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Changing Domains After A Conversion

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

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.

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.