Alright... I did a complete akeeba backup of the 2.5 site, ran into an issue with the menus not working. Akeeba troubleshooter said it was a problem with the php settings.
So.. I looked at the new
backup site that is not running correct and the php is 5.4.39
then I look at the old 2.5
site which is running 5.5.23
Went back and forth a few times saying WTF? then some more WTF's
I then went to 1and1 help, and typed in php upgrade to 5.5 and found this article:
AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php
When 1&1 first offered the alpha/beta stage of the newest PHP version to its customer base, the final release was planned to be PHP6. Since that time the PHP developers have reevaluated their planned releases and have pushed off PHP6 for some time. Most changes planned for PHP6 have already been incorporated into version 5.3 and 5.4 as there is some uncertainty to when PHP6 can realistically be released. It is because of this reason that the extension .php6 is used to enable PHP 5.4.
Similar to above, you can either rename your pages to .php6 in order to enable PHP 5.4 for specific pages or you will need to alter the .htaccess file in order to run all PHP scripts using PHP 5.4:
AddHandler x-mapp-php6 .php
While the PHP developers have done their utmost to ensure compatibility, we cannot guarantee that PHP4 scripts will function 100% correctly under PHP5. PHP5 has register_globals, allow_url_include and allow_url_fopen all disabled by default which may cause improper functionality for some scripts when switching from PHP4 to PHP5.
so I added AddHandler x-mapp-php6 .php
to my .htaccess file and the backup of the 2.5 works that I did 4 hours ago (menu's and the IACF which wasn't before) which can be found here: http://s510713255.onlinehome.us/
Now this is just a 2.5 backup and i would like to know how to proceed from here. I tried adding the x-mapp handler to the .htaccess of the joomla 3x site but it does not work.
I started a bottle of Jack 4 hours ago, so I am sure this will go by the route of carrier pigeon as I am going to crash, please let me know what would be a good idea to proceed.