Problems With Upgrading or Migrating From Sitefinity 3.7 to Version 5.0

Upgrading Your Sitefinity 3.X Website to 5.0

Sitefinity Upgrade Success…

The likelihood is, that if you are perusing this article, then you have already had the dreaded discussion regarding upgrading your Sitefinity 3.X website to the latest version. Popular belief has it that this is a challenging task which really can be riddled with bugs and complications. It is possible to ‘shrug off’ all the popularly talked about pit falls though when you’re conscious of the procedures to adhere to and what to plan in advance for.

Throughout this informative article, I hope to reassure you by outlining the basic procedures for moving a website from Sitefinity 3.X to Sitefinity 5.0. I will be explaining processes that I followed and issues I experienced in bringing up-to-date our company website and exactly how I was able to overcome them.

Our company website was updated from Sitefinity 3.7 (now quite an old version) to version 5.0 (which was launched Feb / Mar 2012), for that reason, this article will primarily concentrate on websites currently using Sitefinity 3.6 and 3.7 wishing to upgrade to Sitefinity 5.0 and some information may not be applicable to lower versions.

Hmm… To Upgrade Or Migrate?

When we initially decided to update the Light Speed website, I was faced with a sudden fear. My apprehension was caused by the unknown workload and troubles that could gather through updating the website from such a low version to the latest version of Sitefinity. Desperate to allay my fears I became a frequent visitor to the Sitefinity Online community and Google sites looking for any relevant information that could aid me along the way. After viewing various blog posts and forum threads, it became obvious that there was some misunderstandings regarding ‘upgrading’ or ‘migrating’ Sitefinity. Therefore, this was throwing people away from the correct procedure on how to update their website.

After in depth research I stumbled upon some other posts and threads, which were hidden out of sight, that finally helped me to get a clear comprehension of which method I ought to use to update the Company website. There are two particular methods.

1) You can ‘Upgrade’ a site, which basically means updating the Sitefinity version that the current site is running on

2) You can ‘Migrate’ a site [Sitefinity have provided a tool called The Migration Module] and this process enables the moving of content and data from one site to another (although be warned that not everything gets copied). Migration has had to be introduced by Sitefinity because from Version 4 onwards the program significantly altered the architecture from the one that existed in version 3. The Migration Module was created to migrate a Sitefinity site created using version 3.7 (using service pack 4) to Version 5.0. Because of this if your web site is prior to 3.7 it must be ‘Upgraded’ to this spec BEFORE it can be migrated to Sitefinity 5.0.

Because the company site was created on version 3.7 this meant that I would have to create a new Sitefinity 5.0 website and using method 2 migrate the vast majority of content and data from my Sitefinity 3.7 website.

The Minimal Requirements for a Migration

There are some prerequisites and advisories so that you can successfully complete a site migration from Sitefinity 3.7 to Sitefinity 5.0. Firstly the site to be migrated must be running on IIS (this can be running locally). Secondly, it is advised that the new Sitefinity site should have a similar file structure as the old site. This allows the migration to run smoother as Sitefinity will notify you when it cannot find certain files such as templates and themes. I therefore manually copied files such as the templates and themes across when I first built the Sitefinity 5.0 site. Thirdly, the site must be using Sitefinity 3.7 SP4 with either ASP.NET 3.5 or 4.0.

If your site is not currently using Sitefinity SP4 then upgrade to it before you actually do anything else. Upgrading to SP4 can be carried out by downloading a patch or ‘hotfix’ from your Sitefinity account downloads section, however, it is important to ensure you are downloading the correct version and edition (i.e. Standard Edition). Ensuring you have backed up your project, you need to unzip the patch folder and copy the files directly into the root of the site. You will then need to merge and overwrite some files including the web.config file. Once complete, you can check your version number to see if the site is now running on the new service pack.

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation…

Although the original site is now running on 3.7 SP4, it still must be prepared before the migration begins. There are 2 methods of preparing the site; ‘automatic’ or ‘manual’. Automatic enables you to prepare your 3.7 site for migration by opening your Sitefinity Project Manager, clicking actions and setting the SF3.7 site for migration. Then you’re able to follow the prompts to complete the preparation. However, for the Light Speed site, I decided on the manual method where I was able to download the required zip folder from the root of the new project and copy the ‘MigrationService.svc’ file to the root of the 3.7 project and then copy the ‘Telerik.Sitefinity.Migration.dll’ and ‘Telerik.Sitefinity.MigrationContracts.dll’ to the bin folder of the 3.7 site. Once completed, I then entered the following code before the last configuration tag in the ‘web.conifg’ file:

start of ‘system.serviceModel’

‘servicehostingEvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled=”true”

end of ‘system.serviceModel’

The Sitefinity 3.7 site will now be prepared for migration.

