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MigrateMe is a migration tool to move your Joomla 1.5 data into a Joomla 2.5 or 3.x installation.

First impression: the tool works. Its not 100% perfect but what migration tool for Joomla is?

MigrateMe is a migration tool to move your Joomla 1.5 data into a Joomla 2.5 or 3.x installation.

First impression: the tool works. Its not 100% perfect but what migration tool for Joomla is?

  • First, you setup a new, blank Joomla installation.
  • Second, export your Joomla 1.5 database (I found the cPanel backup to work best for this, once your database in clean)
  • Third, install MigrateMe in your blank Joomla site and open it
  • Fourth, upload the SQL backup and tell MigrateMe which tables you want migrated.

Once I got the data from my 1.5 site good and clean, this process went pretty smoothly. Here are some things I did wrong:

I didn’t clean the trash out of my 1.5 site. That was dumb. Do that first. Dump all unneeded articles, K2 items, modules, menus. Dont just put them in the trash. Delete the trash.

I didn’t look at my database before I exported it. Again, dumb. It was huge. There were so many tables I didn’t need to migrate. For example: MobileJoomla (which I do love) was 20+MB of data. I’m moving to a responsive template so I won’t need MobileJoomla for my site anymore. Finder was another huge collection of tables I didn’t need. Once I removed those entries from my SQL file, everything worked as expected.

Now that my data is migrated, time to move some files. The “images”, “media” and “cache” directories had to be copied from my 1.5 site to the 3.1 site.

At this point, the site works. Its barebones (core template) but it works.

Things that needed fixing (and I have to say that I didn’t ask for support on any of these issues so I can’t speak to the level of support you would get):

  • Menu ordering is wrong. That all had to be fixed manually but I should have used the ACL Manager to fix that issue.
  • For some reason, all the menus that point to K2 have to be opened and saved. If you don’t, Joomla says com_k2 can not be found.
  • Modules have to be opened and saved before they will work. I may just reinstall everything anyway, just to be safe. (again, I think ACL Manager would have fixed this for me)

All in all, I’m pleased with the MigrateMe results. I couldn’t get JUpgrade to work at all, but to be fair, when it didn’t work at first, I jumped ship.

Written by Renea Leathers
Category: Blog

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