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MacRumor is going to move to XF from VB

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Andy.N, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

  2. ENF

    ENF Well-Known Member

    Just shy of 20m posts (19,654,258), will be interesting to see the final result. :)
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  3. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That's awesome. I have been visiting that site for like 15 years.
  4. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    It's really good when the big boards join in. Looking forward to many many more in the future.
  5. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    That's great. Arn has finally seen the light! I badgered them about this ages ago and they didn't seem interested.

    I wonder if it will help sort the community out. Their forums are a extremely toxic these days and rampant with deluded members. No idea why, it used to be a very friendly community but these days if you happen to mention that you own a Samsung monitor or any android devices, you'll likely get your head chewed off by some elitist snob, followed by the usual "Samdung suck LOL" childish comments.
  6. Pereira

    Pereira Well-Known Member

    That's pretty cool. It's one of the very few forums that I visit that still uses vB.

    There will be a lot more nerds and hipsters hearing about and using XenForo now.

    I wonder what they will use as the front page.
  7. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Can't see it changing. Looks like the front page is currently Wordpress or similar and there doesn't appear to be any integration currently other than sharing a similar header template.
  8. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

  9. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    You're right, I spotted a few things that look integrated.

    Maybe they'll move everything over to an XF portal add-on like CTA Featured Threads or maybe they'll use a WP bridge if that's what they are currently using.
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  10. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    Yeap, would be how they decide to integrate their homepage to the forum. Unlike many forum-based website, I go to their homepage more often than forum.
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  11. arn

    arn Active Member

    Hey all. This is arn from MacRumors.

    I'm still working through the migration. I'm using the Big Board Importer, but there are a lot of minor issues I'm dealing with to get the transition right. I'm probably on my 10th export/import using an older backup. Getting there. I am still wrapping my head around Xenforo's way of doing things.

    We use a custom Wordpress for the front page, and we have some slight custom integration with vB, but moving that over to XF shouldn't be a big deal.

    I looked at Xenforo last year seriously, but I didn't feel it or we were quite ready. But at this point, there are enough benefits, that we didn't want to keep investing in vB.

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  12. ENF

    ENF Well-Known Member

    Hi Arn, Thanks for posting this.

    Would you mind keeping a short diary of issued you encountered and how you addressed them?

    This kind of information is invaluable for other large boards even if some issues may be very specific to each individual site.
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  13. Lucas

    Lucas Well-Known Member

    About time! So glad to see MacRumors moving to XenForo!
  14. DaveM

    DaveM Well-Known Member

    Seems like you getting some good feedback from your members on moving over and that always helps
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  15. arn

    arn Active Member

    Will do. A lot of the time I've spent is just understanding what is going on, both in the importer code and Xenforo.

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  16. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    Glad to see that it's actually going to happen. You know where to reach me if you need additional help :)
  17. IcEWoLF

    IcEWoLF Well-Known Member

    @arn I suggest checking with @Slavik about it, he has helped many people with big boards switching things over to XenForo...he might be able to offer a hand...
    grahamperrin and Slavik like this.
  18. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    He is using the big board importer which is less "turnkey" than the web-based one. He has contacted me about some issues and they have all been resolved so far.
    grahamperrin, TheBigK, Lucas and 3 others like this.
  19. Valhalla

    Valhalla Well-Known Member

    I hope the migration goes well, @arn.
  20. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    Ahh.. now I see!

    I read the title as "MacRumor is going to move from XF to VB" o_O

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