Top Joomla 3.5 questions [with answers]

Experiencing problems with Joomla 3.5 upgrade or PHP 7? Here are the answers to the most popular questions from the recent Perfect Dashboard Community’s webinar.

I upgraded my PHP to version 7.0 and my site doesn’t work properly now, probably because of extensions or the template. Can I downgrade to earlier version without causing any problem?

If you have already upgraded to Joomla 3.5 and you want to switch back to PHP 5.6 the downgrade should not cause any problems with site’s performance. If you want to switch back to Joomla 3.4 together with PHP downgrade it’s better to rollback your Joomla to the previous version. Then you can downgrade to PHP 5.6 safely. In case you do not have a backup to rollback you should follow these steps: download Joomla 3.4.8 installation package and unpack it to the website folder.

It will overwrite all the files but it may help with your issue.

Every time before the upgrade, I recommend to contact extensions’ developers and check with them if their extensions are compatible with PHP 7.

Is it wise to jump right on the 3.5 wagon if your site runs fine with 3.4.8 or should act like the conservative webmaster and wait until at least 3.5.1 comes out?

Joomla 3.5 is not a security release, so it reasonable to wait a couple of days, but I advise you to upgrade sooner than later because of bug fixes and other performance improvements. Moreover, in case of future security releases it will be a way more easier and faster to update your Joomla from 3.5 than from 3.4.8.

After I’ve upgraded from Joomla 3.4.8 to 3.5.1 some components (like Akeeba Admin Tools, Akeeba Backup, Simple Image Gallery) are not available in the menu. What should I do now?

I recommend to reinstall these components (don’t delete them). After the reinstallation all the links should be added automatically to the base and they will be visible in menu items.

Do I need to change the PHP.ini settings for the Joomla 3.5 on the server?

After successful upgrade to Joomla 3.5 you don’t need to change any PHP settings.

But, before the upgrade you can consider to extend the execution time. This trick will help you to avoid common Joomla 3.5 update error with timeout on a php script that is changing database encoding. Here’s how to do this.

I have a problem with SMTP mail on PHP 7. The update to 3.5.1 did not fix it. What should I do?

Firstly, be sure you are using the latest PHPMailer version. This issue firstly occurred in PHP 5.6 . Please refer also to that thread on GitHub.

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