Joomla Upgrade 2.5 to 3.1. Has the Time Finally Come?

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Like any open source project, Joomla is constantly evolving and new features have been constantly added. In case you do not want to use out-of–date Joomla 2.5 version and decide to update to 3.1 edition – the tutorial given below aims to explain you how to upgrade your favourite CMS without shelling out for a developer.

Surpassing the popularity of the previous Joomla 2.5 version, Joomla 3.1 comes shipped with a gazillion of new features and improvements making users all around the world gravitate towards it. Here is a short list of reasons why you might seriously consider upgrading to Joomla 3.1 and leave the old  Joomla 2.5 behind:

  • Simple and intuitive use.
  • Several layouts with multiple options.
  • Content unchanged by addition of tags.
  • Nested tags with a parent tag and unlimited children.
  • Core components with be integrated with tagging.

One more important thing for you to be aware of is that the changes between these two Joomla editions are so massive that the move from Joomla 2.5 to 3.1 is treated as a website migration, not upgrading.

With all that in mind, there are 3 ways for to get around the problem. To be specific – if you prefer more “hands on” approach – give a try to manual method (expects copying every piece of content from your current website and paste it to the new one). Despite the fact that it’s quite reliable way – get ready to spend much time and effort. Otherwise, there is lots of web experts who are always ready to gladly give you a hand and perform the job for you (assisted way). In this case, however, be ready for huge financial investments. Alternatively, upgrading to Joomla 3.1 is relatively simple with aisite automated migration tool by means of which you’ll upgrade to new Joomla 3.1 swiftly and precisely. Automated migration is much easier than manual, cheaper than hiring a programmer, and less frustrating in general.

Interested yet? Scroll down to find a step-by-step instruction:

Backing up your current Joomla 2.5 website data is critical to your website security. Do bear in mind that any time you are going to make some changes within your website it is necessary to make a copy.

Install Joomla 3.1 website and prepare the FTP details of both your Joomla websites. Additionally, remember about the hosting provider (if you are going to change the existing one) and domain name.

Now it’s time to create your aisite account. All you need is just to type in the matching fields your username, email and password. Alternatively, you may login through Social Media accounts (Facebook or Google+) in case you have them already created.


Connect your websites

To proceed this aim download and install the bridge file on your PC. Once done, connect your Joomla websites via FTP client software. Within FTP dashboard copy the “aisite” folder and paste it into the root directories of your Joomla websites (current and new versions).


Choose migration preferences by activating from the proposed migration options those you wish to be imported to Joomla 3.1.


Test free Demo Migration to see the aisite tool in action and to estimate its results.


In case the results of Demo migration have totally satisfied your expectations – perform Full Migration by pressing the matching button. After that click, your Joomla 2.5 will be upgraded to 3.1.


It’s done! Full migration is successfully performed.

Got intrigued? Take this great chance and upgrade your Joomla 2.5 to 3.1 with aisite service right now.

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