Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Postnuke to Zikula with minimum disruption

Everyone who uses Postnuke and is upgrading to Zikula are going to go through the pain of lost links, indexed pages, and so on.

It was precisely for this reason that I held back for a long time too.

However, Zikula is better than Postnuke, and eventually, there comes a time to commit to the move, or start losing interest in the whole system itself, particularly since nothing is happening with Postnuke anymore.

There are some problems I faced, and some solutions I found, which I will be sharing in a series of posts here.

  • The first, and key thing to do is to make a copy of your current sitemap, so that you have all the links.
  • Do the upgrade as instructed after backing up the site.
  • Go through your modules list with a fine toothed comb, and test them - navigate, access, edit, etc. Upgrade all those that have upgrades.
  • Identify the ones that can't be upgraded and deactivate them for now.
  • Navigate through your site and see which blocks don't show, which links don't work, and so on.
  • Create a list of everything that is going wrong.
In the next posts, we will deal with some of the most urgent aspects of getting your site back into functioning for most visitors coming there rather than 404 pages and inexplicable issues.

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