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    I just purchased vBulletin this evening. Now I need some help from the Jelsoft staff, in the form of advice on importing. I would like to copy over 6 years worth of selected posts from an ancient HTML-based forum. I know this ain't gonna be easy. ImpEx sure isn't going to help me out - there's no database on my old forum. So I need your advice.

    The old forum I am using has messages with lots of messy HTML embedded in the content, and the output uses html <table> tags extensively. I am an intermediate PHP programmer and pretty good with MySQL, so as I see it there are a number of ways I could proceed now:
    • Cut-&-Paste all my old messages manually, one-by-one. This is not much different from pulling out all my teeth, and then putting my fingers through a meat grinder. Works, but painful.
    • Cut-&-Paste entire old threads into a single vBulletin message. This is an interesting possibility. The problem is the extensive use of html <TABLE> <tr><td> tags in the old forum, which makes cut-n-paste not so easy. Is there an elegant solution out there?
    • run some scripts to strip out all the HTML tags from the old messages... then strip out the "next / forward / more" style pseudo-content tags that remain... then strip out everything else, so I'm finally left with just content. Then Cut-n-Paste these into vBulletin, or write a script to do put these into MySQL for me.
    Any other options? Advice? I hope I can get some official advice on this, because whichever way I go this is going to take some time... If you want to check out my old forum, it is www.sjwinfo.org. Yes it's ancient but it works, and I've had no security issues at all in six years. But it's time to move on to vBulletin - installed now, and ready to start the long road of importing/copying/meat grinding.

    Best regards,

    kellym
    kelly's red beet factory, www.redbeet.com

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    no response

    Two days later and no response... am starting to wonder why I spent $160 for this software (with support, presumably - but no reponse yet) when support-less free alternatives exist. Could I have a response please? I purchased your product and would like some support.

    Since I posted the above message, I have enabled HTML posting in my vBulletin forums and have written some scripts to strip out unwanted tags from my old message HTML-based board... the stripped output took away <a> and <img> tags but kept <table><tr><td>, and I can manually post this into vBulletin messages and it works fine - but is extremely labour-intensive (I have 15,000 messages) and I would like to find a better way. If there are developer guides to posting messages directly into vBulletin using MySQL via some custom PHP scripts that I write, please point me to these. Surely hundreds or thousands of people have done this before - import old HTML-based message forums from yesteryear into your db format. If I wanted to do this 100% on my own I'd have written my own forum software.

    Give me a response please, with some advice. If you require my customer# please PM me. Hoping I didn't get conned on the support side of things with vBulletin. I don't ask for much but some advice for would be nice.

    Regards,

    Kelly
    kelly's red beet factory, www.redbeet.com

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    • #3
      I'm afraid that you will need to write a custom script to do what you want. You can try posting in the Service Requests forum at www.vbulletin.org for help with this.
      Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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      • #4
        Steve: forgive me but doesn't the vB Staff member (can't remember his name - very sorry) who wrote the ImpEx script often help a little with these custom import script requests? I am not suggesting he would write an entire script, but I am sure as a new customer, kellym could contact him and see what he suggests?
        John

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        • #5
          Jerry is only providing support for existing import scripts. He is not available to help with custom scripts.
          Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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          • #6
            A few of the source types for ImpEx are file systems, i.e. ubb_classic, discus, etc so the source type doesn't matter to ImpEx, if you want to try using it for a custom import I would have a read of this :

            http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showp...85&postcount=3

            And have a look at the discus importer as that has to parse out HTML to get the data, though it is a real head ache.
            I wrote ImpEx.

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