Drupal Version Upgrade

We specialize in migration of all data from the clients site to the new Drupal based site and even upgrades sites from the older version of Drupal to the latest version.

Upgrades is necessary because now drupal is very popular and drupal sites are also SEO friendly which gives more visitors and business to the site. We make sure that the upgrade goes smooth. The reason why upgrade is necessary is that every few months, a new version of Drupal is released.

We upgrade the latest version in order to fix security issues and take advantage of many new features. After the process we check whether the contributed modules we rely on have been upgraded or not because the old versions of modules do not run on an upgraded version of Drupal. (e.g 4.7 modules do not work on a Drupal 5.x site), similarly Drupal 7.x does not support to PHP 4.x and MySql 4.x.

When the upgrading process is going on we take care that all your database and the existing site has a back up, followed by that we download and unzip the new Drupal files to the server and late on run the update.php script, which updates your database.

For more information, contact us.

We are specialized in migration of all data from the clients site to the new Drupal based site and even upgrades sites from the older version of Drupal to the latest version. Upgrades is necessary because now drupal is very popular and drupal sites are also SEO friendly which gives more visitors and business to the site. We make sure that the upgrade goes smooth. The reason why upgrade is necessary is that every few months, a new version of Drupal is released. We upgrade the latest version in order to fix security issues and take advantage of many new features. After the process we check whether the contributed modules we rely on have been upgraded or not because the old versions of modules do not run on an upgraded version of Drupal.

UPGRADING

  1. Backup your database and Drupal directory - especially your"sites" directory which contains your configuration file and added modules and themes, any contributed modules in your "modules" directory, and your "files" directory which contains uploaded files.
  2. Note: for a single site setup the configuration file is the"settings.php" file located at sites/default/settings.php.For multisite configuration the configuration file is located
    in a structure like the following:
    sites/default/settings.php
    sites/example.com/settings.php
    sites/sub.example.com/settings.php
    sites/sub.example.com.path/settings.php
    More information on multisite configuration is located inthe INSTALL.txt file.
    This is one of the most important steps. Make a backup. Accidents happen, things break, and no one wants to be left out in the cold when things go wrong.

  3. Disable contributed modules and switch to a core theme(Bluemarine or Garland).
    This is important and often overlooked (by me anyway). If you don't have the same theme or module with the same theme name or module name on the other side of the upgrade compatible with the new version there may be problems.
  4. Log on as the user with user ID 1. User ID 1 is the first account created and the main administrator account. User ID 1 needs to be logged in so that you can access update.php (step 8) which can only be run by user ID. 1. Do not close your browser until step 9 is complete.
  5. Remove all of the old files and directories from the Drupal installation directory.The idea here is to not just overwrite the old files with the new ones but completely remove the old ones. Problems can creep in when you just overwrite like the in the move from 4.7 to 5.0. Some files will stick around from the old version that can cause problems.
  6. Unpack the new Drupal files and directories into the Drupal installation directory.
  7. Copy the backed up "files" and "sites" directories to the Drupal installation directory. If the original .htaccess or robots.txt files have been modified, copy the backed up versions of these files to the installation directory as well.
  8. Verify the new configuration file to make sure it has the latest and correct information.

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