Migrating Joomla 1.5 to 2.5

I have an Joomla 1.5.15 site that I should have been upgrading, but was afraid to ask the client for money. The data center and website got attacked. Site is back up but we want new hosting. There is a VirtueMart component installed, JCE, other extensions and some custom PHP modules. Not just a basic install.

Joomla.org has a good write up about it. Here is a link to it.

Here is what I am doing.

  • Install Akeeba backup.
  • Download backup
  • Using WAMP I put the backup in a directory.
  • Create a database in PHPmyAdmin
  • Download Akeeba Kickstart and extract my current site to a local.

If all goes well locally I will either repeat the process on the live site. If the migration goes bad on the live site, I will use my local version. I will delete the live site. Package up my new local site with Akeeba and use Kickstart on the live site to get the site backup.

Here is complete documentation from Joomla.

First thing when upgrading from 1.5 to 2.5, the 1.5 must be the Joomla 1.5.26 version. Download the upgrade package you need to get your site to 1.5.26. You simply copy all the file over and overwrite them. The administrative area will now say “version 1.5.26”.

Second thing is Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 is a big deal. Requires jUpdate component to get it done. It took me a couple of times to get this to run. Even after enable system Mootools upgrade plug-in. Curl settings on my localhost needed to be changed.
jupgrade_step_1 jupgrade_step_2_hung_up

Just below there was tiny text that read “406: cURL not loaded”. I didn’t get this every time I tried the updating.

I got this error when I started WAMP:
Google lead me to this link: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10939248/php-curl-not-working-wamp-on-windows-7-64-bit

I used this link to get the cURL dll:  http://www.anindya.com/php-5-4-3-and-php-5-3-13-x64-64-bit-for-windows/

Scroll down to “Fixed curl extensions and select your version of PHP.


Exit WAMP and unzip the one file in the zip into the c:\wamp\bin\php

php5.3.13\ext folder. Restart WAMP and install finished.

Doing an upgrade with WAMP & PHP 5 required me to do some more work with CURL. I found this article that got me started on getting past the “Checking and cleaning” dialog box.




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