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How do I upgrade my Joomla site?

It's very important for the Security of your site to always keep your Joomla application Updated in the latest version. It is also very easy to upgrade the major release you use.

To make it a little easier to understand, each Joomla version is available to the public with the following badges: [major].[minor].[maintenance]. For example, version 3.1.5 is major 3, minor 1 and maintenance 5. Upgrading between versions 3.x.x is a simple process. However, the change from a major version to another, such as from 2.x to 3.x, called migration, is more complicated, which nevertheless we strongly recommended.

  • Joomla versions
  • Joomla upgrade within the same major version
  • Migration of a major version to another

Joomla versions

The Joomla application currently has two major versions officially supported, Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.x. The developers are working on both versions and provide security and bug fixes for both. If you use any of these, you should look for a minor version (like Joomla 2.5.x or 3.x Joomla). The upgrade to a version within the same major version is very simple through Joomla administrator with one click.

There are also older versions such as Joomla 1.0 and Joomla 1.5, which are unsupported now. All users of these versions will be good to upgrade to Joomla 2.5 as soon as possible. Also, when the version 3.x reach 3.5, will become the recommended version for all Joomla sites and users of Joomla 2.5 will need to upgrade their sites in the new version. However, the transition from a major Joomla version to another is not a process of a click and may have more work, especially in more complex sites.

Joomla upgrade within the same major version

To upgrade your Joomla application, you must have access to Joomla administrative environment::

When you connect to it, the Joomla 3 will automatically check for new versions in the official record. If there is a new version available, you will see the notice under Maintenance. Click the link Update now! to proceed. You will a notice also over the contents of the Joomla administrator. There you can also proceed to upgrade by clicking the Update now button.

Joomla - update

* Important: it would be good before taking any action, to first get a backup of your site, so that you do Restore it, if the procedure upgrade is not completed correctly.

After clicking the link, you will be redirected to the Joomla update page. Here you will find information on the current Joomla version you use and the one in which you will upgrade, the URL of the upgrade package and the installation method. In this step you will not need to make any changes, the default settings work as they should. All you have to do is press the Install the update button.

Joomla - upgrade installation

In a few minutes your Joomla site will have upgraded to the latest version and you will be redirected automatically to a screen with the confirmation that upgrading your site was absolutely successful.

Joomla - upgrade status

Now press the Purge cache button to complete the process and to clear the cache of any previous settings.

Joomla - purge cache

Your upgrade is completed. If you return to the homepage, you will now see that the Maintenance indicates that your site is updated with the latest version (up-to-date).

Joomla - updated version

Migration from a major version to another one

The transition from one major version to another may be more difficult process, because the templates and extensions you may have used may not be compatible with the new version of Joomla. This means that after you finish the transfer, your content will be transferred to the new version, but you may have to change or update the templates and the extensions, before your site becomes fully functional once again.

* Important: do not start the transfer before taking a backup of your Joomla site! This can prevent you from the temporarily stop of the operation of your site, when an important extension proven incompatible with the new version of Joomla .

In this guide we will describe how to transfer your Joomla site from version 2.5 to version Joomla 3. To start the transfer, you first need to sign in to the administrative environment. Then visit the link:

This will take you directly to the Joomla Update page. Since there is no long-term version for the Joomla 3.x version, you need to change the setting to short-term release settings for the update server option. To do this, click the Options button.

Now you should see the Joomla Update Configuration window. From the Update Server menu, select Short Term Support. At the end, click Save & Close.

Once you switch to short-term, the application will try immediately to find an available upgrade. Press the Install the Update button, to proceed with the version change.

The Joomla application will take a few minutes to transfer your content to the new version. Do not close your browser window during this process. In the end, you will see confirmation that the upgrade have completed successfully.

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