From Old To New

Now that the entire preparation is taken care of, the old 3.7 site can now be migrated to the new 5.0 site. However, it is important to note, as mentioned earlier, that not everything is certain to get copied across to the new site, so it’s very important to take these into consideration, specially if your original website included lots of custom work such as master templates, themes or user controls. For a full list of what is included and what isn’t, you can visit the ‘Considerations’ section of ‘Sitefinity 5 Migration Guide’.

After running your new Sitefinity 5.0 Project, you will find a link on the Dashboard saying ‘Migrate your site from Sitefinity 3.7 to the newest version’. Clicking this link will launch a wizard that will request the URL of the Sitefinity 3.7 website. You will then be ready to select what content, data and files you would like to migrate over to the new website. Once these details have been confirmed, it will take a few moments to run through and migrate everything. If everything has transferred happily you should just observe a group of green ticks together with a successful report. However, you will additionally be advised of any files that are unsuccessful which will usually come down to an issue with Sitefinity not being able to locate the required file or it will be a file which can’t be migrated hasn’t been manually copied over ahead of the migration.

If the migration has actually been successful, then almost all content and pages etc should now appear on your new site, but the site will most likely be far from complete.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Despite the fact that the migration is finished, you will find a fair few tasks to complete. Aside from going through testing the entire site, certain areas will need changing beforehand. In most cases any custom controls or control templates which have been developed for use with the 3.7 site will need to be adjusted or completely remade. You also might discover that you will have to make various changes in your CSS for the reason that mark-up furnished by Sitefinity 5.0 differs greatly from the mark-up used in Sitefinity 3.7. A good example of this can be found when utilizing Sitefinity’s navigation control where in Sitefinity 5.0 is appears to rely heavily on multiple spans.

When all of these changes are completed, you’ll be able to to judge whether or not the site is complete. Yet, it would be good to incorporate a tested run through your entire site, both on the public side and the admin side to ascertain if there are any further areas missing functionality or merely not displaying as they should.

So… What Did We Think?

It seems like the original conversation about updating the website happened a long time ago, and yet here we are! We have got a fresh Sitefinity site with all the original data and content obtained from our old site. Sure we had to make some additional amendments and tweak odds and ends here and there, but finally the new site is there. So how do we feel about the process of getting it there?

Well, everyone will have their own opinion on the migration method and whether or not it is justified for the amount of work required. However, my thoughts in regards to the process vary. On the one hand I can see how useful the tool is at getting your out-of-date website immediately up to a new site so that you can explore the latest features which Sitefinity 5.0 can bring to the table. However, on the other hand I’m facing the realisation that I have had to perform a lot of preparation work to get the original site ready for migration plus I had to put together a new site and copy most of the files over manually anyway. Additionally, even once the migration has been completed, I still was forced to rewrite almost all of the custom control templates and user controls. Being mindful of this, I ask myself whether or not it would be quicker to produce a new site and just replicate the changes manually, rather than adhere to the migration option.

It appears to be to me that this entire process may just be dependent on what type of site you want to update.

For example, a sizable enterprise site with 50 pages or even more would surely benefit from migrating to a new site, where as a lesser company site with 20 pages or less may very well be better off developing a new site, copying as many files over as possible and after that replicating the page subject material on a page by page basis.

As I said, It’s my opinion that everyone will have a different take on how to approach upgrading their website, nevertheless I believe that most of the people who complete an update are going to be reviewing their methods the moment they have completed a full site migration.

10 Countries With the Most Nursing Migration to Australia

Nursing is one of the major career option which offers a better lifestyle and pay package and we can see a lot of people taking nursing as a career since the last decade or so. There are a lot of countries which have been offering a great place for nurses to pursue their nursing careers and since majority of the developed and developing countries are facing scarcity of nursing professionals there has been a huge opportunity for nurses from different countries.

A lot of new nursing destinations are coming up every year and nurses tend to go to these new destinations due to the high quality life style and pay package available. One such country that has been a hot destination for nursing jobs recently is Australia. Australia is an amazing and beautiful country which has a good economy, living atmosphere, affordable life expenses and much more. A lot of nurses are seen migrating to Australia in the last few years and majority of them have been successful in setting up a stable nursing career in Australia.

Here I would like to list the top 10 countries from where nurses are migrating to Australia and I have collected this facts from various traffic analysis tools available online and the list would be taken in that order.

1) India
India has a large pool of nursing talents as there are a large number of quality nursing colleges and institutes that produces the best nursing professionals every year. Since the nursing wages in India is very low when compared with other countries, the nurses in India always try for a job abroad and currently their major destination is Australia for various reasons.

2) Philippines
Philippines also have a good number of nursing talent pool and the major advantage for the nurses in Philippines is that most of them have good English communication skills. Like India, Philippines also have the reputation of providing poor salary to their nurses and as a result they are forced to look for job in other countries and a large number of nurses in Philippines are migrating to Australia recently due to the quality work environment and lifestyle that is present in Australia.

