Dahlin

Rating:
June 18, 2014 - 13:08

I will reply to my own post, and at the very same time say a thousand thanks to Barnaby Dixon for finding the error and solving the issue for me! :-)

Yo guys can disregard my "bad" rating eralier, as the fault was on my side with using double prefix (j15_jos_) instead of the single I should have used, following the standard (jos_).

Yet again, thank you Barnaby for an excellent product!

Sincererely
/Bjarne Dahlin - happy customer!

Carlo

Rating:
June 11, 2014 - 19:42

Hi
did it work for migrating J1.5/kunena2 to J3.3/kunena3?
Thank you!

Reply to Carlo

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
June 11, 2014 - 20:35

Yes - it does work correctly. You just need to update Kunena to version 2.0.4 BEFORE migration, so that the data is correctly updated.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Gregor

Rating:
June 05, 2014 - 15:30

Hi,

Tried to upgrade joomla 2.5, at 60% got pupup window "Unable to access Joomla remotely with CURL! Aborting upgrade". What's the problem?

Regards,

Reply to Gregor

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
June 05, 2014 - 17:29

Hi Gregor,

Thank you for your email. This is a message you'll get if the server can't download the remote Joomla upgrade package, due to a CURL failure (which is a PHP extension).

It's possible that the remote package was temporarily unavailable, for example, the remote site was down. I have checked and it's definitely up now, so I'd recommend that you simply try again.

If you get this message again, it means there is a problem with the CURL extension on your server - if so, please email me and I will send you a custom version of Migrate Me Plus that allows you to save the Joomla 3.3 package to the system manually.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Daniel

Rating:
June 04, 2014 - 07:35

Hello,
I can't find any link o to download Migrate Me extension on the top menu, how can I download it?

Reply to Daniel

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
June 04, 2014 - 10:37

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for your question. Please first purchase Migrate Me, and then you can download it from the 'Downloads' link.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Marcus Rose

Rating:
May 25, 2014 - 10:35

I had to migrate a joomla install from 1.5 to 3.2. Including users, groups, etc. pp., and by using a third party component (attachments), the article ids had to stay the same.

So MigrateMe has done the most of the work for me and also was kind of intelligent by re-mapping things to the new concept (in joomla 1.5 you had sections, and in 3.x no sections anymore, but nested categories, worked well).

Very good extensions, very simple usage, and for sure it is worth the money!!!

Andy

Rating:
May 22, 2014 - 19:40

Just a quick note to say thank you, MigrateMe worked flawlessly for me. Had been trying for 2-3 days to get redMigrator to move my data... kept failing, data didn't transfer, would hang, etc. MigrateMe worked the first time and all data came over.

Frank

Rating:
May 16, 2014 - 21:16

Hi

I have a pre-sale question. What about all the components and purchased extensions I have? I purchased them all for joomla 2.5. Will they be upgraded also by this migration tool? Any extension I have already installed? Or do I need to migrate to joomla 3.2. with your migration extension first and then buy all the extensions again to be compatible with 3.x that don't work because purchased with compatability 2.5.?

Sorry for the stupid question but I am unsure about this problem (even unsure if this is a real problem or just a lack of understanding the joomla system by myself...)

Thanks
Frank

Reply to Frank

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 17, 2014 - 08:06

Hi Frank,

Thanks for your question. Your data will be maintained by the migration tool, but quite often the extensions themselves will need to be updated. If the distributor is good they are often happy to send you the update for Joomla 3.3, it's worth asking :-)

You can just install the updates as needed after migration is complete.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

David Morris

Rating:
May 08, 2014 - 12:02

I've got a reasonably large site to upgrade from 1.5 and not having a deal of success with another tool. Will this allow me to set up the new site in the same database instance (and the same server) with a different table name prefix? (I hope that makes sense?)

Reply to David Morris

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 08, 2014 - 16:33

Hi there David,

Thank you for your question. And yes - you can set up the new site using the same database, this will not be a problem at all.

