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  • 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

  • vBulletin System Requirements

    vBulletin System Requirements

    Minimum Requirements

    vBulletin is a web-based application and as such has a few minimum requirements. To run vBulletin 5.1.0 or higher, you need a web hosting provider that includes the following things:
    • Web Server - Apache 2, IIS 7.5+, or NGINX
    • PHP version 5.5.0 or greater
    • MySQL version 5.1.5 or greater
    • A pre-registered domain name
    • 1 Gigabyte of hard drive space
    • Rewrite Engine – A rewrite engine is needed for vBulletin’s Friendly URL routing to work. Popular rewrite engines
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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Thu 19th Jan '17, 12:41pm.

  • How to add a Google Calendar to VB5

    How to add a Google Calendar to VB5

    This will show you how to add a Google Calendar to your VB5 Connect or vBCloud site. The calendar will be on a custom page in an IFRAME.

    Live Demo:

    1) First make sure you have a Google account and are signed into it. (If you have Gmail or use any Google services you already have a Google account.)

    2) Go to Google Calendar -

    3) On the side expand "My Calendars"...
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    Last edited by Joe D.; Tue 1st Apr '14, 3:22am.

  • VB5 How To: Add a Privacy Policy or other Custom Page and Link it in the Footer

    VB5 How To: Add a Privacy Policy or other Custom Page and Link it in the Footer

    This tutorial is good for both the download version of VB 5,x and vBCloud.
    Note- You must be logged into the forum to see the images.

    If you want to add a custom page to your site, such as a privacy policy, and link it through the footer of your site follow these instructions.

    First, be sure you are logged in as an Administrator with Site Builder enabled. Click on the New Page button at the top of the page.

    On the next page click and drag...
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    Last edited by Joe D.; Wed 19th Mar '14, 7:52am.

  • vB5 How To: Add a custom page to the navbar

    vB5 How To: Add a custom page to the navbar

    This tutorial will help you to add a navbar link to a custom page that you have created using THESE instructions.

    Firstly, make sure you are logged in as an Admin - so you can access Site Builder.

    Then, switch Site Builder ON using the switch at the very top right of the screen.

    Then, click "Navigation Bar" from the site builder menu.

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  • vB5 How To: Create a custom home page

    vB5 How To: Create a custom home page

    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.

    That's fine, but why not utilise the great new Site...
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    Last edited by Mark.B; Wed 26th Jul '17, 11:14am.
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