XF 1.2 Import from vB 4.2.1 to Xenforo 1.2 help


I have been searching the forum and cannot find exactly what I am looking for. If you all could help me out it would be greatly appreciated.

I am looking to move from vB 4.2.1 to Xenforo 1.2...below are some questions...
  • I use vBSEO...how do I redirect my current URLs to XF 1.2?
  • I use vBSEO "likes"...can I import them to XF "likes"?
  • I use "social groups"...can I import them to something like this...http://xenforo.com/community/resources/social-groups-for-xenforo.267/. If so...how do I do this?
  • I use the branded version of Tapatalk for iOS and Android...I'm assuming the switch is simple with this...let me know if you have any experience.
  • How long will the import take?
  • What data will not come over to XF?
  • How do I do this all so there is little to no downtime for my members?
  • What importer should I use? My forum has about 220,000 posts and it runs on a cloud server from stormondemand.com.
  • Anything else I should know?
Thank you for the help.

Edit: Sorry...forum is http://www.chalkbucket.com

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
With 200k posts the import will take a couple hours.

You need to contact the author of that social group addon about importing data from vB into that addon.

Use the official vB4 importer that is built-in to XenForo unless you need to import blogs, albums, cms articles, or social groups. This unofficial importer will import those things as threads:


Here is one way to handle vBSEO likes:


Then the vbseo likes will be imported as part of the positive reputation module in either importer. You don't need to run the other "thanks" or "likes" modules. Only "positive reputation" which is imported as likes.

I can help with redirects once your import is complete. Just give me an example of an old and new thread URL so I can provide exact instructions for your import. Or use this general tool:

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Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
Ok. I can see that XF is in the same directory where vB was, and the ids are the same.

Add this to the top of XenForo's .htaccess file inside of the /forums directory:

RewriteEngine On

RewriteRule ^[^/]+/([0-9]+)-.+\.html$ /forums/index.php?threads/$1/ [R=301,L]
That should do it.
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