Migrate Me can be successfully used to migrate databases up to 2Gb - the largest I've run myself was 1.5Gb so it can be done! Just let me know if you hit any trouble - with larger migrations sometimes you need to tweak some server settings. There are also some detailed instructions in the included user guide to show how to run the full migration with a large site.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Juan

Rating:
May 07, 2014 - 17:46

Pleae, I need your urgent help. After I upload my J1.5 database (SELECT FILE button) I can't go further. I get just a notification from browser, with no text, only "Notification from your site" and an "Accept" button. And after that... NOTHING, no selection of data to migrate, no Begin Migration button, nothing at all, only the "SELECT FILE" staying there... I did my installation on J2.5 and I have the last version, of course. The database gets uploaded without problems and has a size of only 2Mb. Thanks in advance!

Reply to Juan

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 07, 2014 - 18:37

Hi there Juan,

Thank you for your email.

The problem is that the database size is larger than your server's upload limit.

There are two basic routes you can follow to resolve the issue.

You can either increase the server upload limit - or else you can also upload the file using FTP.

Please check the troubleshooting area of the user guide for full instructions on each method.

I hope that helps, please let me know if you need any more assistance.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

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Juan

Rating:
May 07, 2014 - 19:23

Thanks for your prompt answer, Barnaby, but that's not the problem. I can indeed upload the file without problems, I see the upload bar progressing and at the end I get an "Upload completed" message, but then nothing more happens! The progress bar disappears and the only thing I can see is the "select file button", as before.

I've tried every single method in the troubleshooting section, I have Safe mode OFF, Available memory: 256Mb, AJAX enabled, Maximum import size: 64Mb... PHP version is 5.3, I've tried with the last versions of both Google Chrome and Firefox... but nothing changes :-( I still stay stuck in step 1

Something that I've observed is that in the source code I can read some things that I can't see on the component page:

Resume your last migration?
An incomplete migration has been detected. Would you like to resume your last migration?
No
Yes

Step 1: Import your Joomla! 1.5 backup
Sorry! This is extension is built in HTML5.You'll need to use a modern browser such as Google Chrome.

Step 2: Select the data to migrate
Analysing your database...

Select All

Begin migration

Any hint?

Reply to Juan

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 07, 2014 - 20:11

Hi Juan,

The code that you've sent me is what you can use if you manually upload the file using FTP. You will find instructions on how to do this in the Migrate Me user guide.

My guess is that the file is not correctly uploading, or else cannot be read after it is uploaded, so you will likely have more success with the FTP upload method.

Please let me know how it goes. If it still doesn't work, please send me an admin login and I'll work out what the issue is.

Thanks & all the best, Barnaby Dixon

Reply to Juan

Juan

Rating:
May 14, 2014 - 14:33

Still doesn't work with the manual upload. No tables options appear in the component. I've sent you the access data to the admin panel through the contact form. Thanks for your help!

Reply to Juan

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 21, 2014 - 15:27

Hi Juan,

I have tried many times to contact you via email so that I can help but I think you're not getting my emails.

Please call me directly on +44 785 646 3357.

Thanks

Reply to Juan

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 21, 2014 - 15:27

Hi Juan,

I have tried many times to contact you via email so that I can help but I think you're not getting my emails.

Please call me directly on +44 785 646 3357.

Thanks

Hans

Rating:
May 02, 2014 - 08:50

Excellent component. Looking for a long time to this kind of migration tool.

But missing an option. Don't know if it is possible. I'm creating a new website but with other settings, but the old website stays online for a while. So new content is still added to the old site.

If i do a migration today of the content, and i restart a new migration in a few weeks when te new site is finished, it wil overwrite the already existing content. Is it possible to add only the newest articles?

Reply to Hans

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 02, 2014 - 12:54

Hi Hans,

Great question there. The easiest way to update with the latest content is to re-run the migration, and select 'Content', 'Categories' and 'Menus'. This should be enough to update your system with the new contente.

All the best,
Barnaby Dixon

Gerard Rozing

Rating:
April 24, 2014 - 12:56

Excellent extension. Fully worth its money.
Barnaby provided fast and competent help on a few issues.

I could restore a web infected with the Eval(base64_decode) hack by upgrading to Joomla 2.5.19 without touching the old installation but for transferring documents, graphics and images.

GR

Reply to Gerard Rozing

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 02, 2014 - 06:52

Thanks Gerard! I'm glad your system is saved :-)

Michael Condon

Rating:
April 11, 2014 - 19:06

I gave a rating of "OK" only because "jury is still out" was not an option.

