Migrating phpBB to Joomla Kunena: One by One Instruction [+Video]

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Looking through the top CMS solutions, Joomla takes almost the highest stage among them. It enhances the diligently developed functionality, original templating system, and the possibility to create professional and advanced websites. Moreover, it provides each user with the ability to run their own online stores, forums, etc. Nowadays, lots of website runners try to join Joomla community and put to the test all its benefits.

While speaking about phpBB, this tool allows you to run a forum, but other web projects. You are not able to unify your website and forum projects, they may work separately only. While, with Joomla, you are able to manage both a website and forum within one tool. Also, it’s much easier to get more users. Joomla with Kunena extension supports you with the various functions that may greatly simplify your web project running.

In this case, if you’d like to try your current forum on Joomla Kunena, we have prepared the new tutorial on how to migrate your phpBB to Joomla with Kunena extension.

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Stage-by-Stage Guidance for Automated Switching

Before proceeding with your phpBB to Kunena forum migration, you have to do the following actions:

1. Install Joomla with Joomla Kunena Extension

You have to install your new Joomla website with Kunena extension. Also, think about other tools that will help you with the site management, for instance, sh404SEF, Phoca Gallery, etc.

2. Create aisite Account

Then, you should go to aisite.com and register there your new account in order to migrate all your content automatedly. You need to provide is your name, email, and password. Or just login via your Facebook or Google+ account.


3. URLs of phpBB and Joomla (with Kunena) Sites

Next step – provide the URLs of your phpBB and Joomla sites in the provided fields in the wizard. And choose the types of your sites tools in the drop down menu – in your case, select phpBB as your current site and Joomla Kunena as the new one.

But, if you haven’t installed your Joomla with Kunena forum yet, just check the corresponding box and all your content will be moved to the test site. You’ll check out how your new site will look like and be able to proceed with the further migration either to the test site or your own one when it’s ready.


4. Create the Connection Between phpBB and Kunena

This step means, you have to download the connection bridge by pressing the corresponding button:

  • The bridge file will be uploaded as ‘aisite’ zip,

  • Extract it to the folder on your computer and remember its location.

  • Then, connect to your sites with the help of FTP client software. You may use any type of it: FileZilla, WinSCP, FileFTP, CuteFTP, etc. Type in your FTP host name, username, and password. This info you may find out from your hosting provider.

  • Copy ‘aisite’ folder that was extracted from the zip and paste it to the root directories on both of your sites. The root directory is the top folder which contains index.php file.

Now, you are connected to your site and may proceed with the migration process itself.


5. Choose Additional Options for Migration

Go back to your migration wizard and verify the connections between your sites by pressing the ‘Verify the Connection’ button. You’ll get some migration options to choose:

  1. Migrate Media – if you want to move your site images, just check the box (it doesn’t involve forum images though).

  2. Make URLs SEO Friendly – your links will be formed in accordance to the rewrite rules of Joomla site.

  3. Clear Target Site Data – it you’ve got some test content on your site and want to delete it, check the box.

6. Start Free Demo Migration

To see the service in action, you may run a free Demo Migration. You’ll be able to check how some part of your content is migrated from phpBB to Joomla Kunena and may get the result right within moments.

7. Start Full Migration

If you are happy with the result, you may press ‘Start Full migration’ button. And very soon, you’ll get an email notification and will be able to enjoy your new Joomla Kunena forum.


What Items Are Migrated from phpBB to Joomla Kunena

Migrating phpBB to Joomla Kunena items

So, now you know what it takes to bring your forum over to the new platform, start your free Demo Migration and make this alternative step from phpBB to Joomla Kunena with no efforts and fears.

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