Also, when I indicated I would be installing a "fresh" version, I basically meant installing a virgin/vanilla copy onto a virtual server, installing all the mods I currently have, changing the theme, getting it up and running, and then merging it over to my live server. If I go this route, does anyone see any issues with the database? Will it automatically update? Is there a way to merge databases, and have the database (current) with all my data merge over to the vanilla database, while at the same time deleting columns/fields in the old database that are NOT included in the new database, while adding columns in the NEW database to the old one? Hope that makes sense. Thanks.
Or should I shut the site down, and manually merge the old database to the new one? Was hoping for an automated program that may do this. Thoughts? Thanks!