Today I did an Akeeba backup and then upgraded Joomla and the extensions to the latest versions. I also followed my host's instructions to update my PHP version (per Akeeba's notice that my current version was expiring at the top of the page)
After the Joomla, extensions, and PHP updates everything was working fine. But then I decided to edit a Joomla page and made mistakes that I wanted to correct. I tried to restore the page with "Versions", but it didn't work, so I decided (foolishly) to just restore the site with my recent Akeeba backup (which I've done successfully before.)
In Akeeba, I selected the backup and hit restore. It ran through things, but gave me an error message (I don't recall the exact words) something about being too large (It is a large website). Figuring that it was over and that the restore was over, and seeing no way back, I clicked next and it continued. I followed the instructions to copy the configuration.php file to my root. There was nothing I could see to do but to click next and continue...
At that point my site didn't load and gave an error message (again I don't recall - I think it's the same one I'm getting: now.)
So, I decided to just get Kickstart and restore the site that way. I downloaded the recent version, and copied the files and my backup file to /public_html. (I have done this successfully several times before), but when I go to www.civilwarrichmond.com/kickstart.php . I get this error message:
Warning: session_start(): Failed to read session data: user (path: /home/civilwar/tmp) in /home/civilwar/public_html/libraries/joomla/session/handler/native.php on line 260
Error: Failed to start application: Failed to start the session
I don't know what do do now!!
I welcome any suggestions....
Is it because I changed the PHP version (I've changed it back on my host - I use :Liquid Web - and still get the same error)
Is it because my database is too big (Akeeba doesn't tell me that when I do a successful backup)?
What did I do wrong?? I'm desperate and really need some help.
I would appreciate any help you can give me. PLEASE!!
Thank you so much!