Regularly updating your Magento webshop brings you not only the newest features but also security fixes, which is highly important for your Magento store’s safety. Not updating your Magento can result in not only a bad performance, but it makes your shop an easy target for hackers. If you have Magento store, please check the below article to see full description.
1. Enable maintenance mode and Backup Database
Whatever version you’re updating, we always recommend you to follow these steps first:
- Make sure you have a recent and clean backup. Both a file – and database backup. In case anything goes wrong while updating, you can restore your data easily. More information about making backups can be found in the article historical backups
- Check the versions release notes to see what changes have been made.
- Choose a quiet moment to update your Magento. Preferably when there’s hardly any traffic on your site.
- Test an update on a staging environment to make sure all aspects of your shop are compatible with the newest version.
- Go to System > Magento Connect, click on Magento Connect Manager
- Switch to Setting tab, set Stable on Preferred state option
- Switch to Extensions tab, enter the following into the extension key box
3. Finish your upgrade
It is so easy complete your upgrading in the last step. Verify and go!
- Open any page in backend (Return to Admin link) to verify the upgrade
- Delete maintenance.flag file
- Go to System > Index Management to reindex all indexes
- Go to System > Cache Management to enable all caches
In a different sense, I think moving to the latest version of Magento is a process, not an upgrade. The database schema changes so much that the process is referred to as Migration. The data has to be exported, translated to the new database tables/columns or discarded as applicable.