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Joomla Mistake

I have a few websites running in Joomla.  I thought I had upgraded all of them to 2.5.8, but it turns out that I still had one on 1.5.26.  Today, I uploaded the 2.5.8 to 2.5.9 upgrade to this site.  Needless to say, it is seriously broken.  

I'd like some advice on getting the site back online.  At this point, I plan to download the full site contents, delete everything on the server, copy the 1.5.26 full install back to the server, delete the installation directory, and start copying the configuration and customization files back to the server.  I'm really don't know all of the files that need to be restored.

If anyone can provide advice, I'd greatly appreciate it.  You can even verbally flog me for (1) not having a current backup, and (2) not confirming what I was doing before I overwrote the server files.  

Sorry, I've just got no excuse for doing something really stupid...
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Rowby GorenCommented:
What is broken?  Is it the template or some of the components.

And if it is the template, is it one of the joomla templates that come with Joomla, or a third-party template.

BTW Akeeba backup is a great, free backup program.  I use it before and after I make any changes on a site.  Its VERY easy to use.

Rowby
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sdhoneaAuthor Commented:
At this point, I uploaded a full 1.5.26 install, then uploaded folders that were obvious to me.  I have the home page, theme, etc. back.  However the menu links don't work (page not found).  The articles are there in the admin backend.  The menus look ok in the backend, too.  I obviously need to upload some folder(s) from the old site, but I'm not sure what else.  Any ideas?
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sdhoneaAuthor Commented:
UPDATE:  If I turn off search friendly URLs in global config , the pages work.  If I turn them back on, they fail.
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sdhoneaAuthor Commented:
Forgot to copy the .htaccess file.  That fixed the search friendly URLs.  Things look petty good now.  Anything I may have forgotten?
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sdhoneaAuthor Commented:
rowby:  I have used Akeeba to backup before, but could never figure out how to restore.  DO you have some pointers?
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Rowby GorenCommented:
Yes.  I've had that "nightmare" happen to me -- forgetting to copy the  .htaccess file.   IT completely screws up the new site -- when you're using search friendly urls.

Sometimes those .htacess files are invisible on the host and a webperson can really be baffled.

As I recall I put up a suggestion to Akeeba to include that ".htaccess" warning on their installer, but I don't think they took my suggestion -yet.

Did you use Akeeba to do your backup or ftp?

It's REAL easy to do an Akeeba backup and restore.  I'll give you suggestions in my next comment
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sdhoneaAuthor Commented:
After I got the site back up via ftp, I installed Akeeba and ran a backup.
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sdhoneaAuthor Commented:
Rowby:  Looking forward to those restore suggestions.  Thanks!
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Rowby GorenCommented:
Are you waiting to do a restore now, or can I give you the instructions later today.
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sdhoneaAuthor Commented:
Not now, just to have for later.  Thanks!
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Rowby GorenCommented:
There are a number of ways to do this. I like to use the free Akeeba kickstart.

Here is Akeeba's official video on how to restore your site using kickstart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y-czBzxWNYw#!

Let me know if you have any questions. Or any clarifications.

Restoring a site with Akeeba kickstart is amazingly easy and once you get the hang of it you can do it with your eyes closed (although I don't recommend it).

Rowby
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Rowby GorenCommented:
Thanks for the points.  Don't hesitate to return here for any other Joomla issues.

Rowby
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