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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!

 

Buy it today

Pick up Migrate Me today and experience it for yourself! In just a few moments you could be enjoying your new Joomla system, complete with all your data intact.

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

Silver package

  • Includes all features
  • 6 months full support
  • 6 months updates
  • GPL v3 License
  • Migrate from Joomla 1.5
  • Migrate to Joomla 2.5 or 3

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  • Lifetime support
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Rudaigh

Rating:
February 26, 2015 - 03:45

Quick and probably naive question. Can I use this extension to migrate the live site to localhost so as to make any changes offline?

Thanks

Reply to Rudaigh

Barnaby Dixon

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February 26, 2015 - 08:58

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Migrate Me Plus automatically creates a development area for you, which allows you to make changes and test, right on your live server, but without affecting in any way the live site. It's a development subfolder, so it's completely separate to the main site.

You can use Migrate Me Plus on your localhost if you like though. The way to do it is: first, copy your live site to the localhost, exactly as it is, so you have a working Joomla 2.5 site on your localhost. Then, install Migrate Me Plus and migrate as normal.

Once migration is complete and you have tested the new Joomla 3 system, please click the Go Live button to complete the migration. Then, remove the live site from your live server, and copy the localhost site to the live server.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Bob

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February 23, 2015 - 14:19

Hi:
I currently have a Joomla 1.5 site on a server which was hacked so it's turned off. I'm going to move to a hosted service with the latest 3.x Joomla. Would I be able to use your tool with just the files from my old server, or would I need to have it running first?
Thanks,
Bob

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Barnaby Dixon

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February 23, 2015 - 14:21

Hi Bob,

Thank you for getting in touch. To use Migrate Me, you'll need a database dump, which you can get through PHPMyAdmin, and also you'll need to copy over the original images to the new system.

So you won't need to get the 1.5 site running again in order to migrate it to Joomla 3. You'll just need the database dump, and images folder.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Bogdan Dimitrov

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February 23, 2015 - 08:58

Hi, are your component work with K2 and Virtuemart?

Reply to Bogdan Dimitrov

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
February 23, 2015 - 09:37

Hi there,

Yes it does.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

David

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February 16, 2015 - 06:01

A NFP needs to migrate their 2.5.28 to 3.1

Can you do it for us?

Reply to David

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
February 16, 2015 - 09:01

Hi David,

I don't run the migrations myself since I don't have time to do them individually, but I do offer full support and guarantee that you'll be able to migrate the original system yourself.

You'll need Migrate Me Plus, available here: https://www.php-web-design.com/Joomla-Components/migrate-me-plus-upgrade-to-joomla-3-in-seconds.html

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

David Austin

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February 06, 2015 - 12:32

Hi Barnaby,

Up to now (two migrations), Migrate Me has worked flawlessly, but for my current one it fails with the logfile full of error messages of the form:

Unable to save jos_categories. Another category with the same parent category has the same alias

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong or how to address this issue. I hope you can help.

Reply to David Austin

Barnaby Dixon

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February 06, 2015 - 12:39

Hi David,

Thank you for getting in touch.

Please download and install the latest version of Migrate Me. Then, go to Migrate Me > Configuration and ensure that 'Overwrite content' is set to 'Yes'.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

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David Austin

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February 06, 2015 - 13:48

Thanks for the fast reply - alas I tried that and it didn't help, but then I began to wonder if this site was indeed as up to date as 1.5 and it seems that on inspecting the CHANGELOG that it wasn't. As the server upgraded the PHP recently (why the site was broken), there's no way I can make the upgrade to 1.5 first. Is there a way I can migrate it to Joomla 3 now at all or will I have to start again? Thanks!

Reply to David Austin

Barnaby Dixon

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February 06, 2015 - 13:51

Hi David - is your site still on Joomla 1.0?

If so, please follow the steps outlined here: https://docs.joomla.org/J1.5:Migrating_from_1.0.x_to_1.5_Stable

N.B. you will need a working Joomla 1.0 environment to do this, so you might need to ask your server to roll back your version of PHP temporarily.

Follow steps 1,2 and 3, which will give you a Joomla 1.5 compatible database.

