I want to switch from bbpress to Vanilla, need help!
I recently started a small gaming community that currently uses bbpress for the forums. It didn't take too long to realize that this software is very simplistic and limiting. The only reason I even went with bbpress in the first place is because I thought that I could only use wordpress plugins since I have a wordpress site (sorry, I'm very new to all of this). Over the holiday I found out about vanilla's open source software and after looking into it, it seems like the way to go. However, in order for me to move forward I need to have a few questions answered.
Can I migrate all existing forums/topics/users to vanilla once installed, or do I have to start fresh? This wouldn't be too big a deal if I cannot since the forums have only been open one week, but it would be ideal.
Will my current theme work with vanilla forums? I'm using minamaze, a free wordpress theme that has bbpress integration. Since I isn't designed for vanilla I'm wondering if I can even use it. If so I'm sure I'll have to modify the theme's code, right?
How do I set it all up? I have watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to set it up, but the scenarios are a little different. I am running wordpress 4.1 and want to install/integrate vanilla 2.1.6 to my website.
Here is a link to my website: http://forgehaven.com/