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#126 2013-11-01 11:22:56

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Re: FluxBB Migration Tool

Hi,
I'm a representative of gConverter and would like to write here an alternative paid way to migrate to FluxBB. If some free migration tool doesn't work, doesn't exists or you don't have appropriate skills to do migration from any forum to FluxBB you can try our professional migration services at gConverter.com. You only pay after the migration is successfully done.

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#127 2014-09-18 15:28:25

grognard
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Re: FluxBB Migration Tool

I appreciate this is a very long shot (hehe) but I was wondering if it would be possible to get support for mylittleforum.net

I have a forum I would dearly like to export over to FluxBB.

I would be totally happy just to be able to export post data even .. I could always manually add users etc.

Right now I am kind of stuck alas. Its too much info to port over manually and my users are fed up with the limitations of MLF.

Serves me right for going for a lesser used forum app to begin with I guess.

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#128 2014-09-18 15:33:37

Franz
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Re: FluxBB Migration Tool

Well... I created a ticket here, but I'm right now focusing on development of v2.0. Once I get that to a more solid state, I might get the chance to take a look here...

What made you choose FluxBB?


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#129 2014-09-18 17:33:35

grognard
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Re: FluxBB Migration Tool

Franz wrote:

Well... I created *snip here, but I'm right now focusing on development of v2.0. Once I get that to a more solid state, I might get the chance to take a look here...

What made you choose FluxBB?

Wow that is more than I could have hoped. Thanks. smile

Why FluxBB? Interesting one. I had tried SMF, MyBB and PunBB originally when I was first looking for a php/sql forum solution that was light weight enough to run on an ARM SOC setup (in this case Raspberry Pi model B). Unfortunately these were all too eager to utilize PHP calls and performed poorly in my tests (unsuprisingly). I wasn't aware at that time that PunBB was effectively dead and that FluxBB was an option.

I chose MLF (v2) because it is minimalist/modular and crucially makes use of smarty template engine cached to ram to greatly speed up rendering and reduce cpu overhead on 'wheezy' devices like the Pi where you really don't want any PHP binary activity if at all possible.

Aesthetically I found the minimalist approach worked great and my users liked the threaded design once I had properly introduced them to it. Sadly as time has gone on I have found that many prospective new users/guests flat out expect a more standardized forum appearance and many visitors don't hang around long enough to switch to linear/thread views! Bounce rate for the site is 40%+. I am reaching, but I honestly attribute this to 'wtf lol bye'. wink In short: imho threaded discussion is no longer compatible with the vast majority of visitors expectations and is literally a detriment to expansion/engagement. Its great for specialist forums/communities but when you want to go beyond that, or present large amounts of information in a coherent and familiar fashion it fails hard. Even when there are alternative views available at the click of a button, its too much :brain: for most people and they don't engage. Since my forum is mostly walls of text its vital that people engage and can quickly and easily navigate to the relevant posts etc.

The second huge incentive to switch to FluxBB was the fact it performed better than MLF on the same hardware. I mean that alone is hugely impressive. It really is! The root fs is on an SDCARD after all. I am in the process of upgrading the 'server' to a Banana Pi and I'm confident that performance (concurrent pageviews) will benefit hugely from FluxBB. So when you factor in the same/better performance and the issues we have with engagement due to a 'non standard' forum layout it makes total sense to change to FluxBB.

Sorry for the long post .. I could probably say all of this in 3 sentences. I am half asleep. Heh.

Last edited by grognard (2014-09-18 17:34:51)

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#130 2014-09-18 20:10:32

Franz
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Re: FluxBB Migration Tool

To be honest, 2.0 will probably not be quite as lightweight in terms of pure speed or memory usage, I'm still trying to write efficient code, though.


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#131 2014-09-19 08:27:51

joel
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Re: FluxBB Migration Tool

grognard wrote:
Franz wrote:

Well... I created *snip here, but I'm right now focusing on development of v2.0. Once I get that to a more solid state, I might get the chance to take a look here...

What made you choose FluxBB?

