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Questions before I buy.

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by 51463, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. 51463

    51463 Well-Known Member

    I am currently running a vbulletin 3.7xx forum for years. I've been keeping my eye on XenForo and i like what i see and hear. I've been using a demo.

    I've decided that i will upgrade to XenForo in the close future. But i have some questions before i buy.

    1. XenForo offers a 50$ installation fee. Is this for new installations only? Or does this include a transfer from vbulletin to xenfo. Any other fees i am not aware of?

    2. My forum has about 1 million posts. Will they be able to transfer all of this? Or will i have to do it myself? And if so, will it be difficult?

    3. After transfer, will the posts, avatars and links all transfer?

    4. Is it safe to update? Because I keep seeing new versions being released.

    5. I have some users using automatic posting software to my forum. Will it affect them, or will i have to contact them all
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    1. New Installations only, imports are not covered. If you want someone to do it for you, there are several people that offer this service.
    2. Yes, you will be able to transfer 1 million posts, but refer to #1 for the rest of your answers.
    3. As for links, you will need to set up redirects, several people here can help with that.
    4. I'm not sure what you mean? Upgrading XenForo is quick and painless.
    5. If the software doesn't support XenForo, it will not work after you transfer.
  3. tyteen4a03

    tyteen4a03 Well-Known Member

    It's very easy to transfer from vBulletin to XenForo - most likely you can do it yourself.
  4. 51463

    51463 Well-Known Member

    Well I'm convinced. Just bought a copy of XenForo. Hopefully things go smoothly

    Eoj Nawoh, euantor, Liam W and 4 others like this.
  5. Code Monkey

    Code Monkey Well-Known Member

    Just set up a test site and do practice runs. I did about 3 before I actually transferred. I learned a lot.
  6. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    Welcome to the community
  7. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Welcome to XenForo :)
  8. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    Welcome to xenForo, you won't regret your purchase (I hope)...
  9. imno007

    imno007 Well-Known Member

    5. This might be of some use to your members needing to auto-post:


    Don't ask me how to use it, though, because I've no idea. ;)

    I do have a couple members, though, who've managed to somehow make use of it even with the newest version of Xenforo.
  10. 51463

    51463 Well-Known Member

  11. tyteen4a03

    tyteen4a03 Well-Known Member

  12. 51463

    51463 Well-Known Member

    Ok. One thing i don't understand is. I have to install a fresh copy of XenForo on my website. But wont the files conflict?

    in the ftp httpsdocs/mywebsite

    should i make a new forum folder?


    As both xenforo and vbulletin have the "install" folder and ".htaccess" file
  13. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Install XenForo in a temporary directory.

    Do the import.

    Move XenForo (and delete vB).
  14. 51463

    51463 Well-Known Member

    Update: Well everything went great. Just click, click, click. And I had the new forum running smoothly. Easy to Install.

    My old forum was in www.mywebsite.com

    Now i installed my new forum in a folder called test

    I installed all the mods and templates and ready to transfer.

    How would I go about transferring it? Just delete my old vbulletin files in www.mywebsite.com and transfer all the files in ..test/ to the mywebsite.com/

    and thats it? I remember i must change the settings somewhere in a file. But i can't remember where.
  15. 51463

    51463 Well-Known Member

    I found this:

    How can I move my installation to a different directory?

    Update the Board URL in the ACP -> Options -> Basic Board Information and move the files to the new directory (or rename the directory). You may need to restart the server for the change to take effect.
    Note that redirection will be required to ensure any existing links continue to work.

    But that seems too easy. I remember in vbulletin i had to fix some settings somewhere.
  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It's that easy.
    Tracy Perry and Jeremy like this.
  17. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    The beauty of xenForo... easy and FAST!
  18. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Is it possible to change the board URL in the database or in the config file?
    (In case of disaster, able to use only a backup)
  19. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    For what purpose?

    The board URL is primarily used for email links.
  20. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    My forum's URL is mysite.com/forum
    Disaster hit on the server, cannot reach it.
    I do have a backup of the files and the database, would like to set up my forum on another server as mysite.net/forum.

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