We have an EE 1.7.3 site with these Solspace add-ons:

  • Static Page Caching
  • Freeform
  • Rating
  • User
  • Friends

Is there a preferred way to upgrade these items? Based on this post (EE1 to EE2 Upgrade), I'm understanding that I need to upgrade EE first, then upgrade the add-ons.

Backups we have covered and we're running trial upgrades on a dev server first, until we get it right.

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Actually, I would strongly suggest to upgrade add-ons first, then EE. This isn't only for Solspace add-ons, but any add-on for EE. Make sure you update your add-ons to the latest version available for EE1 first, then upgrade to EE2. Sometimes, you need to then upgrade the add-ons to the latest version available for EE2.

This usually gives you the smoothest upgrade path to having your add-ons working correctly on EE2. Moving to EE2 while still using an add-on version that was EE1-only (at the time of the add-on's version) can be a painful experience.

Of course, also make sure you make backups at every step, in case you need to backtrack to a previous state. Reading the upgrade instructions for each add-on, just in case there's a special requirement, is also highly recommended.

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    Very good suggestion. Sadly, some other third-party add-ons have no EE2 equivalent, so we'll be looking for some alternatives. In the case of SolSpace, I believe you have us covered. Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 13:03
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    Yes, the Solspace add-ons you mentioned above indeed have EE2 versions.
    – Solspace
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 21:17
  • Our big move is to get our Gallery from EE1 into Assets using Solspace Gallery to Assets Importer Bundle. Almost 4000 photos from over 200 users. Commented Dec 17, 2013 at 0:32
  • Following up: We just did our first trial run of our upgrade and it went very well. Many thanks for the help on this. Commented Jan 17, 2014 at 13:20

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