v184.108.40.206 installed. Is there a compelling reason to upgrade?
It was really a kind of upgrade horror (user error and upgrade path not clear)
Through repetition I believe my routine is improved, but I don't wish to get into that same problem this time.
Is there a compelling reason to upgrade to v5.7?
What would the advantages and disadvantages be?
If I should upgrade, which version should I go to?
Will any essential features be missing?
Can I do this in one step or what specific versions should I step through?
Also what are the likely problems I will face during the upgrade?
It is a pretty simple CMS website with about 4 plugins.
I am sorry, I have not been following all the developments, however many thanks to the team.
It depends what those 4 plugins are and how reliant your site is on them. It also depends on what theme you are using; whether the creator has made a 5.7 version, or if you made it yourself you will have to port it over (very easy to do generally).
There is (currently) no way to press a button and upgrade a concrete5 v5.6 site to concrete5 5.7 like in previous versions, you would have to start a new 5.7 site (use the latest release).
Due to the way Concrete5 versions are named, 5.6 is actually version 6 and 5.7 is version 7. You may have known that already but it never hurts to explain for future readers.
now I am locked out and cannot get into my site
error message :
Call to undefined method Concrete\Core\Page\View\PageView::disableEditing()
I tried the emergency permission disable function as seen on
http://www.concrete5.org/documentation/developers/5.7/installation/... and that just gave me the text of the concrete.php file created - several times repeated on the browser.
Any other suggestions please?
If you wish to use 5.7.x you will need to create a new site from scratch.
I hope you made a backup of your 5.6.x files you can restore, or just download 220.127.116.11 again and restore the 'concrete' folder from that.
There is still no database backup (version 18.104.22.168) like in 5.6, so you’d have to find another way to backup your database.
So, today I would recommend upgrading to 5.7, if the website is not too extensive. In my opinion, the new concrete5 has become more user friendly. The Composer has become more intuitive, so that blogging is more fun than before.
You mention version 7.4.2 later after your vague "In my test area" reference, but look at all the releases and release notes since...
5.7.5 Release Notes
22.214.171.124 Release Notes
126.96.36.199 Release Notes
5.7.4 Release Notes
188.8.131.52 Release Notes
5.7.3 Release Notes
184.108.40.206 Release Notes
While in this particular case I too might suggest to the original poster that he not upgrade (there is no upgrade), your reasoning seems clearly outdated.
5.7.4 is a stable version if you ask me. Been following development ever since the first .7 version, and build quite a few websites on 5.7.4 since it's release (upgraded to 220.127.116.11). I never look back (5.6) anymore, nor should others when they have switched. It's a big step to take perhaps for some who don't know what to expect, but codewise it's a mile ahead. It's up to coding standards and you get to use composer, yey!
Just my 2 cents.
I agree with you that I should have been more specific, but anyway, in the meantime the issues I ran into have disappeared. And yes, the developers are doing a good work of course. I have been a concrete5 fan since years.
I think anyone who has benefited from Concrete5 at any point and wants an even better Concrete5 moving forward should remember when they are posting that others who have never used Concrete5 before come here evaluating, and it's easy for them to take negative posts "out of context" so-to-speak if we're not careful.
Of course becoming more of the solution by contributing in whatever way you can, rather than just complaining, would be a good thing too.