I have tried several different ways to export and then upload my (admittedly large) web site database. The closet I come is using your datasafe pro to make a back up copy (excellent program by the way) and then uplaoding via FTP after de-compressing the file so it is an sql file. But when Migrateme starts to analyze the database it returns a "Unable to retrieve any valid table names from this file" error message. I have gotten the same result on multiple attempts. What do you suggest?

Reply to Michael Condon

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
April 11, 2014 - 19:56

Hi Michael,

A fair rating :-)

The error you got means that there has been a problem reading or saving the sql file as temporary tables. Unfortunately this could be for a wide range of reasons for example: your database user might not have 'create' permissions. The most common reason, however, is that there is an issue with encoding.

I recommend that you upload the gzip compressed version of the datasafe backup, which will automatically make sure that the encoding is perfectly accurate, and will avoid any issues with non-ASCII characters. Please just upload the file as insert.sql.gz and it should be recognised by Migrate Me, and you should be able to continue... but if not please send me the database to support AT php-web-design.com and I will check if there are any errors or issues with it.

Thanks & all the best, Barnaby Dixon

Reply to Michael Condon

Michael Condon

Rating:
April 30, 2014 - 13:38

I need to upgrade my previous rating to 6 stars out of 5. Its really that good. My web site has a very large and complicated data base; had some difficulty getting a clean backup loaded. But thanks to some very excellent support it got done. From there the migration process was very simple. Saved me TONS of time. This product is worth every penny and then some, especially considering the top notch support.

Reply to Michael Condon

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
May 02, 2014 - 06:51

Thanks for your great rating Michael!

Kendrick Coleman

Rating:
April 10, 2014 - 18:04

i guess I'm confused still about the process from a hosting provider point of view.

my production site is at /public_html/

your directions state i need to create a new 3.0 site, like /public_html/upgradedsite, and the perform my joomla upgrade. I guess my question goes back to, how do i get /public_html/upgradedsite to be the new root?

my hosting provider (hostgator) is telling me to trash the old /public_html/ and take a backup of /public_html/upgradedsite and its database and re-upload all that too /public_html/

do you know of a process for a n00b like me?

Reply to Kendrick Coleman

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
April 10, 2014 - 18:09

Hi Kendrick

Thanks for your excellent question.

The process is actually relatively simple. You set up the new Joomla system in a subfolder (e.g. /upgrade/) so that it can be tested and set up independently of the live site.

Then, once you're ready to go live, create a new folder in the root called /backup/. Then, using FTP, move everything from the root folder to the backup folder - and that way you have a backup if you need it for any reason. Then move everything from your /upgrade/ subfolder to the root, and it'll be 'live'.

The full moving process using FTP usually will take only a few moments, so your live site should only be down for say 5 minutes.

I hope that helps! All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Alan

Rating:
March 28, 2014 - 18:21

Does your software work with components like Joomsocial and AEC Subscription Component?

Kind Regards

Reply to Alan

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
March 28, 2014 - 22:01

Hi there Alan

Thank you for your great question.

Basically Migrate Me will migrate the data for ANY third party extension, but it's also worth checking if the extension distributor has their own migration method, as it will be more accurate.

But that said, generally you will be able to migrate third party extensions as follows:

- Create your new Joomla 2.5 or 3.2 system
- Install Migrate Me
- Migrate your data
- Install the latest Joomla 3.2 compatible version of each extension

And your system should correctly have migrated all data and updated it to the latest data schematics where necessary.

I hope that helps. All the best,

Barnaby Dixon

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Chris

Rating:
April 04, 2014 - 09:16

On the instructions at the top it says, firstly install the new extensions and then migrate data. Here barnaby replies to firstly migrate data and then install the newest extensions. I'm confused, which process is the right one?

Reply to Alan

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
April 04, 2014 - 09:47

Hi Chris

Great question, and I'm sorry that I raised confusion with my last answer

The answer is that is it usually better to install the required components on the system prior to migration. This ensures that the menu, in particular, knows 'which' component each link is trying to point to, and updates them as required.

However, if you're also upgrading individual components, say from version 1 to version 2, this can mean the add-on data schematics aren't correct. So in this case, it's better to first migrate your data, but then to install the upgraded version of the component to ensure your data schematics are correctly upgraded.

