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vBulletin 4.2 to XenForo

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Dark Knight, Mar 24, 2014.

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Member


    I'm tired of vBulletin and seems it will not get better. So I decided to switch to XenForo. I read FAQ already and searched some similar topics. But I have some questions. How can I convert vB to XenForo? Is there any article about converting vB to XF here?

    And the other question is about purchase liscense. Is there any problem with Iranian client? As you know, because of some sanctions against Iran, we can't access some payment stuff, hosting, domain and ... . So, do you accept Persian clients?

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  2. borbole

    borbole Well-Known Member

    Converting to xenforo is very easy and smooth. It has a built in converter tool. You can read more about the subject here:

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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Payment can be made via PayPal.
    If you have any problems, please send a message using the form: Contact Us
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  4. Rigel Kentaurus

    Rigel Kentaurus Well-Known Member

    My Social Groups add-on can import from vB just fine

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  5. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Member

    @Brogan Can I change the using domain later? Like I use license for www.site.com and after a while I sell the site and use my license on another domain. Is it possible?
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, as long as the software is uninstalled from the original site/domain.
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  7. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Member

    Do you do convert for client who wants to migrate from vBulletin to XenForo?
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    XenForo doesn't provide a conversion service, no.

    You would need to contract a third party for that.
  9. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Member

    What should I do then?
    I don't know anyone trustable to give out information and stuff.
  10. petertdavis

    petertdavis Well-Known Member

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  11. Francesco V.

    Francesco V. Active Member

    Next, Next, Next, Next, Next, Done.
    Welcome to your new XenForo installation with vBulletin content migrated into.

    There's a standard embedded converter that let you to migrate from vBulletin to Xenforo.
    How many posts and users are in your forum ? Do you need to migrate also content from 3rd party plugin or do you have a quite standard vBulletin installation ?
  12. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    I can recommend @Slavik for migrating from vB >> XF. We are not ready yet, because we do a lot of customizing. But up to now, Slavik has done a great job, on importing our vB big board with ~7 million postings.
  13. lightbox

    lightbox Active Member

    We've just done the conversion a few days ago.
    Everything went pretty smooth for the most important stuff, the users and the forum content, but ...

    If you had media like Youtube embedded in your forum posts, you will have to convert the BBCode Tags from vBulletin's video tags to Xenforo's MEDIA tags. This can be a bit more difficult to do, although Kier has created a nice Content Replacement Tool AddOn where you can search and replace message content using PCRE regular expressions.

    You will have to invest some time to understand the rights/permission system in Xenforo. Once you really understand it you want to check and adjust all forums' and user group permissions and the user group promotions. If you're running a medium to big community with lots of forums and user groups, it will take you some time.

    If you're running a community for software developers and you had syntax highlighting with GeSHi in vBulletin, then there's an AddOn by digitalpoint to do the same on Xenforo. But depending on how the syntax highlighting was implemented in your vbulletin forum, there's a chance that you have to convert ALL code tags from their old format to the new format used by digitalpoint's syntax highlighter. Again, quite a bit of work using a replacement tool, SQL queries or whatever means you choose.

    If you had used the vBulletin4 CMS, you'll have some problems to solve. There's an importer AddOn, that imports your vB CMS content into forum posts. If you want to move this content to the XenForo Resource Manager, there's yet another AddOn to do that. But it won't work as straight forward as you wish, especially regarding attachments (e.g. images).

    Bottom line:
    Everything is pretty straight forward regarding the basic conversion and to get your site up and running. Housekeeping after the conversion can keep you busy for a while though. :)
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I have closed this thread as the OP is no longer able to respond.
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