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= 7.2 but since that's really outdated you should use 8.0 at a minimum, preferably 8.2
Transferring Your Board to a New Host or Domainslinghang1 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?
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
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.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?
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?
Instead using the original server's file backup, you will need to extract those files/directories and upload them to the new server.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
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:
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?
Maybe poor choice of wording on my part. Step 11 in the Upgrading from 3.2 to 3.3 instructions says
That is how/when the phpBB software gets put on the new server.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.
Apologies. I misread completely.