Updating Joomla

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Detailed, but general, documentation is available at:

 http://docs.joomla.org/Upgrading_1.5_from_an_existing_1.5x_version

My cookbook oriented approach, for a Dreamhost linux server is:

  • Download a copy to local directory, using ftp
  • Make a copy of the existing directory on the server:
 > cp -a currentdir upgradedir
  • Download and unpack the appropriate patch from the joomla site. Patches are available at:
 http://www.joomla.org/download.html
  • Upload the joomla patch over the copied directory
  i.e. upgradedir
  • Point a url at the new directory. i.e. using the dreamhost panel
  e.g. test.somedomain.org
  • Fix any pages you've hacked and clobbered with the update.
  • Point the url at the new directory.
  • Wait a day or two to make sure you didn't miss anything and then delete the now unused directory.