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  • Creating A Test Site (Updated)

    Creating A Test Site (Updated)

    When a new version of vBulletin comes out, there's always a clamour for people to be one of the first up and running with the latest version. While in the case of bug fixes, the need to upgrade quickly is understandable, too often on the forums we see people that haven't considered what effect an upgrade will have on their site. On a personal level, I never upgrade without testing first - this goes for major version changes (i.e. 3.x to 4.x), point releases (e.g. 4.1 to 4.2) or maintenance releases...
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  • Navigation Manager FAQ

    Navigation Manager FAQ

    I can't find the item I created in the Navigation Manager, where is it?

    If you don’t immediately see the item you created in the Navigation Manager, try clicking on the name of the tab that you put it under. The Navigation Manager, by default, only displays the names of the tabs and hides the links and menus in the individual tabs.

    My Item is not displaying on the front page, where is it?

    If a newly created tab, link, or menu isn’t displaying on your front page, the first thing...
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  • How to Delete a Navigation Item

    How to Delete a Navigation Item


    It’s as simple to remove a Navigation Item as it is to add it. Go to the “Edit” dropdown menu to the right of the item you want to delete and select the “Delete” option. This open a confirmation.

    Clicking “Yes” will remove the item and all items nested beneath it. That means if you have a tab with multiple links and menus, all the links and menus will be removed along with the tab. Likewise, if you’re deleting a menu with multiple links, all the links will be remov...
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  • How to Move a Navigation Item

    How to Move a Navigation Item


    Unlike changing the Display Order of an item, moving an item changes its parent. So, if you want to move a link from one tab to another, or a menu to another tab, or even a link in a menu to a tab, this is the article for you. First, find the item you want to move. Then click on the “Edit” dropdown menu to the right of the item and select the “Move” option. The page will automatically reload with the move form:

    Using the ‘Parent” menu, you can now move the item to wh...
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  • How to Change the Display Order of Your Navigation Bar

    How to Change the Display Order of Your Navigation Bar


    In addition to adding tabs, links and menus to the Navigation Bar, you can also change the order in which these items appears on your front page. To do this, you simply have to change the number in the Display Order to reflect the order in which you want the items to show up. For example, an item labelled 1 will display farther left than an item labelled 2 and so on and so forth. When you're done, click save and the form will reload with your new display order....
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  • How to Add and Edit a Navigation Menu

    How to Add and Edit a Navigation Menu

    Adding a Navigation Menu

    A menu is just a collection of links hidden beneath a header. Users can click on a menu in your navigation bar to see the list of links and choose where they want to go. In this article, we will show you how to Add a Menu and Edit it as well.


    Like before, you’ll start at the Navigation Menu. Choose the tab that you want to put the menu in, then click the “Edit” dropdown menu. From there, select the “Add Menu” option.

    This ...
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  • How to Add and Edit a Link

    How to Add and Edit a Link

    Adding a Link

    Once you have your tabs set up, you can add a smaller navigation bar within the tab by adding links and menus. In this article, we’ll show you how to add links and edit them. We’ll start with adding links so you actually have something to edit later. Click on the “Edit” menu to the right of the tab you want to add the link to. Select the “Add Link” option.


    This opens the an Add Link Form.

    Much like the tab form, all you need to do is...
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  • How to Add a Tab

    How to Add a Tab



    To add an additional tab to your navigation bar, click on the “Add Tab” button at the bottom of the Navigation Manager. This opens the Add Tab Form.

    All you have to do is fill out the title field (for the name of the tab) and the target URL field. The target URL field should be the address of the place where you want users to go when they click on the new tab. As a side note, you must select the ‘Yes’ option in the Active menu before the tab shows up on...
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  • How to Access Navigation Manager

    How to Access Navigation Manager

    You might not have noticed, but there’s a new feature in the AdminCP. It’s called the Navigation Manager and allows you to personalize the navigation bar of your home page.

    To get to the Navigation Manager, login to the AdminCP for your site.


    Once you’ve logged in, click on the “Settings” header and the “Navigation Manager” link in the menu.

    The AdminCP will reload with the Navigation Manager form. It will be pre-populated with the defau...
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  • Why Should I Activate Forum Runner?

    Why Should I Activate Forum Runner?

    These days almost everyone has a smart phone with apps that make their life easier and more organized. There's an app for everything, so why shouldn't there be an app for making mobile access to your
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