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How could I take members from Simple Machines Forum and put them on WordPress? (5 posts)

  1. brianjw
    Posted 7 years ago #


    What I am trying to do is NOT an integration. It's called moving away from Simple Machines Forum and going with WordPress. I want to transfer the members on SMF (Simple Machines Forum) to my new WordPress site. So those who are set to admins on SMF are set to admins on the blog.

    I don't even care if they are all set as normal subscribers. I am willing to go in and manually change them. All I want is the membership transferred from SMF to WordPress technology.

    Could someone code something or do something that could do this?

  2. macsoft3
    Posted 7 years ago #

    That is not going to be done easily at all. Accessing WP database with PHP will be easy to extract usernames. But passwords are encrypted with an MD5 scheme with salt. SMF also saves passwords with an MD5 scheme and a field called 'passwordSalt.' That is, you have decode passwords from WP at first and then encrypt them for SMF to finally save them.

  3. Clayton James
    Posted 7 years ago #

    All I want is the membership transferred from SMF to WordPress technology.

    A quick search revealed this:


    I understand this appears to be for an older version of wordpress, and I don't know squat about SMF. But if I read you correctly, you are only interested in importing your SMF user database into WordPress? Read the description carefully. It may point you to more helpful information. I would search Google using smf, wordpress and bridge as your keywords, and expand on that based on the results of the query. Perhaps someone in the SMF forums will have a plugin, or console based solution, and can actually confirm the results of the process for you.

    Best wishes.

  4. brianjw
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thank you Clayton James. :)

    I did some searching but found nothing but what you pointed me to. And as it says; it is integration but I want to lose SMF possibly and add them to WordPress. So what do you suggest?

  5. Clayton James
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Search, search and more search. (Google of course).

    Failing that, and being the all or nothing type, I would back EVERYTHING up, and per this statement in the plugin description; The two work together to maintain nearly identical user databases. Previous users may also be imported into WordPress. They allow both WordPress and SMF to function independantly without compromising functionality, I would probably try to import my user data from SMF to WordPress and see what happens. If it worked, I would then just disable and remove the plugin. But that's just me. I am not suggesting that you do that, simply saying that it might be possible, and I, myself would probably try it if I found absolutely no other solutions anywhere. I have been toying with the idea of trying SMF for an intranet technical information exchange site. I must say, I do like how it looks on the surface.

    Good luck to you.

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