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    Upgrading PHPBB

    Hi guys

    I've been worried about this issue for a while and i've never been given a straight answer. I've been wanting to upgrade my forum from PHPBB 2.2.0 [or something along those lines] to version 3.0 at least. i'm under the impression that IC is capable of that. the thing i'm worried about is that the upgrade will erase or otherwise cause a loss of information in the forum's topics [not the forum sections. i mean the topics themselves. i operate a forum that depends heavily on preserved topics that are, in some cases, over 4 years old and ongoing]. i can't afford to lose the information through an upgrade, so i need a solid answer on this. will upgrading cause the topics to be lost, or otherwise made inactive and absent on the upgraded forum? or will the upgrade simply update the Forum's software and leave all information within the site intact and fully functional?

    I've been looking for an answer for this question for years but with little if any luck. my knowledge of complex and specialised terms and procedures regarding site building, FTP files and site upgrading is minimal, if not completely non existent, so the simpler the explanation, the better.




    on a side note, i've found that i am unable to download the members file from my site's FTP. it gives me an error any time i try. for someone trying to make a full personal site backup, this is quite an issue.



    Any and all assistance available is more than appreciated. but please, if possible, only give me facts you're completely sure of. a wrong move could wreck 4 years of work on my site and i'm seriously worried about it. to the point i've put off updating the site until now. if not for my discovery of the IC feature, i would probably go for several more years without updating, despite the various glitches in my current PHPBB version...

    Thanks in Advance

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    You got it backwards. The longer you delay upgrading to the latest stable version the more vulnerable you become to hackers. By not upgrading you may lose the lot. If you're so worried about losing everything perhaps you should pay someone who can upgrade you correctly. I know several trusted people here on the forum could do it for you. PM me if you want names.

    First you want to dump any junk entries, spam user registrations and other obsolete data, to trim down your database size. Make backup copies of everything. Several database types and a copy of all files. While it may be fine I would not use install central. I'd follow the directions provided on the phpBB website closely. I've upgraded several 2.x phpBB installs to 3.x manually this way and none had any problems or loss of data.
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    i understand that delaying an update is risking hackers. that's logical. were it not so confusing to me i would update it constantly, whenever i got the chance. what i'm worried about most at the moment is whether the topics and posts will be kept as they are, intact and fully functional on the site post upgrading. will they be wiped when we upgrade? will they remain? can i continue exactly where i left off on the site after an update? or will i need to make topics from scratch?

    cash at the moment is a bit of an issue. i'm on a bit of a budget, so paying someone to do it for me is kinda a last resort thing. if i do pay someone to do it for me, i'd need them to guarantee that they would be able to upgrade to the latest stable version with no trouble, and preserve all topics and forums on the site as they are, to allow the members to continue where they left off after the upgrade is done. like i said before, several of my topics have been ongoing for 4 years so far. that kind of data i can't afford to lose to an update.


    one of the primary reasons i'm updating is because i'm trying to reduce spam. at present, i have a cripplingly massive amount of spam accounts [4000 to be precise, give or take a hundred or so]. removing them one at a time is a very time consuming task, and i'm a person whose somewhat short of time as of late. i think that the massive number of spam accounts may be the reason i can't backup the .membership file. the entire site is backed up on my PC. but the .membership file gives me an error whenever i try to back it up.


    would you care to tell me what risks i may face by updating via IC?


    all questions above are vital, so i'd appreciate if they could be answered.


    Thanks in Advance,

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    I know my stuff, I can guarantee you a no data loss upgrade from 2.x to 3.x or a roll back. I have full faith in any name I pass on to deliver the same. It's a very small job really and price should reflect that but a %100 delivery guarantee is not an option for you. Your version may be so archaic it is simply not fully compatible to the 3.x build. As it does involve a level of trust skill knowledge and time a %99 doesn't come free.

    Crippling hours dealing with spam, months to transfer data by hand.. are you crazy? I can't see it being more than $50-$100 in any case it's nothing you can't do yourself if you study up at phpBB like I sugessted. I told you I don't use IC. Got burnt once, will never go back. 3.x does effectively stop spam posts with an easily adjustable grade of CAPTCHA, spam user rego are still problematic but they are refining it. It also has an auto-upgrade option that appears when new versions are released.

    The .membership file is Powweb generated from the move of stats from legacy servers and /username hosting. Don't wory about it unless 3 year old stats matter to you, if so contact support. In the time it took me to write this I could of had you done myself.
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    sounds good. i currently use PHPBB 2.0.20 if you want specifics. would it be possible to jump straight from that to 3.x without going through 2.x updates? or do i have to update 2.x first? and in the case of the latter, is that as risky as jumping to 3.x?

    so technically i don't even need .membership for the backup?


    as for doing it myself, i've been trying to figure out how, looking into the steps of it. but i personally find it to be difficult to understand without me seeing what's meant by the steps. i've found one or two youtube vids about it, but still, not sure.

    in addition to that, have a chronic internet problem. despite it being DSL, over 80% of the time it's not functional, or functioning so weakly that i can't browse on the internet with it. i'd chance saying dial-up was better


    if you could suggest a few people [or perhaps even do it yourself if you'd accept], i'd really appreciate it...

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    That would be fine as any 2.0.x can be converted to 3.x and that's correct, you don't need worry about the .membership file. I can do it for you no problem, I'll still PM you some names should you want a second opinion.
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    Heads up Croc Hunter. your Private Message storage is full. clear some space so i can contact you with the rest of the discussion.

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    Thanks mate done.
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