Moving Old WordPress Version To New Server (4 posts)

  1. GreenFairy
    Posted 4 years ago #


    My employer has asked me to move some old WordPress sites to a new server.

    I only had a day to get the content before the old server was decommissioned so all I did was download the sql databases and all the files.

    Now I'm wondering how to get the blogs backup and running on the new server.

    The WordPress version is quite old, version 2.5.1

    I have read the docs on moving WordPress http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress

    but am unsure if, because of the old version, I have to do something else?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Mark Ratledge
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It's best to start with installing 2.5 again and then upgrade from there.

    And it's best do manual, incremental upgrades from 2.5 to 2.8.5, 2.8.5 to 3.0.1, and then 3.0.1 to latest to be sure the database gets upgraded properly. Your current theme won't work well under 3.1.x, due to lots of changes.

    Once you get to 2.8.5, you can use the automatic upgrade from the dashboard and that will jump to 3.1.3, but should be OK.

    Backup your database, deactivate all plugins, switch to the default or classic theme and the save a copy of your current theme from wp-content/themes to your local PC.

    Older versions available at Release Archive

    See Upgrading WordPress « WordPress Codex

  3. GreenFairy
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Cheers very much songdogtech, i'll give that a go.

  4. GreenFairy
    Posted 4 years ago #

    An update:

    I've reinstalled 8 old blogs and all work perfectly following the above advice!

    Many thanks

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