Migration and Specialty Import Services - including Incremental Imports

MySiteGuy

Well-known member
Experience
Driven 2's has been handling specialty forum development, migration, server administration and consulting since 2008. Our founder has worked with forums since the mid-1990s, including building a huge early "big board", and custom coding one of the first forum photo galleries. We know forums - it's our passion.

From small boards to those with tens of millions of posts, we've handled a variety of forums and unique situations. We have a library of custom scripts we've built over the years, and have handled forum import from software no one else in the world has.

We'll work for you to help insure your migration to Xenforo is a success.

Incremental Imports
We have "incremental" imports available built with in-house tools no one else has. This allows us to do an initial import staging environment, then later import new content from your old forum when your new Xenforo is ready to go live. It can reduce downtime when you "go-live" to seconds or minutes depending on your forum size. This service is available for:
  • Xenforo 1.5 to Xenforo 2.x upgrades
  • MyBB 1.8
  • vBulletin 3.x / 4.x
Available Forum Imports (Contact us if you have a forum not listed!)
  • vBulletin 2.x, 3.x, 4.x and 5.x
  • Invision Community (IPS, IPBoard) 2.x, 3.x and 4.x
  • Wolt Lab Burning Board 2.x through 5.x
  • phpBB 2.x and 3.x
  • WordPress bbPress, SimplePress and wpForo
  • MyBB 1.8
  • UBB.Threads 6.x and 7.x **
  • Drupal Forum 5.7 through 7.x
  • Joomla Kunena 1.x through 5.x
  • Telligent Community Server
  • Discourse
  • SMF 1.x and 2.x
  • Flarum
  • Comma Separated Value files (CSV) for Users, Threads, And Posts
  • DCForum 6.x flat file/Perl and DCF+ (DCForum SQL/PHP)
  • Expression Engine
  • FluxBB 1.5.x
  • FusionBB 2.x
  • Ikonboard 3.x
  • PunBB 1.x
  • Snitz 3.4+
  • Yabb 2.x
  • Vanilla 1.x and 2.x
  • Xoops CMS and Forum (XForum, NewBB, bXPress and cBB)

Add-on Data To Xenforo Add-on Migration

"From" Add-on"To" Xenforo Add-on (or core feature)
Xenforo Bookmarks
  • vbSEO URL redirects
  • DragonByte SEO URL redirects
  • SMF Pretty URLs
  • Custom URL redirects for 3rd party add-on to similar Xenforo add-on URLs.
Xenforo URLs.
Xenforo Reactions.
  • vB 4.x Social Groups
  • vB 5.x Social Forums
[tl] Social Groups or Snogs' Social Groups
  • vB 5.x Social Groups
OzzModz Social Groups
XenPorta, Bob's UBS, Bob's AMS or Xenforo Resource Manager, Xenforo Article Threads
XPress WordPress Bridge
  • Xenforo Resource Manager
Bob's AMS, Bob's UBS or Bob's Showcase
Trader, Feedback System, or Bobs Classified Ads feedback
  • vBulletin DBTech Downloads
  • vB Downloads II
Xenforo Resource Manager
  • vB PhotoPost
  • vB Gallery
  • vBulletin 5.x User Galleries
  • SMF Gallery
  • Coppermine Gallery
  • "Gallery 2" aka Menalto Gallery
  • File system (imports directories as categories, and each directory as an album along with the images)
Xenforo Media Gallery
  • vB DragonByte Shop
DragonByte Shop
  • vB Pro Garage
  • DTO Garage
Xenforo Resource Manager or Bob's Showcase
  • XenPorta
Bob's Showcase or Bob's Article Management System

Service price:
Big boards over 1 million posts: $150 + $25 per each additional million posts (ie: 2 million post forum: $150 + $25 = $175). Boards under 1 million posts are $150. This is for stock vBulletin and Invision installations. Contact us for other platforms or if you have special needs such as add-on data imports.

What is imported? (vBulletin & Invision Community Suite - Other platforms vary)
Forums and permissionsThreadsThread prefixesPosts
PollsUsers and permissionsUser groups and permissionsAttachments
AvatarsCustom BB codes (most cases)Custom SmiliesAdmins, Moderators and permissions
Private MessagesVisitor Messages (profile posts)vB Blogs to threadsURL redirects

Migrations can either be handled on one of our powerful servers and then transferred to your server, or the entire process on your server.

