As Joomla developed, more features were added to the framework. Since so many of us are using Joomla today, you can consider yourself lucky if you are using the version 4.2. Still others may be wishing for the upgrade.
If you have never heard of Joomla, you might want to look into it. Joomla is a content management system (CMS) that makes use of modules. These modules are software programs that connect with the main Joomla application. Joomla was created by Wylie Spinks in 1997.
There are various options available for you if you want to upgrade. These include you being able to migrate all your content to the newer version or you get new modules to use. You might also be able to save money on the upgrade.
One of the first things to do is to find out what kind of upgrade you want. If you are upgrading to Joomla 4.2, you will need to make sure that your server is running Joomla 4.2 or higher. If it is not, you may not be able to do this upgrade.
Next, open your server’s software and make sure you know what version it is running under. Once you have opened it, go to the Administration Panel and go to the upgrade tab. If you don’t know what to do, then just start up the Joomla application and just look at the Upgrade to Joomla tab.
Here you can make the decision as to whether you want to upgrade or not. It is not always a good idea to try to do it on your own.
Once you decide that you want to do the upgrade, find the source where the upgrade is available. If you are unable to find it, contact the Joomla developers. They may have access to this upgrade for your server. In some cases, they may have found a source and will offer it to you free of charge.
When you are confident about the source, do the upgrade. There is a few ways to do this. First, you can have your server upgrade to Joomla and then use the upgrade wizard to upgrade the entire server to the latest version.
This is the fastest way to do the upgrade because you will be able to do it from the beginning and not wait until you have to upgrade the server. The downside to this method is that it requires time and effort to get it set up.
Another way to do the upgrade is to get a second computer and install it on Joomla. Use a different hosting account for this one. Put the server under maintenance and have a friend bring the Joomla site to the new computer.
Next, the Joomla developers will send you an email asking you to reboot the server. They will then install the upgrade to the Joomla site on the new computer. Once it is installed, restart the server and you will be able to see the new upgrade.
The third option is to use the upgrade from scratch. Just follow the instructions in the manual on how to do the upgrade.