Looking for a developer who can help with vB4 to XF .htaccess redirects


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Re: https://xenforo.com/community/threads/vbulletin-4-x-url-redirection.26935/page-14#post-1128447

I'm looking for a developer well-versed in vBulletin and Xenforo conversions as concerns .htaccess rewrites/redirection as concerns the
vBulletin 4.x URL Redirection script.

Okay. Here are the details about the conversion:
vBadvanced installed in the root directory - vBulletin installed in "forums" directory - PhotoPost Pro and DBSEO installed.
Currently XenPorta2 installed with XF in root directory - articles/ as Index Page Route with XFMG installed.

Root directory .htaccess file:
# php -- BEGIN cPanel-generated handler, do not edit
# Set the “ea-php56” package as the default “PHP” programming language.
<IfModule mime_module>
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .php5 .phtml
# php -- END cPanel-generated handler, do not edit

RewriteEngine On
#RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
#RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://sitename.com/$1 [R=301,L]
Forums directory .htaccess file:
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On

# If you are having problems or are using VirtualDocumentRoot, uncomment this line and set it to your vBulletin directory.
RewriteBase /forums/

# If you are having problems with the rewrite from content/ to content.php, uncomment this line to turn MultiViews off.
#Options -MultiViews

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(admincp/|dbseocp/|modcp/|cron|mobiquo|forumrunner|api\.php|reviewpost/|classifieds/|photopost/)
RewriteRule ^((archive/)?(.*\.php(/.*)?))$ dbseo.php [L,QSA]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !/(admincp|dbseocp|modcp|clientscript|cpstyles|images|reviewpost|classifieds|photopost)/
RewriteRule ^(.+)$ dbseo.php [L,QSA]
URL Structure:
Old VB4: https://sitename.com/forums/dimensional-signs.html
New XF: https://sitename.com/forums/dimensional-signs.166/

Old VB4: https://sitename.com/forums/polls/137068-lamination-roll.html
NewXF: https://sitename.com/threads/lamination-roll.137068/ (am I doing something wrong here? should 'forums' be in the url?)

I'm having a terrible time grasping the concept of this .htaccess redirect/rewrite stuff and am seeking assistance immediately from someone familiar with implementing the correct code.

This should be a rather simple project. I've been told that it should take no more than an hour or two for someone familiar with the process. So I'm looking for someone who can give me a decent rate for 1 or 2 hours of your time; someone who will assure that the old vBulletin urls will redirect to the new Xenforo link structure.

Please state your rates and/or PM me for further details.
I need someone who can immediately assist. Thanks so much!



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