I hope that makes sense - please let me know if you need more detail for a specific migration or third party extension upgrades.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Reply to Alan

Chris

Rating:
April 04, 2014 - 11:01

Thanks for the quick answer. So if i understand correctly, for me that i have joomla 1.5 and want to upgrade to version 3, i will have to migrate data first and then install the new components, right?

Reply to Alan

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
April 04, 2014 - 13:13

Hi Chris

If you're upgrading the components you should install the upgrade AFTER migration; however if you're using the same version number of each component you should install BEFORE migration :-)

All the best

Dalessandro

Rating:
March 26, 2014 - 15:29

Hi. Is it possible to migrate from a joomla 3 to another joomla 3.2?

Reply to Dalessandro

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
March 26, 2014 - 15:35

Hi there

For this you should just use the inbuilt Joomla update functionality.

Migrate Me and Migrate Me Plus are used for major upgrades, not minor.

All the best - Barnaby Dixon

Doug

Rating:
March 24, 2014 - 01:10

Does Migrate Me also migrate a 1.5 template to 2.5?

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Doug

Rating:
March 24, 2014 - 01:14

After further consideration, maybe I should move to 3.x? I didn't realize 2.5 only has 9 months of development support left. Can Migrate Me take a site from 1.5 to 3.x?

Reply to Doug

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
March 24, 2014 - 07:55

Hi Doug

Yes, Migrate Me will migrate you to Joomla 3.2

It does not update a template, you will need to find a Joomla 3.2 version of your template, or else choose a new compatible template

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Alice Stribling

Rating:
March 23, 2014 - 16:46

Hi,

I'm very interested in your program. So far nothing I have tried has worked, so I'm a little skeptical on spending the money. I actually have 3 sites that I need to migrate. If I purchase the product once, can I use it for all 3 sites?

Looking forward to your reply!

Reply to Alice Stribling

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
March 23, 2014 - 20:14

Hi there

Thank you for your question. Migrate Me is the #1 rated migration component, and is backed with a full money back guarantee, along with full support and a great user guide. It'll work :-)

And yes you can purchase just once and use the extension as many times as you like.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

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Alice Stribling

Rating:
March 24, 2014 - 03:05

Thank you Barnaby for the quick reply. I look forward to trying it out!!

Peter Jukes

Rating:
March 01, 2014 - 16:01

I'm already rating you excellent for the feedback you give Barnaby, so I'm hoping I can also rate the software on the same basis

I've tried many times in the last month to import my Joomla 1.5 K2 articles into any upgrade (my old joomla keep on getting infected with malicious scripts) and your software has got me the closest in an upgrade to 2.5

However, it imports everything BUT the items - categories, tags, users, comments, but none of the 150 files visible in my database.

I'm happy to share the database with you - or give you access to my both my joomla and joomla25 directories on wwww.peterjukes.com

But at the moment all I've got left is a CSV export with little of the original formatting or data

It is making me despair of joomla. I've spent probably three hundred pounds on various promised export mechanisms in the last three weeks. I'm hoping this can finally work

More in despair than hope

Peter

Reply to Peter Jukes

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
March 01, 2014 - 21:38

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your question. I suspect that the problem will be a problem with the initial data export, or perhaps a data schematic difference if the version of k2 is different.

Very happy to take a look and run the process for you if you like.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Reply to Peter Jukes

Peter Jukes

Rating:
March 02, 2014 - 12:51

Barnaby (for some reason this blog will only let me reply to my own comment)

Well, I was right in my excellent estimation of your software, not only because of the speedy reply. I ran the process in Joomla 3 and every imported perfectly: all my ratings, hits, etc. The image attachments are the only thing that seem to have gone missing. Any quick fix for that?

Reply to Peter Jukes

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
March 02, 2014 - 19:09

Hiya Peter,

Great! Yes all you'll need to do is copy your original images folder into the new Joomla 2.5 system folder, and it'll work perfectly for you.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Reply to Peter Jukes

Peter Jukes

Rating:
March 05, 2014 - 04:09

Barnaby

I'm still having problems viewing the imported k2 items at the front end of joomla 3.0. All the items are there in the k2 list and set to public viewing. Images and titles appear at the front end, but no item when you click through. I hear the permission system changed in 2.5 plus. Is there a simple database query I can run on K2 which might solve this? Or a setting in migrate me I've missed.

