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How to Upgrade from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 - Steps 3 and 4: Actual Upgrade and Testing

latest drupal release graphicToday I finish up the series of articles about upgrading from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6. Earlier posts in the series included: Finally Time to Upgrade to Drupal 6, How to upgrade Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 - Step 1: Planning and Step 2: Getting Drupal 5 Upgrade Ready

The first few posts were all about getting you to the stage where you can actually go ahead and upgrade your Drupal installation. In 25 words or less, do rigorous planning and take several actions to prepare your Drupal 5 site for upgrade before upgrading to Drupal 6.

In this post I finally tackle the actual Drupal upgrade process and include some final thoughts on testing your success.

January 15th 2009 12PM
By: andre


How to Upgrade from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 - Step 2: Getting Drupal 5 Upgrade Ready

Last week I started a series of posts about upgrading to Drupal 6. Starting with Finally Time to Upgrade to Drupal 6 followed by How to upgrade Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 - Step 1: Planning.

If you are planning an upgrade to Drupal 6, you might want to read those posts before reading this one. In the last post I suggested making an upgrade plan and doing some legwork before you jumped into the act of upgrading. Part of that plan is to prepare your Drupal 5 site for upgrade. In other words, do everything you have to do to your Drupal 5 site ready before you finally start moving it to Drupal 6. Depending on your site and how up to date you like to keep it, this may be at least as time consuming as the actual move from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6.

January 12th 2009 2AM
By: andre


How to Upgrade from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 - Step 1: Planning

mindmap of drupal 5 upgrade Yesterday I posted an article about why you should upgrade to Drupal 6. Today I'm writing the first of a series of posts on how to upgrade, in an effort to make sure you have no excuses not to.

When you download Drupal it comes with an 79 line document called UPGRADE.txt. UPGRADE.txt is essential reading when going through an upgrade. So important in fact that you should go and read it now and come back.

Done? Very good. As you can see, the document only covers the mechanics of an upgrade. Important information indeed, but it doesn't include any of the dozens of things you may need to do even before you get started. You should not open the document and start executing the steps without planning ahead. If you jump right in you may get to step 9 (Re-install contributed modules) and find that there isn't an upgrade path for one of the contributed modules you use.

So as you may have guessed, the first thing you should do is start formulating your plan. The plan I created for the upgrade of this site had 4 basic phases:

  1. The "before you do anything" phase which includes:
    • module inventory
    • research module upgrades
    • documenting the plan
  2. The "getting Drupal 5 'upgrade ready'" phase. i.e. Actually doing things to your Drupal 5 site before you are ready to start the upgrade
  3. The "actually upgrading to Drupal 6" phase
  4. The "testing and deployment" phase

Today, I'm only covering the first phase.

January 9th 2009 12AM
By: andre


Finally Time to Upgrade to Drupal 6

Go Drupal 6It's a week into the new year, and many of us are nearly finished breaking the last of our resolutions. However, there is one resolution you should not break if you're still running a Drupal 5 site. You've put it off long enough and it is finally time to upgrade to Drupal 6. If you're not convinced I'm going to tell you why you should.

First, a bit of background and a brief look to the future. It used to be that the world could expect a new Drupal release every 12 months or so. Drupal 5.0 was released about a year after Drupal 4.7. Drupal 6.0 was released February 13, 2008, 13 months after Drupal 5. And, you may have noticed that it is now January 2009 so you might expect that there is a Drupal 7 release on the horizon.

I wouldn't blame you for thinking this, but a funny thing happened on the way to a Drupal 7 release.

January 8th 2009 12AM
By: andre

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