Top ExpressionEngine Upgrade Questions
What happens if I didn't upgrade by April 30th?
Your ExpressionEngine 2 website will continue to work just fine for now. ExpressionEngine 2 being "retired" means that the v2 codebase will no longer be updated and will no longer be available for purchase. After April 30, ExpressionEngine v2 will no longer get fix bugs, security fixes, changes or new features. The codebase will remain as-is on April 30th forever. ExpressionEngine v3 was released in October 2015. And all major add-ons are available for ExpressionEngine v3. So, now is a great time to do a site upgrade or plan for when to update.
How much will an ExpressionEngine upgrade cost?
Upgrading to ExpressionEngine v3 has two types of costs. The first cost is the license cost of ExpressionEngine, and the cost of add-ons if your site uses them (most sites use a few add-ons). The second cost is the time for a development team to prep, run, test and release your upgraded website. We have a formula we use to determine an ExpressionEngine upgrade cost, so we can provide an accurate price once we know the ExpressionEngine version you have and the add-ons you're using. (All of this is found in your ExpressionEngine control panel.) Get in touch to find out how much your site upgrade will cost.
Can my really old site be upgraded to EE 3—even if it's running on EE 1?
Yes! We have upgraded several EE 2.x sites and even an EE 1.x site to the latest version of EE 3.
Does my site really need to be upgraded?
Your site may not need to be upgraded. Just because ExpressionEngine 1 was retired a while ago, and ExpressionEngine 2 was retired recently, doesn't make upgrading your site an emergency. If you're planning to the keep your ExpressionEngine site for a while, we highly recommend that you upgrade. The essential reasons to upgrade are to prevent hacks or other security problems and to ensure your site will continue to work on your web hosting. In addition, there are many other benefits to upgrading including speed and new features built-in to ExpressionEngine 3. We understand the many factors involved in this decision: cost of upgrade, services and features on your site, planned longevity and site changes, server technology and more. We can help you determine if an upgrade is the right choice for your site. Get in touch.
Do I need to hire a professional, or can I do the site upgrade myself?
If you and your site meet two criteria, you might be a good candidate to upgrade your own website. First, you must be comfortable accessing web servers and databases, SFTP, changing file permissions and being very meticulous. Second, your site should be a very simple ExpressionEngine installation, preferably with no third-party add-ons (e.g. popular additions to your site like WYGWAM, Freeform, Matrix, Playa, Publisher, CE Image, CE Cache, etc). The more add-ons run on your site, the more potential for challenges during your upgrade. The challenges of the upgrade are problems that experienced developers have already solved, or know how to solve. Hiring a developer is the best way to make sure your site upgrade is done well, and won't stress you out.
I don't have any of my license information. Do I have to buy my licenses all over again?
Most likely not. It's simpler if you have your license information right on hand. But, if you don't, we can work with you to track it down. EllisLab, the makers of ExpressionEngine, are very helpful and will help sort out your license ownership and upgrade.
Do you have more ExpressionEngine upgrade questions?
If you have more questions about upgrading your site to ExpressionEngine 3, ask us! Call us or email us today.
Why choose us to upgrade your ExpressionEngine site?
Here are a few big reasons to hire us for your ExpressionEngine upgrade.
We know ExpressionEngine inside and out—since EE 1.x.
We have been working with ExpressionEngine since 2007. We've upgraded ExpressionEngine thousands of times. We know the system inside and out and can find our way around your EE site, even if you are running a really old version.
We have top ExpressionEngine credentials.
You and your site will be in good hands with us. Our company founder, Susan Snipes, spoke at the ExpressionEngine conference last year. We own and maintain a popular ExpressionEngine add-on called Bloqs. We host the Denver EE Meetup. More than half of our team are forum moderators on the official ExpressionEngine forums. We're happily engaged with the community and look forward to bringing that knowledge to your website.
We are official ExpressionEngine Pro Network Members.
Q Digital Studio is an official member of the ExpressionEngine Pro Network. We've met or exceeded all the requirements to be in the top tier of web firms specializing in ExpressionEngine services.