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Here are the steps that worked for me to create a vBulletin test site for the vBulletin 4.0 RC4

Currently hosted on hostmonster (which I believe is awesome)

STEP 1 - Create a subfolder to host TEST site

My production site is hosted



My test site will be hosted



STEP 2 - Copy all files from production(LIVE) site to your test site.

copy everything from


copy to


STEP 3 - Create test database and assign admin user

Get logged into cPanel and scroll down to the Databases section

Click on MySql

Next to new database enter vb40 (or the name of your test database)

Click on Create Database

You'll get a message, created user_vb40


Scroll Down to MySql Users

Select a user (I use the same db user assigned to my production site)

Select the database you just created

Click on Add and then click All Priveleges and then click Make Changes

STEP 4 - Copy production database to test database

Get into cPanel then scroll down to the Database section

Click on phpMyAdmin

Find your database for your production site on the left and click once on it

Now across the top find the tab labeled Operations and click on that

Find the input box located under Copy database to:

Enter the database your created earlier. For example user_vb40

Now click the radio button next to Structure and Data

Place a checkmark next to Add AUTO_INCREMENT value

Click Go

Once completed, verify you have the same number of entries in your production versus test database.

STEP 5 - Update config.php in test folder

Navigate to the location of your config.php in your test folder


Change the settings for the database name (and username if you changed that earlier)

STEP 6 - VERIFY your production site is working in test folder

In a web browser, navigate to http://www.sitedomain.com/vb40

Login using your admin ID

Put vBulletin Test site into Maintenance Mode

Go to the Plugin/Product Manager and on each modification you have, change to disabled.

STEP 7 - UPLOAD vBulletin 4.0 files (typically using FTP) and ensure all files get overwritten

STEP 8 - Run UPGRADE script

Navigate to http://www.sitedomain.com/vb40/install/upgrade.php

(note: this takes some time to get through all the different settings)

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