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I want to switch to Xenforo, but I have many concerns...

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Amin Sabet, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    Don't know whether to post this in the Pre-Sales forum or this one - please move if I have it in the wrong place. Some of my questions are about Xenforo, and some relate to what is possible through addons.

    My name is Amin, and I own several photography-related vBulletin 4.x sites:


    My reasons for wanting to switch to Xenforo:
    -Better looking
    -Better performance (based on this)
    -Nice looking and functional mobile version
    -Image and link proxy capable for turning embedded images into https (very important for changing photography forums over to https)
    -Some great addons (I really like the post ratings addon I see at Admin Zone)
    -vB5 doesn't look so great to me
    -Perhaps most importantly of all, my sites are heavily dependent on vBadvanced CMPS, which the developer is not going to support going forward. So the writing is on the wall...

    Some concerns which I hope the community here can comment on:

    1) Is there a way for me to replicate the two column structure I have on my sites currently without messing up the mobile style?

    2) My logged in members see the most recent 20-30 discussions in the right column on every page including thread pages. Guests see most recent 10 discussions. Can I do this in XF?

    3) Is there a way to make it look like vB postbit as opposed to the vB postbit legacy style I see in this forum?

    4) I currently use an "Easy Forms" addon in my "Buy & Sell" forums. To make a listing, members fill out a form, which outputs as a thread. Example here: http://www.mu-43.com/forumdisplay.php?f=17

    Can I do something like that in XF?

    5) I use another addon for members to mark those Buy & Sell threads as completed after a transaction. Can I do something like that with XF?

    6) Can I import Post Thanks and iTrader ratings to XF?

    7) Two of my sites (mu-43 and photographerslounge) use PhotopostPro and one (mu-43) uses ReviewPost. Can those be preserved in the switch?

    8) Each of my sites has a subforum containing threads that are automatically featured on my site front page.

    For example: http://www.mu-43.com/forumdisplay.php?f=108

    gets automatically featured here: http://www.mu-43.com/

    9) My sites have a forum that gets posted to automatically from an Ebay RSS. Example: http://www.mu-43.com/forumdisplay.php?f=93

    Can I do this in XF?

    10) I use a product which automatically replaces specific words with a designated affiliate link. It takes these from an Excel spreadsheet which I manually populate. Here is the product: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=263699&page=4

    Is there a similar addon for XF?

    11) I use an addon to automatically notify members when their posts/threads have been moved, deleted, or edited. Does XF do this?

    12) Just last year I stopped using vBSEO and did all the rewrites necessary to switch over to the vBulletin URLs. Will that present any issues with rewriting now to XF URLs?

    13) Is there anyone who specializes in converting vBulletin sites to Xenforo sites and preserving all the types of features mentioned above? I really want to make the switch, but I don't want to do all the work.

    Thanks for any/all help/comments!
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
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  2. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

    This would be based on the style selected for your sites. There are excellent people who can help style XF.

    Yes. There are ways to do this.

    Yes. This is based on the style you choose and build.

    A Classified add-on is being built.

    I do not know. Sorry.

    XenReviews.com is a very sophisticated add-on and is in beta. There are also add-ons such as Bob's ShowCase.

    Brogan's add-on for featured threads is the ticket :)

    I don't know. Sorry.

    I don't know. Sorry.

    This is a core feature in XenForo.

    Jake has helped many people with redirects.

    There are numerous people who can help. I'm not one but just wanted you to know that this is a great community. XenForo is well worth the purchase.
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    Thanks, LPH! Very helpful.

    Maybe I should wait for the classified addon to be available, as that is a core feature of my sites...
  4. Snog

    Snog Well-Known Member

  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Snog! That was a very important piece to the puzzle. Now no need to wait for a classifieds addon.

    If I can find someone to do the full conversion from A to Z including all customization for a price I can afford, I will jump on it.
  6. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    4) Not quite the same, but it may work for you

    5) Take a look at this

    6) Take a look at these addons that can import from iTrader

    7) PhotopostPro and ReviewPost work with XF

    8) Take a look at this

    9) Yes

    12) You will just need t correct re-directs. Lots of threads about this.

    I recently switched from VB to XF and everyone loves it!
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Optima! Such a helpful bunch here :).
  8. rafass

    rafass Well-Known Member

    I'm with my licence few days ago and I'm highly impressed with xenForo.
    I'm seriously thinking about to buy more licences for other projects.
    If you move to xenForo, you and your users will love it. I'm 1000000000% sure.
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  9. RvG

    RvG Active Member

    Yes indeed... there are no second thoughts and no regrets. :p
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  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    Another question - I have quite a few members who are subscribers with recurring payments setup through PayPal. From what I understand, I'd have to set up their subscriptions manually after changing to Xenforo. Is it possible to link those subscriptions to their already existant PayPal recurring payments, or do I need to ask each of them to cancel though PayPal and re-subscribe?
  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Recurring subscriptions are not imported so you would have to ask them to cancel and resubscribe.
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    "No pain, no gain" I guess. Thanks for replying.
  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    Couple more questions:

    -Is it true that I can import all photos/comments from my vBulletin site's Photopost Pro into Xenforo Media Gallery and use that going forward?

    -Why are the album covers on this page so low res? -> https://xenforo.com/community/media/

    Not very good looking IMO
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The pre-sales FAQ in my signature lists the importers available with the Media Gallery add-on.
  15. motowebmaster

    motowebmaster Active Member

    My eBay RSS on vb3 had to be re-done to overcome problems, but it works similar for me on Xenforo today:

    One other item on your list was the postbit, which was significant concern for me as well. A Styling Designer created the solution for me, but will say that duplicating a vb postbit has had it's challenges, which I've handled myself.

    Initially continued using PhotoPost Pro for nearly a year, but eventually converted away to Xenforo Media Gallery. A default XF install was fine, but PP-Pro had some issues with a few XF addons.

    You should consider making the change on only one of your sites first, and see how things work out after a while. I think you'll feel more comfortable after some experience.
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  16. dotpro

    dotpro Active Member

    If there is anything better instead of photopost, do let us know. I would switch in a heartbeat!

    So far only wordpress gallery plugins and to some extent IP.Gallery have feature and looks which also integrate with your forum. XF gallery lacks a lot of features, looks and feel... it feels so clunky and like copperminegallery which I left 9 years ago for photopost!!!
  17. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    xenforo media gallery and xenreviews both blow photopost-pro and ReviewPost out of the water.
    contact @Jeff Berry for a xenreviews license or check out the demo on xenreviews.com
    xenforo media gallery can be seen here on xenforo.com
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  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    I've made the jump on 3 of my 5 sites, including the biggest one, and it was really not that tough! Wish I had done it sooner!
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  19. Bubka3

    Bubka3 Active Member

    Any interesting stats to share with us?

    And welcome to XenForo!
  20. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Well-Known Member

    I converted two sites yesterday and one today, so too soon to say stats, but so far so good!

    EDIT: One interesting stat so far is that my APCu caching is getting about 30% more cache requests per second with Xenforo than it was getting for vBulletin 4. I don't know whether there is any significance to that.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2015

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