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Migration from VB 4 - redirect existing blogs and articles


Viktor Levytskyi
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Hi guys,

After migrating from vb4 everything works fine except redirecting from existing blogs and articles.

Vbulletin was installed to mysite.com/forum, but blog and articles located outside "/forum" (this is a standard VBulletin feature).

VB4:  forum - mysite.com/forum, blog - mysite.com/blog, articles - mysite.com

In the database I found tables: 

convert_apps, convert_app_sessions, convert_bbcode_mediatag, convert_custom_bbcode, convert_link_pms, convert_link, convert_link_posts, convert_link_topics, convert_logs

I  don't see any information about matching old and new blogs and articles... where can I find this information?

Obviously, we have some redirect rules, where are these rules located?

 

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Hi Victor,

Our converter will already redirect vB Blog /entries/x URLs, all you would need to do is make sure those requests are redirected into your Invision Community platform i.e redirect yourdomain.com/blogs/entries/x-title to yourdomain.com/forums/entries/0-title our converter will automatically see this and redirect the request from there.

We don't redirect article paths because they can greatly differ from one vB install to another and may clash with our own Pages URLs.

The redirect rules are in the converter PHP files themselves /applications/converter/sources/Software/Blog/Vbulletin.php -> checkRedirects()

Thanks!
Stuart

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3 hours ago, Viktor Levytskyi said:

Obviously, we have some redirect rules, where are these rules located?

If you had redirect rules in vBulletin that were not the default URL paths, then the trick is to redirect from your old URL scheme back to what the out of the box vBulletin path would have been.

For example, we had a custom solution in place that would change our forum thread URLs to things like example.com/forums/forum-name/thread-name-1234/.

As part of our migration to IPS, we redirect that style of URL to what the original vBulletin URL would have been: example.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1234. This then gets redirected by the IPS handler to the correct migrated thread.

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Thanks guys for the comments. Here are the results of my experiments:

Current Blog location: http://yourdomain.com/blog/entry.php?b=1136 - redirect does not work

Ok, I moved blogs to default location http://yourdomain.com/forum/entry.php?b=1136 and migrated data again - redirect does not work

I tried manually modify url http://yourdomain.com/forum/entries/1136 - redirect works fine!

So, If I understand correctly, Migrator expects to see "entries/1136" instead of "entry.php?b=1136" 

16 hours ago, Stuart Silvester said:

The redirect rules are in the converter PHP files themselves /applications/converter/sources/Software/Blog/Vbulletin.php -> checkRedirects()

In this file I see code

if( preg_match( '#/entries/([0-9]+)#i', $url->data[ \IPS\Http\Url::COMPONENT_PATH ], $matches ) )

I can try to modify this code but will be good to keep the "core" functionality unchanged in order to avoid problems in future updates.

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44 minutes ago, Viktor Levytskyi said:

I can try to modify this code but will be good to keep the "core" functionality unchanged in order to avoid problems in future updates.

Don't do that. 🙂 That will become a nightmare to maintain over time.

Instead, leverage rewrites on your web server to take your vBulletin blog paths and redirect them to what IPS is expecting. So, in your case, create a permanent redirect from /blog/entry.php?b=XXXX to /entries/XXXX. This will then get rewritten internally by the IPS handler to the new location.

Any old links to blog/entry.php will still work and end up at the correct place and you don't need to modify/maintain any code. Behind the scenes, you'll have two redirects happening automatically:

blog/entry.php?b=1234 -> /entries/1234 -> /blog/whatever-the-new-ips-blog-url-is-5678

Edited by Paul E.
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Just adding an (completely untested, good luck, YMMV) nginx and apache example to get you going.

Apache:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} b=([0-9]+) [NC]
RewriteRule ^/blog/entry.php$ /entries/%1? [R=301,L]

Nginx:

if ($request_uri ~ ^/blog/entry\.php\?b=([0-9]+)) {
	return 301 /entries/$1;
}

 

Edited by Paul E.
Correct apache version.
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2 hours ago, Viktor Levytskyi said:

The Google Search Console displays an address like "/entries/1111" 

Perhaps the Google Crawler saw a redirect to "/ entries" and added that page to the index? 🤕

I would think these are permanent (301) redirects, which should tell Google and other search engines "the new permanent address is over yonder." IPB can you confirm?

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/93633

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