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  • Promoting Articles from the Forums

    Promoting Articles from the Forums

    One of the innovative new features on vBulletin 4.0 Publishing Suite is the cross-publishing "Promote to Article" functionality. In the spirit of promoting content discovery, we wanted to create features that will allow content to flow between Forums, Blogs, and Articles. For example, there might be a really popular post in the forums, but unfortunately it is buried inside page 13 of a thread. We will now have an option (if you have permissions) to “promote” a forum (or blog) post as a new artic...
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  • How to Create a New Article

    How to Create a New Article

    Here's a quick visual guide on how to create a new article with the CMS.

    1. Create New Article Button: Navigate to the section you want the article to be published in. Click on the “Create a New Article” button. This will open an article form.


    2. Article Title: In the "Add/Edit Article" screen, enter the title of your article in the “Title” textbox.
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  • Installing vBulletin

    Installing vBulletin

    The first step towards running vBulletin after you have purchased a license is to download the latest vBulletin package, upload it to your web server and run the installer script. This article will take you through this process step-by-step.

    Note: Before installing vBulletin you need to have a domain name and a webhosting package with PHP and MySQL installed. You will also need to create a database within the MySQL engine to hold vBulletin's data.

    Downloading vBulletin Th...
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  • StyleVar Visual Dictionary for Forum, Blog, and CMS (PDF Documents)

    StyleVar Visual Dictionary for Forum, Blog, and CMS (PDF Documents)

    I wanted to provide everyone with 3 updated PDF documents:
    • Forum StyleVar Visual Dictionary 2.0
    • CMS StyleVar Visual Dictionary
    • Blog StyleVar Visual Dictionary


    The StyleVar (style variable) Dictionary is a complete visual reference guide aimed at understanding how and where to use each StyleVar for advanced skinning/theme customization.

    Based on overwhelming customer feedback and suggestions, we have added quite a lot more StyleVars to Forums.
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  • Advanced Styling using Templates: A Visual Dictionary for CMS and Forums (PDF)

    Advanced Styling using Templates: A Visual Dictionary for CMS and Forums (PDF)

    We have created 2 new PDF documents that empower customers and our developer community to make advanced customizations to their vBulletin 4.0 powered site. 1). Forum Templates Visual Dictionary 2). CMS Templates Visual Dictionary These Templates Visual Dictionary documents will help you "visually" identify templates used on each page or module. By understanding a template structure for a given page/module , you will be able to control the layout and design of every item on the page. If you want to radically change the UI to fit your theme and style or you decide to display only certain data on a page , this is completely possible with the vB4 template system....
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  • Getting Started with CMS Documentation Files (PDF)

    Getting Started with CMS Documentation Files (PDF)

    To help accelerate learning and mastering the CMS features in the vBulletin 4.0 Publishing Suite (beta 3) product, we put together an updated set of "Getting Started with CMS" documentations.

    There are 5 PDF documents and I think this might be the right order to read them:
    1. CMS_Sections.pdf (spilt into 2 pdf files)
    2. CMS_Permissions.pdf
    3. CMS_Articles.pdf (spilt into 2 pdf files)
    4. CMS_Widgets.pdf
    5. CMS_Grids_&_Layouts

    And if you missed my past blog post on "Skinning your vB4 Forum in 10 Easy Steps", you can go here and download the PDF and example style:
    http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/entry....
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  • Managing CMS Section and Content

    Managing CMS Section and Content

    Here's a quick Visual Guide on how Manage Sections in the new CMS.

    1. Editing a Section: If you have permissions to manage a Section, as you hover over the Section title, a pencil icon will display.

    After clicking the pencil icon, you will be taken to the Section Edit page. Here's what you will see:

    2. Section Name:
    Enter the Section Name
    3. SEO URL Alias: This is the SEO Friendly URL. By default, if this is blank, the system will automatically copy the section title.
    4. Section Layout: For each section you can define an individual section layout.
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  • Welcome to the new CMS. Read me first.

    Welcome to the new CMS. Read me first.

    Welcome to the new CMS. Here's a quick guide of the different areas of this page.

    1. Section Navigation Widget. This widget allows you to go to different sections. The "plus icon" means that this section has sub-sections. Clicking on the "plus icon" will display the sub-sections. ...
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  • How To Find StyleVars in vB4 Using Firebug

    How To Find StyleVars in vB4 Using Firebug

    Following on from many queries on how to find a specific StyleVar in vBulletin 4, here's a short video tutorial on how to use the free Firebug add-on for Firefox in conjunction with your AdminCP to find
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  • "Hands-Free" Installations and Upgrades

    "Hands-Free" Installations and Upgrades

    If you are familiar with vBulletin, then you have seen our install and upgrade scripts. They can be time consuming and frustrating especially on larger boards. For vBulletin 4.0.9, we have updated these
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