vBulletin v4.x Importer for bbPress
FAQ & Known Issues
Known Issues: Users must reset their password manually using
/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword See #1969 for detailed password information.
- Forum ‘Categories’ are imported as a ‘Forum’ – You must manually configure the forum types for ‘category’ forum type after the import and recounts have finished.
- Forum visibility such as moderator or admin only forums will be publicly visible after importing and you need to secure these manually.
- ‘Link Forums’ will be imported as a standard forum without any URL redirect link.
- ‘Locked Forums’ will be imported as like a normal open forum, again you can close/lock these via the forums panel in wp-admin and setting the forum attributes status to closed.
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Topics & Replies
Announcement and Sticky topics ‘topic status’ are not set during import, manually ‘stick’ any topics after import and recounts are complete. (See trac ticket #2126)
Custom vBulletin BBCodes are not supported eg. [youtube] – You will have to manually change these yourself either before importing in vBulletin or after importing into bbPress using phpMyAdmin.
No file attachments are imported.
All ‘Ordered Lists’ <ol> will be displayed as numerical lists.
You may find extra page breaks <br> and paragraph <p> elements in topics and replies and is less than ideal and is from the way the BBCodes are converted during the forum import conversion. You will find these primarily around ‘blockquotes’ and ‘lists’
If you are using bbPress ‘Show Lead Topic’ some of the formatting will be broken, it has been converted correctly and is an issue with the content-single-topic-lead.php template, see trac # (Ticket to follow).
<span> elements seem to be a hit and miss at the moment, they render sometimes and sometimes not depending on the import. (not very helpful I know, still digging around this issue)
<img src=”http://example.com/file.jpg> are not currently enabled to be embedded inline in bbPress by default with topics and replies, everything was converted correctly and we just need to throw some switches and push some buttons before the next release of bbPress to make it work, watch this space.
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vBulletin does not support user profile support for ‘First Name’ and ‘Last Name’ only ‘username’ and that will be the WordPress Username.
Existing passwords are partially converted during import but must reset their password manually to login to WordPress/bbPress. (See trac ticket #1969)
vBulletin Moderators, Groups, Ranks are not imported, any users you wish to make ‘moderators’ or ‘keymasters’ you will have to assign these roles manually via the main WordPress Admin User panel (/wp-admin/users.php).
User ‘Favourites’, ‘Subscribed Topics’ or ‘Personal Messages (PM’s) are not supported or imported.
User ‘Avatars’ are also not supported ‘out of the box’ by either WordPress or bbPress, if the users email address is registered with a ‘Gravatar this will automatically be used by WordPress and bbPress, otherwise this is plugin territory.
vBulletin MSN, Skype custom profile fields are also not supported by WordPress or bbPress ‘out of the box’. (See Note #1 below)
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Note #1 – vBulletin custom user profile fields stored in wp_usermeta.
The following custom profile fields are imported into wp_usermeta and as you build your community with WordPress and bbPress, maybe BuddyPress also this should help down the road in converting these values to whatever plugins and profile extensions you decide to use.
- ICQ – ‘_bbp_vbulletin_user_icq’
- MSN Messenger – ‘_bbp_vbulletin_user_msnm’