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Moving from VB5

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by KarlM, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. KarlM

    KarlM New Member

    I recently purchased VB5 - and by God, wish I hadn't bothered. It looks amazing, but is so bug-ridden & fiddly. Believe me, I don't say this lightly - I've been a loyal VB user for some 10 years. I saw the disruption occurring and hoped things would settle... It was sold from England to America and sorry to say, but it's just been downhill since. And of course, all the problems between employees ...

    So, anyway, we have a little over 3k members, some 48k topics & 337k posts.

    We had been making use of social groups, blogs & articles on vb4/5 but they've all been messed up since the upgrade. Can they be imported, even if into a different type of content holder?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There's no built in importer for VB5 so you would have to do a two stage import or use a custom importer.

    Similarly, we don't import blogs or articles, so a custom importer would also be required for those.
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  3. KarlM

    KarlM New Member

    A two step process for vb5? Could you elaborate, please?

    Do we know whether there are custom importers or would they need to be written specifically ?
  4. JustinHawk

    JustinHawk Active Member

    he means converting first VB5 -> IPS4 or any other which can import vb5 -> then use default XenForo importer to convert IPS4 to XenForo.
  5. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

    There are members here that have converted forums over from vB5. This may be something @Slavik or @Jake Bunce and some others might be able to help with.
  6. Claudio

    Claudio Well-Known Member


    We convert vBulletin 5 forums to XenForo as well for even less than an IPB licence.
  7. KarlM

    KarlM New Member

    And how much would someone like @Claudio charge for a forum with about 350k posts, 2k members? I did look at the link in your sig - but it's the wrong link (it's for the monthly maintenance service) so can't really tell from here.
  8. Alex - A2Hosting

    Alex - A2Hosting Active Member

    You could take a look here. Also they have live chat on their website so I guess you could approach them that way for a quick quote :).
  9. KarlM

    KarlM New Member

    Yep, already had a look & spoke with a chap, thanks :)

    The import seems reasonable given there's no s/w import available from XF themselves, but I'm still chewing on things for the moment.

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