Over coming month, I am going to spend time updating my website to the latest version of Joomla. The last time I tried to automate this it caused major problems and I had to restore to a previous version. I have decided to take the manual approach by separating the 2 sites and when I have the newer version updated, I plan to point my hosting to the new folder. The only problem with this route, is that I will probably lose several years of articles that I have posted on my site. I plan to bring over the last several years worth by hand, but unfortunately I will not bring it all.
thanks for your support