I also can't see any image fields in the listing, and though I've imported all the images to the image folder, that field also seems to get stripped out

Best

Peter

Reply to Peter Jukes

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
March 05, 2014 - 09:36

Hi Peter,

Please send me a link to the upgraded site (via support AT php-web-design.com) and I'll have a quick check to see if I can spot what the issue is. I suspect it'll be an SEO extension needs to be flushed or something like that.

Cheers! Barnaby

Reply to Peter Jukes

Peter Jukes

Rating:
March 05, 2014 - 13:32

Barnaby

Once again your prompt response completely confirming the value of your software and service

The site - still in very early days of development - is in the subfolder peterjukes.com/joomla3

Best

Peter

Reply to Peter Jukes

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
March 05, 2014 - 17:35

Hi again Peter

Thank you for showing me the site. As far as I can tell it's an SEO component or similar that needs to have its cache purged, or its list of URL redirects refreshed.

I'm not sure which one you use - is it the standard Joomla SEO extension? If so you might like to go to Admin > System > Clear Cache, select everything and clear it. Or if it's SEOSh404Sef you will need to go to the list of urls and click the 'purge URLs' button.

If neither of those help please send me an admin login (please reply privately instead of on the comments) and I'd be happy to work it out for you.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Wilson

Rating:
February 25, 2014 - 13:57

Hi Barnaby,

Almost everything imported great on a migration I just did today to 3.2. The only things that didn't come over were the Kunena Forum posts, categories, etc. I had installed the latest Kunena prior to running MigrateMe. Did I miss something? Thanks.

Wilson

Reply to Wilson

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
February 25, 2014 - 14:06

Hi Wilson

Thank you for your question - it sounds like you did the migration just perfectly. Have you also installed the latest version of Kunena on your new system? And you exported your data for migration after updating Kunena on the old system?

All the best - Barnaby Dixon

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Wilson

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February 25, 2014 - 14:20

I did not upgrade Kunena on the old Joolma prior to the migration. If I do that and then export the database again, would I be able to rerun MigrateMe for only the Kunena tables and just bring that data in?

Thanks for the speedy reply!

Wilson

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Barnaby Dixon

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February 25, 2014 - 14:21

Hi Wilson

Yes exactly, you'll just need the kunena data, and you can just avoid all the data that's correctly migrated.

All the best - Barnaby

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Wilson

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February 27, 2014 - 08:21

Hi Barnaby,

The Kunena database was able to migrate after I had upgraded Kunena on the 1.5 installation. Thanks for you help with that. There was only one issue after the Kunena migration. In the user database the banned date was set to all zeroes instead of . This had the effect of banning every user from the forum until I can set that field back to . Do you know if there is an easy tool that will allow me to get to this data and change that entire column's data at once (Every record for that field)? If not, it looks like I may be doing the individual un-banning inside Kunena's interface which means 1 click per user times 1700 users. Thanks again for all of your help. MigrateMe saved me a least a week of migration woes!

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Barnaby Dixon

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February 27, 2014 - 11:07

Hi Wilson

Thanks for the update. That's strange - there's nothing in Migrate Me that would have affected the user banned field. But yes, you can 'bulk update' your fields. In PHPMyAdmin, enter the query

"UPDATE `jos_kunena_users` SET `banned` = NULL"

You will need to change jos_ to your relevant joomla prefix.

All the best - Barnaby Dixon

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Wilson

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February 27, 2014 - 14:09

That worked perfectly. Thanks much for all your help. We're successfully migrated. Great job on this software! Wilson

PhilipC

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February 24, 2014 - 09:54

Hi, our new Joomla3 site with k2 is just about built, no problems, but a component upgrade revealed a k2 plugin warnings. The reply from the component maker was this:

"These warnings are caused because the item plugins field in the database should contain JSON data. Probably the upgrade extension you used didn't updated the field as it should. In Joomla! 1.5 the same field was holding the data in INI format. So the extension you used for the upgrade should have converted this field properly"

Will we have future problems with other components? tks

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Barnaby Dixon

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February 25, 2014 - 09:04

Hi Philip

Thank you for your comment, and thank you so much for notifying me about this issue. It has been corrected in the latest version.

