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New versions of PrestaShop come every few weeks. Some are major, most are minor, but they all bring a slew of innovations, improvements and bug-fixes. It is therefore highly advised to keep up with the latest version.
There are two ways to update PrestaShop:
The automatic upgrade requires only the addition of a script, but might not suit you if you prefer to control everything.
There are 5 steps to follow for a successful manual upgrade:
- Save and Backup Your Current Shop
This step consists of backing up your database and your files. This step is not to be avoided, and should never ever be ignored or skipped. Do not proceed to step 2 without completing this step.
- Getting Ready for the New Version
This step consists of preparing the files that you will need to copy into the new version of PrestaShop.
- Starting the Update
This step consists of starting the upgrade script which will upgrade your database.
- QA and Testing
This step consists of doing various checks to make sure that the store has been properly updated to the latest version.
- Going Live with the New Website
This step will accompany you in going live with the latest update.
These five steps are necessary for a successful manual upgrade. Please pay close attention to all of them, and do not skip any step.
The update process will affect all files and folders included in the main PrestaShop installation. This includes all the core files used to run PrestaShop, all default modules and the default theme. If you have made any modifications to those files, your changes will be lost.
Done well, the whole update process described within these pages should not take more than half an hour. Do not try to skip a step in order to be done with it faster, as all steps are crucial.
For any support request or help to setup your website, contact us and discover our yearly support offers.
Our support team is at your disposition for all technical problems related to the upgrade of your PrestaShop store:
- By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By phone: +33.1 40 18 30 04 (9 am – 6 pm Central European Time)
- Learn more about our support offers: http://support.prestashop.com
- And the ever-helping community forums
Checking the requirements for the new version
Before you do anything to your current installation of PrestaShop, you should check that your server configuration matches or exceeds the minimum requirements for the latest version of PrestaShop, which are indicated on this page: http://www.prestashop.com/en/system-requirements.
For instance, make sure that your web host does provide you with the required versions of PHP and MySQL. If not, ask your host to update the server configuration. If you are unsure which PHP and MySQL versions you are using, ask your web host.
If you web host won't update your server configuration, then it is time for you to find a better host. Do NOT perform an upgrade unless your server at least meets the system requirements.
For those upgrading from a version below 1.4.x
Older versions of PrestaShop might not make it as easy to upgrade to the latest version: the code base is quite different, many files have been moved around, many have been created, and others have been deleted. Therefore, the risk is high, when skipping from a very old version to the latest one, to see errors and mistakes aplenty.
You are also limited to the manual update process: the AutoUpgrade module can only work with version 1.4 and up.
You should therefore be even more careful; the older your version, the more you should pay attention to details: backups, custom files, edited theme, etc.