After this, you can use the Joomla 1.5 compatible database to migrate to Joomla 3 with Migrate Me.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

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David Austin

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February 06, 2015 - 14:02

Time flies doesn't it? These sites were made in 2008 it seems, but a lot has happened since then. It looks like they are both 1.0 sites after all. I'll ask the host about rolling back PHP, but maybe this is just an opportunity for my friends to start again? Thank you.

Zevious

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January 30, 2015 - 19:54

Hi there - the latest version of MigrateMe seems to be having problems with my .sql.gz file. It stops at the jos_community_activities table and doesn't list anything beyond that. I don't see any errors in the migrateme log, but it is clearly having issues with some content in that table for some reason. The database was exported using mysqldump with no additional options.

I've previously not had any issues with it using the same database dump format - I went back and used one of my older database dumps that had previously worked and it stopped in the same location, so this must be a new thing. I wouldn't have noticed that the component had been updated were it not for the configuration options changing, but it's apparently a new version of migrateme.

I'm assuming it's hitting a weird character or something when reading the .sql file and not knowing how to handle it (multibyte character perhaps?)

Reply to Zevious

Barnaby Dixon

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January 31, 2015 - 09:46

Hi There,

Thank you for getting in touch.

I think you're probably right, there is an issue with the export of some kind, and you're probably right again, it's to do with something in the jos_community_activities data.

What I suggest is you create a dump with the jos_communities_activities table not included, and run the migration as normal. Then please send me the jos_communities_activities table and data, and I'll check what's happening there.

Thanks! Barnaby Dixon

Thanh

Rating:
January 19, 2015 - 03:50

THE BEST migrating tool for Joomla and the most IMPRESSIVE support I ever got.
It really worth get it and I would advise it to everyone.
Thank you very much!!

Reply to Thanh

Barnaby Dixon

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January 19, 2015 - 11:01

Thank you for your great feedback!

Barnaby Dixon

Mario

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January 15, 2015 - 11:45

MigrateMe is brilliant! It really saved my life and my clients data – all K2 Articles. I had to switch from Joomla 1.5.xx to Joomla 3.3 incl. hundereds of k2 articles with pics.

After a few Problems (wrong database) importing was really really easy. Took just a few minutes, selected the content I needed an voila: finished. All I had to do then was to copy the K2pics/folders via FTP to the new server.
Thats all. Never been easier. Thanx a lot for this component, it saved me hours/days of time.
It's worth every single Penny!!!

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Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
January 15, 2015 - 12:54

Hi Mario,

Thank you for your great feedback! Have a great day!

Barnaby Dixon

Stacy

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December 28, 2014 - 15:42

I'm trying to install Migrate Me in the Extensions --> install/uninstall area of my site, but it's telling me:
Error! Could not find a Joomla! XML setup file in the package.
I know I'm likely just an idiot and half terrified to do this migration, so it's probably a very simple problem. Can you help me determine what that is? I purchased the Migrate Me - silver package. I'm on Joomla 1.5.20 (sadly).
Thanks in advance!

Reply to Stacy

Barnaby Dixon

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December 28, 2014 - 17:41

Hi there Stacy,

Thank you for getting in touch.

Migrate Me needs to be installed on a Joomla 2.5 or 3 system. You can then migrate the data from the original Joomla 1.5 system.

Please see the included user guide for more information on this part of the process, it's included in the zip package.

All the best,

Barnaby Dixon

Mohamad

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December 18, 2014 - 08:08

Hi
I'm about to upgrade Joomla 2.5.27 with MigrateMePlus.
When upgrade completed, 404 error appears K2 categories and items .
(SH404Sef is uninstalled but Unpublished, and uses my own templates)
whats wrong?

Reply to Mohamad

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
December 18, 2014 - 15:08

Thanks for getting in touch Mohamad,

Please let me know your registered email address to receive support.

Thanks!

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Mohamad

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December 24, 2014 - 04:22

Extension is registered by my current email address.

Reply to Mohamad

Barnaby Dixon

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December 24, 2014 - 12:01

Hi Mohamad,

Thank you for getting back to me. Please try reinstalling K2 - it is possible that the original version is not fully compatible with Joomla 3. Also, please ensure that your .htaccess file is enabled in /mmp_upgrade/ (rename htaccess.txt to .htaccess) . If neither of these solutions works, please send me an admin login and I will check what is happening for you.

