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  • Enabling Push Notifications in vBulletin 5.3.2 and Mobile Suite 1.16

    Enabling Push Notifications in vBulletin 5.3.2 and Mobile Suite 1.16

    vBulletin Mobile Suite 1.16 includes functionality for Push Notifications. One of the requirements to add this functionality is that you must be running vBulletin 5.3.2 Connect on your site and create a project with Google's Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) platform. The steps below will walk you through the process of enabling this functionality in vBulletin and in your Mobile Apps.

    Add a project to your Firebase account

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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Tue 5th Feb '19, 1:06pm.

  • The Basic Anatomy of a vBulletin Page

    The Basic Anatomy of a vBulletin Page

    vBulletin 5's user output is created using a system of pages that are customizable by the site administrator. This system is called Site Builder. By breaking the system down into pages, a lot of control is given to the system administrator. By using Site Builder, you can create a unique site without any knowledge of HTML or CSS.

    vBulletin's pages are created using layers built upon a grid layout. Each page starts with a layout which defines the content areas of the page. Layouts define...
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  • Enabling Two-Factor Authentication

    Enabling Two-Factor Authentication

    vBulletin 5.3.0 and higher will allow site owners to enable Two-Factor Authentication for Administrator and Moderator functionality. This is an extra layer of security provided to make sure your user data remains as safe as possible. Two-Factor Authentication works in conjunction with an app on the user's smartphone, tablet, or computer. These apps provide a security token that lasts a limited time before expiring. The security token is created using industry standard algorithms and a unique string...
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  • How to moderate the posts of new users only

    How to moderate the posts of new users only

    To help combat spam, many users opt to have new user’s posts moderated until they’ve made a specific number of posts. This allows the Admin/Moderator team to keep potentially malicious posts out of the public eye until a user has effectively passed a ‘probationary period’ as a member of the site.

    In order to do this, you will need to create a custom usergroup and a promotion.

    Creating a Custom Usergroup
    First, you need to setup the usergroup for your non-Moderated...
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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Fri 6th Mar '20, 9:59am.

  • Rebuilding the Sphinx index

    Rebuilding the Sphinx index

    From time to time, we will need to update the indexing schema for the Sphinx server. In order for this fix to take effect, you will need to update the sphinx schema for the index. Follow these steps to rebuild your Sphinx Search Schema.
    1. Stop the Sphinx service on your server.
    2. Replace your existing Sphinx configuration file (vbulletin-sphinx.php) with the one provided in the current version of vBulletin 5 Connect. You can find this file in the do_not_upload directory.
    3. Update the file as provided
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  • Converting your forum to https

    Converting your forum to https

    Applies to self-hosted versions of:
    vBulletin 3; vBulletin 4; vBulletin 5;
    Cloud sites have https enabled by default and you do not need to do anything.

    This FAQ explains how to convert your vBulletin forum to use secure https (SSL) rather than http, and why you might need to.
    Note: This guide contains links to external sites. vBulletin Solutions is not responsible for the content of external links and cannot be held responsible...
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    Last edited by Mark.B; Thu 4th May '17, 12:24pm.

  • Creating a Custom Style with vBulletin 5 Connect.

    Creating a Custom Style with vBulletin 5 Connect.

    This tutorial will walk you through the steps of creating your custom style for a vBulletin 5 Connect site using Style Variables. The tutorial assumes that you have already uploaded your custom logo using the Quick Setup Tool in Site Builder....
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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Tue 5th May '15, 7:50am.

  • Using the Search JSON

    Using the Search JSON

    Using the advanced editor you can create powerful search modules. Following you find possible filters / parameters for using within these modules:
    The search JSON parameter has the following format:

    { "filter": <value>, "filter": <value>, ... }
    <value> may be any valid string, number or JSON structure and will be interpreted by the specified filter. Filters not listed below are ignored.


    The valid filters...
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  • Introduction to Themes

    Introduction to Themes

    Themes are styles designed to be easier to maintain over time. Themes typically change a few elements to achieve a new look and feel. These elements include background images, fonts and colors and are typically handled by style variable changes without changing templates. The theme system allows us to offer multiple styles to customers out of the box. This is especially helpful for Cloud customers as they cannot upload additional Styles at this time....
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    Last edited by Mark.B; Mon 10th Nov '14, 2:08pm. Reason: Typo

  • vB5 How To: Create a custom home page

    vB5 How To: Create a custom home page

    This Tutorial is out of date and no longer valid.

    Many vBulletin sites have historically used some sort of portal, or even the vB4 CMS, as their default "landing" page if you visit the root, with no /forum etc.

    Currently in vB5 there is no CMS, and there is no portal addon such as vBAdvanced.

    So what do you do?

    Well, you could simply rewrite the root URL so it points to /forum, or wherever your forum actually is....
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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Wed 5th Feb '20, 7:59pm.
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