I am currently configuring XF in a dev folder and trying to learn the ins and outs before migrating my vB3.8 forum to XF. So, how do I retain all the settings I've made? Or do I have to do it all over again? What happens to the user accounts I have created? I don't need to keep any but my own. And finally, should I get the Media Gallery if I want to keep all the albums my members created in vB?
Well, I guess I didn't get off on the right foot. I installed the software in a test folder and set a number of options, imported a style, made a child style and also created a couple of test forums and a category, added a test user and posted some messages. I did read that guide a while back. I should have asked then what database you were referring to when you said take a backup. We're talking about 2 databases, one is my existing vB forum, the other is the test XF forum, which will be abandoned after all my testing and style modifications. The only things I want to take away from the test installation is the customized style and the XF options and add-ons I have implemented.
I guess it's not too late to start all over, but I would hate to loose all the hours I've already put into it. What should I do? I am considering paying to have the migration done for me - someone who is familiar with not only vB3.8, but also vBSEO and can perform all the necessary changes, redirects, etc.
It seems as though I make configuration changes to the XF software only after the tests I perform as a user. And the initial install doesn't have the variety of content I need to make all my styling and layout decisions. Is there a way to delete users and content and then reset the auto-increment values? Is dropping certain tables through phpMyAdmin an option?