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Problems migrating old forums to bbPress 2.2+
February 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm #1949
So I’ve tried following instructions outlined by @Ray here multiple times, but once I get to step 5 I don’t get any “Import Forums” option.
Has anyone else had luck converting an existing buddypress site to a cbox site and then converted the old forums to bbPress-powered forums?
We have lots of group forum content from the “old” buddypress site and I can see all the content in the databases in phpmyadmin, but can’t for the life of me wrap my head around getting it to display on the site: http://autismhousingnetwork.org
Thanks!February 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm #1950
I’ve managed it successfully a number of times Charise. Once I realised what I was doing wrong it was quite straight forward. What’s the problem?February 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm #1951
The problem is that, once I get to step #5, no “Tools > Forums” option appears. I searched around the dashboard to see if “Import Forums” option was stashed somewhere else, but it doesn’t seem to be.
5) Import old forums to bbPress 2
In the WP admin dashboard, navigate to “Tools > Forums“
Click on the “Import Forums” tab.February 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm #1953
There should be a “Tools” menu down the left side of the page Charise and as a sub-menu “Forums” (see pic.) If not maybe you could try calling the page directly:.
Maybe that might help …
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.February 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm #1955
Thanks for the direct link. You made my day! I don’t know why it wasn’t appearing in my menu. Hopefully I’ll get it sorted now. Cheers.February 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm #1959
Cool, glad you figured it out, Clarise!February 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm #1960
Hello Charise and Dave,
I also have problem migrating group forums to bbPress 2.2+. My problem is that after following the posted migration instruction, I no longer see the group forums nor the content within the forums on my site even though the data is in the database.
Charise, I am curious to see if you are able to see the group forums and their content intact after the migration. Looking forward to see your update to this topic.
Dave, when you did the repair, does the repair log indicate the correct number of groups being repaired? In my case, it reported 0 groups.
I am currently waiting to hear back from @Ray, he will be testing out the migration procedure using my site as the “sandbox” to see if he can duplicate the problem I have been seeing.February 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm #1961
I’m still troubleshooting. The site I was working on had a pretty messed up database in general before I came into the picture, so I’m doing lots of cleanup. I expect to post again in an hour or two with an update.February 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm #2040
Was @Ray able to get you migrated? I still haven’t been able to migrate my BuddyPress forums to bbPress 2.2+. Even upgraded to BP 1.7 beta on the 15th, but wasn’t able to get it to work.
ChariseFebruary 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm #2041
Yes @Ray was able to get my site migrated and I also able to duplicate the migration process on my secondary development server. I have since install CBOX on my development server and playing with the configurations.
A lot of the problems that I reported were a direct result of not using the correct parameters for the migration. I was either using the wrong database port or table prefix during Step 5 – Import Forums process. The import process does not report any problem and I assumed everything was OK. With that, I proceeded to do Step 6 – Repair bbPress 2 forum relationship, and things just got worst going forward. One way to confirm the forums have been imported is to pay attention during the repairing process, particularly the ‘Repair BuddyPress group-forum relationships’ — if you have 9 groups with discussion forums, then it should report ”Repairing BuddyPress group-forum relationships… Complete! 9 groups updated; 9 forums updated.”
If you don’t see the correct number of groups and forums at the end of the repair, then you should double check the parameters being used to import the forums and try again.
@Ray pointed out that bbPress generates a default URL for group forums (ie: http://www.sample.com/Forums/forum/default-forum/), so if you want to list just the group forums, create a custom link (Dashboard > Appearance > Menu) with the default URL and add that to the menu. (I was using a WordPress page to display group forums which does not work with bbPress forums. So if you have were using WordPress page to display group forums, delete that page and use the custom link).
Going forward, whenever you create a group with forum, you will need to go back to the group’s Admin tab, select Forum tab, and enable group forum again. This is a bbPress bug that is being addressed in 2.3.
Gook Luck. I hope this helps.February 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm #2044
Thanks BJWang!! Extremely helpful guidance.
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