The same issue is mitigated as far as possible for other components, you shouldn't hit this problem again, but if you do please let me know.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

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PhilipC

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February 25, 2014 - 10:19

tks for the reply, eventually isolated the error, it was an updated free plugin which others have have had problems with in Joomla 3; confusingly appeared as a component.

Michael OSullivan

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February 22, 2014 - 16:46

I get an internal server error 500 when the database is being analysed. Compatability check says Ajax is ok
Any help appreciated

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Barnaby Dixon

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February 23, 2014 - 19:27

Hi Michael

Thank you for your comment - the error is that your database backup is too large for your system to accept. I recommend that you upload the backup using FTP. Please see the troubleshooting part of the user guide for full details on where to upload it.

You can also increase the PHP upload limitation - you'll find instructions on this also in the user guide.

All the best - Barnaby Dixon

Tom

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February 06, 2014 - 18:37

Can this work with a Joomla 1.0.xx to 2.5 or does it have to be Joomla 1.5 ?

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Barnaby Dixon

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February 06, 2014 - 21:35

Hi there Tom

I'm afraid it'll upgrade Joomla 1.5 data only. You'll need to first upgrade your Joomla 1.0 system to 1.5 - there are instructions online, for example here: http://docs.joomla.org/J1.5:Migrating_from_1.0.x_to_1.5_Stable

I hope that helps. All the best - Barnaby Dixon

Carlos Mora

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January 23, 2014 - 18:46

I just want to export users and articles from my old database. I selected just the needed tables but i received this error message: unable to retrieve any valid table names from this table.

I am exporting an utf8 encoded gzip file from phpmyadmin (data and structured selected). I do not know what i am doing wrong...

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Barnaby Dixon

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January 23, 2014 - 18:59

Hi there Carlos

Thank you for your email.

You have done everything correctly, but if Migrate Me cannot read the file it is usually corrupted in some way.

You could try an export without gzip compression, and see if it works.

Alternatively please try a DataSafe Pro backup, and then after you upload your backup, just select the users and articles tables, and it should work correctly.

Thanks & all the best - Barnaby Dixon

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Carlos Mora

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January 25, 2014 - 18:02

thanks!! That did the trick :D

Sam

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January 14, 2014 - 22:21

Hi,

I have to migrate a rather large Joomla 1 Site to Joomla 3. I have the following questions:

1)Is it possible to migrate a joomla 1 web site to 3 using this tool?

2) Will the existing modules, components and templates be migrated to the new version of joomla?

Regards

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Barnaby Dixon

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January 15, 2014 - 16:22

Hi there Sam

Thank you for your questions.

Yes absolutely, you can use this tool to migrate to Joomla 3.

Unfortunately, most Joomla 1.5 components and templates are not Joomla 3 compatible, so you'll need to upgrade them as necessary. Your modules and module data are migrated as much as possible - especially for example, custom HTML modules and menu modules, which are standard.

All the best,
Barnaby Dixon

Rebecca

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January 06, 2014 - 08:39

Gday Barnaby :-)
I'm thinking of using this extension for my long overdue and much feared migration from 1.5 to 2.5. I have a bit of a numpty sounding question though first...
When you install and start configuring 2.5 do you create a new database first before importing your old db?
Also I have a lot of tables in my 1.5 db with prefix bak_jos_ do you suppose this is from when I've attempted a migration before?
cheers!

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Barnaby Dixon

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January 06, 2014 - 11:14

Gday Becky!

When you install your new Joomla 2.5 system you do it exactly as normal, so you'll need to create a new database and install the new system using that.

The old bak_jos_ tables are likely from an old backup, which you won't need during migration. Just include the jos_ tables in your database dump and you should be fine.

All the best,
Barnaby Dixon

Dave

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January 05, 2014 - 20:39

WOW! This IS the only thing you need to migrate your sites. I am a complete novice at Joomla and have been worried about migrating a rather large 1.5 site after reading other extension reviews/guides etc. I took a shot on this after all the top reviews on joomla extensions and guess what I signed up on their specifically to add another one. You make me feel like a Joomla God! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

kb

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January 03, 2014 - 20:31

Hi there,

I am trying to upgrade from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 - I am receiving this error:

Insufficient memory. Please increase your memory limit to 128Mb or above in your php.ini

This is what the Migrate Me wizard has in the Upper Right Corner:
Compatibility check
Safe mode OFF
Available memory: 32Mb
AJAX not enabled
Maximum import size: 2Mb

Thank you for your help!

