Upgrading from a rather old version of mojoPortal

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12/28/2013 10:35:03 AM
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/Mats Lillnor

Upgrading from a rather old version of mojoPortal

Hi Joe and all!

I manage a mojoportal site for my karate club, www.haningebudoklubb.se.
It currently runs on a rather old version of mojoPortal. This is what system information shows.

mojoPortal Version: 2.3.5.4 MSSQL
Operating System: Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1
ASP.NET Version: v4.0.30319 Running in Full Trust

I have not for several reasons been able to do incremental upgrades and there haven't been a need for it since it works so great.

It is now time to upgrade the site to the latest and greatest version. I plan to add a member only section with features such as forums, a webshop, member lists and so on and want to build that on the newest version with add-ons as membership pro, invoice pro etc.

I am afraid that there will be some difficult issues since it is such a big jump in version.

My plan was first to build a new clean site in parallell and then recreate and copy paste all content from the old site, but the site has about 120 pages and 4 blogs and lots of data in image galleries and so on, so I will do an upgrade instead. Image galleries are of several types and versions, which I do not know if they are still supported. For example: This, this and this.

I understand that there might be difficulties with the skin, so I will craft a completely new skin from scratch using 2.4.0.0 and artisteer, so that is not an issue.

The plan is to do a copy of the complete file structure and the database and run that site under a different host header and do the upgrade on that on and when finished and everything works I will switch to the new site.

There are no self-developed modules or changed code and it is plain vanilla mojoPortal, but a lot of 301-redirections which I did in the beginning to keep old urls of the older version of the site that was built on another platform. Also a lot of orphan content that are not linked to any pages and lots of obsolete files in the file structure, but I plan to clean this up after the upgrade.

Are there any issues that I need to be aware of? Any compatibility issues regarding encryption or so?

Grateful for some input before I start upgrading.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody!

BR
/Mats

12/29/2013 12:45:19 PM
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Re: Upgrading from a rather old version of mojoPortal

Hi Matts,

Your upgrade plan sounds good, it should work. If you have troubles we will try to help.

Encryption only affects encrypted passwords and perhaps smtp settings if you have it enabled to store it as site settings then those credentials are encrypted the same way as passwords. As long as machinekey in web.config stays the same there should be no problem with encryption but if machinekey is changed then decryption would fail.

Hope that helps,

Joe

12/30/2013 7:46:02 PM
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/Mats Lillnor

Re: Upgrading from a rather old version of mojoPortal

Thanks Joe.

It sounds assuring, but I finally decided to build a completely new website and re-create all pages and copy/paste the content over from the old site instead. It is fairly quick and straightforward and I can tweak the new site  in my own pace on my local machine and then just upload the database and files to the server and switch when I am finished.

There were such a mess of obsolete files and different folder names like "media" and numerous version folders for editors and so on, so this will make it much cleaner and I am almost done already.

Thanks anyway.
 

/Mats

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