Migrating Contact Enhanced from Joomla 1.5 to any newer version


If you are migrating from a Joomla 1.5 version you will need to proceed with a manual migration:

In order to achieve this you will need a little experience with PHPMyAdmin and SQL;

First of all you will need to create a full database backup, just for safety reasons, then perform these steps:

1. In PHPMyAdmin:
a) Select your Joomla 1.5 database, then select the "Export" option;
b) Select the tables below to export (#__ stands for the Joomla 1.5 database prefix for your installation, usually jos_):


c) Select the Format to SQL;
d) Export the selected tables;

2. In the exported SQL file or SQL content, find out which database prefix you used for the new installation, usually j25_ or some random characters, then replace your old Joomla 1.5 prefix for the the new one;
3. In PHPMyAdmin, select the database for the new version (if a different database), then run the query (with the changed prefix);
4. In the migrated site install Contact Enhanced 2.5 and it will perform all other migration tasks;

In this situation (manual upgrade), only the Categories will not be imported, so you will have to manually create them and re-configure Contacts and Custom Fields. You will be able to use the Batch features to re-configure, so it should not be a hard task.

Contact Enhanced tries to inherit most of your template's styling, however some templates have HTML override for Joomla core components and/or style your core components differently. In these cases sometimes your custom field's borders will disappear. When this happens you will have to add the line below to the CE's CSS file:

If using Joomla 2.5 and newer, create a CSS Form Field type and add the CSS rule below:

.ce-container .inputbox{border:1px inset !important}

{gdata title=|Missing screencast| app=|none|}

Though PHP presents a very versatile and user friendly interface for handling file uploads, the default installation is not geared for working with files in excess of 2 Mega Bytes. This article will help you configure your PHP engine for handling such large file transfers.

The php.ini File

All the configuration settings for your PHP installation are contained in the php.ini file. Sometimes these setting might be overridden by directives in apache .htaccess files or even with in the scripts themselves. However you cannot over ride some of the settings that effect file uploads with .htaccess directives in this way. So let's just concentrate on the ini file. If you do not have access to your PHP configuration file might have to contact your web hoosting service provider.

To find the location of your php.ini file and the current values for the following settings that we need to modify, please go to:

Joomla 1.5 - Select Help → System Info from the drop-down menu on the Back-end of your Joomla! installation, then select the PHP Information tab.

Joomla 1.6 - Select Site → Site information from the drop-down menu on the Back-end of your Joomla! installation, then select the PHP Information tab.


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