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How To Upgrade To Joomla 3.7?

How To Upgrade To Joomla 3.7?

Joomla 3.7 was just released and we have done various compatibility tests on our Joomla extensions with the latest Joomla.

We couldn't emphasize more on how important is to upgrade your Joomla to the latest version as well as our Joomla extensions. Let me bring you through a simple guide to upgrade your Joomla site. 

Cool New Features In Joomla 3.7

Here are some of the cool new features that was added in Joomla 3.7:

  • 鈥婭ntegratable custom fields
  • One interface translations tool
  • Easy workflow for articles
  • Improved user experience
  • Administrative menus - backend menu manager
  • TinyMCE editor with added toolbar
  • Extensions maintenance safety
  • and many more!

Checklist Before Upgrading To Joomla 3.7

  • 鈥婱ake sure that your site is already running on Joomla 3.6.5. For prior to Joomla 3.6.4 version, please follow the instructions here
  • Perform a full backup of your site
  • Update all 3rd party extensions
  • Recommended PHP 7 or 7.1 onwards. If not, please get in touch with your hosting provider.
  • Ensure that the web server has write access to your Joomla files (We hit an error while trying to update earlier because this is a pretty common error)
  • Ensure that your hosting account meets the requirements

鈥婾pgrading to Joomla 3.7

Thanks to the awesome new update architecture developed by Joomla, upgrading is as simple as clicking on the update button and with just 3 easy steps, your site would be updated to the latest and greatest release of Joomla. 

Step 1

鈥婣s soon as you are logged into your administration area, you should see a notice that Joomla 3.7.0 is available for update. All you need to do is click on the "Update Now" button.

Joomla 3.7 update notice

Step 2

You will see a screen that looks pretty similar to the one here, clicking on the "Install Update" would start the installation process and you can sit back, relax and wait for it to complete.

Joomla 3.7 update screen

Step 3

As soon as the upgrade process is completed, you will see a screen that looks similar to this image and you are good to go!
Joomla 3.7 update complete screen

Huge Thank You To Every Joomla Contributors!

Before I end this post, the team and I would also like to take this opportunity to applaud and thank the contributors of Joomla 3.7! Without your contributions, Joomla 3.7 would have never been a success.

Update Your Extensions!

All of the latest versions of our extensions are compatible with Joomla 3.7. If you are taking advantage of updating your site, you should also update our Joomla extensions. 

It is now the best time to do so because for the next 3 days only, you will be able to enjoy 25% off with the coupon code below.



Comments (15)

Hi can I use above Coupon to purchase ECHO template ?

Hello Gurpreet,

Unfortunately, this coupon code is not applicable for our templates.

Are you aware that a lot of people are having database errors after upgrading.

1. can't access menu's
2. Getting white screen
3. can't login to admin area
4. getting error messages on different pages

Do you mean the upgrade to 3.7? I have performed several upgrades from our end and they seem to be working just fine.

Hey, yes the latest upgrade to 3.7

I had an error so I went to the joomla forum to check for help and there are at least 20 posts talking about database errors. Thought I would share because if stackideas are advertising for people to update, there should be a disclaimer.


Hm, I think errors like this are bound to happen because there are just too many different environment and setup. Having said that, I agree we need to add a disclaimer link in our post so others could also check out the forums on Joomla.

By the way, most of the time having a blank page would generally mean there is a php fatal error somewhere. Try turning on your error reporting to see if there are any errors

There is a problem with 3.7, and it's quite a serious one. See details here: https://www.akeebabackup.com/home/news/1676-joomla-3-7-0-and-cli-scripts.html .

Thanks for sharing Sarah. To those of you who are having problems with Joomla 3.7, do take a look at their FAQ here, https://docs.joomla.org/Category:Version_3.7.0_FAQ

I know that this is not really the right place to ask this but any thoughts on whether it is better to update the PHP version first e.g. 7+ or to update the Joomla version first? Updating to PHP has proved tricky so far... Currently on PHP 5.6.30 & Joomla 3.6.5? Thanks Paul.

I don't think it really matters Paul but my preference would be to get to PHP 7 first before updating to 3.7

Hi Mark, thanks for this. I have since been able to get to PHP 7.0.18 with out running into errors.So I will take the plunge soon... Have done my back ups and because I am completely paranoid I will test the Joomla Update on a Sandbox version of my site first. Thanks. Paul.

Comment was last edited about 2 years ago by Paul Murray Paul Murray

Perhaps you want to wait for 3.7.1 first if you are afraid

I am paranoid not afraid but yeah good idea

Hello Experts,

I am confused in 1 thing, Should me need to upgrade first 3rd party extension and then upgrade Joomla to 3.7.4 ? Is it correct ?

or we need to upgrade first Joomla 3.7.4 and then 3rd party extensions?

Either way works fine

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