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    Hello ~

    I want to convert my SMF forum to vBulletin. I get a LOT of SE traffic for my forum, though, and I don't want to lose that. What do I need to do to make sure I don't lose that?

    I think the main issue is ensuring that when the old URL is accessed, that the user is forwarded to that post in the new vBulletin system.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Once you purchase a license, you can use the ImpEx system which will convert SMF into vB.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Quillz View Post
      Once you purchase a license, you can use the ImpEx system which will convert SMF into vB.
      Yes, but anyway the URLs changed.
      You lose the present URL after importing your data in to vBulletin board, but Impex developer or vB developers can explain best that and probabily I am in error....I hope for you.

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      • #4
        Yes, I have used Impex before... even to convert SMF - so that part I am aware of..

        What I am interested in is what to do with the former URLS from SMF. I, obviously, do not want to lose rankings or piss off the almighty Google This is my main concern and I cannot purchase vBulletin for this site if I cannot resolve this issue.

        The last site that I converted with Impex got removed from the index shortly thereafter and took a LONG time to get re-indexed. I have never gotten back the SERPS that I once had and I do not wish this to happen again.

        BUT - I want to move to VB!

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        • #5
          I don't think ImpEx changes your URL, as it literally converts one system to another. You can specify where you want the imported data to go, though.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Quillz View Post
            I don't think ImpEx changes your URL, as it literally converts one system to another. You can specify where you want the imported data to go, though.
            Impex does convert the forums - but vBulletin URLS are different from SMF urls. This is why the URLS change.

            Unless I am missing something here??

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            • #7
              The urls will be different because the systems have different file names.

              There is a 301 redirect script that comes with Impex. I'm not fully sure how that works but I believe it was added in part due to concerns like yours. Hopefully someone with real knowledge of this will come along to address your query.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Reeve of Shinra View Post
                There is a 301 redirect script that comes with Impex. I'm not fully sure how that works but I believe it was added in part due to concerns like yours. Hopefully someone with real knowledge of this will come along to address your query.


                I hope so!!! I would love that script and that is exactly what I was looking for

                Impex experts, please help! I want to purchase vB today for this site, if possible, and definitely need this implemented in order to do so.

                Thanks so much.

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                • #9
                  Anyone have any help for me?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AffGuardDog View Post
                    Anyone have any help for me?
                    If you have any valid vB license, open a support ticket for this that your question concern the help.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Masiello View Post
                      If you have any valid vB license, open a support ticket for this that your question concern the help.


                      Yes, I have 2 valid vb licenses already, but since this is pre-sales support - shouldn't some vb expert come in here and give me a definitive answer prior to purchase? I would think so, so I am waiting for that answer from the vB clan.

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                      • #12
                        What your question?
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                        • #13
                          My question is:

                          If I convert SMF to vBulletin, how can I ENSURE that all my previous SMF links are redirected to the proper URL in vBulletin?

                          For example, If I have a thread about Guard Dogs in SMF - and that thread is viewed a lot in the SMF forum and indexed & ranked in the SE's.... I want to make sure that when the surfer clicks on the link in Google - they go to the proper thread in the new vBulletin version of the forum (after Impex conversion, of course)

                          Pretty simple really, but I can't find any way that Impex does this. So - is there something I have to do to ensure this is the case??? Is there some automatic tool to do this that I know nothing about??? What is the protocol here?

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                          • #14
                            There is a custom 404/301 script that comes with ImpEx in the tools folder.

                            Talked about though this link :

                            http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?t=178161

                            Setting that to respond with a 301 will update the SE to the new location as well as redirecting the incoming request.
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