Migrating Forums database to a new server
I'm after some advice of migrating to a new server.
I'm in the process of designing a new website to replace an existing one. Same domain name, just a fresh new site and new host.
The forums are locked down to members only and on a paid subscription. I don't know how migrating to a new WordPress instance with a new host/new server will work. I've installed wpFORO on the new server and am manually setting up the same sections. I'm sure there is an easier way to do it but I have time and I'm happy to do it that way.
The current forums are not overly busy but all going well we should get very busy after the migration to a new host.
I have the luxury of being able to start over again and manually setup our current paid members for access.
I really want to cover all options and wondered if there was an easy way to migrate the users and content of the current forums to the new?
Additionally I purchased the embeds addon earlier this year but after reverting to a site backup have lost the function.
I did email support but have not received any reply. I need to reinstall the addon on the current forums and new one once we move. I no longer have the zip file that I downloaded.
Any advice or tips are greatly appreciated.
The only way to migrate wpForo without any issue is migrating all wpForo database tables and your WordPress user tables. So in the target WordPress the users tables should be overwritten with old one and make sure the prefixes are the same:
All tables with wp_wpforo_ secondary table prefixes.
Then you should care about the files. You should move /wp-content/uploads/wpforo/ folder to the same directory of the target WordPress.
Once all is migrated, go to Dashboard >Forums > Dashboard and click the [Delete all caches] button. Then go to Dashboard > Forums >Settings > General Tab make sure the base URL is correct and click the [Update Options] button.
If you need an advanced service for this migration you can contact to sales[at]gvectors.com email address. They can do this for a few hundreds of dollars.
Thank you Robert for your reply.
Am in two minds to do this or just start fresh again.
Thank you for you help 🙂