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phpbb --> vb --> xf, what will happen to google links?

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by swatme, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. swatme

    swatme Well-Known Member


    so youve upgrade from phpbb to vb to xf.
    what will happen to google links from the original phpbb forum address?

    will it be dead and google will make the site penalized in rankings?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There is no way to easily map links when doing a double import.

    I converted from phpBB myself a few weeks ago and just took the hit.

    I have however put a general redirect on so any old links will redirect to the new forum home page.
  3. swatme

    swatme Well-Known Member

    care to provide more info brogan?


    original phpbb url found on google:

    my xf site exact same topic:

    How to have a general redirect on the same ?
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The general redirect will just redirect all links to the same page.
    This is what I use as my old forum was installed at /forum and the new one at /community.

    RewriteRule ^forum(.*) /community/? [R=301]

    Without an import mapping table from phpBB to vB to XF, that's about all you can do.
    I did consider doing one but in the end I couldn't be bothered.
  5. swatme

    swatme Well-Known Member


    what filename should i save that?
  6. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    .htaccess in your public_html directory.
  7. swatme

    swatme Well-Known Member

    great dean!
    thanks :)
  8. Stan

    Stan Active Member

    I hope they come out with a importer soon, I have a few sites on phpbb and certainly do not want to loose the Big G love.
  9. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    If u have new site than you shouldn't worry about google
    xf is so google friendly :) u have to trust me on that...

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