phpBB to BBpress migration + SEO 301 redirects

phpBB to BBpress migration + SEO 301 redirects
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In this Article I will explain how I successfully migrated a forum from PHPbb to BBpress in 5 minutes. It was easiest than I ever thought. After migrating to BBpress I just add few lines of code in a template file of phpBB to make a clean SEO redirect to the new forum. All worked like charm.

Be careful: Why to move from phpBB to BBpress?

I supose you already spend some time taking this decision, erectile but remember this quick comparison phpBB Vs BBpress:

“bbpress is SIMPLICITY”, physiotherapist “PHPbb is POWERFUL”.

if you want to migrate a small starting community from phpBB to BBpress, viagra it’s OK, if you want to migrate a large big community, maybe users will not understand the lack of functionality they are used to have in your phpBB forum.

In my case, I did a migration of a phpBB forum to wordpress BBpress because it was a in the early days of the creation of a community, the simplicity benefit of bbpress, worpress blogging integration, and the flexibility to add and mould the website towards the needs of the future community.

The migration from phpBB to BBpress:

STEP 1.- Installation of bbpress (Skip if you already installed it):

  • Install wordpress,
  • settings–> permalinks –>select post name
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settings to migrate phpbb to bbpress

 

  • install bbpress
  • settings–> forums –>configure as I show in the screenshot
bbpress configuration

migrate phpbb to bbpress: configure bbpress like this

STEP 2.- And the only one step to migrate from phpbb to bbpress is:

TIPS:
1.- choose a different URL for the new forum. for example, if you used /forum/ in phpBB, use /forums/ in bbpress
2.- don’t delete your phpBB forum.
3.- as an extra, in phpbb you could disable registration of new users, and add a message in the /styles/prosilver/template/overall_header.html   file.

Preserving the SEO after moving from PHPbb to BBpress

It’s very easy!!!

and this is very important, not only to avoid penalizations, but to correctly direct potential users that come from SERP results in google to the new forum and don’t loose or frustrate visitors after the phpBB to BBpress migration.

STEP 3.- SEO 301 redirect

Open/edit:
/styles/prosilver/template/overall_header.html

search for:

// Send vars to template
$template->assign_vars(array(
‘FORUM_ID’ => $forum_id,

and just above this lines add this piece of code:

##################################
$titleac = trim($topic_data[‘topic_title’]);
$relativeurl = str_replace(‘ ‘,’-‘,$titleac);
$relativeurl = strtolower($relativeurl);
header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”);
header(“Location: http://www.YOURDOMAIN.com/forums/topic/”.$relativeurl.”/”);
#####################################

Links:
Comparison from the bbpress comunity point of view: https://bbpress.org/forums/topic/bbpress-vs-phpbb/
If this tutorial mof moving phpBB to BBpress was useful for you, please just let me know with a comment

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