Joomla 1.x, 2.x to 3.x migration

Outdated Joomla websites are a potential risk as security vulnerabilities are not fixed anymore. Within this post I want to highlight the typical procedure for a Joomla migration in order to keep your Joomla site updated.

Outdated Joomla versions still widely used

Joomla is a very popular CMS and in the past decade many websites were realised based on Joomla 1.0 and Joomla 1.5. Still many of those sites are live on the web which is a huge risk. There are no security fixes released for early Joomla versions anymore, the support for Joomla 2.5 ended in 2014. You might ask yourself why updating Joomla. Why not saving the cost? Outdated Joomla sites are a huge risk. As the owner of the website you are typically responsible to keep your software up to date. Missing updates can lead to a situation where your website gets hacked, where date gets stolen or your server is used to send off spam mails. But you also get a benefit: New Joomla Versions come with new functionality. You should be interested in keeping your site updated to attract visitor. Alone this might be worth the price for a Joomla migration.

Typical procedure for a Joomla migration

Always remember to backup your system before carrying out major changes. We also recommend to setup a test environment for the migration instead of directly migrating the live version. For each joomla upgrade the following items need to be migrated:
  • Content and Categories
  • Menu
  • User
  • Templates
  • Components
  • Modules
  • Plugins

Migration of Joomla 1.x

Joomla 1.0 or 1.5 are very different from the current Joomla version. Rather than migrating the data via API or database you might be better off setting up a new Joomla version from scratch.

Migration of Joomla 2.x

Joomla migrations from 2.x to the current version are pretty much straightforward. You should update to 2.5.28 before taking it to 3.x. The migration can then be carried out via the Joomla administration area. Known issues with this step are mainly related to certain Joomla extensions or to the server environment. In case of issues with Joomla migrations we are happy to assist. Please get in contact with us for further information.