I used the export and import program with SMF and it worked. The only thing it did not bring over was photos that users posted. Do i need a plugin or is this not supported?
well first of all don't delete any uploaded photos on SM. copy them to some folder in uploads
the have look at the img urls in the post, post an example.
you could then use some routing magic to ensure the images are loaded.
grep is your friend.
Thanks for the info.. I am really a newb as this stuff. Have had a forum since 2005 and now looking for a change and more options to drive traffic.. I assume the images will be in /images?
From a cursory google search, there appears to be an attachment folder to store user uploads.
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Yes i found them. they are in the attachment folder. here is an example of one URL http://formulaboatsforum.com/forumtest/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1620.0;attach=4193;image
File name in Attachement 4216_DSC_0138_JPGd58310184fa88fa6c9c0c7493437db0a
You need to copy that folder into your vanilla install. I suggest /uploads/smfattachments.
Then you will either need to update the posts in some pragmatic way to update the links, OR use some of @x00's routing magic.
Thanks. lets see if there is any magic on the horizon
Consider your current import from SMF to Vanilla an 'in-between' import. Maybe, just maybe, when you're almost satisfied with your import, consider using Porter plus and it can help you with those links to the attachments inside the posts.
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It is more complicated than that there is a whole lot of database look ups and hashing, etc to get the actual file name.
Tbh instead of trying to replicate the functionality, which could be a royal pain. you could just keep a copy of the SM forum on you server.
You could deny access the SM except for internal requests then route the links to this copy, for the attachments functionality.
You would then use one of the file upload solutions for future attachments.