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Changing Domains After A Conversion

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by Brent W, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member


    It has been a few months since I have moved from vBulletin to xenForo on one site. I have a new domain name for it that I wish to use but still wish to keep the vB redirects working properly (Using the provided 3.8 redirects in the Resource Manager).

    Can someone provide me with a guideline on how to best move to the new domain name while keeping the old vB links working?

    I imagine it would go something like this:

    vB links: Showthread.php?t-100 > Domianold.com xenForo Links > Domainnew.com xenForo Links
  2. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Have your web host park the new domain on your existing site. Update your board URL:

    Admin CP -> Home -> Options -> Basic Board Information -> Board URL

    That should be it. The redirect scripts use the Board URL in the redirect so they should automatically update.
  3. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

    What about the old domain urls? Guess I am not quite seeing the full picture.
  4. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Add the red code to XF's .htaccess file:

    #	Mod_security can interfere with uploading of content such as attachments. If you
    #	cannot attach files, remove the "#" from the lines below.
    #<IfModule mod_security.c>
    #	SecFilterEngine Off
    #	SecFilterScanPOST Off
    ErrorDocument 401 default
    ErrorDocument 403 default
    ErrorDocument 404 default
    ErrorDocument 500 default
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    	RewriteEngine On
    	RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^newdomain\.com$
    	RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://newdomain.com/forum/$1 [R=301,L]
    	#	If you are having problems with the rewrite rules, remove the "#" from the
    	#	line that begins "RewriteBase" below. You will also have to change the path
    	#	of the rewrite to reflect the path to your XenForo installation.
    	#RewriteBase /xenforo
    	#	This line may be needed to enable WebDAV editing with PHP as a CGI.
    	#RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
    	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
    	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -l [OR]
    	RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
    	RewriteRule ^.*$ - [NC,L]
    	RewriteRule ^(data/|js/|styles/|install/|favicon\.ico|crossdomain\.xml|robots\.txt) - [NC,L]
    	RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [NC,L]
    Change the domain name appropriately. And change /forum to match the name of your forum root. Or remove it if the forum is installed in the web root.
    Brandon Sheley likes this.
  5. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

    Excellent. Works perfectly. Thanks

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