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Potential Customer looking for advice..

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Shane Greer, May 25, 2012.

  1. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer Member

    Hi Guys

    As a long standing vB customer I have finally bitten the bullet and realized that vB is a bloated, waste of space that detracts from my enjoyment of running a forum. So last night I decided to have a look at the other products out there that could fill the niche of my websites forum once I decided to move on.

    Xenforo got my vote and although I haven't purchased it yet (must wait until payday) I would like all the resources at hand so as soon as that day arrives in the near future I can get stuck straight in.

    My website is www.thefewgoodmen.com

    A relatively small vBulletin site with roughly 200 members and about 100k posts.

    I will be looking to import my vB data into Xenforo and believe this can be done.

    I sure would appreciate all and any advice from you folk. I am new to this and am looking to get myself up to pace pretty darn quick.

    Some things you can help me with if you have the time...

    How do I set up Xenforo?

    How do I import my stuff from vBulletin?

    How do I use Xenporta as a front page?

    What mods do you recommend?

    I know its a biggie asking all these questions but Im hoping someone has the time to reply and assist me.

    Thankyou so much in advance.

    Shane Greer
  2. M@rc

    M@rc Well-Known Member

    This guide helps you with installing xenForo: http://xenforo.com/help/installation/

    You can use the unofficial vB4 to xenForo importer: [re-packed] vBulletin 4 to XenForo Importer

    I've never used that addon but most likely there's an option to set it as the front page (someone can correct me if I'm wrong).

    Both threads contains what you might be searching for (recommended mods from forum owners)


    I'd recommend recent statuses, bd banking (if you need a point system of course), XenUtiles, XenMedio and TapaTalk. Of course, those are what I use, ;)
    < ad > Also, you can try out my User-Friendly Profile Links as well (it's free, btw, haha) < / ad >
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  3. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer Member

    Excellent M@rc thank-you. That gives me a great starter for 10. Will be raring to go come payday. Any more suggestions folks.

    A few of the downloads I looked at have this beside them. Do I have to make so many posts before it will let me download?
  4. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    I think perhaps you have to be a license holder to download resources??
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  5. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer Member

    Aha that'll be it then. I will wait until payday in that case. Thanks for that I was wondering. :confused:
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  6. Nudaii

    Nudaii Well-Known Member

    Welcome to xenforo, you will really enjoy it :)
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  7. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer Member

    Thanks Richard.... has anyone here tried the vbulletin >> Xenforo transfer?
  8. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The p8ntballer forums (my sig link).

    Best thing we ever did after the disaster of vb4.
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  9. Nudaii

    Nudaii Well-Known Member

    i moved gardenerscorner.co.uk from vb to xf :)
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  10. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer Member

    And how did you guys find the transfer process?

    Im a total beginner in things like this so any tips or pointers I may encounter would be appreciated.
  11. Nudaii

    Nudaii Well-Known Member

    the import went really well :)

    i'm about to move over another site, (300k posts 6k users) so far ive done 3-4 test imports and they all went very well also:)
  12. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  13. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer Member

    Excellent... I may question you over the coming days if you dont mind.

    Sweet... Im getting excited about finally getting shot of VBulletin but slightly apprehensive about the work ahead.
  14. CurveGotti

    CurveGotti Active Member

    As Richard subtly mentioned in his post, make a backup of your data and run test conversions. I think it's pretty obvious, but worth pointing out since you said your a total beginner, do not use your live database to make the transfer.
  15. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Alternatively you could use a third party such a SchmitIt or myself to do the data transfer for you :)
  16. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Shane, I second the opinion that saving up a small nest egg and getting someone with experience to do it is worthwhile.

    As we used to say in my old trade - Many things are relatively easy to do, except the first time (learning curve). The problem is you ONLY get to do it the first time.....
  17. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer Member

    Ok can you guys interested in assisting me set my website up pm me with what kind of cash we are talking about. Im not sure I can afford it but a ball park figure would be nice. (y)
  18. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Shane just to add to this thread, I migrated a similar sized vB3 forum (190,000 posts at the time) and it went like clockwork, the import process is well written and mostly painless. Also don't be too worried by the lack of some things you have in vB. I spent (wasted) months fretting over the lack of this or that feature but this is all outweighed by the positives. For example no-one has even noticed the lack of member galleries and only a few people have asked where the calendar is :)
  19. Matthew2D

    Matthew2D Active Member

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  20. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer Member

    Thats excellent. Just wondering does the post count get carried across to the new forum from vB?

    Thanks for that.. I actually used that style a while back for vbulletin....

    Is there an equivalent site for Xenforo like vb.org?

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