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  • jon666 added a new discussion topic Tidypics upgrade for v 1.8 in the group General Discussion
    My version of  the Tidypics plugin (1.8.0-rc1) came bundled with Elgg 1.8.13. As it did not compress uploaded images I provided an image compression script on the side - an extra step my users have often found too challenging. I'm aware...
    • I'm not sure what exaxtly you are referring to with image compression. Do you mean the creation of the image thumbnails with some optimized settings with regards to image quality/filesize? If so, I'm not sure (though I think rather not) that Tidypics has this functionality in the version compatible with Elgg 1.8 as I think i've added it only later and never backported to the older version.

      With regards to upgrading from v1.8.0-rc1 to the latest version of Tidypics compatible with Elgg 1.8 it should be no problem as the image files itself will not get touched. Only some changes in the database are most likely necessary (as done by the upgrade scripts that come with Tidypics - and it should show you on the Tidypics plugin settings page if updates are pending). Nonetheless, I would advice to backup your data directory and database before upgrading as there might even go something wrong when changes are done in the database.

    • Apart from Tidpics I would definitely advice to upgrade to a more recent Elgg version as soon as possible. Beside Elgg you would also need compatible versions of your plugins, too, to be able to upgrade (I had not the time yet to upgrade all my own plugins to work on Elgg 3 yet). Whereas Elgg 1.8 (and up to Elgg 1.12) gets no support anymore Elgg 2.3 is still supported and would also work with PHP 7 (whereas PHP 5 has reached its end of life, too).

  • jon666 added a new discussion topic Tidypics for v.1.8 with image compression in the group Elgg Technical Support
    Iionly, My version of your Tidypics plugin (1.8.0-rc1) came bundled with Elgg 1.8.13. As it did not support GD, Imagick or ImageMagick, I provided an image compressor script on the side - an extra step my users have often found too challenging....
  • jon666 replied on the discussion topic CSV file to transfer user stats to v. 3.0
    Well, I'm still weighing my options. My users seem to want a less bloated site with fewer options (plugins) and a more easily navigable interface. I think like me they're getting old! I could no doubt re configure 1.8 to meet their needs.... view reply
  • jon666 added a new discussion topic CSV file to transfer user stats to v. 3.0 in the group Elgg Technical Support
    I'm thinking of retiring my old Elgg version 1.8.13 and going straight to Elgg 3.0.  Am wondering how easy it would be to transfer  my 400 users'  display name, user name, email address and password using a CSV file. If...
    • Do you want to keep only the users and get rid of all the content you users posted during all those years? If you just export/import the users you will lose ALL CONTENT (including messages and any uploaded files). Is this really what you want? If not, you need to upgrade your site from 1.8 to 3.0 step-by-step (1.8->1.9->1.10->1.11->1.12->2.3->3.0 - yes, you can upgrade from 1.12 directly to 2.3 but do not omit 1.9 - 1.12). You would also need to have compatible versions of any 3rd party plugin for the corresponding Elgg versions.

    • Well, I'm still weighing my options. My users seem to want a less bloated site with fewer options (plugins) and a more easily navigable interface. I think like me they're getting old! I could no doubt re configure 1.8 to meet their needs. But I wouldn't mind starting over with the latest Elgg version.

      So far as a total update is concerned, you cautioned me similarly a year or two ago. I know it would drive me crazy. Elgg 1.8 is a long way from 3.0, and I made loads of changes to everything except the engine. Also I never bothered updating anything as my site runs in walled garden mode.  It runs itself perfectly with little attention from me.

      I'll give this more consideration before doing anything drastic. Meanwhile I'm still curious to know how to transfer just the members' display name, user name, email address and password using CSV. The posts on the site that mention using CSV for this are all years old.

      Thanks' for your time  iionly and all your help in the past.

       

  • jon666 added a new discussion topic Essential Files for Minimal Backup in the group Elgg Technical Support
    Now that my site is getting quite big I don't want to continue backing up everything. What are the essential files/folders to backup if the only changes to site are user input (text and occasional images), new user registrations, and possible...
    • Read: http://learn.elgg.org/en/stable/admin/backup-restore.html.

      To be able to restore your site you will need the complete Elgg install folders with all subfolders, the database and the complete data directory. You only need to backup the install folder after changing the Elgg version or upgrading plugins. The database and data directory contain all the user data and you will have to make regular backups of both. The database can only be backuped as a whole, so no way to reduce the work here (you could only try to automize it in some way). The data directory backup can be reduced in the time necessary for example by using rsync to only download the changed/new files from the server, i.e. syncing the local backup with the remote data directory. Other possibilities for backups could be usage of a backup service by your webhoster (if offered).

  • jon666 replied on the discussion topic Backing up Elgg regularly
    Thanks iionly. Good to know that's what I've been doing. The data directory is in what CPanel calls my home directory. Don't know if I have shell access but may look into your suggestion re. rsync. view reply
  • jon666 added a new discussion topic Backing up Elgg regularly in the group General Discussion
    I used to do a full site backup every so often. Now that it's grown considerably in terms of megabytes I just backup the Home Folder and Mysql  database using the CPanel Backup options. Is this enough to preserve and restore all new user...
    • To fully restore the site you would also need a complete up-to-date backup of the data directory. That's where the uploaded files are saved (profile images and any other types of files).

      If you have shell access to your server, you could use rsync to make the backup process a bit faster. You would only download modified/new files and not have to download the whole data directory and install folder each time.

    • Thanks iionly. Good to know that's what I've been doing. The data directory is in what CPanel calls my home directory. Don't know if I have shell access but may look into your suggestion re. rsync.

  • jon666 commented on a page titled Text size in River
    Thanks Rv4. Sorry I put my question in the wrong place. The Community layout seems to have changed recently and I got confused - had a hard time finding the Groups. Please feel free to delete my request.