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Question about converting from VB to Xenforo

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by KatieH, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. KatieH

    KatieH Member


    If i want to move my vbulletin forum to Xenforo. I have a situation which concerns me. Few month ago because i was not able to convert my DB to UTF-8, i started to change the vb forum charset in the admin cp to UTF-8 so no conversation happens, simply changing the charset to UTF8 and i knew some of the old threads would have missing characters but the new threads would display properly if let say they included Japanese characters.

    So all i did is change this part in vb settings:
    HTML Character Set This is the value of the 'charset' attribute for the HTML content type setting in the 'headinclude' template.<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />

    So now i have a database with half using latin charset and the remainder is using utf-8. If i were to convert to Xenforo, would this causes any issue?
  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    The import converts from the character set you have specified in the language in vB. So the consequence is that any non-ASCII characters from before your conversion won't convert correctly.
  3. KatieH

    KatieH Member

    Hi Mike,

    I know this is kinda more complicated with vbulletin. But if converting from Vbulletin http://forum.nihonomaru.com to Xenforo and now all the members will be using a Xenforo software forum, is it complicated to connect both my forum and my homepage together so that members who register on the forum or have accounts on the forum, would be able to use the same login into to login to my homepage? ex http://www.nihonomaru.com , http://www.nihonomaru.com/profile/rina-touin.1/about

    The issue is that my homepage has a different input fields when you register to it http://www.nihonomaru.com/register so how would this workout? Does Xenforo admin cp has some sort of an API function with key generator?
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You will likely need to create a bridge that syncs and connects users.
  5. KatieH

    KatieH Member

    Would that be easy for a developer to do? The issue i faced with vbulletin is that the developer who works on the homepage is not familiar with vbulletin and it is complicated situation. Would this be the case with Xenforo too or easier?

    Can you give me more detail if i were to use Xenforo and need this to happen.
  6. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    Depends on the developer. They could read over the source code (no official developer docs, just the developer tutorials forum) and figure out how it works.

    It would probably be complex though - however there are some bridges in the resource manager for common software's.

  7. KatieH

    KatieH Member

    This sounds like the same scenario for VB :/ needs a clear and easy documentation if it is going to be used by the developer. Something easy like explaining Xenforo framework and how it works. If Xenforo has any plans in creating a system in the admin cp for generated api keys, that would be great. That is something that can help many developers to use in order to access xenforo via an api. Certainly that is a +1 over vbulletin if xenforo thinks that way.
  8. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    API keys and things like that aren't used...
  9. KatieH

    KatieH Member

    Why is that?
  10. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It depends on the API, Liam. As to your original question, Katie, the system is fairly straight forward and the code is well documented. There is an entire forum here dedicated to development questions, as well as tutorials. If you associate their name with your eventual license, the community is more than willing to help them build whatever is needed.

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