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wildweaselmi
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Here are the steps that worked for me to create a vBulletin test site for the vBulletin 4.0 RC4



Currently hosted on hostmonster (which I believe is awesome)



STEP 1 - Create a subfolder to host TEST site



My production site is hosted


/home/user/public_html/vb384/


http://www.sitedomain.com/vb384



My test site will be hosted


/home/user/public_html/vb40/


http://www.sitedomain.com/vb40



STEP 2 - Copy all files from production(LIVE) site to your test site.



copy everything from


/home/user/public_html/vb384/



copy to


/home/user/public_html/vb40/



STEP 3 - Create test database and assign admin user



Get logged into cPanel and scroll down to the Databases section


Click on MySql


Next to new database enter vb40 (or the name of your test database)


Click on Create Database


You'll get a message, created user_vb40


Click


Scroll Down to MySql Users


Select a user (I use the same db user assigned to my production site)


Select the database you just created


Click on Add and then click All Priveleges and then click Make Changes



STEP 4 - Copy production database to test database



Get into cPanel then scroll down to the Database section


Click on phpMyAdmin


Find your database for your production site on the left and click once on it


Now across the top find the tab labeled Operations and click on that


Find the input box located under Copy database to:


Enter the database your created earlier. For example user_vb40


Now click the radio button next to Structure and Data


Place a checkmark next to Add AUTO_INCREMENT value


Click Go


Once completed, verify you have the same number of entries in your production versus test database.



STEP 5 - Update config.php in test folder



Navigate to the location of your config.php in your test folder


/home/user/public_html/vb40/includes/config.php



Change the settings for the database name (and username if you changed that earlier)



STEP 6 - VERIFY your production site is working in test folder



In a web browser, navigate to http://www.sitedomain.com/vb40


Login using your admin ID


Put vBulletin Test site into Maintenance Mode


Go to the Plugin/Product Manager and on each modification you have, change to disabled.



STEP 7 - UPLOAD vBulletin 4.0 files (typically using FTP) and ensure all files get overwritten



STEP 8 - Run UPGRADE script



Navigate to http://www.sitedomain.com/vb40/install/upgrade.php


(note: this takes some time to get through all the different settings)


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