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Hi

At the moment we have Oscommerce 2.2 MS2 and am wondering, other than security issues, what is the need to upgrade to 2.3.3. and what are the main advantages.

 

Any comments would be appreciated.

 

Cheers

 

Grandpa

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If your current site is functional and secure and you found a server running PHP 4.x, then you don't really need to create a new site using v2.3.3. (There is no updating from MS2 to v2.3.3, it would be a completely new website)

 

However, and you mentioned it in your question. Security is the greatest advantage in a new v2.3.x website. Not only is osCommerce code stronger and more secure, the server software (PHP 5.3.x) is also stronger and more secure. Eventually, because PHP 4.x is being supported less and less, you will have to create a new site. In my opinion, it is better to be proactive than to have to deal with your site suddenly going down because of server updates.

 

JMO

 

Chris

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Hi

 

Thanks guys.

Is there anyway I can move customers details across for V2.2 to V2.3.3 and then over time up date the new site with products etc, or is this quite a complicated procedure, if at all possible.( As Chris says "being proactive"

 

Cheers

 

Grandpa

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I suggest that if you are going to build a new site with v2.3.x, that you do so in a sub-directory using a copy of your current database to start with. Make all modifications that you want to make and once you are all done, integrate a copy of your current database to ensure the data is as up to date as possible on the newer site. This approach would ensure the least amount of downtime.

 

 

Chris

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I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "move customers details" but I assume you are referring to the database. If so, you can use your current database but some changes will be needed to make it compatible. That's not something you would want to try unless you have the experience for it, but it can be done. Moving the products is a simple matter since there is a contribution, Easy Populate, that can download the products from one database and upgrade to the other. Though that is not necessary if the database is migrated.

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Hi Many thanks for the ideas.

 

I am going to use Easy Populate and have installed v2.3.3 in a sub directory.

One thing (amongst many) I can't figure out is whats needed in the configure.php file, so as Log in. My Account Create Account etc are thru a secure server .

 

Configure.php (in includes )

define('HTTP_SERVER', 'http://xxxxx.co.nz');

define('HTTP_CATALOG_SERVER', 'http://xxxx.co.nz');

define('ENABLE_SSL', false);

 

Ive tried

define('HTTP_SERVER', 'https://xxxxxt.xxxxx.co.nz/~xxxxxx'); // eg, http://localhost - should not be empty for productive servers

define('HTTP_CATALOG_SERVER', 'http://xxxxx.co.nz/');

define('ENABLE_SSL', true);

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

Grandpa

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