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From Vbulletin 4 to XenForo

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Andrea Marucci, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    Hello and compliments for the software. Very good one and innovative.

    I would like to go from VB4 to XF but I've obviously, a few questions

    1 - Since here there's not a Blog what happens to all the blog entries? Do you plan to have a blog in XF?
    2 - I've some mod installed but nothing vital. One of them is vital though, and it's the calendar. We use tha calendar to fix some events and I've installed a mod so that the users can subscribe to these events. This mod is, as said, vital, so I would need the calendar and the possibility for the members to subscribe.

    Can you tell me something about these issues?
  2. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    Forgot one thing. My forum is a paid one so I would need that all the users pay a yearly fee that is managed through the forum software. Is XF able to manage that?
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There's a help manual on importing here: http://xenforo.com/help/importing/

    Here's the 4.x import add-on thread: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/vbulletin-4-importer.5726/
    * Import of Social Groups, Blogs & Articles (including attachments) to a set of forums viewable by Staff only.

    There is no confirmation either way as to whether a blog will or won't be in the core, there is an add-on blog available though.

    There is also an events add-on.

    User upgrades are included in the core: http://xenforo.com/help/user-upgrades/
  4. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    Well, I've clicked on this link


    but when I read the thread and I click on one of the images, I got this error. Why? (please note that I'm logged in through my FB account.

    XenForo Community - Error

    You do not have permission to view this page or perform this action.
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  6. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    Thanks Brogan. Last question is if you, or someone on your behalf, will provide a service for migrating a forum from VB4 to XF. Obviously for a fee and, just in case, how much is that fee...

    I'm seriously thinking about leaving VB4 and XenForo is one of the best forum script available out there. The only problem is that I've many doubt about that migration since I don't know XF and I don't know what issue can arise doing such a migration. If you can provide a migration service, this can surely be what I need to decide.
  7. Dodgeboard

    Dodgeboard Well-Known Member

    I went from vb4 to XF and used Pauls migration script (I could link to it but you wont be able to see it until you are a registered owner of XF) to migrate the forum. Was very easy! Plus- the blogs got imported to an invisible forum. There's a script being created to import those back into blogs (LN Blogs).

    It's pretty easy...but if you absolutely do not want to do it, there's many many members on here advertising their installation/migration services from between $15-$50.
  8. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    unfortunately I've no time now to follow such a migration so I prefer to outsource that one to an expert member or a XF crew that can do this for me. Can you tell me where can I find such services? (supposed that XF staff cannot do it)
  9. Dodgeboard

    Dodgeboard Well-Known Member

    Staff offers installation services for around $50 ( probably a little extra for migration)

    Installation and Upgrade Services Available

    For customers that are uncomfortable doing installations or upgrades themselves, we now provide official installation and upgrade services for $50.

    Just use the contact us form below to get a quote.
  10. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    Thanks Dodgeboard. Another question about XF and smartphones. I use Tapatalk to see the forum on some smartphones. How's XenForo about mobile?
  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    XenForo doesn't offer a migration service at this time unfortunately.
  12. Dodgeboard

    Dodgeboard Well-Known Member

    There are several members that offer migration services. You can also get migration services on xenfans.com. Tapatalk is also available for Xenforo.

    Once you buy the software, you will be able to see all the forums and then hire an installer for migration.

    Here's Tapatalk for XF:

  13. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    You can use xenfans.com, I believe they have a migration service nice and cheap. Honestly, it is that easy, you can do it yourself for zero effort.
  14. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    What I really need is someone that know well VB and XF and, seeing my actual forum, can tell me what I'll lose in the migration. There are some things I don't rely on but others I need badly and I cannot afford to loose in the migration. I can trust you that the migration is simple but with 600 or more users, some of them paying ones, I cannot afford to make mistakes...
  15. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Then xenfans is the way to go.
  16. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    Thanks. I'll ask Xenfans. One friend that know VB and XF told me tht it's better to wait for a, say, 1.5 release of XF since now VB has too many features that XF doesn't have. My actual board is not heavy modded but I don't want to loose some important data.
  17. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    While that may be true, and I am not so sure it is...as many features VB has either don't work well or are mods (the cms comes to mind, and yes I came from vb myself), the mods that VB has don't always play well with each other. The mods here however, are many and climbing fast and all play well with each other.
  18. Andrea Marucci

    Andrea Marucci New Member

    If it's so easy I would like to try before making this step but I don't know if it's possible to have a demo license to try the migration...
  19. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  20. AndreaMarucci

    AndreaMarucci Well-Known Member

    Floris from XenFans has done a test import and everything gone well except for the attachments that was not correctly imported since they does not appear inline in the post but as thumbs attached to the post. Also if you click on the attach XF tell you that the image cannot be found. I've posted a request to Paul and I'm waiting for his reply.

    Note that in my board all the attach and avatars are kept in the file system and not in the DB; maybe to make the import script work well it's necessary to have attachments and avatars kept in the DB in the original forum...

    Anyone has some ideas?

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