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how to convert from wordpress to simplemachines

Started by ABCDiamond, April 30, 2021, 10:48:44 PM

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This post has the same question as mine, so hope it is OK to continue the post with my information.

I am looking into switching my site from WordPress to SMF.

I would create a SMF on a subdirectory for my site.

Then I would want to import my current pages, posts and comments to SMF.
(I have 150 pages, 2,176 posts and 2,320 comments).
I would leave the WordPress site as is, until the SMF one is operational, and then probably delete it, or maybe just mark all posts as diverted.

I would want each post to become a main topic on SMF and each comment would become a reply to that topic.

I only have 6 members to import, but I would also want to import 420 new members (from a csv list containing only the name and email address?).  These are the existing commenters.

Is this possible and is there an easy way to do this?

Thank you


I split your post to a new topic, as it's better to start your own when asking for help :)

as far as I'm aware, no there are no converters....however not saying it's not possible to do, but no one's created an automatic way as they are two different things, a blog and a forum....

you might find someone to do it in the Help Wanted (not for support) boards if you post for a paid job to have it done...that is if someone knows how and has the time....




I have been wondering if it was even possible, as what I have seen so far hasn't been encouraging.

One that said it could do it appears to have been abandoned about 7 years ago..


Well, WordPress is a blog. Smf is a forum...
Very different structures
So, no. There is no converter
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At a basic level, a blog is really just a locked down forum where only a handful of people can start new threads (blog posts)


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Quote from: SpacePhoenix on May 02, 2021, 02:11:54 AM
At a basic level, a blog is really just a locked down forum where only a handful of people can start new threads (blog posts)
that might be but the way in which things are stored in the database is completely different

so in order to be able to convert it, you would need someone that is familiar with both wps' database structure and functions as well as smfs'

I can tell you just converting from a different forum to smf is a pita and has it's issues, i converted a phpbb to smf and still had to correct bbcode, avatars, and a few other things....
trying to convert from something that's not a forum to smf well that's going to take a lot of time and effort
I converted 2 phphLDs to smf but I did it all by hand because there again that's not a forum it's a directory script with built in articles....so it was a lot of time and effort and manually moving things around.

As I said earlier, yeah it can be done but it's not going to be something automated, best bet is to post for a paid job, requesting someone to do it who knows wp and smf's databases