Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 Upgrade Complete!

Thanks to all of you who have endured a couple of weeks without the elixir of my constant posts. I know it’s hard to live without your usual dose of irascible white male geek, but I paused in my postings to make the painful, painful upgrade (not migration, oh no that would be too easy) from Joomla! (the exclamation point is unfortunately part of the name) 1.5.x to 2.5.x.

Was I a negligent fool to wait so long, for so many versions? Actually, Joomla (damn the bang) went slowly, slowly through the 1.5 versions, then jetted through 1.6 to 1.7. Then it leapfrogged itself to the 2.x series, which rapidly moved to maturity under the 2.5 moniker. So I let the madness run its course, the dust settle, and finally tried the migration using Jupgrade.

Ha. Fat chance.

Which meant doing a manual upgrade with the aid of a very nice commercial tool that was oh, so very worth the $35, from SP CYEND, called JUpgrade. This is such a prime example of small-business software development! I am an obsessive shopper and researcher (bet you haven’t noticed), and it took some serious convincing to get me to buy this component. But it is fantastic, and I’d recommend it to anybody. My stinkin’ time is worth far more than the cost of JUpgrade. Thanks, SP CYEND!