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Upgrading 1.7 to 1.9
Simon Denvers

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May 27, 2014 - 11:40 am
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Hi,

I’ve got a 1.7 Magento site which could do with some TLC. It feels quite slow now – I added and removed themes and a few extensions over the last couple of years, some of which were terrible, but it’s all working. I’ve hacked bits of it, I know I shouldn’t, but you do when it’s broken and you just want it to work…

So I’m thinking of starting again from scratch with 1.9. Or attempting to upgrade from 1.7 to 1.9. I guess my question is has anyone else done an upgrade from 1.7 to 1.9 yet, and if so how did you go about it and what were the pitfalls? Or even 1.7 to 1.8.

I’ll probably wait for the next mini release (1.9.0.1) before trying this, just doing some research.

Cheers,
Simon

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Dave Furness

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May 27, 2014 - 12:13 pm
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Hey Simon

Before upgrading to 1.9 our advice is to wait until at least 1.9.1 to let any bugs get ironed out first and also wait for the extensions that you use to sort out any compatibility issues with 1.9.

I guess an upgrade is plausible between 1.7 to 1.9 but it will depend on what changes you have made to your Magento system as it could potentially cause problems.

Obviously always make a backup before doing anything!

Dave

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Martyn Pearson

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May 28, 2014 - 9:56 am
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I think Simon makes a good point.

If you are sitting on a 1.7 store, how long do you leave it before upgrade? Once you decide to go for it, whats cleaner? An upgrade or start with a fresh install, and move over old data?

Does anyone have any advice or horror stories of attempting either method?

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Simon Denvers

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May 28, 2014 - 11:16 am
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I think in my case I’m more inclined to start with a clean install of 1.9.x when it’s settled down, then rebuild it from there. From memory (I’d have to check) the site started out as 1.6, so even more things to go wrong with it!

What I’ve learned is don’t just chuck extensions at your store, some are really ropey even if they do charge money for them. They’ll slow your site down, not work properly, be tricky to remove and just all round a pain. Some of the best ones are free.

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Matthew Ogborne

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May 28, 2014 - 3:33 pm
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Hi Simon,

Absolutely, the least amount of extensions you’re using the better especially for the front end of the website.

We’ve kept it as simple as we can, the grids extension as we knew that many people would be used to seeing images etc… in the product grid, M2E, well eBay & Amazon doh! And ShipEasy & PickPack for order management and most likely a courier thrown in too.

The latter 4 are generally needed to bring it Magento up to multi channel software status, the grids they’re free and I’ve used them on numerous sites, although they are known not to agree with M2E in a few places (which is why they’re blocked out in the UE theme update the other day).

Matt

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Simon Denvers

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May 29, 2014 - 12:03 pm
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Hi Matt,

I’d not tried the grids admin extension till I saw it mentioned here. It’s really useful, wish I’d had it earlier..

What is the UE theme update you refer to, sorry if it’s obvious to you? I use and have used various themes. For my latest project (going with 1.8) I’m going to use Ultimo theme.

Cheers,
Simon

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Dave Furness

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May 29, 2014 - 1:05 pm
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Hey Simon

The UE theme is a Magento admin theme that we designed not for the front end, and last week Matt released the first update, the good news is all of the updates were small changes such as making the search button Green. The functionality hasn’t been edited at all.

It basically just makes the Magento back end a little more user friendly and makes the key action buttons really hard to miss :)

Dave

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Simon Denvers

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May 29, 2014 - 5:41 pm
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Ah OK thanks. One thing I hate about the backend is how easy it is when I’m working fast to hit buttons like “Reset” which are right next to “Save”. Drives me potty!

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Dave Furness

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May 29, 2014 - 8:13 pm
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Oh yea, we did that too which is why we thought for people new to Magento an easy to use theme would be useful, so we made all the positive buttons like Save – Brown and all of the negative ones like Delete bright Red to try and stop that from happening

Dave

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