If you have an existing community running on another platform, you may be able to migrate it to Waterhole.
Currently Waterhole provides experimental support for migrating data from Flarum. Support for other platforms is planned – please get in touch if you would like to work with us to develop migration support for another platform.
You can only import data from another platform into a fresh Waterhole installation, before the waterhole:install command has been run. The Waterhole database must be completely empty to prevent any primary key conflicts with imported data.
Follow the installation process, but instead of running the waterhole:install command, run the database migrations directly:
php artisan migrate
This will set up the database without seeding any data or user accounts.
Open up config/database.php and add a new database connection for your legacy platform's database. The easiest way to do this is to copy and paste one of the existing blocks in the connections array (usually the mysql one), and change its name and details. For example:
Run the appropriate waterhole:import:* command to import data from the legacy platform. You will be asked which database connection to import data from – select the connection that you configured in the previous step. The import will be attempted and any progress and errors will be displayed.