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Barnaby Dixon

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January 03, 2014 - 21:40

Hi there Kb

Thank you for your question.

Please increase your memory level to 128Mb as described in the User Guide, so that Migrate Me is able to run. This will also improve your Joomla user experience, since it will make the system much more responsive.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

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Barnaby Dixon

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January 03, 2014 - 21:41

Hi there Kb

Thank you for your question.

Please increase your memory level to 128Mb as described in the User Guide, so that Migrate Me is able to run. This will also improve your Joomla user experience, since it will make the system much more responsive.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

chabaud

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December 28, 2013 - 09:58

Composant génial, migration effectuée en 5 minutes... tout a été récupéré, à moi de refaire un template... Merci

Egoli

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December 27, 2013 - 05:13

Can you migrate from 1.5 to 3.0 with this component?

Or do I need to also purchase Migrate Plus?

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Barnaby Dixon

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December 27, 2013 - 07:29

Hi there Egoli

Thanks for your question. Yes, you can use Migrate Me to migrate from Joomla 1.5 to 3.

Migrate Me Plus is for migrating systems from Joomla 1.6 onwards to the latest version of Joomla.

All the best,
Barnaby Dixon

Mark

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December 27, 2013 - 04:37

Ok, so migration run...data looks good, but how do I get my K2 images migrated as well? I just realized after I purchased that it was the plus version that says it migrated images and all, but it doesn't work with 1.5. I have a very large 1.5 site I am finally migrating and it is all k2 with 100s of images. Please advise.

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Barnaby Dixon

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December 27, 2013 - 07:27

Hi there Mark

Thanks for your question. The easiest and fastest way is to just grab your current images folder using FTP, and copy it into your new Joomla folder, so that it merges with the new system's images folder. Then all your old images should show up.

Let me know how it goes!

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Patrick Jungbluth

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December 26, 2013 - 20:32

Hi,
i just bought migrate me. This is my first migration.
I get the following error if i try to import my joomla 1.5 database backup: "Unable to retrieve any valid table names from this file."

I make the backup with phpmyadmin. I tried with gz or an unzipped sql file. I also tried ist with a mysql 4 dump and i tried different php versions (5.2, 5.3).

I tested the sql file by importing it via phpmysqladmin. This works fine.

Maybe there is something wrong with my local mamp installation. Do you have any suggestion what the problem could be?

Regards
Patrick

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Barnaby Dixon

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December 26, 2013 - 20:47

Hi there Patrick

Thanks for your question. Usually this error pops up either because your backup doesn't have the full structure and data included in the file, or because Migrate Me can't create temporary tables in your database for some reason (which is usually because the database user doesn't have CREATE permissions).

If you check the log at /administrator/components/com_migrateme/log.txt it should have further information.

All the best,
Barnaby Dixon

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Patrick Jungbluth

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December 26, 2013 - 20:59

Hi Barnaby,
wow this was a fast answer. Thanks.

Unfortunately the log.txt is empty.

The sql file is a standard db export with phpmyadmin and i can import the file in an empty database without any problemes.

I checked the folder permissions. They are also O.K.
The database user is root on my local system. This could not be the problem.

Is it possible that migrate me don't find the file after the upload?

Regards
Patrick

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Patrick Jungbluth

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December 27, 2013 - 05:04

Good Morning Barnaby,
i got a solution.

The problem was the sql file i exported with phpmyadmin.

Aftre some hours of sleep i use mysqldump on the terminal. Now i can import the dump.

Regards Patrick

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Barnaby Dixon

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December 27, 2013 - 07:28

Great! Thanks for the update.

If you have accents or non-ASCII content you just need to ensure that the database is UTF-8 encoded and exported as a gzip compressed file, and then everything should work perfectly.

Thanks & have a wonderful holiday,
Barnaby Dixon

nik

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December 14, 2013 - 21:56

Hello,
I bought your extension to migrate from 1.5.26 to 3.X.
The process give error 500, in the error log, i can view the error was "Unable to set up temporary table" .

(i've got a +130M sql file)

(why did it try to create mm_xxx tables ?)

can you help please ?

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