To migrating the joomla 1.5 website to 1.7, first we need to migrate the joomla 1.5 website to joomla 1.6 and then we can update the joomla 1.6 website to joomla 1.7.

With Joomla 1.7 the user community placed a large emphasis on making the CMS installation process as simple as possible and new versions more frequent.

This will allow users to more easily and frequently migrate to the latest version of Joomla, and take advantage of all the security benefits associated with running the newest code. We think Joomla users around the world will really embrace this new process.

Please check before upgrading

1.  Is your Joomla 1.5 version up to date? The most up-to-date version of Joomla 1.5 is 1.5.23. If your version is not up-to-date, upgrade to 1.5.23 before migrating, especially if you are running Joomla 1.5.11 or lower.

2.  Do all your extensions have Joomla 1.6 native versions? At the time of the writing of this tutorial there are 108 available on the JED. Please note that jUpgrade is not currently able to upgrade Joomla 3rd party extensions, so those will have to be done via their respective upgrade procedures. This is however a work in progress.

3.  Have you modified any core files? Any changes that you have made to core files in Joomla will be lost so please be forewarned.

4.  Is there a Joomla 1.6 compatible template available from your template provider? If not, do you feel comfortable making the changes yourself?

5.  Is your language pack available in Joomla 1.6? Find your Joomla1 1.6 Translation.

6.  Do you have folder or file permissions issues in your Joomla 1.5 installation?

7.  Do you NEED to migrate to Joomla 1.6? Joomla 1.5 is powerful and very mature. For many people there is not a need to rush into Joomla 1.6. Joomla will continue to support Joomla 1.5 for at least another year and three months, releasing security updates and bug squashing updates when needed.

Download jUpgrade

Download the
latest version of jUpgrade. It is highly advisable, especially when development still is progressing, to always use the latest available version!

Install jUpgrade

Go to your Joomla backend. e.g.
Enable Mootools Upgrade Plugin

1. Go to Extensions | Plugin Manager
2. Search for “System – Mootools Upgrade”
3. Enable the plugin

It is important that this plugin is installed and that it has been set to enabled, as the proper functioning of jUpgrade depends on it.

Configure Options

As of jUpgrade version 1.1.1, support is present to migrate to Joomla! 1.6, Joomla! 1.7, and an old Molajo build. As well, for jUpgrade to be successful, you must configure your current table prefix prior to beginning the migration. The following are the options that can be configured with jUpgrade:


·    Distribution – Select whether to migrate to Joomla! 1.6, 1.7, or Molajo

·    Prefix for old database – Your current table prefix

·    Prefix for new database – Your selected table prefix for your migrated site


·    Skip checks – Skip pre-migration checks

·    Skip download – Skip downloading the package (Note: Must have a package already downloaded to your temp folder or set this and Skip Decompress if set to yes)

·    Skip decompress – Skip decompressing the downloaded package (Note: Must have a package already downloaded and decompressed to site_root/jupgrade if set to Yes)


·    Keep original positions – Keep the currently defined positions for modules


·    Enable Debug – Enable this to have messages displayed below the migration process concerning the progress, helpful if having issues

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