Jim Alaska wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:26 pm
I think I see what you mean John. I found one tool that may be able to download the data from my old board. It is here: http://www.tenmax.com/teleport/pro/home.htm
But if I can use this tool, then how do I migrate that data to my phpBB board?
No, that tool is not a database tool of any sort. It's just a type of web spider to grab content off webpages. Much like how scrapers work. If you don't know what a scraper is, it's a bot that scans the Internet and collects posts and what have you then reproduces them on their own website's to help increase their own SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
This is one reason why I use a script called CIDRAM. I also block many ASNs (whole IP groups) of cloud/hosting providers in CloudFlare. So what this means is that a lot of your scrapers use a host, and so being that host will just get blocked. This also means many VPNs can't connect to my site, and if I see one do so I'll promptly block it. My site, my rules.
Anyway.... Your database can be downloaded from your cPanel. Your host should have that and you can ask your host how to download a database from cPanel in the phpmyadmin tool or what ever you'd call it. Once the database is downloaded it will be in a SQL format which is basically a giant text document that can be easily opened in Notepad ++. But don't ever monkey with it unless you know full well what you're doing. I've used Notepad ++ to edit my database before since I'm not clear on how to run proper phpmyadmin commands. All I had to do was replace every instance of my old site's URL. So it wasn't that complex and Notepad ++ worked well for that edit. Thus far no issues.
So yeah, a forum is comprised with two parts: A database and a set of files in the FTP. The database is what holds posts and what not.