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Considering migration of large forum - feature questions

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by StripersOnline, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. StripersOnline

    StripersOnline New Member

    Greetings. I'm the owner of a large, active forum with about 11,000,000 posts and loads of images. We recently migrated from Huddler to IPB 3.4.7 - it was a nightmare. We are not happy with IPB 3.4.7 and are now down to two options: IPB 4.0 or Xenforo. I've just started poking around Xenforo here...and I like what I see :)

    I have some questions about features:

    1. Can you upload an image directly from a URL? Not a hotlink, but uploading an image to our server directly from a URL so that the image is stored locally.

    2. Can members be banned from individual forums or individual threads without having to create a special group for each forum and then removing the individual from the group for the specific forum you want them removed from?

    3. Are there performance issues with large 'posts' databases - ours is more than 10GB? Would we be likely able to run a forum our size with Xenforo on a single dedicated server (24 cores - 32GB RAM - RAID10) without issue?

    4. There are presently complicated redirects using the old forum database and the IPB forum database for posts, members and images that existed prior to the migration in March - is there a way to migrate or integrate these redirects into Xenforo? That might be better discussed privately, I'm sure this is a tough one to answer without knowing how the redirect scripts presently function :)

    5. When a forum leader edits a post - is there a manner by which admins can see the edit history and see the content that was edited?

    Thanks for you help. Also, could someone contact me with a link to peek at the admin/moderator interface on a test forum so I can check that out? Thanks again.

    Tim Surgent
  2. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    As a specific using the upload a file button, no, you can however use the image proxy, so any hotlinked images are retrieved and stored locally instead.

    Not currently in the core, I believe however there is an addon which does this.

    I don't see any issues there. XenForo is very lightweight out the box.

    To redirect from huddler? Or redirect from IPB? We have IPB redirects available, huddler ones would need to be made specially

    Yes, edit history is standard.

    Set up a demo here: https://xenforo.com/demo/
  3. StripersOnline

    StripersOnline New Member

    Slavik, thank you for the prompt response - I set up a demo and like what I'm seeing. Would it be ok for me to send a couple admins/forum leaders over to check out the demo forum?

    Thanks again.

  4. abdfahim

    abdfahim Active Member

    Demo is meant for public testing without any bound. So I don't see any restriction not to involve as many people as you want.
  5. StripersOnline

    StripersOnline New Member

    Thanks. It looks very promising so far :)
    A few more things:

    1. Is there a converter for IPB gallery to Xenforo gallery?
    2. Is there an option to have a right hand column for things like who's viewing, banners/buttons, etc?

    Is there someone I can email to discuss some specifics about the conversion and how much/little the folks at Xenforo would/could be involved? Thanks again....looks like great software, it has the majority of features we consider very important, right out of the box.

  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The gallery importers are listed here (point 17): https://xenforo.com/community/threads/pre-sales-faq.4951/

    Custom content added to a sidebar would generally require an add-on.

    In general, official support isn't available for imports but community support is available in the dedicated forum.
  7. StripersOnline

    StripersOnline New Member

    Is there an option to pay for support to handle things like the custom redirects that are going to be necessary - or to pay for support to be available very quickly during the import/conversion process? Or, more importantly, someone to pay to check out the existing redirect scripts, how they use parts of the Huddler DB we migrated from and the IPB DB, to see if there's a better way to do the redirects with Xenforo?

    I'm not sure of the rules on this website, I don't want to cross any lines and PM these kind of questions :) Thanks again for your help.

  8. abdfahim

    abdfahim Active Member

    There are several person here who offers big board import help for a fee and I have seen lots of praises by the members. I don't remember all the names, but I believe @Slavik is one of them.

    Edit: @Claudio offers IPB as well
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2015
  9. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I import everything :)
    abdfahim likes this.
  10. abdfahim

    abdfahim Active Member

    My apology :p .. was confused with the linked thread.

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