Kunena 5.2 Beta 1 Released (Yesterday)

The Kunena team is thrilled to announce the first public beta release of Kunena 5.2, a native Joomla extension for Joomla 3.9. This is a development release and should be only be used for testing; this version is not recommended for live websites at this stage.

The purpose of this release is to encourage testing by downloading, installing and identifying any problems or shortcomings that people may discover. K 5.2.0 B1 is stable and we are aware that people will discover defects. We encourage you to use the forum to report defects, as soon as they are discovered, so that the development team can work through the problems before the release of K 5.1 as a stable product. Reporting defects does not mean that the problems can or will be fixed. The Kunena team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on how well we have achieved our design goals.

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Question How to duplicate my live site or build a test site?

9 years 2 months ago #1 by iLucato
Hi folks, I have already a live site, and would like to duplicate it in the same server into a different folder, so how can achieve that?
Or how to build a test site, and copy all from the existing one?
If you know some thread or article about it, let me know. I'll try to search more info about it too.

Thanks in advance.

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9 years 2 months ago #2 by sozzled
Thank you for asking a really good question!

There are, of course, many ways that you can build a test site. The Joomla help forum has a few guides ( Moving / Exporting Joomla from one location to another (with Phpmyadmin and FTP) is one of them) but this is a little complicated.

There are two kinds of test sites:
  1. Your basic, no-frills, vanilla-flavoured Joomla site; and
  2. A copy of your existing live production site which you can use for testing without affecting your live environment.
In the first-mentioned case, the task is as simple as creating a new folder below your /public_html root, copy the Joomla installation kit to that folder and install Joomla in the same way as you did when you created your live site. The only difference between this test site and your live site is that you need to use a different database.

In the second case, this again starts by creating a new folder below your /public_html root and then you have to do some file copying and database copying (plus you have to tweak a few Joomla configuration settings to use the different database) which can be a lot of work. There is a simpler approach that removes a lot of this worry.

We prefer to use a Joomla backup component called Akeeba Backup . Combined with Akeeba Kickstart (the restore tool) site backup and restoration is a breeze. There is some excellent documentation available at the Akeeba website that shows you what you need to do.

Sure, you may be a little awkward at first when you use something new but, after a little while, you will find that backing up a site this way (and restoring it just as easily) only takes a few minutes. And the best part of all of this is that it's free!

So, let's summarise the steps:
  1. Create a folder below your public_html root.

  2. Make a backup of your live site using Akeeba Backup software. This will create a file with the extension .JPA

  3. Copy this .JPA file to your public_html/<new_folder> folder

  4. Copy the file kickstart.php to public_html/<new_folder>

  5. Using your cPanel, associate the folder public_html/<new_folder> as a new domain or subdomain.

  6. Using phpMyAdmin, create a new database

  7. Use your browser to run https://<new domain>/kickstart.php and install your site using your new database.
That's the general overview. Read the Akeeba documentation which explains things in much greater detail. If anyone else has an easier way we'd love to hear from you.

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