stitch626 wrote:Oh yay. Can't wait to see how many of my mods get broke this time. <<sighs>>
Highway of Life wrote:The best way to run an upgrade is to do an offline upgrade.
Backup or transfer the database to your localhost. This will allow you to 'preview' if there will be any potential problems with the database update before you run it on the live site.
Run the upgrade process, db update, then the file updates.
Preview the site on your localhost to ensure everything is working as it should. Once the upgrade has worked and been confirmed, disable your live site (ACP -> Board Settings), then upload your files (typically via FTP), including the install directory.
Point your browser to the install directory and run the database update ONLY. No need to run the file update because you have already done that on your localhost and uploaded it to your server. Once the database update is complete, re-enable your site. Total downtime should last only as long as it takes for the files to upload via FTP and for the database update to run. Typically not more than an hour with a bigger update such as 3.0.6
Best time to update? Check to see when your site is at it's least busiest, usually that is around 2 - 3am for the timezone that is most active on your site.
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