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vBulletin 3.8 to XenForo?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by CNK, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. CNK

    CNK Active Member


    I have vB 3.8 board, but I search something better than vB4/5.

    I have a few questions about XenForo.
    Can I set a custom BB Code? Needs to manage the content of posts in vBulletin for some time uses its own custom BB code.

    Another issue is the thumbnails in the list of topics, is there a addon that displays a thumbnail of the first image in the topic (like Thread Thumbnails 2.2.0 from vB)?

    Is it possible to adjust the structure of links as in vBSEO?

    I really liked the fact that the styles of http://xenfocus.com are RWD templates :)
    I hope XenForo no major problems with Tapatalk.

  2. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    A 3.8 migration is going to be a breeze, it's pre-loaded in the software. :)
    Yep, and as a matter of fact, 1.3.0 has more features around this. :)
    Another feature already in xenForo. In fact, every image is pretty much a thumbnail. Pretty much. Nothing to worry about.
    Not exactly like vBSEO, but SEO is definitely in the box. :D
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Custom BB Code is included in 1.3 which is currently at RC 2 status.

    I'm not familiar with any vB add-ons so can't help with the thread thumbnails question.
    There may be similar add-ons available here: Resources

    URLs can be manipulated somewhat using route filters.

    Tapatalk is a third party add-on which does work with XenForo.
    XenForo is responsive out of the box however.
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  4. CNK

    CNK Active Member

  5. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

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  6. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Whats your url?
    What addons do you currently use?
  7. CNK

    CNK Active Member

    At the moment I use:
    but the most important addons for me is the Custom BBCode and settings to hide BBCode/links to specific groups ;)

    I would like to stay with the structure of the links I use for many years. In the settings vBSEO looks like this:

  8. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Yes. I also moved a forum of about 200K posts from vB3.8 & vBSEO over to Xenforo and it was the best upgrade ever, even back in the day of XenForo 1.0 which lacked a lot of bells and whistles. The migration is quite easy and the importer works well. It's also straightforward to remap the vBSEO urls to the new Xenforo ones so you won't lose any links.

    There are lots of mods available now, it's easy to style and even for a beginner like me it's quite easy to "tweak" everything from the layout to adding some custom things via template edits. Lots of great help and knowledge here on the forum too, with a positive atmosphere unlike the "other place" which is mostly people moaning.
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  9. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Chatbox is in the resources section.
    This can be accomplished somewhat.
    Not sure.
    I think this is multi-quote, so I think it's in.
    Replaced by "likes" on xenForo. However, there are plugins that extend this beyond just likes.
    Check resources. There are some of these plugins.
    Again, resources. Can be done.
    Again, resources. Can be done. On stock xenForo, these are "trophies," but there are plugins that extend this via image inclusion and "control."
    Not sure what this is...
    Again, resources. Can be done.
    I don't know what this does, sorry.
    Can be done. Simple template change.
    Don't know what this does.
    Again, resources. Can be done.
    You posted this before, it can be done.
    Just as with SEO being pre-loaded, this is pre-loaded since 1.2.
    Somewhat included in stock xenForo.
    Custom BBCode is in. But setting to "hide" BBCode/Links to specific group is an option that I think is not in yet.
    I'm also a former vBSEO customer, I say this to you: You won't need that anymore. You won't even need a redirect. Especially if your site is on root.
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  10. CNK

    CNK Active Member

    I have one problem. When I opened my forum in 2005, Polish phpBB default encoding was ISO-8859-2. How to convert vBulletin to XenForo to at the same time change the encoding to UTF-8?
  11. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    If you have messages with 2 different encodings within the database, that may be a problem -- some messages won't be converted correctly, but they wouldn't display correctly in your current software anyway. If all of your messages are ISO-8859-2 that shouldn't be an issue. We detect the current character set in use and convert it to UTF-8 as necessary.
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  12. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Was your vBulletin encoded in ISO-8859-2? If not, then your convert will be fine. Since, you changed unicode when you moved from PHPBB to vB[x].

    That is not fact. I'm just trying to help you understand what's going on.

    I don't remember vB[x] being able to handle ISO's soo, pardon me.
  13. CNK

    CNK Active Member

    Yeah, all works great, I migrated vBulletin in ISO-8859-2 to XenForo in UTF-8 ;)
    I had phpBB and vBulletin encoded in ISO 8859-2 :) I thought, that I need convert my database to UTF-8, but XenForo do it for me :D
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