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vBulletin 3.8.1 board - convert to Xenforo or just do a new board?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by jilly, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. jilly

    jilly Member

    I have a vBulletin Board version 3.8.1 - stats are Threads: 340,493, Posts: 2,747,651, Members: 37,836 , Active Members: 2,766 and database size/ stats below. I have a lot of modifications made to the site too. What are the odds that I can convert it to Xenforo without problems or database errors, or loss of data? I'm trying to decide if I should just start a new site, and slowly phase out the old one, or convert to Xenforo and hope for the best. Any ideas? Success stories? I'm sooo nervous at the idea of transferring..

    erver TypeLinuxData Usage2.39 GBUsers to Moderate0 [View]
    Web ServerApache (cgi-fcgi)Index Usage893.90 MBThreads to Moderate0 [View]
    PHP5.3.26Attachment Usage152.68 MBPosts to Moderate0 [View]
    PHP Max Post Size8.00 MBAvatar Usage3.76 MBAttachments to Moderate0 [View]
    PHP Maximum Upload Size2.00 MBProfile Picture Usage4.67 MBEvents to Moderate0 [View]
    PHP Memory Limit128.00 MBUnique Members Today83Messages to Moderate0 [View]
    MySQL Version5.5.32-cllNew Users Today1New Threads Today35
    MySQL Packet Size16.00 MBNew Posts Today204
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There is a built in 3.8 importer.
    You can see what is imported in the pre-sales FAQ in my signature.
  3. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    Please list your VB modifications, there may be XenForo equivalents.
  4. jilly

    jilly Member

    Oh Lord, here we go:

    Addon Chat addonchat.com
    Social Groups
    Social Forums
    HZ iBProArcade Profile Awards
    iBProArcade makes a thread on new highscore
    Logician's Web Templates
    Arrange subforum
    automatic birthday thread
    cafepress shop
    Cyb birthday greeter
    Cyb advanced forum stats
    Cyb paypal donate
    Display reputation comments given
    Extended Reputation Display
    Forum Statistics
    Forumwide search for unanswered threads
    Gift Subscriptions
    Ignore Thread
    Members who have posted
    Members who have visited
    Mini Nav Bar
    Mobile Style Options
    New Reputation Comments and posts
    Panic Button
    Post Thank You Hack
    Prevent bumping old threads
    Reported post creates new thread
    Search for unanswered thread by forum
    Search Social Groups link on navbar
    Selective Forum Filter
    Separate Sticky and Regular Threads
    Smilies in Quick Reply
    User ban info
    Usergroup Color bar
    Vbulletin Blog
    Welcome headers
    Welcome thread

    I have plugins and and some more custom things but got tired listing them..
  5. Coop1979

    Coop1979 Well-Known Member

    I converted from 3.8.x 2 years ago and have been very happy. No data loss.
    Neal likes this.
  6. borbole

    borbole Well-Known Member

    You have quite a lot of content. It would be a shame imho to loose them. Why don''t you try the conversion first? There have been quite a lot of big vb forums that have converted to xenforo without any issues.

    Also there is no need to be stressed out. The conversion itself will not cause any loss of data what so ever in the source forum. But should you decide to start a new site then make a thorough backup of the database and forum files too of your vb forum before you ditch it.

    And welcome to xenforo btw :)
  7. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    Dump those plugins and offer new and modern features.. XenForo offers most if their vB equivalents. But since the XF software is built on modern architecture most plugins are much more dynamic..

    There is nothing to fear XenForo is here!!!!!
  8. 0ptima

    0ptima Well-Known Member

    @jilly You should spend some time looking at all the addons here http://xenforo.com/community/resources/

    Here are some XenForo equivalents that I know of

    Social Groups (there is an importer too)
    Social Forums (believe there is a similar addon)
    Logician's Web Templates (Take a look at this core feature)
    Ignore Thread (more than one addon)
    Members who have visited
    Mini Nav Bar (Template modification?)
    Mobile Style Options (Core feature)
    Reported post creates new thread (Core feature)
    Separate Sticky and Regular Threads (template modification)
    Smilies in Quick Reply (Core feature)
    Usergroup Color bar (Core feature)
    Vbulletin Blog (There are at least two)
    Welcome headers (core feature)
  9. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Hundreds , if not thousands, of forums have converted from vbulletin so you shouldn't have any concerns about that. The basic data (members/forums/threads/etc) all gets converted easily so you shouldn't lose any basic data during the transfer.

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