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Placing 'Search' module in new custom position - Joomla 3.x

Adding Joomla v.3.x search module in a new position:

  1. define a new position in templateDetails.xml within <positions> tag eg. <position>as-search</position>
  2. edit index.php of your current template and place the following in desired position: <div class="searchbox1"><jdoc:include type="modules" name="as-search" style="xhtml" /></div>
  3. edit your custom css defined earlier in index.php of you template and define "searchbox1" class so the final result meets your needs

Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.x migration

The whole process unfortunaly is not easy. There are many suggestions posted here and there that one should update/upgrade all extensions on 2.5 installation first and then perform in-place upgrade of joomla 2.5 to 3.x via Joomla Update component st to Short Term Support. It was not working in my case with a "white screen" as a result. Finally I concluded that smooth transition is not the case. Below is my own approach to the problem:

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