vBulletin4 to XF

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  1. Dan Hutter

    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

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    I'm planning on moving my DJ board to XF. I'm definetly going to do a test run long before going live. My plan is to go live around March 1.

    From a technical standpoint, what pitfalls should I look out for?
    • vB 4 URL redirection. I'm hoping this works with the htaccess redirection in vB.
    • I see there's a mod over on XF to convert Thanks to Likes. I plan on doing that.
    • I'll be losing the arcade at least temporarily until XFArcade is ready.
    • Anti-spam - I'd like something similar to stop forum spam.
    • How hard are usergroup and forum based permissions compared to vB. Ideally I'd like to be able to restrict forums based on usergroups as I do now.
    • Lastly I'll need a spiffy style. Is there anything out there on the level of Pure VB right now?
    • Is there the ability to show adsense to guests, etc?
    So far my plan is to just do a test import and play around on the board as an admin, moderator, and regular member. Take lots of notes, and a bunch of screenshots and write up a moderating tutorial so that the moderators can still moderate. Good idea, right? ;)I'll do the tutorial on the default theme and compile it into a PDF to share with other admins who might find it helpful.

    After that I'll open the board to the moderators so they can get a feel for it. Part 2 will give the advertisers and (some) regular members a chance to look around. Finally on March 1, close the vB board, do a final conversion, wipe the vB files and move the XF files into place.
     
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  2. Marc

    Marc Checkmate - Game Over

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    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/8wayrun-com-xenutiles-tools.9754/ ( stop forum spam included )

    This should help you: http://xenforo.com/help/permissions/

    Everyone has their own opinion on styles, so it's best to do a search for yourself, ;)

    Some useful style websites to check out :
    Yes! Find the template in your xenForo Style and insert the contents below where you'd like to display the ad(s) :

    Code:
    <xen:if is="!{$visitor.user_id}">
    Ad Script Goes Here!!
    </xen:if>
    Or you can use ( limit your workload ) : http://xenforo.com/community/threads/xf-moderator-manual.21581/
     
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    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

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    Marc, I cannot say thank you enough man! :)
     
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    No doubt, thanks @Marc for the great post :thumbsup:
     
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    Why are you moving from VB to Xenforo?

    You may loss organic traffic.
     
  6. Dan Hutter

    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

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    I'm tired of vB's bloat, lack of any new worthwhile features without an upsell, and the direction it's taken.

    I'll take a little SEO hit but gain in the long run.
     
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  7. Dan Hutter

    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

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    I Wanted to update you folks on whats' been going on with the conversion. Yesterday, I opened the dev board up to all my regular members. So far, the feedback has been great! I'm liking the default style so much that I probably won't worry about a custom one right now. Next year, I'll have a custom WP & XF theme done.

    So far I've installed:

    Tag Me (Thanks Marc!)
    Tapatalk Plugin
    User online status (along with additional CSS from one of the members at XF.com)

    Things are shaping up great!:weluvxf:

    Things that need to be added:

    Ad management (seen Lawrence's thread on XF.com PM'ed him asking if it were available) any other plugin options?
    Arcade - I'll pop over to XFArcade and see what's up there.

    Other than that I may actually make the move ahead of schedule.
     
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    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

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    I started my import at 3am this morning 10 hours later I'm live on XF! http://ourdjtalk.com

    9 hours for the actual import another 1 spent backing up, etc.
     
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    How are your users liking XF?
     
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    nice job Dan!
     
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    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

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    So far so good overall.

    The only problems so far are spammers and email notifications. Within 20 minutes of opening the board we got two spammers then I stepped out for a bit and we got 2 more. I installed XenUtilities to check registrations against stop forum spam.

    I'm finding some of the admin tools lacking in the users department. There's no way to bulk unsubscribe (unwatch) a user from threads. No daily setting for email notices. Little stuff like that but I suppose that's just because XF is so young.
     
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    No he won't. In fact, his site will rank even higher. I transferred CODForums from vB4 to xF, it was the best decision that I've ever made for the site and it's still on stock xf skin. Imagine that.
     
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    The big thing for me is there is no way to mass move threads. I want to reorganize and trim down forums on a site and found that the only way to mass move threads is to do them a page at a time or run a query. In reading over at xenforo it seems like a mass move/delete feature has been requested since 1.0 and no signs it will ever be added.

    There are a couple other management tools missing and if I had known they were lacking I wouldn't have converted the sites I did convert.
     
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    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

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    I didn't realize so much was missing in user management. No way to bulk unsubscribe a user from threads. No way for a user to select daily (or weekly) email notices. Heck there isn't even a select all in the subscribed threads area. :-/ No way mass delete a user's sent PMs (this would good for spammers)

    I posted about these things over on XF's board and was told they were duplicates. I looked over 5 pages and didn't see them so how long have they been waiting for implimentation?

    Don't get me wrong, I still really like XF and hope these small issues are just because it's a young software yet.
     
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    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

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    Day Two:

    I changed the "Email address or name" phrase on the log in box to User name. A few mentioned that they couldn't figured out the email they'd signed up with. I guess they didn't see the or name part.:eek:

    Feedback has been mostly good. The biggest issues are members finding their way to "New Posts" and figuring out how to post a new thread. I started a thread (Getting to know the new ODJT) with some basic screenshots and sent out a mass email pointing to it. BTW XF's mass email tool is pretty sweet. I plan to add to the guide, compile it into a PDF, that will be included with a member welcome kit. I'll probably post it on XF for other converting admins to use.

    Some CSS edits were made. Namely changing the font to Verdana the fonts were a complaint. I also added a line between the post and signature as the post content and signature just ran into each other.
     
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