Pondering migration: will outside backlinking remain working?

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Pondering migration: will outside backlinking remain working?

Post by Farofylakas » Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:22 pm

Next to my small phpbb board, I run a way bigger vb 4 board. I feel it’s time to upgrade to something more mobile device friendly.

vb 5 is the most likely candidate but I understand (from a friendly board that did upgrade) that it is still very buggy.

Another option would be migrating to some other software, like phpbb. I would miss my front page, but if all the rest would be ok, it’s worth considering.

One of the major things that’s worrying me, though, is the backlinking.

Right now there are lots of outside sites that are linking to specific threads (topics) of my board and I need these to remain working.

Threads of my vb board have the form:
Topics of my phpbb board have the form:
(needless to note once again that f=forumID is totally redundant and shouldn’t be there)

So my biggest question is:
After migrating to phpbb, can thread and board urls in general remain the same so that outside backlinking remains working?

And another question: my board has a domain name consisting of greek letters. Can phpbb handle it?


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Re: Pondering migration: will outside backlinking remain working?

Post by 3Di » Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:46 pm

Seems like you already investigated about that here viewtopic.php?f=486&t=2352586

First you need a convertor or a convert to this and then convert to that and then convert to phpBB thinghy.
And yes, phpBB handles greek letters (UFT8).
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Re: Pondering migration: will outside backlinking remain working?

Post by Lumpy Burgertushie » Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:47 pm

and you can use 301 redirects in a htaccess file to keep all the backlinks working.

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