Thanks & all the best, Barnaby Dixon

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Mohamad

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December 24, 2014 - 13:39

Hi,
K2 have updated to last version [K2 v2.6.9] in first step! (to show my home page correctly)
When htaccess.txt renamed to .htaccess in my xampp server, K2 shows items but there is a 'Strict Standards' warning:
Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in C:\xampp\htdocs\mmp_upgrade\plugins\k2\k2additonalcategories\k2additonalcategories.php on line 49
Where line 46-50 in that file is:
function onK2BeforeSetQuery(&$query)
{

$mainframe = &JFactory::getApplication();
$query_parts=explode('WHERE',$query);

Where is my mistake?

Reply to Mohamad

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
December 24, 2014 - 16:25

Hi Mohamad,

It's not your mistake - it's the coding in the additional categories plugin. If you update this plugin, it should resolve this problem.

Alternatively, you could change the code yourself. You need to change the line

$mainframe = &JFactory::getApplication();

to

$mainframe = JFactory::getApplication();

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Reply to Mohamad

Mohamad

Rating:
December 25, 2014 - 07:12

Hi

Additional categories is up to date [V 1.0.1]. So I changed the code myself. It's OK.

Thanks for your responses, good luck.

Tiffany

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December 08, 2014 - 17:49

I cannot migrate successfully. I still have the "Unable to download full Joomla upgrade archive. Please check sURL is turned on in your php configuration." error. Disappointing. :(

Reply to Tiffany

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
December 08, 2014 - 17:52

Hi Tiffany,

Thanks for getting in touch. I can help with this. Please let me know the PayPal email address you used to purchase for support.

Thanks! Barnaby Dixon

Juan

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November 18, 2014 - 17:27

Hello!

Can I also update Joomfish translations from an old multilingual page? Will they integrate in the native 3.0 language system?

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Barnaby Dixon

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November 18, 2014 - 17:31

Hi there Juan,

You can use Migrate Me to migrate your JoomFish data to Joomla 3, but it will not work with the native Joomla language system.

You will need to install FaLang, and use the Fish2Falang plugin. First, migrate the data, and then set up FaLang, and will recognise the JoomFish data, allowing you to use it in Joomla 3.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Greg Hankins

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November 14, 2014 - 02:24

Hi Barnaby!

Is it necessary to upgrade Joomla 1.5 to 1.5.26 before migrating?

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Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
November 14, 2014 - 09:42

Hi there Greg!

No need - you can migrate directly from any version of Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 2.5 or 3.

All the best,

Isabel Darnell

Rating:
November 12, 2014 - 10:21

Hello,

I have purchased your component Migrate me to migrate the database from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3.0 and I cannot migrate the content and the categories, everytime I try to migrate this data, I have an unexpected error, with no definition. Can you help me please?

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Barnaby Dixon

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November 12, 2014 - 12:35

Hi there Isabel,

Thank you for getting in touch.

My guess is that the content and categories are migrating too slowly for your server, and it is returning a 'no response' error, which can appear as a blank popup, or as a 500 error.

Please go to Migrate Me > Configuration and change the processing speed to 5, and re-run the migration.

This should ensure that the migration works successfully, but if not, please send me an admin login and the data for migration and I will check to see if there's any issue with the system.

Thanks & all the best, Barnaby Dixon

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Isabel Darnell

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November 17, 2014 - 12:31

Hello again Barnaby,

Thank you for your answer

I have changed the configuration but I still have the same problem. Can you tell me an email where I can send you the requested information to give you the acces to my administration panel? Thank you very much in advance

Isabel

tivifel

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November 04, 2014 - 15:57

Hi,

My Joomla is 1.5.
I would like install this com but i have an error message "no XML fond"....

Can you help me please ?

