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XF 1.2 Importing users and some threads from an existing (vb) forum

Discussion in 'Installation, Upgrade, and Import Support' started by Razasharp, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    I am going to import all of my users from one of my vB forums, along with the threads from one of the sections, into my new XF board.

    Should I just do a full import, then delete the threads that are not needed? Or is there a better way? I want to keep the usergroups too.

    The board has over 2 million posts in total, but just 120,000 in the section I want to import (we are extracting a certain part of the site into a dedicated site) hence I'm wondering if there is a better way (mainly because of deleted content and how that might affect HD or DB performance).
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    You cannot selectively import content.
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  3. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jeremy - full import it is then.
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    An alternative option is to make a copy of your vB forum.
    Prune all of the content you don't want by deleting forums, threads, etc.
    Then do the import using the pruned database.
  5. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    Thanks @Brogan, that's an idea too - though I will probably go with deleting via XF cos I am lazy lol
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Be aware that doing it that way will result in large gaps between thread and post IDs.
    You may not be bothered about that but some are.
    So if you would prefer the thread and post IDs to match the quantity of content, do the pruning in vB and select not to retain IDs on import.
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  7. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    Good point - I will create a copy of the forum and do it that way then :)

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