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Last step before purchase: Conversion Plan

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by pjkenned, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. pjkenned

    pjkenned Member


    This has been covered a few times before in older threads but after a reach out or two with no response I am looking for a quick conversion plan for my current site. Here's the setup:
    • vB 4.2.1 with vbseo
    • ~30k posts and 3k users
    • MariaDB backend
    • nginx for web server
    • CentOS base Linux OS
    • Currently no upload capabilities are turned on for users so the db is very small
    I think my steps will be:
    • New VM on one of the nodes setup with CentOS, nginx + php-fpm (this is fairly easy)
    • Have third party migrate data from vB server to XF server
    • Have third party ensure links are maintained across systems
    • Hoping this will be transparent to users (e.g. no need to re-enter passwords and etc.) Also hoping to keep many of the permissions that are currently in place.
    • Live through a bit of pain for a few hours while logos are updated and such
    • Start VM replication to get failover setup (super easy)
    • Copy VM instance to build a dev/ sandbox instance to test addons before moving to production
    Any feedback on this or recent similar experiences on third parties that can help do the conversion? I am still looking for that third party. Targeting 14 - 176 March for this. Any experiences with third parties that can do this type of conversion would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I was going to add this to the ticket but it's very easy to do an import using the built in importer.
    There's a general guide here: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/importing-guidelines.25325/

    Essentially though, the actual import itself is all done via the ACP and just involves entering some data and clicking a few buttons.
  3. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    I can do most of the things you've listed.
    Pm me if interested.
  4. pjkenned

    pjkenned Member

    Thank you so much. I saw that. Only part I am (very) worried about is the vbseo part. May just purchase and give it a try.
  5. Claudio

    Claudio Well-Known Member

    We've migrated many vb boards with vbseo installed. Send me a message if you are interested :)
  6. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    You won't need it. Google will find your site fast. Many sites have experienced this. Both with redirects and without. :)

    If your site is on root of the domain; again: You won't need it.
  7. Claudio

    Claudio Well-Known Member

    Broken links have highly negative impact on Google search engine ranking...
  8. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    I know, but xenForo comes with redirection scripts of their own, so any "broken" pages will go back to the main page, so whatever you had before - will be rejected and then google will start to look at your new site. I've experienced this already without redirects.
  9. pjkenned

    pjkenned Member

    I tend to want to keep links the same. Google is one component. The other is that we do have links from the main (WordPress) site to the forums.

    I am still looking for help with this but have setup a CentOS 6.5 VM with Centminmod to make life a bit easier on the maintenance. Luckily I can checkpoint and revert the VM now.

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