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Instead of reconfiguring a new Vanilla installation from scratch, I decided to duplicate my existing installation, move it to a new directory, and clear the contents so I'd have a brand new forum for the new product while doing much less work...
Your instruction is adventurous. I liked it. Likewise, Steps 1-11 are common for transferring a forum from host to local host and vice-versa.
digitalguy said: I would love to hear feedback. Any steps you would've done differently?
1. Downloading Vanilla
2, 3 and 4. Transferring it to the host, extracing the "zip" file and renaming the "vanilla" folder
5. Creating a new database
6. Opening the URL in a browser and continuing one-step installation
7 and 8. Copying "plugins" and/or "themes" folders from directory of the old forum, then replacing them in this new one.
*. I Think this takes much less time, dosen't it? Your instruction would be great if you try to keep GDN_User completely. However, in this case:
9 and 10. Exporting essential tables from the old forum and importing to this one :)