Whilst the conversion process itself can take a while on a large system, and can appear complicated, the process is actually quite simple to do. In my example below, I will be starting the conversion of a vbulletin 4 database into the IPS4 software. The process itself is very similar for each conversion you do.
If you have not read the previous step in this guide, I would advise you to do this now. Reading that step will save you a lot of time.
To start a new conversion, visit the following location within your admin cp
"System>Conversions>Start New Conversion"
It is important to know before you begin, that you will convert the system in stages. So the first stage would be to select the "system and member information" conversion. This will be the only one in the list shown below when you first start. Select this and the select "Select Source Software"
You will then be asked to select the software that you are converting from. Please select this from the list provided, and select "Enter Database Details"
On the next screen you will be asked for the database details. These are the database details for the "Source" database (the database you are converting from. You will be given a hint at the top as to where you can obtain this information if you are unsure.
Once you have entered the database details, you will enter the converter screen. You need to ensure that you follow these in order as showed in the image below. So this would be:
- Convert your old settings over to IPS Community Suite
- Run each conversion
- Select the "finish" option only after all conversions you wish to run are complete. This is very important. Clicking before completion can break your data.
Note you will see that some are showing "Cannot convert". This is not an error or an issue with the software. This would show if there are previous steps that have to be completed first. Select each "Begin Conversion" in order to convert your software.
When selecting the link at the very top to convert over settings, you will be asked which settings you want to convert over. In the case of this conversion the site name is available to be converted.
Whilst progressing through each step, you may be asked for further details that you will need to complete. Here I have selected the Emoticons conversion, and I am asked for the path to the emoticons folder. You will generally be given hints as to where you can find these where the system can do so. You can also select to merge these into the default IPS Emoticon pack.
You will see when selecting other conversions in the list, you may be asked to 'map' fields from your old database to the fields in IPS. The 2 examples below show the profile fields and there groups.
If you select "None" when you are mapping, a new item of the same name will be created for you. So if you have a profile field in which you have nothing to map it to, then it will create a profile field of this name.
Once finished, you can select "Finish" at the bottom of the list. Alternatively you can select the button you see in the screenshot below. This will rebuild the items, counters, caches and many other items required to ensure that the system functions correctly with your new data.
Remember, we have now only converted system and members. So you will want to convert other items such as forums, posts, gallery data and more. For this you would start a new conversion of these items. You will notice after the first conversion, you now have many of these items available as you can see in the screenshot below. Select another item to continue with another conversion.
You can convert more than one set of data into the software. So if you have for example 2 instances of vbulletin, you can import both into the one IPS instance if you wish to do so.
When getting to the database details screen, you will notice that you have the ability to select a parent conversion. As we are continuing from the steps prior, we would select the conversion we have just done to now add forums etc. Unless the database is different, you can then ignore the database details.
You would continue this process, until you have converted all of the data you wish to convert into the IPS Community Suite.