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There are many questions you should ask yourself about your client sites before you should consider upgrading any of your client sites to Joomla 4.

  • Are the extensions I have installed compatible?
  • Will the upgrade break something unexpectedly?
  • Do I require a new site template?>
  • How would I recover the site if something goes wrong during or after the upgrade?

YourSites is the ideal tool to help you answer these questions. Before we describe how you can do a dry run and test of your site upgrade we must first emphasise the importance of an up to date backup of your sites. YourSites combined with Akeeba Backup Pro on your client sites will allow you to create backups of your sites with ease.

In an ideal worls it would be nice to be able to perform a dry run or test upgrade, to:

  • Test the Joomla or extension upgrade?
  • Show my clients how a new template or extension would work on their own site?
  • Demonstrate the site redesign with real data?
  • Train my clients before going live with the upgrade?

It would be even better if there was a tool to help diagnose and resolve fatal errors on a client site that has been upgraded.

YourSites makes this possible with its site cloning capabilities. See our documentation page for more details on how to create a clone of your sites.

Ok - I have my cloned site what do I do next?

See our helpful documentation page on the steps you should undertake.


Installing new major software releases on your live sites can be a nerve wracking experience.

  • Are the extensions I have installed compatible?
  • Will it break something unexpectedly?
  • How will I train my clients so they are ready for new processes it main entail?

Upgrading the Joomla:

  • May require a new site template
  • Is the ideal time for a redesign
  • May mean changing the extensions I use

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to perform a dry run or test upgrade, to:

  • Test the Joomla or extension upgrade?
  • Show my clients how a new template or extension would work on their own site?
  • Demonstrate the site redesign with real data?
  • Train my clients before going live with the upgrade?

YourSites makes this possible with its site cloning capabilities. See our documentation page for more details.

YourSites 1.11 adds some new and exciting features to enhance your client site management.

  1. Create a temporary clone of a website for testing
  2. Change Joomla update server settings for specific sites
  3. Diagnose client fatal errors
  4. Allow export of action logs as csv file from summary view
  5. Allow auto-retry of site up checks if sites time out
  6. Significant performance gains in long list views
  7. Set custom database session query settings

With YourSites 1.9 you can run a pre-upgrade checker against each of your client sites.

You can check:
  1. Compatibility of your PHP version and DB type
  2. Your PHP settings against Joomla 3.10/4.0 requirements and recommendations
  3. If you have the required and recommended PHP functions and extensions installed and enabled
  4. Your installed extensions to see if the extension publisher has a version that is compatible with Joomla 3.10 or 4.0 *
  5. If you already required extension version installed or that the required version CAN be installed in the version of Joomla currently running your client website *
The extension compatility groups the extensions together under the following headings
  • Extensions Reported as Compatible
  • Extensions Probably Compatible
  • Extensions Requiring Upgrades to be Compatible
  • No Compatible Version Information From Update Server
  • No Update Servers Specified
Please note too that where an extension is part of a package it will be grouped together with other package elements - you can see what is included in a package by hovering over the 'comment' icon next to the package name.

With YourSites 1.10 you can set up your own client site custom actions to call from YourSites or the scheduled processes/cron system.

It features a new plugin architecture to allow you to add custom tasks to your installation and client sites. This build demonstrates this using a new 'global checkin' tasks added to the core software/Joomla menu item in the sites list.

The plugin allows you to set a global or site specific schedule for performing a global checkin.

With YourSites 1.10 you can now update YooTheme Pro on our own client sites if you have an up to date subscription without having to store the download Id on each of your client sites.
On the 'Download Ids' tab of your YourSites configuration at the bottom of the page you can add custom download ID seddings.

Fill in the values as follows - remembering to use your own Yootheme custom download ID Yootheme Pro Update Settings

With YourSites 1.9 you set up your own:
  • custom configuration checks e.g. check your client site SMTP server settings
  • custom file and file content checks e.g. make sure your .htaccess file contains a certain settings
  • create your own custom site checks via simple PHP file

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https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/yoursites-manager/

If you feel you have something negative to say, we would implore you to speak to us first, as we really really don't want anyone to be unhappy!

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