I am attempting to upgrade my forum from phpbb2.0 to phpbb 3.0.4 and as I am very new to php I am having trouble understanding the documentation and support here. I get I have to do an install of 3.0.4 and then convert, but as I have never installed a board (I took over an existing one from a non techie) I am lost at the beginning. I have a feeling I will be lost more along the way, but I want to take this step by step!!
Please can I ask you to explain in more detail what I need to do at the steps highlighted below?
I have disabled my board, backed up the files and database locally using FTP, and done step 1
in the php support documentation which say to decompress the 3.0.4 zipped files locally.
The next step 2 says "Upload all the files contained in this archive (retaining the directory structure) to a web accessible directory on your server or hosting account."
QUESTION 1: Where would be the best place to upload these extracted files to on the server so it doesn't interfere with the current version?
Looking further ahead, when I have your help on that one and uploaded the files, the next steps say:
3 Change the permissions on config.php to be writable by all (666 or -rw-rw-rw- within your FTP Client)
4 Change the permissions on the following directories to be writable by all (777 or -rwxrwxrwx within your FTP Client):
store/, cache/, files/ and images/avatars/upload/.
Which I follow ok, but then it says:
5 Using your web browser visit the location you placed phpBB3 with the addition of install/index.php or pointing directly to install/, e.g. http://www.mydomain.com/phpBB3/install/ ... m/install/ etc.
6 Click the INSTALL tab, follow the steps and fill out all the requested information.
QUESTION 2: I don't understand where I will see an install tab? Will it be obvious when I get to that point?
I want to take these steps slowly so I really appreciate your help. I have read the guidance on the following pages but I don't understand what these points above.
I've read: http://www.phpbb.com/community/docs/INSTALL.html
and http://www.phpbb.com/support/documents. ... =3#install
Your board's URL: http://www.ebluesband.com/comm_station
Version of phpBB3: trying to upgrade to 3.0.4
Was this a fresh install or a(n) update/upgrade/conversion (please be specific)? upgrade from phpBB 2.0.17 to phpbb 3.0.4
If update, what package(s) did you use?
Did you use an automated wizard provided by your host to install phpBB? no
MODs you have installed: none
When the problem started: today
Your level of expertise (be honest): only just not a beginner