I am currently working on upgrading the site from Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.3.6.
Main reasons are:
- Make it Responsive
- Giving it a new look
- Taking advantage of Font Awesome icons
- Include Facebook icons
- Add a Blog
The main issue I faced was that the original site used Joomfish to render it multilingual. Joomfish is no more supported and does not work with Joomla 3.x.
I created a test site and used Falang to make it bilingual. It worked fine, problem is; there is no esay way to convert from Joomfish to Falang. Neither uses the native Joomla capabilities and each has a different set of tables! After some research on the forums (and some advices) I decided to start from scratch with Joomla 3.3.6.
I installed Joomla 3.3.6 on a different folder in the server and created the categories, menus, articles and modules in both languages. It is a very tenious and time comsuming process! Despite the fact that I did a lot of cut and paste.
I started with one of Joomla's native template knowing full well that it would not do what I wanted, but at least I got the content in.
Next I started looking for a Template that would work in Joomla 3.x and be Responsive. This is also quite an adventure. I finally settled for a template from FAVTHEMES called Favourite. After a few trials and some twicking I managed to get the look I want.