No matter how well does your site work, sooner or later you have to upgrade it. And Zen-Cart isn’t exception.
It would be nice to automate this routine. Unfortunately in case of Zen-Cart it’s doesn’t work like that. To update it you have to overwrite files, perform SQL queries, and even at times compare files to merge them.
In contrast to the Zen-Cart in Joomla 1.6 version’s upgrade process is automated. And, of course we can use it to upgrade our component’s versions
Let’s take as an example our online shop powered by Solid Cart v1.1.1
Let’s check if new version available
To do so:
Login to your Joomla Admin Panel
Select Extensions -> Extension Manager and Select Update Section
Clear Cache pressing Purge Cache button
Click Find Updates to gather information about available updates
Version 1.1.2 available
Let’s install new version now
Tick the Solid Cart component’s check-box and click Update
Joomla itself will download new version’s package, unpack it, perform necessary system checks and update the scripts and, if necessary, database as well. The procedure may take a few minutes.