3) Saudi Arabia
A lot of nurses in Saudi Arabia are migrating to Australia due to vast career option and also due to the great pay package. The nurses in Saudi Arabia usually comprises of nurses from other parts of the world as Saudi Arabia does not produce a good number of nurses. The nurses from other countries who work in Saudi Arabia are generally fed up of the strict law and order that prevails in Saudi Arabia and for them Australia has become the hottest job location of late.

4) United Arab Emirates
The nurses in United Arab Emirates (UAE) are also nurses who come to work from other parts of the world and due to the huge living expense and average salary; they always look for jobs in other parts of the world. Since Australia is preferred by the nurses for the last few years, a huge migration of nurses to Australia from UAE is underway.

5) United Kingdom
United Kingdom was once a hot destination for nurses but the recent opportunities in Australia and the huge living expenses in UK has prompted a lot of nurses to migrate towards Australia. Since the nurses working in UK have strong English communication skills, they would not find it difficult to clear IELTs test which is a mandatory thing for nursing career in Australia.

6) Singapore
Even though Singapore offers a good work environment for nurses from across the globe, the nurses working there has started showing a new trend of migrating to Australia since the last few years. Since the nurses in Singapore have the experience of working in world class healthcare environment, it would be an additional advantage for them. And ultimately the salary package would be the main thing, that are dragging the nurses in Singapore towards Australia.

7) United States
United States have been an old hot destination for nurses, but in the last few years things have changed a lot. The opportunities have lost its depth and the living cost has also risen considerably. To make the matter worse, the financial situation in the US is not in a healthy situation and this sends waves of professional insecurity in the minds of healthcare professionals. As a result a lot of nurses are seen migrating to Australia to pursue their nursing career.

8) Ireland
We have seen a lot of nurses migrating to Ireland few years back, but things have started looking gloomy since the last recession and the living cost is also very high in Ireland. Since most of the nurses in Ireland do not have the English language barrier, they can easy apply for a job in Australia where they can enjoy a better living condition. Hence we can see a rapid rise in the number of nurses in Ireland migrating to Australia.

9) Bahrain
The majority of the nurses in Bahrain belong to other countries and the recent unrest in the Arab countries has seen a good number of migration efforts of nurses in Bahrain to Australia. A good number of nurses are working in Australia and due to various reasons they migrate to other countries and a considerable number of nurses are seen migrating to Australia for a better nursing career.

10) Kuwait
Kuwait is yet another major Middle East destination for nurses and they also enjoy a much better pay package when compared with other countries in the Middle East. But as with other Middle East nations, the nurses in Kuwait also show a tendency to migrate to other nursing destinations, especially Australia. The only issue that they face is that majority of them are not proficient in English language and hence they need to undergo IELTS training course and clear the exam. Once they clear the IELTs exam, they would be dream of having nursing in Australia as a career.

Top 5 Reasons to Migrate Accounting to the Cloud

It has taken several years for me to convince myself to go to from desktop to the cloud. It has been a process of slowly making the change. The driving force is that is what many of my new clients are looking for; also advances in technology allow me to do a lot more seamlessly.

1. Feel like I am being left in the dust. Large companies like Intuit are making a very big push to move clients to the cloud. These large companies have had to invest in technology; encourage clients, proadvisors and resellers that that is the direction the company is going. Oh they will still support the desktop version but the direction of business technology is definitely changing.

2. You never have to upgrade again! For some on desktop this is not a plus. They are happy to keep the same version for many years and only upgrade when forced to.

But what I am finding, you no longer have to wait for releases or upgrades to get the latest and greatest technology. According to Intuit, changes are being made typically every 4-6 weeks. What I like is when they can make improvements and make the programs more user friendly.

3. Integration: I have clients using QuickBooks POS powered by Revel for their retail needs; all sales, cost of goods, etc. are automatically sent to QuickBooks Online; they also are integrated with their online store. As their accountant the online version works with Intuit Tax Online!

4. Every day new applications are being created to work with the cloud; while applications for the desktop are flourishing, these same programs working with the desktop now have sister applications for the cloud. All of Intuit’s cloud programs have mobile versions as well. One thing to remember is that the mobile versions are never quite like the full version.

5. You can work anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection. For the accountants, for many years, I had to use remote desktop software to access my clients information; now, a client can invite me as external accountant and I can do client review, reclasses, reconciliations, etc. (with the accountant’s version)remotely. And all my clients are all in one place; one signon allows me to access those clients that have given me permission to review their books.

The cloud has opened another niche of business for my bookkeeping/consulting/tax preparation business. It is nice not to have to drive everywhere. Every day, more and more applications will enable us to get off the roads!