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    Hi there,

    I have a vB 3.8 board on my actual website, and i'm considering of moving everything (forum + database) to a new domain (and new server). I also want to upgrade to vB 4, so I'd like to know what are the steps i have to follow in order to complete this project.

    Thanks for your help

  • #2
    Assuming you already have your new domain and server up and running...

    Step 1 - Close your current forum
    Step 2 - Download a backup of your SQL database
    Step 3 - Download a copy of all vBulletin files from your 'old' server
    Step 4 - Upload these files to your new server.
    Step 5 - Edit your config.php to match the new database settings, keep the same table prefixes
    Step 6 - Import your SQL backup to new server
    *make sure it's working*
    Step 7 - Login to vbulletin customer area on vbulletin.com and update your forum url/details
    Step 8 - Take your old forum offline
    Step 9 - Run the vb4 upgrade per the instructions

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    • #3
      Thanks man,

      you couldn't have been more clear

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      • #4
        ! more step i forgot, hopefully you remembered/did it- would be between step 6 and 7 - In your Admin CP on the new server make you you edit in vBulletin options the domain name and e-mail details for the new server.

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        • #5
          also remember to create a new database and user on the new server for your vbulletin sql backup

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          • #6
            Sorry if I'm answering so late. So, to make it quick:

            1 - I close my current forum
            2 - I make a backup of the forum SQL database (old server)
            3 - I create a new SQL database on the new server (same prefix)
            4 - I make a backup of all the forum files (old server)
            5 - I upload all these files on the new server
            6 - I edit the config.php to match the new database settings
            7 - I import my old SQL database in the new server
            8 - I update my data on vBulletin.com and AdminCP
            9 - I take my old forum offline
            10 - I upgrade to vB4

            am I right? Only a few other questions:

            3-7 I'm a bit confused about moving the database from a domain to another: do I have to create a new database and import the old SQL into it, or can I just import the SQL database into the new domain without creating a new database?

            9 How can I take mu old forum offline? Can I make a redirect to the new one? If yes, is it hard to do so?

            Thanks a lot guys!

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            • #7
              You will need a database to import into.

              To direct traffic to your new domain, you will need to create a redirect. Create a file called .htaccess and paste this into it (replacing newdomain.com with your new domain!):

              RewriteEngine On
              RewriteBase /
              RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !newdomain.com$ [NC]
              RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newdomain.com/$1 [L,R=301]

              Then upload this to the root directory on the old domain.
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              • #8
                if its a new domain, you might need to reset your cookie prefix on the new server using tools.php in your admincp folder

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                • #9
                  Prefix wouldn't matter - Cookie Domain might if not using the default...
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                  • #10
                    Hi guys.

                    I'm at step 10! Now I just need to upgrade from 3.8.5 to 4.1.x

                    I think i'll upgrade to 4.1.3 as i'm reading a lot of problems with 4.1.4, but the question is: do I have to upgrade everything manually, or is there a sort of script that does everything automatically?

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                    • #11
                      You just run upgrade.php
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