Upgrade Joomla 2.5 to 3.0

If you were working on Joomla 1.5 and tried to do the upgrade to 2.5, I’m sure you remember the big fiasco that the upgrade was.

Joomla team promised a decent upgrade to the next one. So here we are.

I have followed the steps to upgrade, and this is my personal experience.Till here, easy.

Then: “Your host needs to disable magic_quotes_gpc to run this version of Joomla!”. After some hours changing parameters in the .htaccess, php.ini, etc. Finally I discover that the configuration of the multi-hosting we use requires the administrators to do it, so 5 minutes later it was done :-(

Finally it was the only hurdle of the new environment, now we will have to learn about the new features, and tricks to make the application works with a nice style.

 

Joomla, Ozio Gallery

The main problem I have found with other photo galleries is the time response.

http://www.opensourcesolutions.es/en/ext/ozio-gallery.html#1oziogallery-logo

Ozio Gallery, finds the answer: store the images in a cloud space that offers good time response (in this case google), and visualize it on your web with this gallery.

You will have good time response, save storage, but will have to publish some pictures on a place with so many “terms of agreement”.

Joomla, my experience 3 years later

I started using Joomla 3 years ago.

First year,

I decided using Joomla, the main reasons were: the community behind it, the capacity to have modules on top of a core engine that worked in a very stable way.

It took me a while to understand how it worked, how to manage it and how to live with the evolution of the different versions that they were coming.

Second year,

I had to upgrade from 1.5 to 2.5, as so many people of the community, I decided to build the new web page from scratch and take the opportunity to enhance things. Good things: better look&feel, real multi-language, less touch on the code, and the community grew-up.

This was easy, the challenge during this year was to try to implement VirtueMart on top of the Web. 4 months trying to do it, but we found that some of the functionality still does not cover the requirements we want for our on-line store. So we decided to use Prestashop.

Positive thing: I learned a lot about how Joomla works, and I started to investigate about the next generation of templates.

Third year,

Tablets, mobile phones have massively arrived to average consumer, and the reaction of the Joomla community is a wide number of new templates adapted for these devices: more image, different positions for the information, new look & feel, new usability rules… all under a common name: responsive design.

This response design is represented really by the Expose Framework: you have to install it to make these new generation templates work.

What about the fourth year?

The challenge is easy: migration to Joomla 3.0. I still want to work with 2.5 and wait that 3.x matures.