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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:33 AM
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OK, this sounds as if you're making good progress. Firstly, the Akeeba Backup component makes things very simple so it's a good choice. It backs up EVERYTHING: your database files but also the entire collection of files that go to make up your Joomla site. If you're using this, you can forget about setting up a fresh installation of Joomla 1.5.14 on your own server because the Akeeba backup will include that. Just follow the instructions for restoring the backup on your newly created personal server and all should be well. It is possible to get older versions of Joomla from the main Joomla site but they are well hidden! With Akeeba, you shouldn't need to worry about that.

Updating older Joomla sites has always been a bit of a hassle. You have to download a zipped collection of files that then need to be uploaded, individually, to your live site. (You should put the live site off-line whilst this process is going on but you needn't bother with the copy on your own server.) If you're updating a live site, you need a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) "client" (application) such as Filezilla. (Google it.) If you're updating on your own server, an ordinary file manager will do the job.

The latest version of Joomla (1.7) includes the option to update from one version to another automatically. This will save an enormous amount of time and effort!

Akeeba cuts out the need to worry too much about database backups but I would still recommend that you get to know a little about MySQL: how to export an entire database and how to restore a backup version. It will help you understand more about what is going on inside Joomla itself and it's always good practice to keep database backups. (The database backup by itself will be much smaller than your Akeeba Backup file as well.)

Having got your copied site running on your own server, I would suggest that you practise updating that to version 1.5.25. You should find the zip file that you will need here: 2 Shared. (This is the best I can find. You will then need to upgrade from 1.5.23 to 1.5.25 but that only involves a couple of files and won't take long.)

All the best,
Lochman
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