This is my third migration. I’m the owner of the two previous forums, but not this one.
I did the migration for free, as always, to help a friend.
Link to the forum:
Details from my two other migrations:
this time, it was an old phpBB 3.1 with 250000 messages from 2007.
I had to make some adjustments to the import scripts, but after some work, it went well.
The current admin made two color schemes based on the “latte” scheme.
I like the light one!
I did minor adjustments, as you can see how the subcategories are displayed on the category section; they are aligned to the right of the category logo.
We also use the same donation button system I made on unicyclist.com (just an additional header button that users can disable in their preferences). The forum’s annual fees will be met with these donations.
We use the welcome banner, which is a very nice addition, well designed, and overall better than a standard pinned topic banner.
We also use the fantastic MD Topic List Mobile component which I use on “my” three forums.
We enabled the alpha chat plugin for the staff only. The old forum had a chat that the users liked very much, it was a loss, so they are very happy that such a feature is available.
We intend to enable it for all users after a few weeks when they’ll be used to Discourse’s interface.
I modified the banner so it shows on mobile, but without taking too much vertical space.
People are especially happy that it’s very easy to upload images since images are widely used on the forum.
The /latest/ view:
A topic view:
So far the launch has been successful. Many old users came back after months without any visits, and even new registrations.
Also, the phpBB version was plagued by spam accounts, which won’t be an issue anymore I guess.
We still have some work to do such as enabling registrations with Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Discord.
Since I won’t be an “official” admin (but still here to help), I wish good luck and a happy experience for the staff to this forum, and it was a pleasure to work on this one, as always, despite the random issues we came across (like with any migration).