The release of Joomla 4.0.5 has forced a change in the way we create and handle clone sites within YourSites. Previously cloned sites were created in a special sub-folder of the live site with a name following the pattern ._ysts_random.
By default in apache on *nix files and folders starting with the characters ._ are hidden and not indexed thus making it very difficult for this path to be discovered by a web crawler and providing a small layer of extra difficulty in gaining access to the cloned site.
Joomla 4.0.5 has introduced a filter on the temporary files path during the Joomla upgrade process. This makes it impossible to upgrade cloned sites using YourSites or Joomla natively.
We have therefore been forced to change the naming convention of cloned sites within YourSites to follow the pattern clone_ysts_random. This is not ideal and we hope to get this issue looked at within the core Joomla code to allow us to return to the more secure naming convention down the line.
YourSites 1.26.0 not only uses this new naming convention for cloned sites but includes a mechanism to migrate existing cloned sites. If this is relevant to your site then you will be prompted to migrate your cloned sites from the site list view. Instructions are given on this page where this is relevant.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Upgrading the Joomla:
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to perform a dry run or test upgrade, to:
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.
With YourSites 1.9 you can run a pre-upgrade checker against each of your client sites.
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.
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