Upgrading from Core to Professional

Upgrading from Ideal Directory Core to Ideal Directory Professional is by no means different than installing the component. You do not have to uninstall the previous version; in fact, you MUST NOT do that. Simply follow the installation instructions to install Ideal Directory Professional over the existing Core installation. That's all! All your settings are preserved.


When upgrading from Core to Professional you might have to install the Professional package twice, without uninstalling anything in between. Sometimes Joomla!™ does not copy some of the files and folders the first time you install it. However, if you install the package again (without uninstalling your existing copy of Ideal Directory) Joomla!™ copies all of the necessary files and performs the upgrade correctly.

Automatic updates

Checking for the latest version and upgrading

You can easily check for the latest published version of our extensions by visiting our site's downloads page. The page lists all extensions and displays the latest version and release date of each extension. You can check it against the data which appear on the bottom of your Ideal Directyory Control Panel. If your release is out of date, simply click on the Download link to download the install package of the latest release to your PC.

Updating automatically with the Joomla!™ extensions update feature


This Joomla!™ feature requires that your server supports fopen() URL wrappers (allow_url_fopen is set to 1 in your server's php.ini file) or has the PHP cURL extension enabled. Moreover, if your server has a firewall, it has to allow TCP connections over ports 80 and 443 to joomlafit.com. If you don't see any updates or if they fail to download please ask your host to check that these conditions are met. If they are met but you still do not see the updates please file a bug report in the official Joomla!™ forum. In the meantime you can use the manual update methods discussed further below this page.

Ideal Directory can be updated just like any other Joomla!™ extension, using the Joomla!™ extensions update feature. Joomla!™ is responsible for finding the updates, downloading them and installing them on your server. You can access the extensions update feature in two different ways:

From the icon your Joomla!™ administrator control panel page. On Joomla!™ 3 you will find the icon in the left-hand sidebar, under the Maintenance header. It has an icon which looks like an empty star. When there are updates found for any of your extensions you will see the Updates are available message. Clicking on it will get you to the Update page of Joomla!™ Extensions Manager.

From the top menu of your Joomla!™ administrator click on ExtensionsManageUpdate. Clicking on it will get you to the Update page of Joomla!™ Extensions Manager.

If you do not see the updates try clicking on the Find Updates button in the toolbar. If you do not see the updates still you may want to wait up to 24 hours before retrying. This has to do with the way the update CDN works and how Joomla!™ caches the update information.

If there is an update available for Ideal Directory tick the box to the left of its row and then click on the Update button in the toolbar. Joomla!™ will now download and install the update.


All of our extensions needs you to set up the Download ID before you can install the updates. You can find your main download ID or create additional Download IDs on our site's Download IDs page. Then go to your site's administrator page and click on Components, Ideal Directory, and click on the Options button in the toolbar. Click on the Live Update tab and paste your Download ID there. Finally, click on Save & Close button.

If Joomla!™ cannot download the package, please use one of the manual update methods described below.

Updating manually

As noted in the installation section, installing and updating Ideal Directory is actually the same thing. If the automatic update using Joomla!'s extensions update feature does not work, please install the update manually following the instructions in the installation section of this documentation.


When installing an update manually you MUST NOT uninstall your existing version of Ideal Directory. Uninstalling Ideal Directory will always remove all your settings. You definitely do not want that to happen!

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