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I'm using vBB and creating subforums which have the same titles, functions, and positions in many parent forums. Is there any way I can just put in the titles of subforums for all forums at the same time?
For example: If my 3 forums are: 'New York', 'San Francisco', and 'Dallas', and my subforums I want to create in each are: Cars, Movies, and Ipods, then is that possible to create Cars just once and it'd appear in all 3 forums at the same display order like this?
I asked the question in vBB.org and a guy said that I need to use a script or phpmyadmin to do that. However, I don't know much about phpmyadmin so if any has any suggestion on how to do it or knows any forum that can help a newbie on this issue, it'd be greatly appreciated!
If you are talking about a truly huge number of subforums, maybe that's worth it. On the other hand you could also find some reliable but inexpensive clerical help to just enter them through the admin panel.
How many total forums are you contemplating?
I'm not sure if there are any performance issues associated with that many forums - you may want to read up on that. A few basic steps might be to ensure that you don't put all forums on the jump menu (and create a massive list that must be loaded with every page).
With some basic knowledge of databases, you could:
- back up your database
- print out the list of tables with the number of lines
- create a new forum
- compare the list of tables to the previous list to see what has changed. (Just the "forum" table?)
- create one of your 20 categories
- export each of the tables to a text file "SELECT * INTO OUTFILE..."
- edit those lines in the text files to update the forumid, forum names, parent forum, etc.
- back up the database again
- then load those lines back into the database with "LOAD DATA INFILE"
- expect to screw up a few times in the process, and have to restore from your backup!
Then again, you might find it easier to just do it through the adminCP.
I'd really lean toward a smaller launch so that you can guide the growth of the forum. Perhaps you can then start moving topical content to new forums to let them grow.