Newsplus:Upgrade to version 7.x-5.0.1 for Drupal 7

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This document will guide you to upgrade your Drupal 7 News+ 2.1.0 installation to News+ 7.x-5.0.1 for Drupal 7.

The steps that are tagged [Commerce] are relevant only to the News+ Commerce 7.x distribution and should be skipped if you are running the simple News+ 7.x distribution. The News+ Commerce 7.x distribution is only available in the News+ Pro & News+ Enterprise products. You can find out more about the News+ Commerce distribution at the News+ product page


Prepare your workbench

  1. Create a temporary installation of Drupal 7 News+ 7.x-5.0.1 using our installation profile. You will use this as a reference to guide you.


  1. Backup everything.
  2. Just in case, make sure you backed up everything =) (besides, it's always a good idea).

Put your website in maintenance mode

  1. Login to your Drupal installation as administration user
  2. Navigate to admin/config/development/maintenance
  3. Enable the "Put site into maintenance mode" option
  4. Save your configuration

Update Drupal core

Take a breath and read Drupal's Upgrading from previous versions first. This upgrade will update your Drupal core to the version 7.43. We assume that you are currently using a 7.x version so it's about a "Minor update procedure".

  1. Locate the root folder of your site. This is Drupal's root folder, where the index.php file is located.
  2. Delete all Drupal files and folders except the [sites] folder.
  3. Copy all Drupal files and folders from your temporary installation except the [sites] folder.
  4. Run the update.php file calling a url like or, if your site is located under a subdirectory.

Patch your News+ theme files

  1. Locate our theme folder in your temporary installation. Usually at [sites/all/themes/newsplus]
  2. Locate our theme folder in your drupal 7 site. Usually at [sites/all/themes/newsplus]
  3. Replace the following files or folders in your installation, using the corresponding source files from the temporary installation (folders should be first deleted and finally copied from your temp installation).
  • node--article.tpl.php
  • node--blog.tpl.php
  • node--mt_post.tpl.php
  • print.css
  • style-blue.css
  • style-gray.css
  • style-green.css
  • style-orange.css
  • style-pink.css
  • style-purple.css
  • style.css
  • template.php
  • views-view-list--mt_internal_banner--block.tpl.php

Clear all cached data

This step is important in order to force your template to be informed for the changes you have made in the template files.

To do this navigate to admin/config/development/performance and click the "Clear all caches" button

Disable maintenance mode

  1. Navigate to admin/config/development/maintenance
  2. Disable the "Put site into maintenance mode" option.
  3. Save your configuration
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