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Move one vBulletin forum using vbSEO to new XF site

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by jdeg, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

    I have one forum (and it's sub-forums) on a vBulletin install with vbSEO that I would like to move to an entirely new XF site. I wanted to make sure I have to process down before I start moving things.
    1. Copy database to new XF site
    2. Import everything
    3. Prune other forums and users that are not needed
    4. Write redirects from original site to new site using modified version of http://tools.geekpoint.net/xfseo/ (modified to include an individual forum)

    Is there anything I'm missing? Has anyone done this successfully?
     
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    This correct, I don't see anything missing. Plenty people have moved.
     
  3. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

    Right, but I haven't seen anyone move an individual forum of a site to an entirely new site while leaving the other forums on the origin site in tact.
     
  4. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    My test forum is an example of that.
    I have my VB forum at mysite.com/forum.
    I imported it to mydomain.net/forum, as an XF forum.
    It's fully functional but password protected, search engines cannot find it.

    As soon as I'll be ready to setup XF as mysite.com/forum I'll do it without pain.
     
  5. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

    @whynot - The entire site or just one forum within the site?
     
  6. Steve10

    Steve10 Well-Known Member

    You might want as much of your prune of forums and users as possible before you move to Xenforo, but it shouldn't be much of a difference.
     
  7. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    This is possible. The importer leaves the source database in tact; you may just have some difficulties redirecting traffic.
     
  8. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

    do the thread id's stay the same?
     
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That is an option when importing.

     
  10. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

    thanks, good to know
     
  11. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    The forum from one site to the other site.
     
  12. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

    Is is possible to select only the forums that you want to import, or is it just 'import all posts'
     
  13. HWS

    HWS Well-Known Member

    I second that. You should slim down your database (forums, posts, users, usergroups, etc) at the vb copy before importing to XF.
     
  14. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    That doesn't really match if you have deleted threads. Should the "main forum" that is created by default stay when you import or delete it? I've imported and the IDs changed and I was told that it's normal and the redirects would take care of that by the log that is created when importing.
     
  15. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    If you choose to retain IDs the IDs shall remain. With or without deleted threads.
     
  16. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

  17. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    They should have remained the same, I'm not certain why they haven't.
     
  18. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

  19. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

    So I still have to use this showthread.php right? How do I do that if I'm only redirecting one forum to a new site?
     
  20. jdeg

    jdeg Active Member

    Actually, I guess you don't have to use that script if you retain the ID's. If that's the case all you need is the proper rewrite rule, correct?
     

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