ExpressionEngine upgrade 2.7.1 to 2.9.0

Before you start the upgrade

I came accross a couple of problems whilst upgrading a site which uses Multi Site Manager and quite a few AddOns so I thought I would share some of the things which I needed to do in order to get the upgrade working.


I discovered that it was necessary to upgrade all the AddOns, Modules, Extentions etc before I began. This is because some of them will cause a fatal error after the upgrade and prevent you accessing the control panel.

Database alterations

The installation didn't quite complete correctly, I was left with an empty box instead of the instructions to remove the install folder; not a great place to be. So I had to finish of the installation manually.  Incidentally @johndwells suggested removing a survey from the installer: "Try removing views/surveys/survey_290.php from installer and re-running… If it works, we should compare notes!". Maybe this will work for you, if not read on.

To complete the installation I needed to add some columns to the database and try installing again.  

Unknown column `protect_javascript`

For the exp_templates table I needed to add the protect_javascript column.  Here is the SQL statement: 

ALTER TABLE exp_templates ADD `protect_javascript` char(1) 

Unknown column 'tr.order' in 'order clause'

For the exp_template_groups table I needed to add an order column.  Here is the SQL statement:

ALTER TABLE exp_template_routes ADD `order` int(10)
AFTER template_id;

I hope that this post may be useful to you.

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