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How to create an offline mirror of a SMF forum?


I hope this is the right board for this thread; otherwise please move it. I have used the search function, but did not find a fitting thread.

My domain and hosting plan soon terminate and I am considering not renewing them. I do not want to lose the SMF forum installation and all the posts; instead I would like to be able to store and view the forum offline on my personal hard-drive. Is that possible? I'm not particularly savvy with these things. I have all necessary access to the files and can download them, I just don't know what to do with them to be able to view them. Ideally I would like to be able to view the forums as they look now, and to use the search functions etc. as if the forums were still online.

If you need any further information to be able to help me, let me know. The SMF version is 2.0.13.

The most important thing is to make a copy of your database. You can make a copy of your forum folder too, especially if you have instaleld a lot of mods and/or have made manual edits to the files.

Sir Osis of Liver:
You can set up a local server with something like XAMPP -

It is clear that in addition to the database, the script itself must also be copied to the reserve. 8)

Basically follow this guide, with the "new host" being your local machine (which you have prepared as outlined by Sir Osis of Liver), and skip steps 9 and 10 (because they don't apply).


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