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Tips on how to make the move from vb to Xenforo

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by rexxxy, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. rexxxy

    rexxxy Active Member

    I want to know from people that made the move already from vb to xf

    what to look out for?
    Whats are some of the things you recommend to do?
    what will you lose in the move if any?
    How hard is it to do?
    do you have to worry about urls?
    how does it affect you when it comes to google ranking?
    how does affect your adsense earning?
  2. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Nothing. Just move.
    Install XF on a different directory first before making it live. Make your imports, edit things to your liking, and then make it live.
    All your current hacks in vB.
    Easy like a butter.
    Yes, and no. Yes, if you want to keep the 100,000 URL's going to your new XF. No, if the URL structures were all over the place, and you want to pretty much eliminate them. And you don't really need the extra "help." My site was on root, and not on a different directory, so I didn't have to worry about Google and other search engines looking for content.
    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/codforums-experiencing-growth.19188/ 'nuff said! :D
    Depends on the niche, and where you placed them.
  3. Robert F Schmitz

    Robert F Schmitz Well-Known Member

    The move for me was very uneventful. As Carlos noted, use a new directory or run test installs as many here did when making the switch. Honestly though, the import was impressively smooth. Good luck!
  4. rexxxy

    rexxxy Active Member

    Whats the best import tool to use? I was looking at digitalpoint one but its states you need to be a programmer to use it and im not a programmer
  5. Teapot

    Teapot Well-Known Member

    Unless you are a big board - and you'll know if you are - it's better to use this one: http://xenforo.com/community/resources/vb4-importer.1025/
  6. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    How big is your site? If it's less than a million or so posts, probably best to use the standard importer. If you have many millions of posts and can't be down for days during a migration, you probably should hire a programmer to make some customizations to the one I made for your site.
  7. rexxxy

    rexxxy Active Member

    I guess standard it is .....thanks
  8. rexxxy

    rexxxy Active Member

  9. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Paul M's (or any suggested) Importer is best for vB4, but 3.6 through 3.8 = Already in your xenForo. :)
  10. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    One big thing I'd suggest is installing XF in a separate folder and installing all your plugins/styles/hacks. Next backup all your new XF files and most importantly the database. Now you can do test imports and revert back to the clean install with a simple database/file restore.
  11. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I'm working to clean this up now for general importations. Hopefully will have something to show for it next week.
    ArnyVee and Paul like this.

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