Install vanilla 2.2 with a fresh new database name
peregrineperegrine ☯ MVP 3:35PM
Bluehost uses the label phpmyadmin and offers Export and offers Export -
standard phpmyadmin export is a backup if you choose to backup entire database.
as far as Bluehost special uniqueness I know not.
DavidColburnDavidColburn ✭ 3:43PM
I have it copied to my laptop and to the external USB drive.
It contains all of the databases, Vanilla and some little-used blogs.
UnderDog peregrineperegrine ☯ MVP 3:57PM
So, I would recommend you install vanilla 2.2 with a fresh new database name and play with it for a week or two (testforumA) if you like it and all of the plugins you need are there. then. You have a backup in case your installation messes up your live forum of 2.0.18.x
then if you are happy. I would backup live database
I would install a new separate test forumB with version 188.8.131.52 with new database name then import database you got from live. then overwrite source to 2.2 in the new test forumB then run utility update to see if it works. play with it for a week if it works.
then do the real thing.
UnderDogUnderDog mod 4:59PM
See Peregrine's advice. It's the exact advice for all beginning users.
Remember : if you question a 'howto' google first please unless it's really really specific to Vanilla.
You can also use google on the Vanilla site.
'"How do I backup my forum" site:vanillaforums.org/discussions/'
When you add that little piece ~~~site:vanillaforums.org/discussions/
Google will only return results from that site
DavidColburnDavidColburn ✭ 5:10PM
I have printed peregrine's post as I'm in the midst of trying to get our son enrolled in college, our daughter transferring HS's, and just changed versions of Linux on two laptops (including this one), plus life's usual daily adventures.
I really appreciate the help and patience and apologize for seeming often-obtuse.
peregrineperegrine ☯ MVP 5:18PM edited 5:19PM
1) back up database (you said you did).
2) then use this to install 2.2 on you linux laptop. It couldn't get any easier - assuming you have nginx or apache and curl and php and mysql installed.
UnderDogUnderDog mod 5:25PM
@DavidColburn said: I really appreciate the help and patience and apologize for seeming often-obtuse.
As long as you show you're trying, it's ok. Besides : all these advices are good information for on the Vanilla Wiki. There's just someone that might ask you to add it there