Simple guidelines and suggestions for updating Sitefinity Tips for Upgrading Sitefinity CMS Sitefinity is a leading CMS for businesses of all size. But are you getting everything out of it that you can? If you don’t take advantage of the updates, then no, you aren’t. Upgrading your Sitefinity CMS when a new version becomes available ensures that your site has the latest and greatest features and functionality that Sitefinity offers. Updating your CMS isn’t as simple as snapping your fingers, but following our upgrading suggestions and best practices below will help your business make the upgrading process as foolproof and smooth as possible. Steps to a Successful Upgrade Clarity's Top Best Practice Recommendations Cover Your Assets Back Up Content, Database & Website The first step when upgrading to a newer version of Sitefinity is to back up your database, content and website. On the off-chance that something goes wrong when updating the system, you will have all of your data saved away so you can easily restore it. Backing up your content can save your business a major headache and countless hours of trying to fix and rewrite code and content. Use the Right Tools Use Sitefinity's Migration Module If your website runs on Sitefinity 3.7 or newer, your best option is to use Sitefinity’s Migration Module to import your site’s content when upgrading to the newest version of Sitefinity. Sitefinity created the migration tool to make it easy for clients running their site on the older versions of Sitefinity to update their sites, transfer their content, and take advantage of all of Sitefinity’s newest features. Get Someone with Experience Employ Sitefinity Project Manager To make your Sitefinity upgrade as simple as possible, you need to download and run the Project Manager for the Sitefinity version you are upgrading to. After the project manager is finished running, it is recommended that you open the Upgrade.trace file that was created and check for any failed processes. If any of the processes are listed as “failed,” you will know to rerun the project manager before moving on to the next steps in upgrading. Using the tool as designed and checking the Upgrade file saves you from getting too far in the upgrading process before realizing something has gone awry.