Export the Facebook Discussion Board with Forum for pages

As we reported it on a previous news, Facebook is planning to remove the Discussion Boards app from all Facebook pages on October 31th, including all previous discussions, topics and messages. Fortunately, a small Irish company, Pixode Ltd, has released a new application, called Forum for pages for Facebook, providing a basic forum software for this social network AND allowing you to migrate your data from the old Discussion Board app to this one.

Forum for Pages Banner

If you want to see it right now, our Facebook page was migrated to this new application.

Here is how to backup and keep a forum on your own Facebook page:

  1. First, go to the Facebook website, and open the Forum for pages application homepage.
  2. Once there, click on the button Add Forum to your page.

    Forum for pages Facebook Application
    Forum for pages Facebook Application
  3. As usual, you will have to confirm your choice by clicking on Add Forum to your page.

    Add Forum for pages Confirmation
    Add Forum for pages Confirmation
  4. Now that the Forum for pages application is installed, you can already create new topics, and play around with it. In order to migrate your previous discussions from the Discussion Boards app, there is a specific button Import existing discussions on which you are, obviously, eager to click.

    Import Existing Discussions
    Import Existing Discussions
  5. After waiting some seconds (could be several minutes, depending on the size and the activity of your forum), the Forum for pages application will be filled with the previous discussions. This is it, your content is safe now!

    Newly Imported Topics
    Newly Imported Topics
  6. As any existing topic, you can navigate through them and comment them, as before. Forum for pages is of course a bit basic, but, still, is a more rich forum software when you compare it with the ongoing removed Bulletin Board application.

    A Topic in Forum for pages
    A Topic in Forum for pages

Note that the P&O Cruises Australia company was able to save more than 4000 discussions using this solution, so it looks very stable and functional. By the way, do not wait too long, because this trick will not work anymore after the 1st of November 2011, where this old Bulletin Boards application will be removed!

If you want to review this application before migration, go to our Facebook page.

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Comments (18)

I added this app and thought

I added this app and thought it was going to solve my Discussions page problem. Then I got a message that it does not support secure browsing and will no longer be available after November 7 unless this issue is fixed. I hope they do because I like this app.

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lastnico's picture

Yes, definitely. Facebook is

Yes, definitely. Facebook is making App Developer life hard!

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Hi larkat, this is a wrong

Hi larkat, this is a wrong message from facebook. Forum for Pages does support secure browsing, and is not going to be removed after November 7. A bug has been reported to facebook regarding this false warning.

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Abel11's picture

Yes I m Also added this

Yes I m Also added this App.....

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NeerjaSoftwares's picture

Thanks for keeping us

Thanks for keeping us updating...But now Facebook is not going to remove such discussions forums.

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NeerjaSoftwares's picture

If it is so then I will

If it is so then I will definitely add it to my Facebook page

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NeerjaSoftwares's picture

I think you this forum must

I think you this forum must go for a review........thanks

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it is useful!

it is useful!

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What the heck is Forum for

What the heck is Forum for pages on Facebook? I'm a member of a group and suddenly when I click a link it redirects to Forum for pages on Facebook with "ANIMATED ADDS ON THE SIDE AND TOP OF THE PAGE"!! I hate this!!! When I try to hit the back button, this forum for pages on facebook takes me back to MY home page on FB!?! I went to my setting to disable any APPS and low and behold, when I go back and click a link..NO LINKS ARE WORKING IN THE GROUP!?!? Oh yea the flirty adds and zooworld, etccc are gone but I am unable to access any links in the group now. What's this for new technology. Is Forums for pages on Facebook an actual Virus or Trojan?!? Any reply from ANYBODY would be appreciated!

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I started a forum on my page

I started a forum on my page but limited the people who could see/post on it and can't find how to change this nor can i find out how to delete the forum and the forum has appeared on the other sites I have
how can I change the access to forum?
how can I remove forum
how can I only have the forum on one of my pages?

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Thanks for the step by step

Thanks for the step by step tutorial. I didn't know it is so easy to export discussion to forum. Jessica.

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Nice and well written guide.

Nice and well written guide. It helped me! Thanks alot!

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Great tutorial. That was

Great tutorial. That was exactly what I was looking for. I was struggling alot with the export. Facebook is so hard Sad

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Facebook has changed it's

Facebook has changed it's theme a bit, but this tutorial is still quite usefull.
Thanks Smile

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Facebook suck sometimes. And

Facebook suck sometimes. And this is a fact..

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Does this also work with

Does this also work with timeline? I know it worked well in the past, but how about now? Anyhow, it's a wonderful tutorial for a beginner like me. I will implement it as soon as possible.
Thanks!

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Yeah, it should work with the

Yeah, it should work with the timeline as well. I tried it few months ago and everything was fine. However, you should look for new buttons and designes since those things might be different.

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What the heck is Forum for

What the heck is Forum for pages on Facebook? I'm a member of a group and suddenly when I click a link it redirects to Forum for pages on Facebook with "ANIMATED ADDS ON THE SIDE AND TOP OF THE PAGE"!! I hate this!!!

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