Instructions to transfer the PunBB forum from one server to another

Follow these instructions to migrate the PunBB forum from one server to another.

  1. Prepare a web environment on the new server.
  2. Make a backup of the PunBB web directory. It can be done via the .tar utility or any other which your hoster allows.
  3. Make a backup of your DB. It can be done via the mysqldump or phpmyadmin utility.
  4. Copy a backup of the web directory and DB to the new server via ftp or scp.
  5. Restore the DB backup on the new server.
  6. Create a mysql user on the new server. Get a username and password in the config.php file of your forum.
  7. Restore forum files from the backup in the web directory of the new server.
  8. After restoring the files, verify that the web server has permissions to write to the following directories: cache, img/avatars and extensions (for pun_repository).
  9. Clear the cache directory.