Thanks

Reply to tivifel

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
November 04, 2014 - 16:29

Hi there,

Please create a new Joomla 2.5 or 3 site. Then, install Migrate Me on the Joomla 2.5 or 3 system, and follow the instructions to migrate your old Joomla 1.5 data.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

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Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
November 04, 2014 - 16:30

Also... please note that Migrate Me Plus is used to migrate Joomla 1.6+

To migrate Joomla 1.5 you will need Migrate Me (not Plus)

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

fred

Rating:
November 03, 2014 - 14:49

Hi,

I try to update my website joomla 1.5.26 to joomla 3.3.6.

but when the process is done (with the log file) there is nothing in my administrator in my article section. joomla says "no result"

But in my database, there is data, if i look in my _content table. So I don't understand where is the problem.

Thanks for help!

Reply to fred

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
November 03, 2014 - 16:37

Hi Fred,

Thank you for getting in touch.

Please email me your database backup and I will check to see if there are any issues.

Thanks & all the best, Barnaby Dixon

Greg

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October 23, 2014 - 00:21

Will this product work updating Joomla 1.5.26 ( To 3.x.x and Virtuemart 1.1.4 ( To Virtuemart 2.x)

Also, does it deal with plugins ?

Thanks

Reply to Greg

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
October 23, 2014 - 12:52

Hi Greg,

Thank you for your question.

Yes it will update Joomla 1.5.26 to Joomla 3.

It will also assist in migrating Virtuemart 1.1.4. Firstly migrate all data, then install Virtuemart 2, and go to Virtuemart > Tools > Migrate to complete the Virtuemart migration.

And finally you will need to install the Joomla 3 versions of each plugin that you use, to ensure that they're completely up to date and compatible with Joomla 3.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Robert Gilbey

Rating:
October 15, 2014 - 18:00

The import is working but it is very very slow in importing the content. Any recommendations on how to speed up the process would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Reply to Robert Gilbey

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
October 15, 2014 - 19:18

Hi there Robert,

Thank you for your question. What slows down the content is the way Joomla integrates the global assets table with the contents table,which makes complex calculations that get more complex as more content is saved. It does have a long term benefit, in faster content searching and performance enhancements, but if you have a large site it can take a long time.

The only real way to speed it up is to add more server resources to your PHP configuration ,such as memory and Cpu. But if that's impossible,or doesn't have a major effect,please send me your data and I will migrate it for you and send it back to you in Joomla 3 compatible format.

All the best,
Barnaby Dixon

Adam

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September 10, 2014 - 02:16

I am trying this out on a test server moving from 1.5 to 3.3.

I installed Joomla 3.3 in subdirectory, installed the MigrateMePlus component on 3.3 version and ran it. It opened to:
"Your Joomla version is:3.3.3
Congratulations! Migration is complete."

It did not ask for the backup sql file or anything. No upgrade button is visible.

Also I think I might have the wrong version. I purchased the MigrateMePlus. I have both a 2.5 site and a 1.5 site to upgrade. Which version covers both these versions of Joomla?

Adam

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Adam

Rating:
September 10, 2014 - 02:28

I see now the process is slightly different for MigrateMe and MigrateMePlus.

Is there a version that will do both 1.5 and 2.5?

Reply to Adam

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
September 10, 2014 - 07:49

Hi there Adam,

Thank you for getting in touch.

The technology behind Joomla 1.5 is very different to 2.5, which is why it was necessary to have two different migration solutions, which work in a fundamentally different way.

To upgrade Joomla 2.5, please install Migrate Me Plus on your Joomla 2.5 system. This will automatically create a new Joomla 3 environment, and migrate your data, settings, and so forth.

To upgrade Joomla 1.5, you will need Migrate Me. You then need to first set up the 'target' system to receive the Joomla 1.5 data. In this case, you would use your new Joomla 3 environment as you have done - and then install Migrate Me into the Joomla 3 system, and follow the instructions that follow.

I hope that helps!

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Jan Tjeerd

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September 05, 2014 - 13:49

While trying to run the upgrade I got a warning in the compatibilty check panel that the maximum import size is 128mb.

I missed that warning. Anyway, the result is that my site is not working and I don`t have a clue.

Anyone?

Reply to Jan Tjeerd

Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
September 05, 2014 - 14:14

Hi there,

Thank you for getting in touch.

How large is the database that you are migrating?

