How was the xenforo upgrade?

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  1. Greebo

    Greebo N9017H - C172M (1976)

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    Hey guys,

    I'm looking at migrating another site of mine from vBulletin 4 over to Xenforo. Since it's a new platform to me, and you guys did a successful migration - mind sharing any advice you might have? Any gotchas to look out for or "wish I'd known" situations?

    We're planning to do a pair of dummy sites to prep - one for setting up theme and then based on a copy of the theme site, a second to test migration.

    What was your migration experience like?

    Thanks in advance!

    Greebo - retired Overlord :)
     
  2. SixPapaCharlie

    SixPapaCharlie May the force be with you

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    I felt like it was very easy on my part.
     
  3. Greebo

    Greebo N9017H - C172M (1976)

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    What a relief!

    Now what about from the site admins of a technical nature? :D
     
  4. camel

    camel Pre-takeoff checklist PoA Supporter

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    I have a specific question about xenforo: On another forum I'm on (which recently converted to xenforo), their search doesn't allow searching for words 3 letters long (for example, "NXI"). I just tested it here and it works. Is POA using the standard xenforo search, and if so, how do you configure it to allow this?
     
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    Ravioli Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    In what language is NXI a word?
     
  6. SixPapaCharlie

    SixPapaCharlie May the force be with you

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    Roman numerals?
     
  7. Everskyward

    Everskyward Experimenter

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    Xenforo questions should be directed to @jason, who was the technical expert. I like the Xenforo platform, especially on my phone.
     
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    denverpilot Tied Down PoA Supporter

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    I believe either @jason or @jesse hacked on it to fix that. Seems like that came up during the transition as a complaint, and they beat on it until it gave in. :)
     
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  9. Greebo

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    Ted The pilot formerly known as Twin Engine Ted

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    jesse Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Search limitation is generally caused by the minimum length setting in MySQL for full text searches.
     
  12. jason

    jason Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    Yes. It was a limitation on the mysql side. We changed this limitation because airport identifiers are often three characters and we wanted them to work.

    Here is a relevant thread...

    https://xenforo.com/community/threads/xf-search-engine.1143/#post-129631

    Here is what we did to fix it (on Ubunut)...

    Code:
    user@server:~$ cat /etc/mysql/conf.d/xf_myisam_3_char_search.cnf
    [mysqld]
    ft_min_word_len = 3
    Once you make this config change and restart MySQL, you will have to rebuild your FULLTEXT indexes. See relevant instructions here...

    https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/fulltext-fine-tuning.html
     
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    jason Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    @Greebo Hey, Chuck...

    It was a long process. But, overall, pretty straightforward. Somebody recently pinged me about this via PM asking me for "tips". Here is my reply to them.
     
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    jason Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    Be sure to read about how to properly manage themes. It's easy to hack them, but we tried to pay attention to how they *should* be managed. For instance, we paid for ours...and then installed it...and then created a derivative theme for our color changes, etc. That way we can upgrade the base theme and or sub-theme just applies our custom changes as a kind of overlay. Not sure that makes sense...

    See screenshot...
     

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