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Looking for some conversion advice. Here is my current setup.
Server1: http://www.example.com – WordPress 3.3 only… no forums, no bbPress, no BuddyPress, etc..
Server2: forums.example.com – phpBB 2.0.23. No integration with WordPress.
Server3: db.example.com – The database server for both WordPress and phpBB.
I’m looking to migrate from phpBB2 to bbPress. However I do *not* want my WordPress user table and my forums user table to commingle. After reading up on the conversion scripts available, the fact that bbPress 2 is a plugin and not standalone, etc I’m thinking that the following would be my best course of action.
1) Do a straight conversion from phpBB2 to phpBB3.
2) Install a new copy of WordPress on server2, get it up and running basic.
3) Install the bbPress plugin for WordPress on server2.
4) Run bbConverter to convert the (now) phpbb3 database to bbPress.
Does this sound like the best course of action? Anything anyone would suggest different?
yoyopop, that is what paulhawke is doing with his plugin/script where he says:
<blockquote”mapping is maintained between old and new user/post/topic/forum ID values”
With that, you could create some simple redirects from old URLs to new URLs and those old links will work.
paulhawke, I’d like to try out your plugin, if available.
paulhawke, I’d like to give it a shot as I’m still several weeks away from a final cut-over. My two biggest pain points right now are preserving user passwords and preserving user email notifications… both of which are outside the scope of your project but issues I’m working on.
yoyopop, that happened to me the first few times as well. (I converted a database with about 120,000 posts this morning.) PHP was just running out of allocated memory. I bumped it up to 16 MB, then 64 MB, then 256 MB and finally 1 GB. After I gave it 1 GB the conversion went through.
So check your Apache error_log or your PHP error log to see if it is running out of memory… then give it as much as you can.
I’d be interested to hear from anyone that has converted larger forums (100,000+ posts) from phpBB2 to bbPress. I’ve got 0.7 running in a dev environment, I’ve got the conversion script, but I haven’t fired it up yet. I’m going to take this slow and methodical. I also want to import user passwords and topic_watch (email subscriptions). Those I know I’ll end up having to do myself. I’m planning on temporarily storing phpBB passwords in a new table using two-way encryption as people login to the current site so that I can transfer those over when the time happens. I’ll also be working on my custom theme/templates before the conversion as well to make it as seamless as possible for users. Finally I might try to build a database of common words and do some auto tagging of old threads… that might be a bit too ambitious though.
Still… I’d be eager to hear from anyone that has converted a 100,000+ post site with the script for any info or tips.