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How many importer options does xF have?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Brandon Sheley, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I know vBulletin has several systems they'll support to import into vBulletin, but I'd like to know what options we have with xF?

    I saw an option to import vb4 and vb3 into xf, what about phpbb, mybb, smf, ubb..etc...?

    This will greatly determine if I switch my site over to xF since I'm constantly importing new forums into mine.

  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Importing is covered here: http://xenforo.com/help/importing/
    phpBB is the next importer to be developed.

    In addition, this is from the FAQ:

    Which importers/converters are available?
    As of 27 May 2011, there were the following importers available:
    • There are official vBulletin 3.6 and vBulletin 3.7/3.8 importers built in to the software.
    • There is an official IP.Board 3.1.x importer built in to the software.
    • An unofficial vBulletin 4.0/4.1 importer is available as an add-on.
    • An unofficial PunBB 1.2/1.3 importer is available as an add-on.
    • An unofficial SMF 2 importer is currently being developed.
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  3. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    Thanks Brogan, just what I was looking for.
    Hopefylly mybb gets added to the list shortly :)

    ps... do many ppl use punbb?
    I rarely see sites on that script for sale is what I ask.
  4. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Brandon, quite a few people have used vB to import their forums to vB then over to XF.
  5. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    Hi Peggy,

    I've seen that and that's great!
    The way I'm building the majority of my forum is buy purchasing other forums so I need to have several import options. :)
  6. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Sounds good.

    BTW I really like your forum skin. It has a fun feel to it, unique, as well.
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  7. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    Thanks Peggy :)

    btw.. I clicked "watch this thread" but when I view my watched threads, this didn't show up?
    Maybe I don't understand how this option works..?
  8. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    It shows only unread watched threads. There's a link underneath the list to show ALL.
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  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  10. el canadiano

    el canadiano Active Member

    The punBB importer, if I recall correctly, was released because the author made a custom one for someone else.
  11. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    That sounds right - because I never even heard of that board before!
    Maybe there is hope, then, of an eventual Expression Engine importer!
  12. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    Glad he/she shared it :)

    I've heard of punbb before, it'd not as widely used as say phpbb...

    Also is there a video or screenshots of an import, are they all the same like in vbulletin?

  13. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    A friend on our forum brought up a good point that I could always import whatever script I'd get, into vBulletin 3 or 4, than into xf.. so the system options issue has resolved for me.

    I'd still like input on this.
    Any feedback from those who have ran Paul M's vB > xF importer would be greatly appreciated.

  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The import process is just a series of steps, some mandatory, some optional, which you step through.

    You configure the DB information and the attachments path.

    It's very simple and straightforward, with only duplicate accounts/emails addresses which need anything doing with.

    Many people have used Paul M's importer, there's quite a bit of feedback in the add-on thread.
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  15. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the help so far, I just picked up a license to play around with :D
    I know I saw a thread about how to import vBulletin blogs to a forum post on xf but I'm having troubles finding it.
    Can someone kindly post a link to it :whistle:


    *oh nvm, I see it's in the vb4 importer *

    off to play :love:
  16. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    You can also contact Onimua when he is back to have him convert blog posts to his LN Blog add-on.
  17. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about that and I'm just going to setup a subforum for all the past and future "blog" post.
    Maybe at some point I'll be able to stlye the layout of those threads but this will work for now.
    Not everyone on the site has access to the blogs as is, only contributors and or supporters.
    I'm actually importing my post right now, several of us (the members and I) are excited to start checking out the options!
  18. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    Just an FYI: The script to convert a forum into blogs is already done and works fine. :) The blogs also have user group options to control who can comment, create options, or even see the blog at all.
  19. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I did see it and it looked nice, but I've been burned before with adding a bunch of content into a 3rd part blog/journal/etc. Than the script not being updated, so I'm a bit cautious this time around.
    I think the idea I have will work just fine for the members that want their own space.
  20. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    One thing I'm missing is an auto backup like Paul M's for vBulletin.
    Is there one for xF already that will take a backup once a night?
    I know I can do it with a task from the server, but I'm interested if there is a xF addon that will do it as well?


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