Updating your forum

Thank you for deciding to update your installation of SMF. Before you get started, please remember that there is a place for help at www.simplemachines.org if you run into any problems at all.

If you are looking to convert from YaBB SE or a version of SMF older than the previous release, you may have downloaded the wrong package. Please check the downloads page for more information.

You can find the following information in this file:

Upload files method 1: Using webinstall.php

Your server may support webinstall.php. This script will automatically download SMF to your server. This may not work on all servers and also may require providing it with FTP details.

The first thing you need to do is upload webinstall.php to the location of where SMF is to exist on your server.

After you have finished uploading the file, point your browser to http://www.yourdomain.tld/forum/webinstall.php - where www.yourdomain.tld/forum is the URL to where you uploaded it. You should then see the webinstall interface.

The first page you see may request your FTP information. If you see this screen, it is because the webinstaller found some files or folders with inadequate permissions for SMF to run properly. If you enter your FTP information here, the webinstaller can automatically fix these permissions for you. Please note that the path should be the same path you see in your FTP client. For example, it might be "public_html/forum". And remember, the webinstaller will not save your FTP password anywhere.

On the webinstall interface you have an option to login, this is useful for charter members to easily download early releases. You may have an option to select multiple versions of SMF to download. It is up to you to decide which version of SMF you wish to install. Additionally you may have options of additional languages to download.

After specifying these options and agreeing to the agreement, webinstall will attempt to download al SMF files and decompress them in the same folder as webinstall.php. If successful you will be prompted to the SMF upgrade screen. If this fails you will need to follow the process below to upload files.

In most cases, you'll want to have "Put the forum into maintenance mode during upgrade." checked, because it will ensure that nothing is messed with while the upgrader is working. You may also wish to check "Backup tables in your database...", which will make a backup of your old information and tables before making any changes in the database.

Upload files method 2: Manually uploading files

The first thing you need to do is upload all of the files in this package, excluding this file itself, to your server. You should upload it to the same directory as your previous installation of SMF. If you are given the option to "resume" uploads, make sure you do not do that - you must upload all of the files. You may wish to make sure that all of the files were uploaded, such as those in Themes/default/languages, because some FTP clients have been known to drop files. Additionally, if you are using any languages other than English please make sure to upload their updated versions as well.

After you have finished uploading the files, point your browser to http://www.yourdomain.tld/forum/upgrade.php - where www.yourdomain.tld/forum is the URL to where you uploaded it. You should then see a page asking you for a few bits of information.

In most cases, you'll want to have "Put the forum into maintenance mode during upgrade." checked, because it will ensure that nothing is messed with while the upgrader is working. You may also wish to check "Backup tables in your database...", which will make a backup of your old information and tables before making any changes in the database.

Finishing everything up

From this point, the upgrader should walk you through everything. It may take some time if you are upgrading from YaBB SE, but it shouldn't be too long.

Please remember to delete upgrade.php after finishing the installation. If you do not delete it, it is possible that someone could compromise the security of your forum with it.

Good luck!
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