In today's guide, I'm going to talk through my experience of upgrading Sitecore from version 7.5 to 8. Sitecore isn't always the easiest platform to upgrade at times, compared to some of the other CMS products on the market. Updating a Nuget package is a lot easier than some of the hoops you will need to jump through with Sitecore, but, 7.5 to 8 went pretty well from my experience of previous versions.
Whenever you work with a Sitecore upgrade, it is vital that you start the right way, follow the right process and don't cut any corners. The steps outlined by Sitecore are there for a reason. In the past, I've tried to skip a step here or there to save time and it's always bitten me in the ass and added more time to an upgrade.
Before we go into the upgrade in more detail, I should point out that every solution is different and consequently every upgrade is different. What works and what went wrong for me might not work for you. The best advice I can give is to start off with the Sitecore upgrade manual and then use guides like this as a real world reference if you run into snags.
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Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge