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Upgrade path from EE1.7 stuck on PHP versions

March 15, 2019 11:40am

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  • #1 / Mar 15, 2019 11:40am

    Ty Martin's avatar

    Ty Martin

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    I was running a site on EE 1.7 (for many years! Such stability!), but recently the host updated all of their LAMP stacks to PHP 7.2 and I neglected to take action in time.

    Now when I start the update process to EE2 (in order to get to EE5), it loads the first screen, but upon clicking the Begin button, I get a 500 error. I’m assuming this is because it requires PHP 5 to run the upgrade wizard. I’m stuck. What can I do?

  • #2 / Mar 15, 2019 8:27pm

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    Derek Jones

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    You’ll need to perform the upgrades in an environment that each step supports. That means to upgrade to v2, you need to be on PHP <= 7.1. If you have add-ons, you may need to address incompatibilities in those as well. But after upgrading to v2, you can move on to 3/4/5 on PHP 7.2, and it’ll be a cinch. If your host doesn’t have PHP 7.1 or lower available, you’ll need to replicate your site from a database backup on a different environment—locally perhaps—and upgrade it there, then migrate back to the host.

  • #3 / Mar 15, 2019 8:49pm

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    Ty Martin

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    Okay. I’ll have to ask the host to migrate my sites then. Thanks for confirming!

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