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phpbb to bbpress converter and best practice?


  • NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Hi,

    I have just decided to go for bbpress. I have some questions I hope someone can reply on.

    Today I am on phpbb3 version 3.10 and some kind of unofficial version, phpbb3-seo, not supported by phpbb3 themselves. I made it a vanilla once and it can be done again.

    Since 5 years I am on a custom phpbb portal solution. I am after the CMS functionality. I have almost completed a bridge between phpbb and Drupal, but got cold feets on Drupal. I want to goo with WP!

    I wonder if there is a best practice for importing the db to bbpress? My DB has 90,000 posts and is over 350 MB in size. Will I have to go trough a vanilla? Can I bring with me the anonymous posts from deleted and anonymous users?

    Looking forward to your reply!

    Ps. If anyone want to give me an offer doing this for me I am open ears. I need one version now, and anonther version once the site is developed. We can exchange the DB trough Dropbox.

    Cheers

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  • Robin W
    Moderator

    @robin-w

    bbpress has a number of converters, including phpbb

    https://codex.bbpress.org/import-forums/phpbb/

    suggest you create a test site and give it a go. That will tell you if you need to get back to a vanilla version first.

    https://codex.bbpress.org/creating-a-test-site/

    to convert, just go into dashboard>tools>forums>import forums

    Stephen Edgar is the bbpress converter guru, and if you hit difficulties I’d suggest you post a new thread, and I’m sure he’ll help.


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Thanks a lot Robin, I can give it a shot with more confidence now :)


    pfswss
    Participant

    @pfswss

    I successfully imported a 10 year old forum over in last few days. I had no mods on my forum. it went really well with the built in importer.

    the only issue II have is avatars were not imported


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Hi and thanks!

    How big was it?

    Did you manage to fix the avatar issue?

    Can I bring with me the anonymous posts from deleted and anonymous users?

    I have just added support for this to a handful of bbPress’ importers, I hope to finalize some bits for compatibility with all of bbPress importers by the end of the week and release the code for people to test out. :)

    Importing Avatars

    This is kind of a complex issue because of PHP timeouts, if we can’t find an avatar via ftp/http how long do we wait, what if the remote avatar no longer exists.

    @cybmeta Has written a Joomla Kunena Forum Attachments converter for the GD bbPress Attachments plugin.

    I’d like to play around one day when I have some time up my sleeve to base an avatar and attachment importer that we could use as a separate plugin to import these into WordPress media library for use with bbPress.

    https://github.com/CybMeta/kunena-attachments-to-bbpress

    https://bbpress.org/forums/topic/kunena-converter-for-bbpress-2-4/page/2/#post-144246

    https://bbpress.org/forums/topic/kunena-converter-for-bbpress-2-4/page/2/#post-146250


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Thanks!

    I did yet not try. Must energize myself first :)

    If you give it a shot let me know how it goes, might be able to help point things in the right direction and/or add some extra bits to the phpBB importer to at least help things along.


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Thanks Stephen, That is encouraging.

    I have a huge db (350 mb and almost 100,000 posts and 6000 members). As I am not a developer myself I am kind of delaying this until I have the power to fail :)

    First time its just for testing purposes on my test site


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Hi again Stephen,

    I am importing the database now and its ticking on.

    I am starting the wp/bbpress site from scratch so there is nothing there. This is a test import.

    I have 3 questions:

    1. I checked importing users (3 rd from end on configuration page) as want to import my users as well. Was that correct?
    2. Lets say everything looks good. Can I only import the last few days on top of this then or do I need to start over again? Would like as little downtime as possible when I go live.
    3. Cant figure what the 2nd from last checkbox is for “Start Again”. Is there a guide explaining all this more in detail?

    Cheers

    1. Yes, the vast majority of the time you will want to import your users, the exceptions to this are typically other forum plugins for WordPress where the users already exist as WordPress users.

    2. No. At this stage there is no way to only import changes since your last import, I’d love to add support for this in the future though.

    3. Leave this unchecked, it’s designed to allow you to restart the import from ‘scratch’ by first deleting any previously imported content. The thing is this only partially works and I am actually fixing this as we speak. If you need to delete any imported content to start again use the “Reset Forums” tab and be sure to also delete the imported users.

    You can also click the ‘Help’ link in the top right if the screen that will explain more of these options for additional info.


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Thanks Stephen!!


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Didnt work well… but it completed like it had worked well.

    All posts are mapped to the new sites admin. Looks like no users where imported.

    I cant see any of my old forums (sections). I thought they would end up here http://thailandsforum.se/wp-dev/forums/

    The only posts I can see ended up under group forums http://thailandsforum.se/wp-dev/forums/forum/grupp-forum/ Seems to be the stickytopics I had.

    http://thailandsforum.se/wp-dev/

    I did am now about to start to run the repair tool. Should I do all repairs one by one? Or can I skip some, how do I know?


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    cant get trough – Recalculate the position of each reply

    everything else is done but this didnt change anything as i can see..

    really didnt get anything useful of the import. can you help?

    Looking at http://thailandsforum.se/wp-dev/topics/ it looks like all your topics were imported but they are not associated with a forum.

    Run each of the repair tools and per the note at the top of the screen:

    Some of these tools create substantial database overhead. Avoid running more than 1 repair job at a time.

    You can actually skip the follwing two repair tools:

    • Recalculate the position of each reply
    • Repair BuddyPress Group Forum relationships

    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Thanks. I have done all of the repair except the recalculate one that doesnt finish. No change as from what i can see?


    ernstl
    Participant

    @ernstl

    Hi Nick,

    i am pretty sure that the database structure is a little different on your install. Did a importer for an phpbb clone (CBACK). Many field were slightly different like (userID and user_id … ) guess your importer needs also modification.

    The included importer is very well writen, documented, and never would map all posts to admin user if db fields would match. What i can tell you from a 1:1 import of a hughe 6gb DB ( avatars, user fields, user custom fields, user settings, private messages ). This is a bunch of work to get it running ( if you need all of your data ). If not, easy one, few hours work.

    Rgds,
    ernstl


    NickUdd
    Participant

    @nickudd

    Thanks Ernstl but it I dont have that skills unfortunately. Will try to outsource it trough freelancer

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