The migration shouldn't ever 'break' your site - all it does is populate your existing database with the original Joomla 1.5 data.

If you could show me what's going on (perhaps in an email) I'll be happy to work out what's happening for you.

Thanks & all the best, Barnaby Dixon

juggler

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August 14, 2014 - 10:41

Just a short note to say thanks for an excellent product. I don't normally write reviews but this one worked straight out of the box - carefully checking/repairing the database, backing up and duplicating the data.

I did have to check and upgrade each extension specifically, and yes the site did break immediately after upgrade (due to a minor issue in the template index file), but would thoroughly recommend this piece of well engineered software.

Just don't expect any migration to be completely trouble free - there are limits to what any sensible package can achieve.

Thomas

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August 10, 2014 - 01:59

Thank you for the prompt response on another question.

I've been spending hours trying to figure out how and why, but a particular template my client has mandates the jos_ prefix. Since that's the same prefix of the 1.5 database from which to import, every time I import even "just" the jos_content table, it overwrites 100% of what is already in that table.
I don't want to overwrite the existing content. It's part of the default template that the client wants.
So how can I import only the content without overwriting the existing content (articles)?

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Thomas

Rating:
August 11, 2014 - 16:42

Since I could not wait, I decided to do whatever necessary in order to get both the template and it's default sample data as well as the imported data all into the list of articles. That was not a simple job.
I actually had to reinstall Joomla manually, install MigrateMe and import the 1,200 articles, change the prefix on the template database dump file, then upload that file via PhpMyAdmin in order that all of the articles 'and' the default template data could coincide in the articles.
Of course, I didn't figure that out until after my 10th or 12th attempt to install Joomla and the template...and MigrateMe.
It would seem to me that MigrateMe could be adjusted so that it will "add" to the articles as opposed to importing from Joomla 1.5 and dropping all data in the _content table first. Both the template "and" MigrateMe wanted that control over the content, and both were dropping all data in order to import their own data.
Any thoughts?

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Barnaby Dixon

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August 11, 2014 - 19:42

Hi there Thomas,

Thank you for your great comment there - and sorry for my slow response.

It is not technically possible to have both demo data and 'actual' data in the same Joomla system without some major data rewrites. There will be countless conflicts, not least with the article IDs.

The only way that it's possible to do this is to remove all IDs from your demo data, but this will mean that none of the data matches up - the demo articles will be in the wrong categories, the menu items won't link in and so forth.

The best (and recommended) way forward is to set up a secondary system using just the demo data, so you can easily see how it's set up. Then, make changes to your primary system using your 'actual' data, copying the styling and content from the demo system.

The other option, which is sometimes but not always provided by template vendors, is to manually set up your modules and other settings using the template guide.

And a final option is to go to Migrate Me > Configuration and set 'overwrite content' to 'No'. This will migrate your data, but it will automatically remove all IDs to avoid conflicts. Your data will be migrated, but it will usually end up with incorrect categories, article aliases and menu links.

I hope that helps!

All the best - Barnaby Dixon

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Thomas

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August 11, 2014 - 20:13

Hi Barnaby,

In the interest of others I thought it would be nice to provide them with some options in case they have a similar situation.

You pointed out a few options, but I think it depends on how the user has set up their Joomla site before importing the old data.

However, clearly the new templates created for Joomla are FAR too complicated. Personally, I use Artisteer and create my own. Doing that allows me the freedom to create whatever I want, but the template doesn't control the data in the site - only the design. It's possible to click a button to import sample data just for the template - which will NOT overwrite the content.

The template I used for this client was extremely complicated. To "copy" the settings, modules, etc., from a "test" site into the working site would have taken days.

As I'm considering other options now, I realize that if I'd just created Joomla, installed MigrateMe, imported the data, installed the template, that would leave me with everything necessary for the new template to work except the content.
At that point, I could have created the articles and associated them with the appropriate categories, etc. That would have been several hours, but better than days.

In the end, "my" method that I actually used, once I figured it out, was only 20 minutes work.
Part of that was to import the template sql file into a local text database. Then I exported that data making sure to "un-check" the error notification during export. That allows the data to "import" into another database, retains the id's for everything, but won't stop importing because there is an already existing primary key...which is what stops the import in the first place.

