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  • Create a custom PHP page in vB-CMS

    Create a custom PHP page in vB-CMS

    What is this How-To about?

    Goal is to integrate a custom PHP page into the CMS with which - as far as I can tell - one can achieve most (or even all) things that were possible by creating a custom page for the old forums. This is not as easy as it could be, but it can be done. I will use the custom PHP-Widget for this.
    With the availibilty of the php content type in vB 4.0.4 this article has become deprecated.
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  • vBulletin Premium Mobile Style Available For vBulletin 4 License Owners

    vBulletin Premium Mobile Style Available For vBulletin 4 License Owners

    vBulletin has released the Premium Mobile Style for all vBulletin 4 license owners. This release contains added enhancements to engage the forum user experience from a mobile device. With the premium
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  • vBulletin 4.x Upgrade Instructions

    vBulletin 4.x Upgrade Instructions

    From time to time it will be necessary to upgrade your vBulletin installation to the latest version, either to gain new features or to fix newly discovered bugs in PHP, MySQL or vBulletin itself.

    You can upgrade to the latest version of vBulletin from the following vBulletin versions:
    • Any version of vBulletin 3.7 or 3.8 to the current version.
    • Any previous version of vBulletin 3, from version 3.0.0 Beta 3 to version 3.8.4
    • Any version of vBulletin 2 from version 2.2.9 and newer. If your vBulletin version is older than 2.2.9, you will need to upgrade to at least vBulletin 2.2.9 before you can upgrade to vBulletin 3.
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  • Using Filezilla to upload your files.

    Using Filezilla to upload your files.

    Filezilla is a popular and free FTP client used to upload files to your webserver. This is the first step in installing or upgrading your vBulletin software. Hopefully this will help you learn how to use this valuable tool.

    If you do not have Filezilla yet, you would need to download it for your computer. There are versions available for many popular operating systems including Windows™, Mac-OSX, and Linux. You can download the Filezilla client here:
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  • CMS - How to get a layout like

    CMS - How to get a layout like

    Originally written for the alpha team - things have changed since then! This is how to recreate the screenshot FROM SCRATCH. So, if you have a totally blank CMS area, like we had when we were testing the product, this is how you would go about recreating something like the screenshot on

    Here is a screenshot from vBulletin's home page showing the CMS:
    So, I decided to spend a little time to try to do it myself. Here is what I was able to do during alpha testi...
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  • How to Backup before Upgrading to 4.0

    How to Backup before Upgrading to 4.0

    vBulletin 4.0 - Restore to previous Version if Upgrade Fails

    Before you get all excited and go trying to upgrade yourself let's make sure you have some "headache medicine" ready!

    You are allowed to run a vbtest under your license I suggest you install or upgrade a backup of your live site first to make sure it goes smoothly IF you are going to in fact upgrade, disregarding our warnings of upgrading a live site.

    If your backing up to do...
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  • Mod Rewrite Friendly URLs => .htaccess

    Mod Rewrite Friendly URLs => .htaccess

    There is no .htaccess to support the "Mod Rewrite Friendly URLs", so I have one written below, the first 3 are just a little beta bug proofing.

    I can not guarantee this is perfect, but it's working so far, if I find any bugs, I'll squish em and edit in an updated version


    # Author: Matty Asia
    # Version 1.6
    # Downloaded from:
    RewriteEngine On
    Options +
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  • vB4: Skinning Your Forum in 10 Easy Steps

    vB4: Skinning Your Forum in 10 Easy Steps

    In the spirit of providing more documentation to our customers and developer community, we put together two PDF documents and an example style. The first is "vB4: Skinning Your Forum in 10 Easy Steps." This is a step-by-step guide on how to customize the main areas of your vB4 Forum. The second document is the vB4 StyleVar Visual Dictionary. The StyleVar (style variable) Dictionary is more of a complementary reference guide aimed at understanding how and where to use each StyleVar for advanced customization. As we finalize the product, I will continue to provide updated versions of these two docs. Finally, I also included a zip file, "Wave" that includes: 1. Image files used in this vB4: Skinning doc. 2. wave-style.xml - if you want to install this new style. 3. install.rtf - instructions on how to install wave-style. ...
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  • Best practices for upgrading to vBulletin 4.0

    Best practices for upgrading to vBulletin 4.0

    The best method for upgrading your community is to be informed and prepared before hand. Today, I hope to give you some hints and tips that will ease the transition for you, your staff and the users of your community. Upgrading to a new major version of a software package can be time consuming and shouldn't be handled while under a time-crunch or hastily. The first thing you want to do is plan for the upgrade and make sure your community is aware of potential downtime when the upgrade is performed. Hopefully these steps will help you do this.

    Preparing For Your Upgrade
    Plugins and Addons
    If you have plugins or products installed in your community, you will want to make sure you have a copy of the current version on hand. Keeping a copy allows you to maintain critical installation and uninstallation information. You most likely won't want to use these addons but the documentation will come in handy.
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  • Should I upgrade to 4.0 or wait?

    Should I upgrade to 4.0 or wait?

    Yes, of course! But.... when should you upgrade? Upgrading any major software platform should be carefully thought through beforehand; for many of you, vBulletin is the heart of your site. Here are some things to consider when upgrading:
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