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Post by BloodDrunk on March 17th 2017, 10:38 am

Is it possible for me to download the entire forum (in it's current state), so I can edit its design in offline mode, so I don't mess up with it while it's online?
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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 2:51 am

I would like to know this as well..I have gone in to see about saving it but it puts it back to 2017-03-09..Restore the forum such as it was :.. that is for a full back up..I don't want to go back that far..if I do a restore tomorrow I would like to save from tomorrow..so I don't lose anything..just in case what I do I don't like..and I can put it back as it was tomorrow..
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Post by Jadster on March 18th 2017, 4:35 am

Hello @BloodDrunk and @Broomhilda,
If you wish to export your site theme you can follow these instructions below!

Step 1: Access your Administration Panel
Step 2: Click on the "Display" tab at the top.
Step 3: Click "Themes Management" under Skins.
Step 4: Under "Export your Skin" use the drop downs to select the current skin and "Whole Style"
Step 5: Click the Export Button.

This should immediately start a download for the entire theme style in 1 single file for you to save and import on any other forumotion website as well. You might also be able to make your changes as long as you have a way to open up that file.

Hope this helps!

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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 4:47 am

Thank you Jadster for getting back with us..

Now have a few questions..
*what does the export do..
*and will I lose any of my content that I have on there..omgosh that would be devastating if I did
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Post by Jadster on March 18th 2017, 4:53 am

Broomhilda wrote:Thank you Jadster for getting back with us..

Now have a few questions..
*what does the export do..
*and will I lose any of my content that I have on there..omgosh that would be devastating if I did
Glad I was able to provide some assistance @Broomhilda and to answer your questions...

The export allows you to create a copy of the full theme or whatever you specify you want it to export for you to transfer over from one site to another. Example below!

EXAMPLE:
I create a Whole Site Export on "Site A"
I go to my other forum names "Site B"
I do an IMPORT on "Site B" using the file created from the "Site A" export.

Now, "Site B" will have the same information that "Site A" has with no changes made to "Site A".

Basically it creates a copy of the whole site or whatever you choose export to be about without changing the actual site.

Also, regarding losing anything from the site, no. You will not lose any content related to your forum in an export. As I said, it is more of a "copy". Not a deletion. So doing an export WILL NOT delete anything from your original site.

Hope this information helps!

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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 5:01 am

Sorry about all these questions..I just want to be safe..I have worked so hard on this forum..

Now..where does it export it to..do I have to have a folder on my desk or save it to my computer..because if I don't like the other forum I want to try out then I need to be able to get this one back..

I don't want to put it on any other forum..I just have the one..

And when I do another forum style will I have to take everything off of the old one and add it to this new one..

This is the one I would like to try out..and I am a bit skittish doing it..and new things make me a bit skittish lol..Forumactif Edge - A Free Modern and Responsive Forum Theme

And right now I have phpBB..

Thank you Jadster for your help
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Post by Jadster on March 18th 2017, 5:16 am

Broomhilda wrote:Sorry about all these questions..I just want to be safe..I have worked so hard on this forum..

Now..where does it export it to..do I have to have a folder on my desk or save it to my computer..because if I don't like the other forum I want to try out then I need to be able to get this one back..

I don't want to put it on any other forum..I just have the one..

And when I do another forum style will I have to take everything off of the old one and add it to this new one..

This is the one I would like to try out..and I am a bit skittish doing it..and new things make me a bit skittish lol..Forumactif Edge - A Free Modern and Responsive Forum Theme

And right now I have phpBB..

Thank you Jadster for your help
No problem! I understand having all the questions!

When you do an export it will automatically export the file to your computer / laptop downloads folder. This way you can move it to another folder if you so chose just for safe keeping Smile

And that is fine if you don't have any other forum to put it on. I have a test forum for me to mess around with and test with files and such for troubleshooting purposes!

When you add a new theme to the website, it will automatically edit the files for the most part if needed and Javascript files should stay the same but may be a bit messed up depending on the design coding.

And that theme that was made by @Ange Tuteur should work for your forum and if you have any questions I would recommend reaching out to him on it since he is the creator and knows more about it then anybody else here!

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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 5:24 am

Omgosh..maybe I should do a test forum before I do this lol..how do I go about doing that..I hope I am able to ask as these questions on this topic..one since it's not my topic..sorry

And yes I will go and talk to Ange before doing anything serious..

