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Merging Forums

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by Cal, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

    I'm in the process of speaking with another political forum about them selling out to me. I would buy their forum and merge it into mine. Does anyone know HOW to do this?

    Their forum is Vbulletin so I would assume I'd have to convert it to xenforo first...but I'm not sure where to go from there.....

    Anyone have any ideas? Mods??
     
  2. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    There is an importer from vBulletin (depending on version) and xenforo, so a merger is pretty painless. :)
     
  3. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

    Can that same importer merge one xenforo database into another xenforo database??
     
  4. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

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  5. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    You can go directly from vBulletin to xenForo but the old urls will not work.
     
  6. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

    Hey Bama, I know you've probably done this in the past. Any guidance on it?

    How do you fix the URL's?

    What's the easiest way to do this?? :coffee:
     
  7. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    All my mergers were done into fresh xenForo installs. If you import into an already established xenForo forum then the thread ids won't match and you can't use redirect rules.
     
  8. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  9. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

    So what would be the best way, if any way to merge those two forums. The primary being mine on an xen platform, and the secondary being on a VB4 platform. I need everything to go into the xen thing.

    Forgive me if I sound dumb....but I just can't wrap my head around this. I have no clue how to do it. I just need it done, and if I can save money by not needing to hire someone to do it, all the same.
     
  10. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    Use the vBulletin > xenForo importer. There is no way that I know of though to make the old urls work once the conversion is over, since you are not doing the conversion into a fresh xenForo install.
     
  11. Nasr

    Nasr Well-Known Member

    Cant you import their forum ontop of your xenforo using the vb importer?
     
  12. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Use the vB4 importer:

    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/vbulletin-4-to-xenforo-importer.256/

    Use these redirect scripts:

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/redirection-scripts-for-vbulletin-3-x.5030/

    They map the old ids to the new ones. This redirect method always works regardless of whether or not the ids were preserved.
     
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  13. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

  14. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

    Agreed, thanks Jake!
     

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