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How Do I Import Another Xenforo Forum Into an Existing One?

Discussion in 'Installation, Upgrade, and Import Support' started by DRE, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I have no time to work on my first xenforo website www.BlackGamer.net so I would like to move everyone and their threads over to my other xenforo website www.The8thLegion.com How do I do this? I do not see a export option in Tools. I only see Import. My first site, The 8th Legion was originally a vBulletin site so I was going to import everyone to a vbulletin installation on a The8thLegion subdomain then import them to the8thlegion xenforo root. I learned later that there is no xenforo to vbulletin convertor. So does there one exist for free forum programs like myBB? or is there a way I can transfer over my blackgamer forum members and threads over to the8thlegion?
     
  2. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    If I back up members passwords in phpadmin, create their accounts, repost their old threads, change author and thread and posts creation date with XenFans Thread Tools mod then change the thread views count in phpadmin then i wouldnt need an importer since there are only 100 something messages.
     
  3. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  4. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

    is IPB the only one that has one? I would also like to import two xenforo boards together but I have to find a middle program like IPB to do it.
     
  5. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    To my knowledge. I know vB doesn't have one. I don't see one for phpBB.
     
  6. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Well-Known Member

    Is there a policy reason for not having a XenForo to XenForo importer? I'd have thought that would be a default option for a forum system as advanced as this one and a far more pressing concern than things like a resource manager, etc
     
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Therein lies the problem.

    Others consider the Resource Manager, thread prefixes, user group promotions, warnings, etc. to be more important than a direct XenForo importer.

    Based on the relatively few times a direct XenForo importer has been requested, I would be inclined to agree.

    It's simply a case of prioritising the most wanted features.
     
  8. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Well-Known Member

    Add-ons will always be more popular than standard features.
     
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Other than the RM, everything else I mentioned is a core feature introduced in 1.1.
     
  10. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

    Most software have a forum to forum importer, I believe vB and IPB both do.
     
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  11. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    You ever end up doing this?
     
  12. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    vbulletin does have a XenForo importer

    you have 2 popular choices

    import using vb or ipb as the middle man

    I recently imported my xf to my other xf install using vbulletin 4 as the middle man.
     
  13. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    Was the version of ImpEx with XF publicly released then? I know there was one floating around at one point.
     
  14. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    Dan Hutter documented his move on admin talk, there is a link to the impex modual released at vb.org
     
  15. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    So a xf > vb4 > xf import requires the passwords of the newly imported/merged users to be reset?
     
  16. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    Weird that vB hasn't released it; you'd think that they would be wanting converts back into the fold.

    Thanks for the link; as I shutter some sites I'll be trying to consolidate the content somewhere.
     
  17. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I believe that passes need set regardless if you use ipb or vb as the middle man?
    We have another thread that's more in-depth, I'll see if I can find it. (here is my xf to xf thread but still not the one I'm thinking of)
    Wierd or anoying.
    It's always good to have options :)
     
  18. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Did you have any issues with using vb4 as the middleman? How did you setup your redirects from the old to the new xf?
     
  19. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I kind of went the lazy way around it, just redirected everything over from sitea.com/ to the siteb.com/
    so sitea.com/t1/ my or may not of matched up to siteb.com/t1/ but I was okay with that route, it worked itself out on google pretty quick and all new post were reindexed under siteb.com.
     
  20. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Is there a big SEO advantage to redirect all the urls from the old forum to the new one, instead of letting Google just recrawl my site?

    If the old forum is overrun with spam would Google penalize that site/domain? And if I were to 301 redirect all the non spam threads (I plan on cleaning that site up before transferring it) to my site, could that cause any adverse effects on my site?
     

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