Switching from RW5 to RV6+

(Humberto Hernandez) #1

In the beggining when I switch from RW5 to RW6, my whole site was a mess; I had to rebuild almost everything. If I switch now to RW 6+ will it be the same thing? What benefits I had if switch? Thanks in advance, as always.

(Rob D) #2

I had the same experience as you, when I switched from RW5 to RW6. Fortunately, I had only one project to redo from scratch.

The benefits? I guess the main one is the upcoming Stacks3 plugin…

(Humberto Hernandez) #3

Thanks Rovertek.
Same here, my site is humongous. Had any problems with your stacks in the transition?

Sunny Puerto Rico

(Nik Fletcher) #4

If you’re having issues in the migration, please let us know (and send us a copy of your project file): support@realmacsoftware.com I’ve been looking into a project that should have shown this issue this afternoon, but the RW5 project was displaying the same (albeit incorrectly) in RW5 and RW6.


(Humberto Hernandez) #5

Thanks Nikf,

I did have problems with migration a year ago, I never switch to RW6. Now I have to do it. Just want to know if the old transfer rules still or there have been new changes. I have not decide if I get a new theme or stick with the same one, new ones are more flexible. Any advice?

Sunny Puerto Rico

(Oscar Schmid) #6

Have you tried this?
First, open and save the RW 5 file with RW 5.4/5.41 (not with RW 5.3.2)
Then you can open/importe the RW 5 file with RW 6.
Otherwise, you will lose some content.

(Humberto Hernandez) #7

Gracias Oscar.

I give it a try and let you know. Any problems with the stacks?

Sunny Puerto Rico

(Brian LaPan) #8

Please make sure to update all your stacks and plugins. If you’re still having problems, email support@realmacsoftware.com with your Rapidweaver version, your OS version and a list of stacks/plugins you have been using so the problem can be solved easier.

(Nik Fletcher) #9

Just a quick note about the upgrade flow. We made significant changes a while back to make it easier: the guide has been updated to account for those changes:



(Humberto Hernandez) #10

Thanks Guru I will start with you recommendations and keep you posted.

Sunny Puerto Rico

(Matthias Ficht) #12

Great guide, thanks Nik! But: why do you still link to RW5.4, when there’s already 5.4.1 available? This disturbs the upgrade flow for the user, since he’s confronted with the update suggestion for 5.4.1 when starting 5.4. And since there’s no information about this step in the guide, the user could get (unnecessarily) confused. So what about directly pointing the download to RW5.4.1…?

(Nik Fletcher) #13

Hi Matthias: good spot. All fixed up now :slight_smile:

(Rob Beattie) #14

I’m nearly ready to take the plunge but I wonder what awaits me. The upgrade guide says that “ideally” I should be running Mavericks or greater to upgrade to 5.4.1. I’m running 10.7.5.

Is it going to cause me problems?



(Nik Fletcher) #15

While it won’t typically cause problems, we recommend that you launch RW 5.4.1 and RW6 on the same machine. As RapidWeaver 6 requires OS X Mavericks, we recommend you use the same OS for the initial migration.


(Rob Beattie) #16

For reasons I won’t bore you with that’s not possible. Instead I’ve got an old late 2008 Macbook running 10.7.5 and RW 5.3.2. It’s this set up that I’m planning to update to 5.4.1.

I have a second, newer machine with RW6 on.

My plan is to move sites one at a time as they need updating from machine to the other.

I understand there’ll be some - probably plenty - of manual adjustments that I’ll need to make but this is the way I’m planning to do it.

If you can foresee any problems, I’d appreciate a heads up. I’m planning to start on Monday.



(Nik Fletcher) #17

I can’t envisage any problems… one thing I would note is that you must run RapidWeaver 6 on your newer Mac to ensure the appropriate app support folders are created before you try and copy addons to RapidWeaver 6. Manually creating the ~/Library/Containers/com.realmacsoftware.rapidweaver6/ folder will cause untold amounts of pain - OS X creates this folder on first-launch of the app, and ties it to RapidWeaver’s digital signature.

In light of that, if you have a RW5 application support folder on your older Mac, maybe copy that to the RapidWeaver 5 location on your new Mac, and RapidWeaver will then migrate it for you.


(Rob Beattie) #18

I’ve got RW6 running on the new machine already. I’ve used it to build two sites. I’m going to do the migration ‘by hand’ as it were, taking over stacks and plugins as they’re used by my sites and using it as an opportunity to lighten some sites that - for example- use the Nivo slider plugin and PlusKit and replacing it with a stack-based slider and Houdini.

The main thing I’m concerned about is that everything’s not going to go BANG when I run RW5.4.1 on OSX 10.7.5. I’m going to be working with live sites used by real people.

The rest of the migration is down to me.

(Nik Fletcher) #19

If you’re at all concerned, you can of course open duplicates of the project with 5.4.1. There shouldn’t be any problems, but that’s obviously an option if you’re fretting.


(Rob Beattie) #20

Fretting? Can you tell? :sunglasses:


(Chris) #21

Trying to upgrade to RW 6 and older RW5 sites. Issue is, RW 5.4.1 won’t open in OS X 10.10 … so now what do I do?