I'm just saying that, perhaps, it would be possible to update MigrateMe to allow for import without overwriting current content data.
The reason I continue this discussion is because more and more people are using the complicated templates that are created from companies like TemplateMonster which are "so" complicated that there is no way the average user or developer will be able to install that template "and" use MigrateMe. It can be done, but only if you go through a process as I have outlined.

Thank you for listening. I hope you can come up with a resolve. I'm certain you know more about database and migration techniques than I.

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Barnaby Dixon

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August 11, 2014 - 20:36

Interesting - your solution sounds like a good one, although how are you doing with ID conflicts?

You're absolutely right, newer templates are way too complex, and need to allow for pre-existing data. If the templates were programmed well, it could be done, but I think the creators are often lazy and don't create demo content that can work around existing content.

Migrate Me does allow you to migrate data without overwriting existing content - under Migrate Me > Configuration. However, as I mentioned before, this by definition will mean that some things don't work as expected, for example, categories will often not be associated correctly with articles, and menu items will be incorrect. However, if you just want your articles imported, it's a viable option.

You can also migrate JUST the categories, content and menu items, leaving you with a very usable system, but leaving the demo template modules and plugins in place.

Anyway great work on your solution, and best of luck with the rest.

Barnaby

Thomas

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August 08, 2014 - 19:02

After migrating a couple of sites I'm impressed. I have to ask, though. After the migration is completed, is there any reason to leave "MigrateMe" installed?

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Barnaby Dixon

Rating:
August 08, 2014 - 19:05

Hi Thomas,

Thank you for your great question! If you leave MigrateMe installed, it means you can re-run the migration in the future if you need to, but if you're happy with the migrated data there's no need to leave it installed.

All the best, Barnaby Dixon

Sarmite

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July 30, 2014 - 13:59

Just a note for those who are just thinking about migration – take this extension and do it! This is a great extension and support is excellent!
Frankly speaking I am rather “blond” in “computer stuff”, but Barnaby help me in every step of the migration process and now it’s completed successfully.
Thank you once more, Barnaby!

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Ramtin

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July 31, 2014 - 08:02

Hi There,

I have purchased the plugin but I have a couple of questions... Where should I send these questions?
I have sent an email on Contact Us page and posted a comment here but haven't heard back yet.

Cheers,

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Sarmite

Rating:
August 02, 2014 - 07:20

Hi Ramtin!

It’s really strange… The first question I also wrote on Contact Us page (http://www.php-web-design.com/Barnaby-Dixon.html) and the answer got after a couple of hours. The further correspondence was faster and the help I got even in evenings and during the holidays.

And what’s more – when I got the first answer I understood that I have specified an incorrect e-mail address on Contact Us page, but Barnaby somehow had found a right one (probably through the social networks) and answered me. I think that it’s an indicator of true care about clients.

I just guess that maybe it is vocation time…? Or maybe check your spam folder?

Reply to Sarmite

Barnaby Dixon

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August 04, 2014 - 06:32

Hi Ramtin,

Very sorry! We migrated servers last week, and somehow I missed your last comment. I have replied now. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

You can download the user guide if needed from http://www.php-web-design.com/docs/migrateme.pdf

Cheers!

Barnaby Dixon

Ramtin Sohrabian

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July 30, 2014 - 08:45

Hi,

I have purchased your plugin and I am in the process of migrating our Joomla 1.5 to 2.5.

Does your plugin support data transfer for the major extensions Community Builder as well as Joomla Quiz that we have too?

Do we need to consider anything before the migration. These are the most important plugins that we have and we need to make sure that we cover the migration accurately for the data related to these 2 extensions.

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Ramtin

Reply to Ramtin Sohrabian

Barnaby Dixon

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August 04, 2014 - 06:30

Hi there Ramtin,

Thank you for your question.

Yes, Migrate Me Plus supports community builder. I am not sure about Joomla Quiz, since I haven't used it myself, but I have not had any reports that the migration hasn't worked; and of course, if you need any assistance during migration please just let me know.

All the best,

Barnaby Dixon

Manos K

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Reply to Juan

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

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