Updating BuddyPress Legacy Forums on Multisite to bbPress

Buddy press switched from their own built in forum system to integrating with the more powerfull bbPress Forum system. A client wanted threaded replies in their BuddyPress forum. There is a a nice plugin which is an add-on to bbPress called “bbPress Threaded Replies” which does the job. so to use it our existing forum had to be upgraded from BuddyPress Legacy Forum to to bbPress.

There are really good step by step instructions for doing this here:

http://codex.buddypress.org/user/buddypress-site-administration/migrating-from-old-forums-to-bbpress-2/

The first time I ran this, when I got to step 5, Import old forums to bbPress 2, it worked but it never finished. it would looped though the entire process several times, causing many duplicate forums, comments, replies, etc, a big mess. durring there is a status window that updates as it goes which looks like this:

Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 2.29.45 PM

The work around solution was to stop this process manually at the right time. watch this window carfully and wait for it to show the message “Conversion Complete” then stop the process with the “Stop” button. In my case it took about 30-40 min. here where you want to stop it.

Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 2.30.40 PM

Then finish the steps on this page:

http://codex.buddypress.org/user/buddypress-site-administration/migrating-from-old-forums-to-bbpress-2/

It worked for me. I was then able to enable the “bbPress Threaded Replies” plugin which works great inside our network BuddyPress installation.