Wow that is more than I could have hoped. Thanks. smile

Why FluxBB? Interesting one. I had tried SMF, MyBB and PunBB originally when I was first looking for a php/sql forum solution that was light weight enough to run on an ARM SOC setup (in this case Raspberry Pi model B). Unfortunately these were all too eager to utilize PHP calls and performed poorly in my tests (unsuprisingly). I wasn't aware at that time that PunBB was effectively dead and that FluxBB was an option.

I chose MLF (v2) because it is minimalist/modular and crucially makes use of smarty template engine cached to ram to greatly speed up rendering and reduce cpu overhead on 'wheezy' devices like the Pi where you really don't want any PHP binary activity if at all possible.

Aesthetically I found the minimalist approach worked great and my users liked the threaded design once I had properly introduced them to it. Sadly as time has gone on I have found that many prospective new users/guests flat out expect a more standardized forum appearance and many visitors don't hang around long enough to switch to linear/thread views! Bounce rate for the site is 40%+. I am reaching, but I honestly attribute this to 'wtf lol bye'. wink In short: imho threaded discussion is no longer compatible with the vast majority of visitors expectations and is literally a detriment to expansion/engagement. Its great for specialist forums/communities but when you want to go beyond that, or present large amounts of information in a coherent and familiar fashion it fails hard. Even when there are alternative views available at the click of a button, its too much :brain: for most people and they don't engage. Since my forum is mostly walls of text its vital that people engage and can quickly and easily navigate to the relevant posts etc.

The second huge incentive to switch to FluxBB was the fact it performed better than MLF on the same hardware. I mean that alone is hugely impressive. It really is! The root fs is on an SDCARD after all. I am in the process of upgrading the 'server' to a Banana Pi and I'm confident that performance (concurrent pageviews) will benefit hugely from FluxBB. So when you factor in the same/better performance and the issues we have with engagement due to a 'non standard' forum layout it makes total sense to change to FluxBB.

Sorry for the long post .. I could probably say all of this in 3 sentences. I am half asleep. Heh.

you are rignt. i was once a MLF members. i told them a lot of times to change the view forum three structure but they refuse. i also tell them to tell me how i could modified that but no avail. MLF has a speed i like and some functions. but there are so many things i am not just feeling. i just feel something much is till missing.

even fluxbb. i am just managing it because i am confuse to change over again. but one thing i like about fluxbb is everything is modifiable.


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#132 2014-09-19 11:15:02

grognard
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Re: FluxBB Migration Tool

joel wrote:

you are rignt. i was once a MLF members. i told them a lot of times to change the view forum three structure but they refuse. i also tell them to tell me how i could modified that but no avail. MLF has a speed i like and some functions. but there are so many things i am not just feeling. i just feel something much is till missing.

even fluxbb. i am just managing it because i am confuse to change over again. but one thing i like about fluxbb is everything is modifiable.

One big issue I get a lot from users is that there is no way to set threaded/linear view as a default. This was a feature in v1 but seems to have been lost in v2. It is only possible if you use table view - which we don't sadly.

The MLF project achieved its goals though. It is a great simple lightweight threaded discussion forum. A lot of people use it and it has been remarkably stable and hassle free during my 3 years with it. I have nothing but gratitude and respect for the dev/s there and don't hold them responsible for my decisions and lack of PHP knowledge (and therefore ability to 'fix' issues myself).

No complaints here. wink I just think that we've outgrown it and I am genuinely sorry I did not heed my better instincts and go with a more established format/solution in the first place .. even if that meant abandoning the dream of running a server on the cheap using development boards hehe. At least if I had used one of the 10 or so popular software options I would have been able to find some way to export/migrate.

After pruning out absolutely all 'non essential' posts I have 547 threads to manually port over to FluxBB. *cripes

Last edited by grognard (2014-09-19 11:22:22)

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#133 2014-11-15 09:03:57

sianariman
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Re: FluxBB Migration Tool

Everything workings fine, except "Search Keywords"

Converting was from phpBB3.0.12 t>> FluxBB 1.5.7

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