I am currently and have been doing some research on trying to see what I have to do to port over my very active vbulletin 4 suite website. Its almost a 15 year old community and we are 30,000+ accounts, close to 1.5M posts. I have a bit of a conundrum in the fact that I and my community seemed to use pretty much all facets of the software including the CMS, User groups (Which became niches within niches and thrived), and the user albums feature.
I have done a test import and have been playing around with a few modules. I used the "unofficial" importer to get my CMS data, Albums, and user groups imported in subforum/thread type format into XenForo.
My question I guess is - has anyone ever actually used and re-purposed this data? I've taken several recommendations that were given to me for crossover modifications and I'm just really struggling on how to make it all re-integrate and work properly and still have a similar process to using it...
For example, I purchased and downloaded XenZine on the recommendation that it was the best replacement for the articles system in vb4. Ok, so after quite a bit of hassle figuring out some issues the old importer caused I was able to convert a thread (which was originally an article on my vb4 site, but was imported as a thread in a subforum) I got it to mostly work. However, it appears now that the only way to import these threads into XenZine is to manually go to each thread and promote it. I have close to 500 articles...there's got to be an easier way? And the mod author, while very good and extremely helpful with my attempts to port into his mod (Including some sql commands to fix a bug from the import), he seemed somewhat perplexed at the whole idea of importing CMS content from vbulletin 4 into XenForo- which I guess was my first red flag.
On the social groups, its the same thing. They are imported as threads and sub forums, but I haven't found a specific mod that actually utilizes this data in a meaningful way.
Lots of good gallery mods (Xen Media Gallery is very nice) but again...no meaningful way of using the imported data.
On the CMS / Front page aspect, I've been playing around with XenPorta, and I have contributed to version 2 - this is a really difficult mod for me to get my head wrapped around the logic of its operation but it is powerful and I do see the possibilities of it, so for the most part, I'm okay with it.
I don't want to seem negative, but I don't really see many examples of anyone completely porting over to XF from sites that used all aspects of VB, and the ones that do appear to be totally custom coded from almost scratch to retain a lot of the features. Am I doing something wrong here? I have a very strong desire to migrate because Facebook and the mobile stuff is killing me, but this just seems like a real up hill battle, and I'm frustrated because I've gotten a lot of great recommendations for replacement modifications, but no real way to port into them. It'd be fine if I was starting from scratch or had a very small community where there was only 3-4 user groups that no one ever used to lose, same for albums, etc. but these are very active integral aspects of my community that need to be ported over...
I'm fairly tech savvy, but I am not a programmer or an sql wizard. There just seems to be a big gap in actually porting over all the content and having it in a usable fashion vs just kind of dumped into what amounts to a useless archive.
Suggestions and comments welcomed...