New to Joomla! or starting a new site
Are you a new Joomla! user? Confused as to which of the 30 available packages to dowload?
The answer is simple. If you are creating a site for the first time, you will need the Full Package file:
The other packages are for those users who have already have an existing Joomla! site and wish to upgrade to the latest version.
Upgrading from any version of Joomla! 1.0.x to 1.0.12 simply involves overwriting your current sites files, with the files in the proper Patch Package that applies to your site.
So if you are running Joomla! 1.0.9, you will need the 1.0.9 to 1.0.12 Patch Package.
This can be done by either uncompressing the Patch Package and then using an FTP client to transfer these files to your server and overwriting existing file. If you find errors after the process, ensure that all files were properly transferred. There have been verified reports of some FTP clients not properly transferring files across to a server - without notifying the user of such a problem. One possible cause is that under certain circumstances the webserver locks the files it is using, and the ftp-server can't update those files. One possibility is to take the site shortly offline during the FTP transfer.
If your Web Provider gives you access to your site via some sort of Web Admin panel like CPanel or Plesk, you can use the syetems file manager to upload the Patch Package file to your server and then extracting the package file and overwriting all the files on your server.
More information can be found on the Forums and if at any stage you are unsure, then search the forums for posts on the subject. Most will be found in the Upgrading Forum.
For those converting from Mambo 4.5.2.x or Mambo 4.5.3 please read these Migration instructions.
You will to need to download the Joomla 1.0.12 Full package.
Before undertaking an Upgrade or Conversion, it is extremely important that you backup your site's Database and if possible, also you site's files. While we try to ensure that an Upgrade or Conversion process is relatively straightforward, we cannot garuantee that this will always be the case for every user. So it is imperative that users take protective measures in case they face problems after the Upgrade or Conversion.
To ensure the integrity of the files you are downloading, you are advised only to download from the 'Official Source' on the Ofifical Joomla! Forge. As an extra security measure we now make available the MD5 checksum values of the respective package files, to allow people to do integrity checking.