I'm a new member here and I joined specifically for trying to find information before I go ahead and buy a standard license for IPB 3. I have an existing forum using SMF 2 and I need to have a few questions answered - given the professional and very helpful expertise of the IPB staff I assume I can get all the info (and nudging, hehe) I need.
1.) My current SMF 2 install has a lot of custom mods in it. Do I need to wipe them all out and then convert? Or the conversion process ignores all mods, so I can just convert anytime I like?
2.) Given this, is it possible to just make a backup copy of the database using phpmyadmin, install the newly-purchased IPB 3 to the server and apply the aforementioned backup to IPB?
3.) Is there a demo where I can tinker around with the admin options, just to get a feel on how it's different from SMF and Vbulletin (the only two forum software I'm familiar with)?
4.) I'm not familiar with the process of buying a license for a forum software, tbh (as SMF is free and I only had experience with vB as an assistant admin, not as the full license holder). How does this work? Can you give me a step-by-step process? I know it sounds noobish but I need the directions.