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Steps on giving away a forum.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jonsidneyb, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I might be giving away a forum and I am afraid I might miss a step if I do.

    What are all the steps required to give a forum to someone else?
  2. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    Transfer domain
    Transfer licence (if applicable)
    Ensure any addons, etc are available for transferring (if you're giving them over too) and then transfer to them.

    Think that's the basics - without knowing everything it's hard to give a full checklist.
  3. drastic

    drastic Well-Known Member

    What'cha giving away?
  4. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Every time I did this the forum failed soon after. Something to keep in mind.
  5. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I recently transferred my science and technology forum to one of the key members as I wanted to focus back on CycleChat - from memory we did the following:
    • Check with Xenforo.com that the license was transferrable (I've bought a few from other people that cannot be trasnferred again)
    • Checked that his hosting included PHP 5.4 or newer and MySQL with Innodb engine enabled
    • Asked him to provide me with FTP details for his hosting (and tested that they worked okay)
    • Transferred the domain to him - but kept DNS / Nameservers the same so the site continued to work from my server
    • A couple of days after he took control of the domain we picked a low-traffic time and did the site transfer:
      • I deactivated the forums (Options > Board Active) with a note to tell members the site was moving to a new server (you could advise your membership in advance but since the geeks forum was low traffic it didn't really matter much that we just went ahead when we were ready)
      • Exported the database from phpMyAdmin and uploaded to him via FTP. He extracted and imported into MySQL on his server
      • Zipped all the site files on my server and uploaded the package and unzipped on his
      • Once uploaded we edited the config.php file to remove some of the settings that were specific to my server / set-up and began testing to make sure it was working as expected
    • Once everything was uploaded we flipped Naemservers and DNS to point to his server and whilst we waited for it to start propagating I showed him some of the key ACP settings
    • Once he felt ready he activated the forum and got stuck in!
    There may be some minor things that need taking care of in amongst those key steps, but that's roughly how we did it.

    It was helped by the fact that he knew his way around a server and could manage the uploading, unzipping, importing, etc. - there may be more hand-holding required for a non-techie. (y)

    Shaun :D

    PS. Depending on the content of your moderator / admin private forums, you may want to do some cleaning-up before transferring - since you never know who will have access to that area once it is out of your hands. ;)
    Gemma, Itworx4me, wedgar and 2 others like this.
  6. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    It is a big thing Jon, is it your main site, or a smaller site? :)
  7. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo Well-Known Member

    If you decide to sell, keep me in mind, I buy forums
  8. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I will never sell it. There is a small chance it will be given to someone. I just want enough information to make sure I don't miss anything.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2016
  9. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Hi Kim,

    I miss seeing you out here. I have not had the time to be over here much.
  10. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Hi Kim,

    I miss seeing you out here. I have not had the time to be over here much.
    Kim likes this.
  11. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Me either Jon, very busy with my real life business, but it's good to see some familiar faces around here :)

    Please be very careful if you are giving away your main site. Yours is a very popular site and is a community in the true sense of the word, the wrong person in charge can kill that dead very very quickly.
  12. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I had five surgeries that turned out to be the wrong treatment. A sixth surgery turned out to be the right one but all the bad surgeries created a problem. There are other things going on that would take too long to explain.

    I am still very sick and can barely get around and I spend most of my day in bed and am not getting any work done.
  13. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Wowsers, you have been through the Mill haven't you!!!

    I'm so sorry to hear of your illness Jon, I hope that things are getting better for you now that you have finally had the correct surgery!

    It must be very difficult for you with such a busy site and I know you always have had huge demands on your time from members and so on... is there a trusted person who could take over from you for an amount of time, on a temporary basis only? I would hate to see you give it away only to regret it down the line when your health improves.

    But then again, if you are sure you won't regret it, and really need the "headspace" to heal and get well, then I say go for it :)

    If it is causing you stress or any further health issues then unburden yourself from those.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery xxx
  14. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    What is the niche of the forum Jon? Maybe someone from here with both a great deal of knowledge for your niche, plus knowledgeable with xenForo would be a good candidate.

    Hi Kimmeepooh.. nice to see you around again!
  15. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    There are only three people I would want to have the forum. These people were with me since 2006.
  16. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Thanks Kim,

    In 2009 I was able to cover 100 miles in a single day on foot and also did a 700 mile walk is a very short time. Today I can hardly get across a room. I am in bad shape.
  17. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    So sad, I remember your huge walks, it must be devastating. I really hope things get better for you Jon, will be thinking of you and sending positive vibes your way :)

    Hi Mike! Nice to see you too :)
  18. ARad

    ARad Member

    Are we allowed to give our licenses to others? I thought we couldn't.
  19. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    XenForo Licenses can be transferred once.


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