Introducing bbConverter – Convert your current forums for use with bbPress 2x
Thanks to AWJunkie we are proud to announce the official release of bbConverter, the only tool you will ever need to convert your current forums for use with bbPress 2x.
Currently supported platforms:
1. bbPress 1x
2. Vbulletin 3x – 4x
3. Invision Power Board
Future platform support already in progress:
1. PHPbb 3x
Platforms being considered
1. Upload the bbConverter folder to the
2. Activate bbConverter through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
3. Go into your WordPress admin under ‘Settings’ and choose ‘Converter’
4. BACKUP YOUR WORDPRESS DATABASE!
5. Choose the platform you want to convert from and fill in the database information. Click start
6. Once the conversion has completed, visit the WordPress Admin ‘Tools’ section and click ‘Recount’
7. Do NOT deactivate the plugin once it is finished as it is needed for user password management.
Did I forget to mention — BACKUP YOUR WORDPRESS DATABASE BEFORE STARTING!
It is important to understand that this script is going to be modifying your wordpress database in order to bring over your forums/topics/replies/tags/ and users from your old forum setup. This means we are directly modifying your database which means backup is paramount.
Ok, now that is out of the way, let’s get to the plugin itself.
Each Forum sofware, whether bbPress 1x, vbulletin, or Invision Powerboard, has its own configuration file. For example vbulletin calls the file config.php
This is the file which contains your database connection information and you need to save this information in order to fill out the plugin start screen.
1. Platform you are converting from – dropdown
2. Database server — usually localhost
3. Database port — (example: vbulletin uses 3306)
4. Database Username
5. Database Password
6. Database Name
7. Database Table Prefix — If you installed your forum software using a prefix enter it here. ( example: vbulletin default uses vb_ ) If there is no prefix, then leave it blank.
8. Rows Limit — This represents the number of database rows the plugin will convert during a single cycle. I would start this number at 50 or below at first. Keep in mind that forum conversion takes a huge load on the server mysql so if you are on a shared host, you may want to notify your host before running the script.
If you are on a dedicated server with shell access, then I would suggest opening up a terminal window and monitoring the resources. You can change the ‘Rows Limit’ at any time while the script is running. I have gone as high as 2500 instead of 50 on my servers. ( don’t click stop/start as it is not needed to change the limits )
9. Delay time — Suggested to use 1. This is the number of seconds that the server waits between the conversion cycles. It gives your server a second to catch its breath.
1. Clean — If something actually goes wrong, then you can choose to clean the database. This will effectively remove all the imported data and allow you to start the conversion over.
2. Restart — Restart allows you to pick up where the script left off should you have the need to stop and start the process. Example is when your browser or computer window closes during the conversion process. If you close the browser during conversion for any reason, then the conversion stops.
3. Users — You have the option of choosing not to import your users. If you are using bbPress 1x and have the forums linked to your WordPress install already, then you do not need to import users. Do not check the box. Otherwise you do want to import your users.
Once Import is complete:
1. Recount — Once everything is finished, then go to the wp-admin/tools and choose recount. This is going to present you with a screen full of checkboxes. Check every box and click submit. This is going to line up all the topic/replies/user posts counts etc.
2. Keep bbConverter plugin active after conversion.
bbConverter has a special script which will allow your users to maintain their old forum username and password. In a nutshell, when a user signs in for the first time after the forums convert, the script will check their old password, validate it, and then use the WordPress system to generate the identical password for the user in the appropriate place. This means that you need to keep bbConverter active until every single user has logged into the forums in order to maintain password management. This is not at all resource intensive, and you won’t even notice the plugin running in the background.
That’s it your finished.
O, did I mention… BACKUP YOUR WORDPRESS DATABASE FIRST!
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