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Updating from 3.1.10 to 3.2.x

Post by edd_jedi » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:36 am

As 3.1 is now approaching end of life, I am looking to update to 3.2. I currently have 3.1.10 installed, I have not updated to the latest 3.1.12 because automatic updates have been disabled and I haven't fancied trying to do it manually.

I cannot find a clear answer on whether I will need to update my theme or not. I am running a customised version of this third party theme on 3.1.10:

http://demo.phpbb3styles.net/WoWWarlords

In the phpBB styles library on this site, it looks like most themes are compatible with all or most versions of 3.x, from 3.0 right up to 3.2. Is this the case? I appreciate I will need to update eventually either way, but creating a new theme obviously increases the workload.

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Re: Updating from 3.1.10 to 3.2.x

Post by david63 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:42 am

edd_jedi wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:36 am
I cannot find a clear answer on whether I will need to update my theme or not.
Not sure where you have been looking but your 3.1 style will not work correctly, if at all, with 3.2
edd_jedi wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:36 am
In the phpBB styles library on this site, it looks like most themes are compatible with all or most versions of 3.x, from 3.0 right up to 3.2. Is this the case?
Definitely not - there may be versions of a style that work with each version of phpBB. To avoid problems you should always use the same version of the style as that of your board.
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Re: Updating from 3.1.10 to 3.2.x

Post by edd_jedi » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:51 am

OK thanks, appreciate the reply.

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Re: Updating from 3.1.10 to 3.2.x

Post by Mick » Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:23 am

Upgrading is very simple, delete a few files upload some files and run the dB updater.

Notes:
  • Your server must be running at least PHP 5.4.7 or higher.
  • phpBB 3.2 is mostly incompatible with 3.1 and most of the previous files will need to be removed prior to upgrading.
    To upgrade, perform the following steps:
  1. Make a back-up of the original files and database
  2. Deactivate all styles except for prosilver
  3. Deactivate any extensions which are not compatible with phpBB 3.2. Check with the extension author to find out if an extension is compatible or not.
  4. Ensure that the activated spambot countermeasure is one of the standard phpBB plugins (Simple image, GD image, GD 3D image, Q&A, reCaptacha).
  5. Set British English as the only language pack and delete all other language pack directories from your server
  6. Delete all of your phpBB 3.1.x files EXCEPT for the following:
    • The config.php file
    • The /ext/ directory
    • The /images/ directory
    • The /files/ directory
    • The /store/ directory
  7. Upload the contents of the phpBB3 directory from the uncompressed 3.2.x Full Package (EXCEPT for config.php) into your forum's directory (Note: you don't want to overwrite your original config.php file)
  8. Browse to www.example.com/install/
  9. Click the Update tab
  10. Click the Update button
  11. Select "Update database only" and click Submit
  12. Wait for the progress bar to reach 100% and for a message indicating that the update has completed
  13. Delete or rename the /install/ directory
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