Updating to the latest version

1. Download original files

The first step is to download the latest version of the vldPersonals software. Once you have downloaded it, unzip the software to your local computer. If you have a personal version and a commercial upgrade, download the upgrade package too and unzip it into the same folder. If you have installed additional templates or language packs, don't forget to get them as well.

2. Download update script

Next you need to download the update script for vldPersonals software from the Updates section. Once you have downloaded it, Unzip the software to your local computer into the same folder where you unzipped the original latest package. Overwrite files if prompted.

3. Backup your database and files

It is recommended that you perform a database backup before performing an update. You can use vldPersonals built in back up utility. You can also back up your original vldPersonals files.

4. Take Your Site Offline

It is also a good idea to take your site offline for the duration of the update so that people visiting your site won't see any PHP errors or other anomalies that may occur while you are uploading files. You can do that in your control panel under “Settings » General”.

5. Upload the Files

Using an FTP program such as Filezilla, CuteFTP, etc. you will now upload and replace existing files and folders on your server with the new versions you downloaded.

Do NOT replace config.php file in the “includes” folder or otherwise you will lose your original configuration data.

Image files and font files should be uploaded in BINARY format. All other files should be uploaded in ASCII format (also known as “text” format).

6. Verify File Permissions

Note: If you are hosted on a Windows server you will skip this step, but you should ensure that the files and directories are writable by vldPersonals. You may need to contact your Host or server admin for this.

Make sure file permissions match the ones described below. If you are using a Unix server (or Unix variant, like Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, etc.) you must set the following directories to 777:

  • includes/cache/
  • includes/templates/tmp/
  • media/uploads/
  • templates/modern/tmp/

7. Run the update wizard

Point your browser to the vldPersonals Upgrade Wizard, located in your main vldPersonals root:

update.php

This file will perform changes that are required in order to update you to the new version of vldPersonals.

Important: Make sure you are accessing the file as you would a regular webpage, using an address similar to http://www.your-site.com/update.php Do not access the file locally on your desktop computer.

When you are finished delete the “install.php” and “update.php” files from your server. Leaving them on the server is a security risk.