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Moving Installed Forum from to

I have tried to move my installed forum from to with little success. For additional information, I used simple scripts. I believe during my initial installation to, it created a database for me.

I went into simple scripts's Vanilla Forums Panel
which only gave me 3 options - namely:

  • Update Access Configuration
    If you have recently changed your password, or renamed your hosting account, use this utility.

  • Update Location
    If you manually reconfigured your installation to another domain or folder, use this utility.

  • Update Version
    If you have upgraded or downgraded this installation via any other upgrade method, use this utility.

When I tried to update the new location to install the vanilla forums simplescript installer to it worked for a moment, until I uninstalled the original installation at

Now I am getting a error message when I try to access my and is gone as I was uninstalling it to prevent the duplicate after "successful" move.

I'm getting the Bonk error message, does anyone have any experience with moving the forums?

I'm struggling to think if I can include anymore information which might be useful to resolving this. Hope someone can help.

Thanks guys.


  • UnderDogUnderDog MVP
    edited April 2012

    Let's assume you were using vanilla or higher.

    These are the steps to take (in random order). Down below I'll sum up the steps in logical order, just to make sure you'll solve the problem.

    You need to access the Vanilla/conf folder on your webserver, and


    $Configuration['Garden']['Debug'] = TRUE; `

    in your config.php file.

    Then access your again and you will see a more detailed error page.

    I will assume your database is gone, because you uninstalled your

    The easiest thing to do is to restore your database and then access one more time, to see if all errors are gone.

    Then access Vanilla/cache folder on your webserver and clear that directory, remove all *.ini files from it.

    So once again:

    1) Restore the database

    2) Access vanilla/cache folder on your webserver and remove all .ini files from that directory

    3) Access the Vanilla/conf folder on your webserver, and


    $Configuration['Garden']['Debug'] = TRUE; `

    in your config.php file.

    Hope it helps. If you get to step 3 and get the detailed error page, try to interpret the error. If not, copy / paste the error in this thread.

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  • aeryaery Gtricks Forum in 2.2 :) ✭✭✭
    edited March 2012

    Same question here. Can anyone post an guide to achieve this. This will be very useful for all.

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  • 422422 Developer MVP

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  • 422422 Developer MVP

    Ive never really played with sub domains, but surely no files get moved at all.. just root paths and htaccess needs to be updated.

    I think you just need to set paths differently in conf file. Do a htaccess rewrite and voila should be plain sailing. But I am no expert

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  • Thank you guys for the feedback!

    I still cannot figure out how to fix this mess. Can anyone point me to a contractor I can get some help with? Pardon my coding idiocy.

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