I’d like to migrate a Vanilla forum to Discourse. My preference would be to have it hosted by discourse.org - I no longer want to manage my own server.
From what I understood, I can only run the Vanilla importer on an instance I have full control on, so the migration plan would be to:
1/ Import the existing Vanilla forum in my own Discourse instance.
2/ Create a backup.
3/ Restore this backup on the instance hosted by Discourse.org.
Question 1: is this the correct procedure, or have I missed a more direct way of importing Vanilla data on a forum hosted on Discourse.org?
Question 2: will the Vanilla import also import all attachments?
Question 3: so far I have been struggling with occasional error messages due to a mismatch in the data format, and have been modifying the import script accordingly. The import seems to run fine now, but at the rate of about 1 user per second. Is this the expected speed (running in the VM, on a recent iMac)? If so, what’s the easiest way of setting up a faster running instance that I could use for the import?