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Very excited! Converted my community to xF

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Jamie, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    I run a smaller Christian community and had bought another Christian community about 4 months ago and I have been wanting to merge the sites under my IPB site.

    Then xF came out and even thought it's Beta, my excitement got the best of me, so tonight after testing, asking questions and getting ready I converted my two lives sites and merged them together at the same time.

    As I said, my community is rather small, and my reach within Google was ok, but nothing worth worrying about with this change.

    I am excited about running my site again, I am eager to work on it and learn how xF works. I don't code, but I am wanting to learn just because of the way people that do code talk about this platform.

    Thanks to Kier, Mike and Ashley for coming together and giving us something worth running and something to get excited about! Here's to the future!!

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  2. FreshFroot

    FreshFroot Well-Known Member

    Nice to see you here :D

    Glad you made the change!

    BTW you made or found a IPB importer?
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  3. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Hey Jamie,

    I am glad you managed to figure out the missing fields in that IPB build and could use vBulletin to convert data and get it into xenforo. I am glad xenfans was able to help, and I am glad you managed to finalize your import yourself.

    Good luck with your converted community.
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  4. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Congrats Jamie...
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  5. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    No, I imported it through the route of IPB > vB 3.8 > xF

    Yes, merging two communities and going through IPB > vB to xF wouldn't be my most favorite thing :confused:, but it did work out and I am glad to be running xF! Thanks for your help!

    Thanks Anthony! I am excited once again to work on my site and develop it more. xF gives me the confidence and that 'spark' to work to get the site to come alive!

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  6. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    Awesome. :D
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  7. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Yayyyyy I'm glad it worked out for you Jamie! And your site really looks nice. :)
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  8. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    That's great! Congrats on getting the sites merged and setup on xF! :D
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  9. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    looking good :)
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  10. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Yeah, I ended up browsing it for a while :D
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  11. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    That's great to hear! :) Thanks again for your help, without it I wouldn't have made the move so quickly.

  12. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Looks great Jamie. Seems like just a few months ago we were discussing the various nuances of the vb->ipb transition.... oh wait, it was just a few months ago. :)
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  13. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    Yes, how time so quickly huh? :)

    We had even talked about me holding off until after it became stable, but two things were in play. One, from the looks of this site, it seems pretty stable, and Two, I will be moving from NH to NC in January, so I wanted to go ahead and convert and get the kinks worked out with my members before then because for the month of Jan or Feb I will have very little time to do much with the site.

  14. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    The site looks very good :) ... IPB looks bulky in comparison
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  15. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Hope the moving truck has snow tires. :)

    (not a move I'd want to make at that time of year)
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  16. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    I hear ya! Snow, Sleet or Rain... We'll get there.. :)

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  17. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    What sort of feedback are you getting from your membership?
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  18. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    Well it's still early, but the member I love the most, but is also the most critical of ANYTHING I do loves it! The other feedback I have gotten so far has been positive not one negative remark yet.

    We will see as the week goes on.. A lot of my members are busy on the weekends with family and Church, so it will take a week or so to get a real feel.

    Honestly though, and I know this wouldn't be a good approach for someone that runs their forum for money, mine is simple a hobby and an outreach, but I feel like a parent in this change.. I 'know' what's is best for them even if they don't in the beginning. I have seen what Kier did with vB 3.8 and envision this to be even greater then that in 5-10 years.

  19. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    i am sure you faced a lot of difficulties
    1. merging to forums
    2. importing the 2 forums to from IPB to VB
    3. final, importing the vb --> to xf
    my only concern for you is redirecting the old URL to the new one
    if this is a new site then its OK! otherwise, you would loss a lot of traffic

    (I'm just saying)

    good luck you've choose the best forum software ever
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  20. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    This site is 19 months old. We do have some indexing in Google and I understand we will lose some of that, but with the site being fairly new, and the members that are active a steady bunch it's a move I thought about and was/am willing to make.

    The bigger picture as I see it is... Content is King.. by switching over to xF I understand I will have some loss of traffic, but I am banking on this system being easier to use, which will mean more activity from my members which equals more content which in the end will hopefully get me a better ranking and better index rate in Google.

    Time will tell and I will post up some results after some time has passed.


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