Upgrading Kentico

Ei Dar Li Ko Ko asked on January 14, 2015 05:00

Hi... I want to upgrade my Kentico 5.5 site to new version of Kentico 8. There are some developed web parts inside the 5.5 version and can they all be upgraded or what are the changes especially in the coding needed for the upgrading. How to perform the upgrading steps? How about the database?

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Petar Kozjak answered on January 14, 2015 10:18


there are two ways to upgrade from this version. One is to download upgrade files and SQL query and follow instructions, other is to use KIM or upgrade utility. I prefer using first option up to version 6 and then continue with KIM (Kentico installation manager).

Here is your upgrade path: 5.5 > 5.5R2 5.5R2 > 6 6 > 7 7 > 8 8 > 8.1 8.1 > 8.2

For every version until 8.1 (where you have utility for that) you will need to manually upgrade you custom code and transformations. Best way would be to do this for every version: 1. Backup files/database 2. Run upgrade (you may also need to upgrade .NET framework on version 5 or 6) 3. Update custom code and transformations 4. Verify that site is working before moving to next version

Follow instructions in upgrade packages and refer to documentation. This is time consuming process. If you have lot of custom code it will be lot of work.

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Brenden Kehren answered on January 14, 2015 14:26

If you follow Petar's instructions you'll be successful. I can't stress enough #4, always verify the site runs after each upgrade. There is code executed that updates the database and file system when you start the first time.

Also note if you're using the KIM tool, to upgrade that as well with each version to make sure any bugs with that are resolved and don't cause problems.

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