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Want to buy, need to merge phpBB & vB

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by SeaDog, May 29, 2015.

  1. SeaDog

    SeaDog Active Member


    We've finally decided to jump ship to XF :)

    What we need to do is merge these two forums:

    Posts: 76,053, Members: 4,939

    phpBB 3.0.12
    Posts 13,038, Members: 1,584

    The combined forum will then use ForumA.com domain and obviously be powered by xF.

    Has anyone done this? I know it might be theoretically possible - but reality is always best. Is it possible, if we buy the license first, to get someone to help us with this? What do you suggest is the best way of doing it and how will it handle the redirects given we are merging two different forum platforms (with different URLs) in to xF?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You can import multiple forums into a single instance of XenForo.

    You run the first importer, then the second.

    You can only retain IDs for the first import though.
    Redirection scripts can be utilised to automatically redirect traffic.
  3. SeaDog

    SeaDog Active Member

    Hi @Brogan thanks for that. Has anyone actually done it with this combination of forums?

    Also is it possible to test this somehow?

    Finally, when you say retain the IDs - which IDs are you referring to? And these redirection scripts - do you have a link or is it something we would have to create (we don't really have the knowledge for that tbh)

    Sorry for the questions - but at the moment it seems like a mountain, whereas it might be a molehill :)
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  5. SeaDog

    SeaDog Active Member

    Thanks, happy to buy the license before testing, that's not a problem :)

    How would the redirection work for the 2nd forum that has been imported though? Also do all the users of both old sites have to reset their passwords?
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There is an import log which is generated for each import.
    It is that which is used for the redirection.

    Passwords will be retained so members will just be able to log in to the new site with their current user name and password.
  7. SeaDog

    SeaDog Active Member

    Thanks, and if two users happen to have the same user name? Is there an FAQ for this?

    Just to clarify: so the fact the 2nd import doesn't retain the IDs doesn't break the redirection stuff?
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You will be prompted to merge or rename if there are accounts with the same user name or email address.


    It will all work but whereas member 1 in VB will still be member 1 in XF, member 1 in phpBB will be whatever ID is next available after all of the VB members.

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