How to upgrade your PHPFox website

Updated on Dec 18, 2015

It is important to keep your PHPFox upgraded to the latest release at all times. Each new release provides bug fixes and improved functionality so this is a must for your website. In this tutorial, we will review the process of upgrading your PHPFox website to the latest stable release.


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It is recommended to create PHPFox backup, before making major changes on your website. This allows you to restore it to a fully operational state if something goes wrong.


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The upgrade of PHPFox includes the following steps:

Step 1 Download and prepare upgrade files

You need to log into your account at the official PHPFox website. Then, simply click on the license for your domain and download the latest release as usual.


The next step is to extract the files of PHPFox on your local computer. When you do so, this will create two folders and a readme file.


Review PHPFox upgrade package


You need to upload the contents of the upload/ folder of your newly downloaded contents to your account on the server. You can do that using your favorite FTP client or directly via the File Manager service within your cPanel account.


Make sure that you upload the files to the exact directory, where you have the PHPFox script installed, overwriting all of the existing files in it.


Upload Files

There are two ways of uploading your files to the server - using an FTP client, following our FTP tutorial, or uploading directly through your cPanel account > File Manager, following our cPanel tutorial.


Step 2 Initiate upgrade script

To initiate the upgrade process of your PHPFox website, you need to open your web browser and access the domain set on your website, followed by /install. This will initiate the upgrade process automatically for you and you will be able to proceed with the standard steps below.


The first step is a verification if you have a valid license for PHPFox on your domain. Enter the username and password for your official PHPFox account.


PHPFox client details


You need to read the License agreement and click on “I AGREE. LETS CONTINUE…” button to proceed.


PHPFox license agreement during upgrade


The system will check the system requirements and if they meet the ones for PHPFox. You will not have issues with this step on our servers.


System check during PHPFox upgrade


The system will automatically apply the required updates until the latest release you are upgrading to.


Initiate PHPFox upgrade


The upgrade of your PHPFox installation is now completed. You need to review your website carefully and see if all it's features are working properly. However, if you did not receive any error messages during the upgrade process, your website should perform properly after the upgrade.


PHPFox upgrade successfully completed


Upgrade check

If you spot an issue with your website after the upgrade, you can resolve that by restoring a backup of your PHPFox installation. We recommend following our tutorial on how to restore PHPFox.

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