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Migrating Joomla 3 to 4 using new install

Post by nickza » Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:37 am

Hi there.
We have a project with a site that has the Latest Joomla 3, as well as Kunena forum component.
We are going to install a brand new template, as well as want to clear out old files as well as upgrade to Joomla 4 (in the process, component compatibility willing).

My thinking is this.
1. Install new Joomla 4 install
2. Setup new install with the new template
3. Install Kunena forum
4. Export the user, content, and other important data from Joomla 3 site into the new Joomla 4 site.

Question: Are the tables different in Joomla? Specifically the Users, content, etc (all the stuff I would need from previous install).
And does anyone see anything going wrong with this plan? Our aim is to keep all the current data, but on a fresh install. This site is the same site installed a very long time ago.

Looking forward to your replies
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Re: Migrating Joomla 3 to 4 using new install

Post by pe7er » Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:16 am

Yes, there are small differences between Joomla 3 and 4 regarding database tables.

I often use the same approach with migrating to a higher version using a clean site/database.

What I often do:
Old J3 site
  • create a copy of the Joomla 3 website
  • install it locally (using a web environment like xampp or similar)
  • upgrade it to Joomla 4 so the database tables will have the same structure
New J4 site
  • Install a clean Joomla 4 without any content
  • use phpMyAdmin to export the categories/articles/menu items (only data not structure)
    that I need from the upgraded J3>J4 site
  • use phpMyAdmin to run those SQL export files to create the categories/articles/menu items
    in the clean J4 site
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Re: Migrating Joomla 3 to 4 using new install

Post by sozzled » Fri Oct 22, 2021 3:59 pm

You need Kunena v6 with J! 4. K 6 is not yet finished; still in beta testing. You may want to wait.
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Re: Migrating Joomla 3 to 4 using new install

Post by nickza » Sat Oct 23, 2021 7:54 am

@sozzled - yes. you are 100% correct. I will have to wait a bit longer.

@pe7er, thank you. I think that is exactly what I am going to do, but after Kunena for J4 comes out.

THank you both
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Re: Migrating Joomla 3 to 4 using new install

Post by pe7er » Sat Oct 23, 2021 8:08 am

You're welcome!
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