wildweaselmi Posted December 16, 2009 Share Posted December 16, 2009 Here are the steps that worked for me to create a vBulletin test site for the vBulletin 4.0 RC4 Currently hosted on hostmonster (which I believe is awesome) STEP 1 - Create a subfolder to host TEST site My production site is hosted /home/user/public_html/vb384/ http://www.sitedomain.com/vb384 My test site will be hosted /home/user/public_html/vb40/ http://www.sitedomain.com/vb40 STEP 2 - Copy all files from production(LIVE) site to your test site. copy everything from /home/user/public_html/vb384/ copy to /home/user/public_html/vb40/ STEP 3 - Create test database and assign admin user Get logged into cPanel and scroll down to the Databases section Click on MySql Next to new database enter vb40 (or the name of your test database) Click on Create Database You'll get a message, created user_vb40 Click Scroll Down to MySql Users Select a user (I use the same db user assigned to my production site) Select the database you just created Click on Add and then click All Priveleges and then click Make Changes STEP 4 - Copy production database to test database Get into cPanel then scroll down to the Database section Click on phpMyAdmin Find your database for your production site on the left and click once on it Now across the top find the tab labeled Operations and click on that Find the input box located under Copy database to: Enter the database your created earlier. For example user_vb40 Now click the radio button next to Structure and Data Place a checkmark next to Add AUTO_INCREMENT value Click Go Once completed, verify you have the same number of entries in your production versus test database. STEP 5 - Update config.php in test folder Navigate to the location of your config.php in your test folder /home/user/public_html/vb40/includes/config.php Change the settings for the database name (and username if you changed that earlier) STEP 6 - VERIFY your production site is working in test folder In a web browser, navigate to http://www.sitedomain.com/vb40 Login using your admin ID Put vBulletin Test site into Maintenance Mode Go to the Plugin/Product Manager and on each modification you have, change to disabled. STEP 7 - UPLOAD vBulletin 4.0 files (typically using FTP) and ensure all files get overwritten STEP 8 - Run UPGRADE script Navigate to http://www.sitedomain.com/vb40/install/upgrade.php (note: this takes some time to get through all the different settings) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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