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  • 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 6 Mar '20, 10:59am.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 URL....www.mysite.com, 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 5 Feb '20, 8:59pm.

  • 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: http://sedona.vbulletin.net/SedonaCalendar

    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 - https://www.google.com/calendar/render

    3) On the side expand "My Calendars"...
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    Last edited by BirdOPrey5; Tue 1 Apr '14, 4:22am.

  • 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

    Note: This article is for an older version of vBulletin. As such, the instructions are slightly out of date. vBulletin 5.7.5 includes native pages for your privacy policy and terms of service so you do not need to add these.

    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...
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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Mon 28 Aug '23, 3:32pm.

  • 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: Add a signature divider

    vB5 How To: Add a signature divider


    By default, vB5's signatures do not have a dividing line to separate them from the post they are under.

    On longer posts this can make it difficult for users to distinguish where the post ends and the signature starts.

    To add a dividing line that matches the general styling, add this to the template css_additional.css:
    .post-signature {
        border-top: 1px dotted {vb:stylevar
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    Last edited by Mark.B; Sat 18 Oct '14, 2:06am.
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