Convert SMF to WordPress
Automatically. Step-by-Step Forum
While running a forum, the first challenge you face is to choose the forum platform. It happens quite frequently that
you have a lot of doubts. Moreover, you have doubts on the beginning, when you start, as well as you have them,
when you decide to implement some changes.
There could be a lot of reasons why you want to try bbPress. Developed the “WordPress way”, it can be expanded
and can use a number of plugins. Besides, bbPress provides following advantages: multiple options, ease to use,
quick installation, spam protection, etc.
To change your forum platform, there is no need to stop running current or start another one from scratch. It is easy
to move all forum items automatically with CMS2CMS. Try CMS2CMS online migration service and import all your
forum content from how to migrate data from smf to wordpress bbPress automatedly.
Before Migration Actions
When you have made the final decision on your switching, start from the very beginning:
Install bbPress forum – it’s essential to install your new forum on WordPress.
Analyze your users visits – it’s better to perform migration, when the number of your site/forum users is the lowest.
Inform your website visitors about the migration – so that they were ready for the site maintenance or its totally new
1. Register an Account
To start the migration process, you have to register an account at CMS2CMS. Provide your name, email and
password. Besides, you can login via you Facebook or Google+ account.
2. Provide Source and Target URLs
In the migration wizard type you current website URL and the new one in the provided fields. Select CMS with the
modules – in this case, choose SMF and WordPress (with bbPress) convert forum from smf to wordpress bbpress
If you haven’t installed your forum yet, check the box and choose the type of forum you want to convert your data to,
and press ‘continue’ button.
3. Connections Between Your Forums
After that, you should create the connection bridge between your websites: Download the bridge file to your local
computer. It will be saved as ‘cms2cms. zip’.
Extract the bridge file to the folder and remember its location.
Now, connect to your sites via FTP client software, you may use any type of them. You’ll need to provide your FTP
host name, username, and password, all of these you may find out from your hosting provider.
Copy ‘cms2cms’ folder to the root directory of your phpBB an WordPress sites (root directory is the top folder with
index.php file). Now, you are connected to your sites.
4. Migration Wizard
Go back to your migration wizard and press ‘Verify the connection’ button. You will be able to choose the additional
migration options there:
Clear current data on New Site before Migration
Migrate images / attachments
Fix broken relationships in the database
5. Free Demo Version
Now, you can start your free Demo migration. Convert up to 10 pages from Simple Machines Forum to bbPress, and
check the results in a couple of minutes.
6. Start Full Migration
If you are satisfied with a free demo migration you may go to the final step of SMF to bbPress migration procedure.
Just press the button “Start Full Migration” and enjoy the ressults.
7. New bbPress Forum Live
Very soon, you’ll get an email notification and be able to start your new forum management. Make sure, all your user
data will be saved as well as other essential forum content.
Items that can be migrated from SMF to bbPress
When you are ready to migrate SMF to bbPress, feel free to set up your Demo migration.