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[Resolved] I need to move from bbPress plugin to Buddypress groups/forums

  • Avatar of evagorasc
    evagorasc
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    @evagorasc

    We have a site that has about 11 forums, 13,000 topics, 140,000 replies and 5,300 users. These are all inside WordPress running on bbPress 2.1.2 (the latest at this time) as a plugin. It all works great, however we want to move the posts to Buddypress and use the Groups/Forums within it. That way all of the users’ posts will show up in the activity just like the rest of their Buddypress stuff.

    I know I can keep them separate and have even succeeded in doing so on a test site, however, I would like to make this a unified experience for my users if possible.

    So, is this possible? Is there a service (paid perhaps) that does this? I know that if I sit down and roll my sleeves I can probably figure out the database structure and move those posts and metadata, but I would rather not.

    Appreciate any help/thoughts!

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  • Avatar of Paul Gibbs
    Paul Gibbs
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    @djpaul

    Do you currently use Group Forums or have content in Group Forums that you need to migrate to bbPress?

    Avatar of evagorasc
    evagorasc
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    @evagorasc

    Actually, it’s the other way around. We need to move stuff into Buddypress. We don’t even use Buddypress yet. We are going to install Buddypress from scratch and are thinking of moving the bbPress Forums/Topics/Replies into Buddypress Groups/Forums/Topics/Replies.

    We have tested the bbPress/Buddypress integration and we can see that when someone posts inside the bbPress forums, it shows up in the Activity stream of Buddypress. What we are thinking though, is to move completely into Buddypress.

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    Paul Gibbs
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    @djpaul

    I know you *want* it the other way around (which I am going to advise against in due course) but I need to know if you currently use Group Forums or have existing Group Forum content! :)

    Avatar of evagorasc
    evagorasc
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    @evagorasc

    No, we don’t have any. We don’t even have Buddypress on the site yet installed.

    Avatar of evagorasc
    evagorasc
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    @evagorasc

    Anyone any thoughts? @djpaul why would you advice against such a thing? I would think it’s a good choice, no?

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
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    @mercime

    Basically, the BuddyPress Group Forums will be migrated/merged into the Sitewide Forums (bbPress plugin) come BP 1.7

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    Paul Gibbs
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    @djpaul

    If you disable the Group Forums component in BuddyPress, then go to the bbPress settings screen. Scroll right down to the bottom, and there are options about enabling BuddyPress group forum support. You can do this right now. I don’t know what the process is for mapping an (existing) forum to a particular group; might have to edit some metadata in the database to achieve this.

    If you’ve got a dev site, maybe give this a try, and then follow up on bbpress.org for any specific problems you encounter. As @mercime hints at, it’s possible right now but not user friendly or bug-free yet.

    There are bugs in this process at the moment if you try to do it on sites that have existing Group Forums data, which is why I asked.

    I recommend against migrating from bbPress 2 to 1, because at some point, BP won’t ship with bbPress 1, and then you’ll have to move your content back to 2.

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    evagorasc
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    @evagorasc

    Thank you guys for your recommendations. So, just to make sure I get this right, Buddypress ships with bbPress 1, while the standalone bbPress plugin is at version 2? Then that makes sense not to downgrade.

    Also, @mercime what is going to happen with BP 1.7? If I keep the forums inside bbPress 2.x will they then be integrated into the Groups/Forums? Or will they drop the Forums part of the Groups completely?

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    @mercime
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    @mercime

    BuddyPress ships with fully customized bbPress 1.

    Re BP 1.7: As Paul, a BP core dev, mentioned above it’s the customized bbPress 1 which will be phased out, the Group Forums will be kept but will be moved to the Sitewide forums (bbPress plugin). See bbPress Settings where at the bottom of the panel, there’s a section specifically for BuddyPress Group Forums http://mercime.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/bp16-swforums-03.jpg?w=700

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    evagorasc
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    @evagorasc

    Thank you guys for your help. It helped me make sense of this.

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