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Building Forums with vBulletin by Kathy Kingsley-Hughes, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

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Moving Servers in Six Easy Steps

If your discussion board grows beyond the capabilities offered by your current host, then you can migrate the whole vBulletin installation from one server to another with the minimum of fuss and effort. In this section we will look at how to do this.

We can break down the server move into six easy steps.

  • Cookie check
  • Back up database
  • Download the vBulletin installation
  • Transfer to new server
  • Restore database
  • Back online!

Cookie Check

The first thing to do is check on the current cookie settings. Setting a specific cookie domain and cookie paths can cause problems for you when moving servers or even changing the URL of the discussion board. To prevent these problems, reset your cookie path to / and remove any cookie domain ...

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