Thank you soooo much James for all your help..you have answered all the questions I have asked..and of course I am sure I will have more lol..
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Post by Jadster on March 18th 2017, 5:32 am

Broomhilda wrote:Omgosh..maybe I should do a test forum before I do this lol..how do I go about doing that..I hope I am able to ask as these questions on this topic..one since it's not my topic..sorry

And yes I will go and talk to Ange before doing anything serious..

Thank you soooo much James for all your help..you have answered all the questions I have asked..and of course I am sure I will have more lol..
@Broomhilda,
Glad I was able to help answer your questions. In regards to making a test forum, you would just create another forumotion forum like you made your first one but just name it what you want. Such as broomhildatest with the .forumotion.com extention at the end. This way you have a test forum to make all the tests you want before moving them over to a live site.

If you have any further questions feel free to PM me so we don't use other threads! I would be more then happy to answer your questions.

Cheers,
James!
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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 5:46 am

Thank you so much James..for your help..and I hope some of these questions and answers will help BloodDrunk

~1~
awesome job explaining things
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:07 am

You do understand that is only for the theme, not content (posts and members).


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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 6:08 am

Hi Gray..

What do you mean..??
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:09 am

The export and import options is only for the theme, not content of the forum.  Content is members, topics, posts, etc.


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Post by Jadster on March 18th 2017, 6:11 am

Broomhilda wrote:Hi Gray..

What do you mean..??

What me means by this @Broomhilda is that when you export the theme, it ONLY exports the design. All posts, topics, articles, and members will stay on that same website. This won't transfer all the actual Content of the site from one to another. This only moves the overall look.

EXAMPLE:
Site A: 500 Members & 100 Posts (Does an Export file)
Site B: 0 Members & 0 Posts. (Does and Import of Site A)

Site B will still have 0 members and 0 posts.

Does that answer your question?

EDIT: Sorry, @SLGray already answered! I didn't see that.
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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 6:13 am

So all my links that I have on there will be lost..omgosh..

Ok so I would have to transfer all my posts and links to the new forum..
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:15 am

Since what you are asking about is not related to the topic, please start another topic.


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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 6:18 am

I'm sorry..I don't know if BloodDrunk is going to have this solved..I figured since I was wondering the same thing he was I would post here instead of starting a post about the same thing..

I will start another topic..

Thank you Gray and James..
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:20 am

BloodDrunk is asking about the whole forum, not just the theme.

Since we do not have access to the database, we can not get a download of our forums.


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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 6:22 am

that is what I was asking as well the whole forum not just the theme..
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:28 am

We do not have access to our forums' database.


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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 6:31 am

Thank you Gray..I created a test forum..so I am still going to try this out before I do anything more..I hope BloodDrunk..understands this as well..
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:34 am

What most people do is create a test forum that way they can test codes, create themes. etc.


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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 6:35 am

Thank you Gray
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:41 am

Now if you are only wanting the theme, you can use the export and import options.


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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 6:44 am

I do want to try out that theme..but am so scared to lose everything I have worked so hard to get on there..and I don't have backups for those links..I would have to start all over one by one..finding and adding them..that would be a mess to find them again..
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:48 am

All it does is make a COPY it the theme.


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Post by Jadster on March 18th 2017, 6:49 am

@broomhilda,
Forumotion forums automatically back up every so often so if something did go wrong you can use the Forumotion utilities to restore the site back to what it was on a specific date when the backup was done. This way it provides a bit more comfort in knowing that whatever gets messed up can still be recovered.

But as SLGray says it simply makes a copy. Like when you highlight some text and right click and click "copy". The original highlighted text stays there and you can then paste the text again. Then you will have 2 of the same line. The original line you copied won't be deleted or lost in any way. Think of it like that.
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 6:51 am

We are not really talking about backups.  Backups are used to restore your forums to an earlier date.


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Post by Broomhilda on March 18th 2017, 6:57 am

If I did this say like tomorrow I wouldn't get everything that I had put on there today or tomorrow it would only save from 2017-03-09..that is the soonest I can back up..and that worries me..

I understand everything you have said so far James..which surprises me lol..

Ok..you posted Gray when I was..so if I did a back up then..now I am starting to get confused..I was doing so good..and understanding lol..

Ok I am going to have to start another topic..we are really off base and BloodDrunk just might get upset with all these posts.on his topic..sorry everyone..I don't even know what to put in the topic for all this..
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Post by SLGray on March 18th 2017, 7:00 am

Backups are used to restore your forum to an earlier date if something happens.  Also there is different restore types.

Export & Import only deals with themes.


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