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vB4.2.x with dbseo import

MHB

New member
#1
Hi all. I'm tired of using the bulky dbseo (originally used vbseo) script that slows down every page. Also very impressed with the speed, clean look and increasing functionality of Xenforo.

I've seen threads about successful importing URLs through some rewrites. Is this possible for dbseo as well? I believe is follows the same rules as vbseo - every thread has a unique thread ID after some keywords. Can provide examples if necessary.

I don't see anything about vbseo or dbseo rewrites here: https://xenforo.com/community/resources/vbulletin-4-x-url-redirection.120/.

Any advice or comments from someone who has successfully done this is much appreciated!
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
#2
If your URLs have an ID, you generally just need to add Apache mod_rewrite rules (or your web server's equivalent) to map them to XF's URLs or one of the basic URL redirection scripts. So yes, your URLs should be able to be redirected to XF's.
 

MHB

New member
#3
If your URLs have an ID, you generally just need to add Apache mod_rewrite rules (or your web server's equivalent) to map them to XF's URLs or one of the basic URL redirection scripts. So yes, your URLs should be able to be redirected to XF's.
Thank you for the response! How long might these rewrites be? I use Apache and the .htaccess is already a decent size due to a couple structure changes from vB. I really would like to cut it down. Here is an example of the structure of our URLS.

http://___________.com/introductions-31/know-each-other-more-5916-2.html
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
#4
I'm not sure what you mean by "how long" the rewrites are. You really just need one regex per format you need to rewrite.

This is a tool for vBSEO, but the concept would work for you -- the underlying system doesn't matter, just the URL format: http://tools.geekpoint.net/xfseo/ One of those formats may actually fit your URL format perfectly so no additional generation would be needed.
 

MHB

New member
#5
I'm not sure what you mean by "how long" the rewrites are. You really just need one regex per format you need to rewrite.

This is a tool for vBSEO, but the concept would work for you -- the underlying system doesn't matter, just the URL format: http://tools.geekpoint.net/xfseo/ One of those formats may actually fit your URL format perfectly so no additional generation would be needed.
I see, thank you. So it seems that those rewrite rules take the standard vB scheme of forumdisplay.php? type links and rewrite them to XF compatible ones. If someone has linked to something like this though it will break if I'm not mistaken. This is linking to the URL after vbseo/dbeo rewrite. http://___________.com/introductions-31/know-each-other-more-5916-2.html
 
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Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
#6
The tool I linked you to rewrites SEO URLs to the standard ones. You then combine those with the redirection scripts for the standard URLs (in the resources) which determine the correct XF URL and 301 redirect to it.
 
#7
I just took over administration of a vBulletin v4.2.1 forum. I am not real familiar with vBulletin and I am considereing migrating that forum over to XenForo but I'm hesitent because of my inexperience with the vBulletin product (nor am I with XenForo). Do you have complete migration instructions documented? How would i know if this is something I need to be concerned with?
 
#11
Then how am I supposed to know if it is a product I want to spend money on? I'm not shelling out any cash until I can do a test conversion of some kind.