What can I expect with an existing vBulletin forum and aMember?

Discussion in 'Pre-Sales Questions' started by tarfos, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. tarfos

    tarfos New Member

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    I read the description of the plugin for vBulletin, but I'm not quite clear about it. We have a vBulletin system installed, with existing users. Our goal would be to create some closed forums that would only be available to members, in addition to our members only content in other parts of our site.

    Do we need to have every vBulletin member reregister with aMember? Do we manually add vB members to aM if they become paid members, and leave the unpaid members alone in vBulletin? Do we need to completely jettison the vB membership data and move everything to aM? If so, how do we do it? A data dump and import?
  2. alexander

    alexander Administrator Staff Member

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    There is no way to import existing users with passwords into aMember.
    Passwords are encryoted in vBulletin so you can do this only if you will generate new passwords for all users and then email this info.
    Or you can create separate user group to access your closed forums. Then when existing user will signup in aMember for product that assigned to closed group he will be able to use exactly the same login/password/email as in vBulletin and aMember will take that info.
  3. vampyre

    vampyre New Member

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    Are the following steps possible for the migration of existing vB users to aMember database, please?
    1. to import existing vB users (username & email address, at the very least) to aMember database
    2. to get aMember to automatically regenerate a new password for each imported user and store it in aMember database
    3. to get aMember to send out a password reminder/reset email to every user in aMember database
  4. tarfos

    tarfos New Member

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    We're getting closer to taking this step, so I'm trying to really understand it.

    If we have an existing forum with say 1,000 registered members, and we install aMember and use aMember for another section on the same site, and we use the vBulletin plug-in, then:

    • New members can join via aMember, which will also control their vBulletin access, and they can use both the new section and vBulletin, right?
    • Old member of vBulletin can re-register via a Member, re-enter their password, and they can use both the new section and vBulleting, right?
    • Old members who want to continue to use the free forums on vBulletin, can do nothing and go on as usual? Or do they need to reregister via aMember for the free forums?
    • Anyone who registers via aMember can use closed forums on vBulletin if we ... do what? Set the forums up as accessible only for a certain group, and assign members to that group with aMember when they pay? How is this done?
    Any help appreciated, and any pointers to other threads or resources about this also appreciated.
  5. tarfos

    tarfos New Member

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    [Sorry for continuing to add to this in the Pre Sales section after we have already licensed the software ... perhaps the thread could be moved to Integration?]

    Let's say that we want to leave our vBulleting users who are not interested in our new pay service as is. But we want to let the ones who want the new service buy it. One way to do this would be to add the names of the ones who want the new service to aMember, and then choose new passwords to send to them. And let's say that we want to prevent new members from choosing the same user names as existing members of vBulletin, even when such member have elected not to use our new pay service. To accomplish that can we just dump the whole list of members and import them into aMember with random passwords, or will that block the old members from even accessing vBulletin without being sent their new password?
  6. tarfos

    tarfos New Member

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    Ah, I see that the aMember admin panel has Email Users, and you can send e-mail to all users or some subset and include {$user.pass} for their password.

    So dump the user names and e-mail addresses (and perhaps other fields) from vBulletin, somehow add a field containing unique paswords for every member, then e-mail them from within aMember with their new password. Right?

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