Starting from live joomla 1.5 site.
Install akeeba to live site and make a back up.
Akeeba procedure if you are unfamiliar akeeba.
FTP to your live site directory and follow through
FTP the mysitebackup.jpa to your desktop.
Go to your hosting account cpanel
create a new folder in the public_html
called something like /upgrade and ftp the mysite.jpa to there.
(mine takes a long time ! )
Go to database wizard in your cpanel or my databases in your control panel and
create a new database.
Make a note of the name, the user and copy and paste the password
of the database to a text file.
upload by ftp or file manager the files
kickstart.php and the language file en-GB.kickstart.ini
( available from Akeeba)
then reinstall your joomla 1.5 site so you now have a duplicate site.
Now change the default template to anything and uninstall the template
you were using.
Install the jupgrade and run.
Now follow the route to your new 2.5 joomla.
What you actually have is a 2.5 version installed inside a 1.5 version.
Install akeeba to the 2.5 visible site and run the back up.
Go through your ftp programme and you will find in the list of files
etc a directory called jupgrade.
That is where your 2.5 version of your website is hiding.
Follow through jupgrade/administrator/components/com_akeeba/backups
and download the mysite.jpa to your desktop.
MAKE SURE TO select a folder, NOT just downloads.
This is a 2.5 version of your website.
Make yourself another folder on your server / restore
create a clean database and ftp your 2.5 back up to the folder
enter the new database details into the installer
Reinstall following the step by step akeeba instructions.
The upload your favourite template, select it as default
and then re asign the modules and fine tune.
This worked for me, just a few tweaks to go live.
Now you have a live 2.5 hidden from the public.
move it to where you want.
What you will NOT have, coms and modules that are not 2.5 compatable.
If you have a list of events etc, that will need to be re written etc.
But you have two versions of the site, so you can compare content
and write up the lost detail.
This is a good free component, not magic !
It does work with limits, so please stop complaining.
I expect there are a thousand easier ways to do this.
and if you know a short cut please tell me.
The reason for uninstalling the default template is that
the upgrade seemed to lock it in and would not let me re install
as the template was already there. But greyed out.
Thanks very much to the developer, a lot of hard work went into this.!
As we wanted an event list for the markets they go to, joomla was the answer with simple caddy as the shop. It works beautifully. Easy and quick to set up. The only quirk we have is it duplictes the order emails, but the paypal one shows the order and the payment, so thats what matters.
Looked through the forum and can see no mention of duplicate emails, So it could be my config. Now there is a 1.7 version, We will migrate after the christmas rush. Highly recommended.
Thank you folks
Thank you very much for your review and for the translation. A english translation (as a installable file) is available now.