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Shared LAMP hosting • WordPress 6.0.1 • Using CiviCRM for over a decade on Dreamhost • Current CiviCRM version: 5.38.0

First Question:

I'd like the ESR 5.45, as recommended, but when I go to this page,

https://lab.civicrm.org/esr/core/-/releases

as suggested here:

Where to Download 5.13.7 ESR

or even if I log with a CiviCRM account in and click the link to the same destination, I get a 404.

I know thinking of CiviCRM as a WordPress plugin is a bit like the tail wagging the dog, but is it possible there might just be a list of releases like they do with WordPress, easily accessible and zipped for download for WordPress and other CMS users without having to use Git? Including the ESR versions? Because documentation suggests such a page existed once... Why was it removed? (Okay that's a third, ancillary question.)

Second Question:

When I try to install CiviCRM 5.52.0, I get this response:

CiviCRM 5.52.0 requires MySQL trigger privileges

Dreamhost shared hosting doesn't allow triggers. So I reinstalled the old CiviCRM 5.38.

If the ESR 5.45 requires triggers, we'll need to try a different hosting situation. Shoestring budget here... I've been keeping this updated since 2006. Does the latest ESR (5.45.7) require triggers? Version 5.38.0 apparently doesn't. If so, I'll need to look at more advanced MySQL hosting options.

Thanks in advance.

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    A couple clarifications: That trigger message has been there for years - did something change at dreamhost? For ESR, maybe you already know but you have to log in to civicrm.org using an account that has paid for ESR, otherwise you will get a 404. For git, I'm not sure what you mean - the civicrm wordpress download is a zip file, e.g. download.civicrm.org/civicrm-5.52.1-wordpress.zip
    – Demerit
    Aug 13, 2022 at 1:43
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    There's an archive of downloads at sourceforge.net/projects/civicrm/files/civicrm-stable. For ESR, if you're sure the account you're logging in with has paid the ESR fee for access, then you could try either emailing [email protected] or contact Josh in chat.civicrm.org.
    – Demerit
    Aug 13, 2022 at 2:06
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    Sign up for ESR here: civicrm.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=64, but NOTE: 5.45 is 6 months old - the next ESR will be 5.51, and then you will have the same trigger problem.
    – Demerit
    Aug 13, 2022 at 2:10
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    2006 is impressive. any reason to go for ESR rather than standard release?
    – petednz - fuzion
    Aug 14, 2022 at 21:13
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    Standard Civi is free, it's just the extended support aspect that isn't. Why not switch to other hosting that supports Civi? eg civihosting.com
    – Aidan
    Aug 22, 2022 at 12:29

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