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considering xenforo, converting from IPB.. questions

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by ratty988, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. ratty988

    ratty988 New Member

    Hello,

    i am considering converting from IPB to xenforo. Not because I am not happy with IPB, I am. I just like to do new things, and I feel like my forum could use something.. new (plus IPS is taking FOREVER to release 4.0 and i desire a responsive forum) :)

    • As I'm sure you know IPB has some official addons, like Gallery, Chat etc. So I am wondering what is the best way to create an xenforo board to have both of these necessary features...
    • Are there any known issues converting IPB to xenforo?
    • My board has a lot of images linked from the IP. gallery to posts on the forums. How does the converter handle this? Would my pictures be lost in the threads that have linked images?
    That's all I can think of for now. Thank you for your help.
     
  2. ratty988

    ratty988 New Member

    nevermind (y)
     
  3. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    Cant help with the chat, but can with the gallery.

    I converted my VB gallery to Xen Media Gallery, but Im not sure if there is an IP.Gallery importer. XenGallery lists an importer for IP.Gallery.

    Images linked with BB code should still work with proper redirects in place. Images directly linked will no longer work unless you keep the old gallery folders and files. Another option is to convert directly linked image to forum attachments. I modified this addon to only convert images linked to my old gallery and to clean up some BB code.
     
  4. Ridemonkey

    Ridemonkey Well-Known Member

    You might be able to use .htaccess rewrites to link old direct-linked gallery embeds to new ones if the importer will retain the file identifier or file name. That's what I did for directly embedded attachments.

    In any event, Xen Media Gallery is excellent.

    I haven't used them, but there are a couple chat plugins, e.g.:
    https://xenforo.com/community/resources/taigachat-ajax-shoutbox.115/
     
  5. Dan Hawkins

    Dan Hawkins Active Member

    Take a look through the resources available, as mentioned Xen Media Gallery is a good shout - https://xenforo.com/community/resources/elegance.2420/
    Chat - https://xenforo.com/community/resources/taigachat-ajax-shoutbox.115/ or CometChat.com

    You can't transfer passwords - I don't think? Well my forum went from vB5 > IPB > XF and I lost passwords.... Could just be the vB5 integration (hate that software)

    If attached to the posts, they will be attachments in XF... However, they are likely to be lost if not attached.
     
  6. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure it was because it was a double import (from VB5 to IPB <passwords carried over> then to XF, which because of the earlier conversion they did not). This is a normal problem with a double import like that. If it is a software that there is an existing official converter for, there should be no password problems.
     
  7. Dan Hawkins

    Dan Hawkins Active Member

    Thought it might be :(

    Okay ignore that bad advice, thanks for correcting me Tracy :)
     

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