Okay, I promised an update on the reload. On a good note, everything worked but three little things. And two were not even mod related. 1) Polls and poll results did not transfer over. 2) Avatars did not transfer
. 3) Gallery Categories did not transfer. Other then that, everything else did, and it went smooth!
So anyone that might have difficulties, and not sure what to do, here is what I did and what happened. Yes, I know it seems like a lot of work, but I had tried everything on my test server and came up with several errors if I was using modified files. Of course, this is for those like me, that have heavily modified boards.
Made backups of all my files, including mysql.
Dumped the server files and did a fresh install
Through mysql, dropped and imported the following tables: (Bold are phpbb defaults)
Then I reinstalled the mods again, and uploaded my custom themes. So initially this was more like a restoring a backup, just upgraded from 3.0.0 to 3.0.1 It was a bit of work, of course I tested this out in several ways.
The polls and uploaded avatars did not transfer even on an unmodified board. Test #3 was clean install, created two categories, made a few posts and made one poll. Did the above, and poll/poll results still did not transfer over. So might be a bug, might be because of some of the changes in the structure, I do not know. It would take someone with more knowledge and know how then me to find out.
So, if you want to upgrade a highly modded forum with out much of a problem. Just some time, this seems to be the best way. Most mods were effected, though not all by a strait up upgrade.
I think total time it took me for my live forum was 2.5 hours. That was from making backups to finish. I hope this can help someone out. Or others pipe in with what they did to upgrade and avoided the many errors that can occur with a highly modified board. I am sure there are better ways that I had not thought of.