MySQL upgrade question.


New Member

My site is using mysql 5.6 and has been running flawlessly for a year or more. I know it's past end of life and should upgrade to 5.7. I'm Leary because I don't like doing major update/upgrades using a menu (cpanel) and hoping my IP connection does not drop (I live in a rural area and our ISP is known for failures).

Is this a request I could get local staff to handle via a ticket? Or should I just cross my fingers, click the upgrade button and hope I don't need to create a ticket after the fact?


PS: I running a fairly large phpBB forum (over 800,000 posts).


New Member
OK, I'll cross my fingers and go it alone ;)
(I'll post a follow up after I've completed the upgrade.)


Technical Project Coordinator
Staff member
Hi DennysR!

Most upgrades between MySQL versions go relatively well with little to no issues. The big issues come from customized MySQL queries/structure built specifically for one MySQL version. So going from say MySQL that may support certain statements then to MariaDB can introduce issues.

More common software like forums, CMS's, etc -- are usually using queries that are standardized among many different MySQL versions between MariaDB and MySQL.

So updates go smoother.

We do always recommend making a database backup prior to performing the upgrade.

Our staff can definitely assist with the MySQL upgrade too.

Good luck!