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How to Enable Legacy Mode in Joomla! 1.5

Posted on: November 16th, 2009 by admin No Comments


So how to enable and switch on legacy mode in Joomla! 1.5? In early beta release of Joomla! 1.5 (e.g. beta1 and beta2), option to enable and turn on the legacy mode is part of the Global Configuration. However, in the latest RC release of Joomla! (i.e Joomla! 1.5RC3) and final gold release of Joomla! 1.5, the legacy mode support has been moved to be provided by plugin. Thus to enable the legacy mode, simply follow steps in trick below to publish the Legacy Mode plug-in.

  1. Login to Joomla admin panel:
  2. Mouse over on Extensions horizontal menu, then click on Plugin Manager.

  3. Find plugin named System – Legacy, and then click on the check box in front of it. Note: System – Legacy – can be placed on secon plugin page
  4. Click on Enable button.
  5. Ensure that Legacy: 1.0 status appears on the top right corner, and the Enabled column for “System – Legacy” is ticked. The Legacy Mode has been enabled.

With Legacy Mode, users can now use extensions, modules, plugins and templates from Joomla! 1.0.x series in Joomla! 1.5 and ensure that the modules are working properly. Joomla! 1.5 now is compatible with Joomla! 1.0.

Note that if you don’t install and populate Joomla! with sample data when installing Joomla!, the default modules and plugins are not loaded into the Site Administrator Panel. If you cannot find the Legacy Module plugin, try to build the sample data again.


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