Migrate Joomla! Website
If you want to migrate Joomla! from version 1.0 "something" to the newest 2.5.?, there are a number of processes and hurdles to endure. Upgrade Joomla! or migrate Joomla! is often considered the same. However, they are completely different operations.
To upgrade Joomla! you are simply assuring your current version has the newest code available for your specific version. There are 3 basic versions of Joomla! - 1.0; 1.5; 2.5.
What's in the Migration:
If you want to change your Web site so that you are using the newest Joomla 2.5.? (the ending numbers change often), and you are using anything in the 1.0.?? or 1.5.?? versions, you have some work ahead of you. This is called "migrating" from previous versions to the current version.
If you searched migrate Joomla! Website you already know how difficult it is to find someone who will perform this migration process for you - until now. Most of the results include "how to" information on the subject. But be warned! Migrating is not a simple process for the untrained. If it's not done properly you could lose everything in your site.
We Have the Experience
L.T. Creations, LLC can migrate your site for you. Generally, in about 14 hours we can get your data into the latest version of Joomla! if you are using a 1.0? version. However, this will not include any "third-party" software you have installed. Nothing you have installed in version 1.0? is compatible with the latest Joomla! There is very little software from version 1.5.? that is compatible with 2.5.?
This means that you will basically be migrating (moving) your content and database into the newest system - that's all. Anything that was not part of the default Joomla! installation will mandate finding "new" software to replace whatever you had installed in addition to the default Joomla!
What Can I Keep?
Your template will also need to be replaced. Yes, even your template is not compatible with the newest version of Joomla! L.T. Creations, LLC can create a custom template for you based upon your original. Or, you can find a "free" or inexpensive template already developed for use with the latest Joomla. Becareful with these, though. There are many templates that may look nice, but they are developed very poorly and create a lot of work to implement as well for you to use your site.
There are many sites on the Net (including Joomla.org) where you can find instructions on how a migration can be accomplished. But there are a lot of Website owners who have no desire to learn what is necessary to move their medium or large site content. Additionally, the official information from Joomla includes a link for a tool to aid in the process of migrating Joomla 1.0, but the tool is very cumbersome and simply doesn't work as intended.
Recently, L.T. Creations, LLC was contracted by a company that had virtually been abandonded since their Web site was created in Joomla 1.0. They had grown to more than 1,000 pages over the years. In 12 hours we had them working on the latest Joomla 2.5.6 - fully migrated and updated - and this particular client had a "lot" of custom scripts. The tool we used to migrate from 1.0 was far superior to the one recommended by Joomla.org and works extremely fast. By the way. A Joomla! 1.0? project must be migrated to Joomla 1.5 first. Then it has to be migrated to the current version. So, a Joomla! 1.0? development requires 2 migrations.
Where is the Time Spent?
Most of the time spent in migration is preparing to use the migration software then assuring everything is working correctly. Additional time must be planned for finding and installing any third-party software and a new template.
To migrate Joomla! from 1.? to the most current version means having to install additional software to your current site and take steps to get fully migrated to the latest verison. Quite frankly, the entire process is complex, difficult and one that is suggested for only those who are very familiar with Joomla! and Web development.
It's not possible to migrate from 1.0 to the latest in one step. Basically it's a 3 phase process. But each phase has several steps and processes that must be followed. In fact, to make the job easier, the entire operation should be completed on a local hard drive. There again is something most Web site owners - even seasoned professionals - are not well-versed in accomplishing.
What Should I Expect?
If you want to migrate Joomla! 1.0.? to the most current version, or your 1.5.? to the most current version, L.T. Creations, LLC will do this for you quickly and at a very reasonable rate.
To migrate from 1.0.? to the current version will take approximately 12 hours at our standard hourly rate of $55.
To migrate from 1.5.? to the current version will take approximately 6 hours at our standard hourly rate of $55.
Finding and installing software to replace what you had will mandate additional time.
Stop putting it off! Contact us today to get started!
The longer you wait the more headaches you will encounter. Most hosting services will no longer support Php 4 which is what Joomla! 1.0.? requires. Php is now up to 5.3, which is higher than what Joomla! 1.5.26 uses. When software, Php and hosting servers are no longer allowing old sites, that means your site may simply stop working one day and be unavailable to visitors.
Don't let your business be punished with an old Web site. Migrate your Joomla! Web site into the most recent version and prepare your site to automatically update itself, including your third-party software, so that you can stay up-to-date.