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    How often do you update Moodle?

    Just curious really as I venture into the realm of relaunching and developing our Moodle with some staff - how often do you update Moodle?

    I'm currently testing with Moodle 2.6.3+ and was curious whether it is worth the work in upgrading Moodle every week or whether once a month/only when there is an issue is a better solution. I know really it should probably be every week but we'll see... it seems a bit of a hassle.

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    I voted for other as I would recommend upgrading ever half term.
    This allow for a period of downtime that isn't out of hours and if there is an issue with the upgrade you are able to roll back, plus you know it will continue to work until the next upgrade.

    It is also a good idea to have a mirror of your live site so you can test out upgrades before hand. This can save a lot of pain especially if you are moving php versions as some non-core plugins might not be compatible.

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    I upgraded ours often, but it has now stagnated - the web server it's on is running PHP 5.3 so nothing newer than 1.9 will run! Should be sorted soon. Do the newer version have an update checker like Moodle and Wordpress?

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    It was such a pain upgrading from 1.9 to 2.0 to 2.1 that I don't ever want to do it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    It was such a pain upgrading from 1.9 to 2.0 to 2.1 that I don't ever want to do it again
    ^ This. It has made me terrified to even poke it nevermind upgrade it! I'd imagine any further upgrades now wouldn't be anywhere near as bad, but still it leaves a scar from mental breakdown..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    I upgraded ours often, but it has now stagnated - the web server it's on is running PHP 5.3 so nothing newer than 1.9 will run!
    moodle 2 will run on php 5.3.2 as it's minium.

    As for when I upgrade tend to do it every half term or term break although I will do it sooner if I'm having a specific problem that I know is solved in the weekly release.

    I also use git for the all the upgrades which makes life much simpler and means that deploying from my dev server to live server is childs play.

    My own moodle it pretty complex which lots of module and custom stuff. We host a very simple moodle for an external company and their upgrades are directly via git.

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    You can see here which versions of Moodle require which minimum versions of php: Moodle.org: Download standard packages

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    It was such a pain upgrading from 1.9 to 2.0 to 2.1 that I don't ever want to do it again
    While I can sympathise, the question that you need to ask yourself is this:

    What is the bigger inconvenience? Keeping Moodle up to date or having your website defaced because some little turd has hacked your site using a fixed exploit?

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    Ours is quite overdue (we're on 2.4.something) - the person that used to handle our moodle was an absolute whizz and there's a hell of a lot of uber enhancements in it. That makes me scared to go in for updates! There's a first time for everything though, update testing is booked in for this may half term! Thank god for snapshots.

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    Ah yeah, 2.0 will work, but LTS finished for that before 1.9, so we stuck with the version with longer support.

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    I guess it's all about what you consider to be good practice. Keeping your Moodle 2.x within the core bug or security patch window is probably a good plan. Check out the release dates and create a plan for upgrading throughout the next 12 months. Publish the plan so all stakeholders know what's happening. Keep informed about changes in changelogs and deviate from your published update process only if you need.

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    If your just at the testing phase now may be worth testing 2.7 instead. They have announced they are going to be supporting it for 3 years rather than the usual 12-18 month cycle.

    Moodle 2.7 release notes - MoodleDocs

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    Under the new moodle admin regime (err me!) we will be doing it once or twice a year at the end of term. We also clone it to a test server before we upgrade, as experience has shown that some of the plugins we use, don't work when an upgrade is applied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    While I can sympathise, the question that you need to ask yourself is this:

    What is the bigger inconvenience? Keeping Moodle up to date or having your website defaced because some little turd has hacked your site using a fixed exploit?
    @Norphy Website not hosted on Moodle. So there. nya nya nya

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    Thanks for the replies all, give's me something to think about. Reading some of the replies, once a term or on a major issue seems like a nice balance between the two.

    I spotted 2.7 had been released so just upgraded the test site this morning and off we went again. I quite like the idea of sticking with an LTS release for a little while too, should hopefully fit in quite nicely with the LTS for Ubuntu.

    Any more comments/votes welcome though!

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