3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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I currently have a 3.2.8 forum on what I am told is an outdated server running php 5 and need to move to a new server.

The new server runs php8 and I do not think my 3.2.8 forum will run on it without 3rd party software.

What is the best way to go about moving the forum to the new server and updating to the latest PHPBB version at the same time?

Would you do a fresh install of 3.3.11 on the new server and replace database and the files, images, ext, and store directories along with the config.php file from the old server?

Any advice would greatly appreciated and please forgive me if this has been covered before.
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Re: 3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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slinghang1 wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 4:13 am I currently have a 3.2.8 forum on what I am told is an outdated server running php 5 and need to move to a new server.

The new server runs php8 and I do not think my 3.2.8 forum will run on it without 3rd party software.
phpBB 3.3.11 needs PHP >= 7.2 but since that's really outdated you should use 8.0 at a minimum, preferably 8.2

slinghang1 wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 4:13 am What is the best way to go about moving the forum to the new server and updating to the latest PHPBB version at the same time?

Would you do a fresh install of 3.3.11 on the new server and replace database and the files, images, ext, and store directories along with the config.php file from the old server?
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Re: 3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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warmweer wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 6:32 am phpBB 3.3.11 needs PHP >= 7.2 but since that's really outdated you should use 8.0 at a minimum, preferably 8.2
Since version 8.0 of PHP no longer has security support since November 2023, you might as well use versions 8.1 or 8.2

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Re: 3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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Thanks for the advice and the link guys, I will check that out give the installation another try.
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I have read both articles, still unsure what to do since both articles are for a different scenarios.

Do I copy my 3.2.8 board to the new server even though the new server has newer php version 8 that 3.2.8 won't work on and then follow the instructions to upgrade to 3.3?

OR

Do I install 3.3 on the new server and then try to copy my database and files over from my 3.2.8 board?
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As your current server is obsolete, there is no point in attempting to migrate to phpBB 3.3.11 because you need at least version 7.2 of PHP.
Move your forum in version 3.2.8 to your new server, then you can upgrade to phpBB 3.3.11
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slinghang1 wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 3:30 pm I have read both articles, still unsure what to do since both articles are for a different scenarios.

Do I copy my 3.2.8 board to the new server even though the new server has newer php version 8 that 3.2.8 won't work on and then follow the instructions to upgrade to 3.3?

OR

Do I install 3.3 on the new server and then try to copy my database and files over from my 3.2.8 board?
From the linked Upgrading from 3.2 to 3.3 instructions above the essence is you should perform the work on the new server using your database backup and files backup from the original server.

You won't need to install 3.3 on the new server first. Just follow the linked steps, with one adaption in your case. At Step 10 which says
Upgrade instructions wrote:On your website, delete all files from your board EXCEPT for:
  • The config.php file
  • The ext/ directory
  • The files/ directory
  • The images/ directory
  • The store/ directory
Instead using the original server's file backup, you will need to extract those files/directories and upload them to the new server.

Then continue with the remaining steps of Upgrading from 3.2 to 3.3

Added: Before you start you should do some homework on any extensions you have installed to make sure which ones will need to be updated to current 3.3.x versions and which ones might no longer work with 3.3.
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Re: 3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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P_I wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 5:47 pm
From the linked Upgrading from 3.2 to 3.3 instructions above the essence is you should perform the work on the new server using your database backup and files backup from the original server.

You won't need to install 3.3 on the new server first. Just follow the linked steps, with one adaption in your case. At Step 10 which says On your website, delete all files from your board EXCEPT for:

Appreciate the advice, thank you. You say no need to install 3.3 on the new server first but that means that no version of phpbb is installed on the new server at all. I thought phpbb had to be installed, like a Windows application has to be installed, didn't think you could just ftp the files to the server and have it run. Forgive me for my lack of knowledge with php
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Re: 3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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ssl wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 4:55 pm As your current server is obsolete, there is no point in attempting to migrate to phpBB 3.3.11 because you need at least version 7.2 of PHP.
Move your forum in version 3.2.8 to your new server, then you can upgrade to phpBB 3.3.11
Thanks ssl. That makes the most sense to me and leaves me with one question. Since my new server has php 8 on it and I am moving the 3.2.8 forum version to it, will it function enough to allow me to migrate it to 3.3.11?
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slinghang1 wrote: Fri Feb 09, 2024 3:14 pm You say no need to install 3.3 on the new server first but that means that no version of phpbb is installed on the new server at all.
Maybe poor choice of wording on my part. Step 11 in the Upgrading from 3.2 to 3.3 instructions says
phpBB Upgrade instructions wrote:Upload the contents of the phpBB3 directory from your computer to your forum's directory. You may be prompted to overwrite the remaining files. If prompted to merge or overwrite directories, choose to merge them.
That is how/when the phpBB software gets put on the new server.
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Re: 3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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P_I wrote: Fri Feb 09, 2024 3:28 pm
Ah ok. Thanks a milion. I will give this a try this morning and see how it goes.
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Re: 3.2.8 upgrade to 3.3.11 on a new server

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What version of phpBB are you using? phpBB 3.3.11
What is your board's URL? http://ded1729.inmotionhosting.com/~plasma16
Who do you host your board with? imotion hosting
How did you install your board? I used the download package from phpBB.com
What is the most recent action performed on your board? Update from a previous version of phpBB3
Is registration required to reproduce this issue? No
Do you have any MODs installed? No
Do you have any extensions installed? Yes but I disabled them before the upgrade
What version of phpBB3 did you update from? phpBB 3.2.8
What styles do you currently have installed? prosilver enabled, cleansilver & prolight disabled
What language(s) is your board currently using? english
Which database type/version are you using? MySQL 5
What is your level of experience? New to PHP but not phpBB
What actions did you take (updating your board; installing a MOD, style or extension; etc.) prior to this problem becoming noticeable? I followed the instructions found here https://www.phpbb.com/support/docs/en/3 ... upgrade32/ to upgrade from 3.2.8 to 3.3.11 with the only difference being that I performed this on a newer server that has the latest version of php which I read was required for 3.3.11
Please describe your problem. None of the attachments, avatars, images, etc. load. The problem can be seen here without registration https://ded1729.inmotionhosting.com/~pl ... hp?t=34897 It's the strangest thing. I even re-uploaded all the files with FileZilla being sure the box was unchecked for Treat file without extension as ASCII and same problem. I am stumped.
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I see the attachments - no problem form this side.

Trying clearing you browser cache.
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I see this
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warmweer wrote: Sat Feb 17, 2024 7:39 am I see the attachments - no problem form this side.

Trying clearing you browser cache.
Apologies. I misread completely.
I see exactly the same as ssl.
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