Step by Step Tutorial on phpBB to vBulletin Migration [Video]

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If you are an owner or an administrator of a web project, you must know that there are many CMS platforms to choose from. But which one is the best fit for your web site? First of all, to get closer to the answer to this question, one has to know about the peculiarities of each platform. So now we are going to compare phpBB to vBulletin, as they are some of the most popular forum platforms.

phpBB is an open source platform with a very long history on the market and a large community of users. Although sometimes it may require some programming skills, it is known for its effective security system and an extensive administration panel. phpBB also offers a number of free MODs, easy to install and effective in use. All in all, it is a great tool for experienced users, who are looking for a reliable professional grade software for their forums.

vBulletin, on the other hand, pushes the limits and offers to you a possibility to create and manage not only a forum but also a blog, a website and some other web projects. It has a really user-friendly installer and a great compatibility, so that you can run your web project on different operating systems. One of the unique features of vBulletin is the possibility to publish message drafts as and when required even if you are not online by simply indicating the time of publishing. However, the convenience comes at a price, as vBulletin is a commercial platform and you need to buy a license to use it.

Sometimes though only theoretical comparison may not be enough to decide which tool will be better for your web site and you have to try each of them. If this is the case and you are using phpBB, but would like to try vBulletin, we have a solution for you. Now you don’t need to perform the transfer manually, nor do you have to create a new web project from scratch. Our automated migration service CMS2CMS will do everything for you.

Simple Steps guide on How to Migrate from phpBB to vBulletin

Step 1. Create an Account

It will take you no more than a minute to register on

Step 2. Indicate Your Source and Target Websites

Type in the URLs and specify the platform types of your websites.


Step 3. Download the Connection Bridge

You will need the bridge to gain access to your websites. Simply install it to your PC, unzip it and upload to your phpBB and vBulletin websites root folders via FTP using any FTP client software.

Step 4. Select Your Extra Options and  Try Demo Migration

In addition to migrating all of your categories, posts, topics, users and polls you can choose such additional options as:

  • Clear the data on your vBulletin site before Migration
  • Migrate images and attachments
  • Fix broken relationships in the database

You can check how the service works with the free Demo migration option and have up to 10 threads/topics moved from phpBB to vBulletin at no cost at all!


Step 5. Proceed to Your Full Migration

After you see the results of your Demo migration, you can start your Full migration right away and migrate your whole forum content. All of your data will be converted in a matter of minutes and you will be able to enjoy the new possibilities of your vBulletin platform in no time.


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Items that can be Migrated

Migrate your phpBB to vBulletion now and enjoy your new forum. So go ahead and set up the Free demo migration! We are sure that you won’t regret!

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