*Bonus for VBulletin 4.x CMS:
Xenforo's native vB4 CMS import does not correctly import the article text in many cases. Instead, it creates a post with a note that the article can be found by following a link (and the link doesn't work). We have a custom importer that handles these type of entries, and it also comes with a custom redirection script to correctly handle redirecting vB CMS articles.

Note: We do not work on the sites whose content features or promotes human trafficking, harm to people or animals, violates the rights of third-parties (including "warez", and unlicensed software) or discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.
 
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RisingSun

Member
Review: In December 2018, our 4WD club contracted with @MySiteGuy to handle our forum migration from vBulletin 3.8.11 to the latest version of XenForo. The process was painless -- he took care of all the heavy lifting during the entire process. Here are some things that were really good:
  • The process was fast. The old forum had been backed up completely and the new forum was up and running in less than 24 hours.
  • Good Practices. He has a defined process that preserves the capability to roll back if necessary. Nothing is put at risk (and we have 13 years of posts that we didn't want to lose). He also helped us move to https for the new forum.
  • Good communication. Where there were tweaks that needed to be made, he responded to my requests within hours and fixed them.
  • Customization was preserved. We had a few things that had been customized over the years (like a ton of smileys unique to our club). He took care of keep these and bringing them over to the new forum.
  • Knowledge of forums and software. We asked a ton of very detailed questions. MySiteGuy was our reliable guru with solid answers that helped.
Now that we're on XenForo, we are hoping we won't need to migrate again for a while, but we would use him again in a heartbeat if we needed to.

Our forum is here in case you're interested.
 
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Elizabeth

Well-known member
Review:
Around the middle of Feb 2019, I contacted @MySiteGuy to handle the upgrade from version 1.5.6 to 2.1.
He was able to handle the upgrade without issue. I tried doing myself but kept running into problems with such a major upgrade.
He was quick and the price was in keeping with such an undertaking.

Wholeheartedly recommend him.

My forum is located here if you would like to check it out.
 

MySiteGuy

Well-known member
First post updated with this additional info:

Bonus for VBulletin 4.x CMS:
The Xenforo 2.x VB4 CMS importer does not correctly import the article text in many cases. Instead, it creates a post with a note that the article can be found by following a link (and the link doesn't work). We have a custom importer which not only handles this situation, but it also comes with a custom redirection script to correctly handle redirecting VB CMS articles.
 

Devin79

Member
Review:
I cannot say enough great things about @MySiteGuy !

I had a 12 year old vbulletin 4 forum with hundreds of thousands of posts. I had no idea what I was doing. He took my backup, cleaned it up and imported it flawlessly into xenforo for me. Everything was exactly as it was before. He communicated the whole way, and completed the job in 1 day! Even followed up to make sure I was happy.

Absolute lifesaver!

Highly recommend and would absolutely use his services again.
 

Ovro

Member
Hello, I'd like to get a quote and make an order. I'm migrating from vB 4 with VBSEO installed to Xenforo 2.1.

Please get in touch.
 

MySiteGuy

Well-known member
Hello, I'd like to get a quote and make an order. I'm migrating from vB 4 with VBSEO installed to Xenforo 2.1.

Please get in touch.

Sorry, I did not see this post until today. I can get quite busy with migrations, and the best way to get my attention is via my web site, or starting a conversation. :)
 

MySiteGuy

Well-known member
I'm happy to announce Driven 2 now supports the following forum migrations:
  • DCForum 6.x (Perl, flat file DCForum)
  • DCF 1.x (PHP and MySQL DCForum)
Items imported:
Users
User groups
Categories and Forums
Threads and Posts
Polls
Attachments
Private Messages
Moderators and Admins

Contact us for scheduling and pricing.
 

MySiteGuy

Well-known member
We now support Joomla CMS to Xenforo 2.x Resource Manager imports in addition to our previous Joomla CMS > Xenforo 1.x Resource Manager imports. Contact us for scheduling and pricing.
 
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MySiteGuy

Well-known member
We now support Coppermine to Xenforo 2.x Media Gallery imports! Contact us for scheduling and pricing.
 
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