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Upgrade Magento ®: Rules and Concepts To Follow

Magento Upgrade

Many Magento ® store owners eventually begin to consider the necessity of upgrade to the newer Magento ® version. Let us review how to perform the Upgrade of Magento ® and what difficulties may be encountered during this process.

General Rules and Concepts On How to Upgrade Magento

Your third-party extensions for Magento ® should be updated in order to be compatible with the upgrade of Magento ®.

The main concern of possible hidden dangers is the fact that there is no possibility to upgrade from e.g. version 1.5 to version 1.8 directly. The version 1.5 user will need to gradually move through all levels installing all upgrades in a specific order. If anything is done wrong during this process then further upgrade will not be possible.

  1. Check all your modules for compatibility with the version of Magento ® which you are going to install, otherwise, your store may become non-operational or there may be errors preventing customers from placing orders;
  2. It is mandatory to create a working copy of your store. This will be a development site version that will work perfectly in a test mode, where you can test all necessary modules, extensions or upgrades;
  3. First, check the upgrade of Magento ® on your store copy, this will help you to understand whether or not all modules are compatible and how the new version behaves in general;
  4. Create a backup of your MySQL database. This is your insurance from possible problems or additional efforts for finding a reason for problems with the upgrade;
  5. We recommend using ‘mysqldump’ program for creating a backup. Use ‘--skip-quick’ or ‘ --skip-extended-insert’ as keys, this will simplify your analysis of the work;
  6. Check your mail. Many users miss this point and then their upgrade is not installed properly. All Magento ® users receive newsletters from the Magento ® company where they are informed about the new version release. You need to make sure that there are no intermediate versions between your current version and the one you wish to install;
  7. If any intermediate versions exist you need to install them first;
  8. Remember to read the email where you found the information of the new version. Pay special attention to the ‘Upgrade Notes’ part where you can find the requirements which are off the installation standards of some extensions;
  9. Go back to the admin panel and disable your Magento ® cache;
  10. Using Magento ® Connect go through the automatic upgrade procedure;
  11. Now upload your MySQL database and check its difference from the previous one, this will help you to evaluate the consequences and risks of your installed upgrade;
  12. Use ‘Araxis Merge’ program in order to simplify the task of comparing codes, it will help you to find the differences or errors;
  13. Go back to the admin panel again and enable cache;
  14. Now you need to reconfigure the index of checking, modules, installed extensions;
  15.  Check the upgrade for working capacity.

As soon as you verify that your system copy works, you may proceed with the upgrade of Magento ® on your working system, this will minimize the risks and difficulties. In case you have any problems with installation or checking of the upgrade, you may use the help of GoMage experts. Leave a comment on this article and we will assist you in correcting the problem.