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Installation & Migration-- best practive advice

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by jmueller0823, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. jmueller0823

    jmueller0823 New Member

    We have a web site re-build in progress,

    The new site is under dev.sitename.com

    Ideally, I'd like to purchase, install, migrate (from phpBB), and test in the dev location. However,
    if we do the install in the dev sub-domain. I'm thinking we may have issues later after we move to the main site location (path locations, etc.)

    So, would a better approach be to wait until after we go-live and THEN do the XF install?
    I would keep the old phpBB db intact for the migration.

    What are your thoughts?

    I would prefer to install in dev, because we have time now to do that prior to launch.
    However, if it means waiting for a less risky install, I'm willing to do that.

    Thanks much.
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    No, you can install on a dev and move it at a later date. All you'll need to do is update a setting in the control panel telling the software where your install is.
  3. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    The best practice?
    • Backup
    This is so simple and so easy, but so many people forget to do this any time they make any changes. Doesn't matter if you're importing, upgrading, tweaking, adding, removing, or moving... Making a backup can save you.

    That is the best advise I can give

    (2nd would be to read up things completely. Doing a little homework on everything is a good thing).

    The above applies to not only XenForo, but any online work you do. ;)
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  5. jmueller0823

    jmueller0823 New Member

    Cool. So a simple Control Panel setting change after we move the installation.
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The FAQ explains it:

    How can I move my installation to a different directory?
    Update the Board URL in the ACP -> Options -> Basic Board Information and move the files to the new directory. You may need to restart the server for the change to take effect.

    How can I move my installation to a different domain or host?
    Backup the existing database and server files. Copy them to the new domain/server and update the library/config.php file with the new database details as required. It may be necessary to set permissions for the dataand internal_data directories to world writeable (CHMOD 0777). Lastly, update the Board URL in the ACP -> Options -> Basic Board Information, if it has changed.
    Note that if you are moving to a different type of web server and have Friendly URLs enabled, you will need to make the appropriate changes. Refer to the Friendly URLs section of the XenForo Manual for more details.

  7. 3L33T

    3L33T New Member

    Agreed to your sentiments 100% !! But if I may respectfully add...a backup is only as good if it can be restored so test Test TEST your restore strategy as well. :D
    Adam Howard likes this.

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