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  • Creating a Redirect Channel

    Creating a Redirect Channel

    In older versions of vBulletin, you could specify a URL to redirect a forum to another location. This could be on your site or elsewhere. With the release of vBulletin 5, this functionality was removed. You can recreate this functionality using Template Hooks. I will outline the steps to create a channel redirect here.

    Note: This functionality is not available on vBulletin Cloud at this time.
    This tutorial involves changing options, creating custom templates and building a temple hook. Allowi...
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  • Styles Editor

    Styles Editor

    Styles

    The Style tool allows you to select a pre-existing theme for use on your site and sets it as the default. It also allows you to apply CSS customizations to your site.

    Themes

    The Theme Selection tool will show all Styles installed in your vBulletin Site. Selecting one of the themes shown will provide a preview image and select it. If you decide that you do not like it, simply select a new theme. Your selection is saved when you click the Save Changes. All Themes vBulletin C...
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  • Site Builder Overview

    Site Builder Overview

    Introduction to Site Builder Site Builder is the newest innovation in vBulletin’s line of site management products. It allows an administrator user, with the correct permissions, to change and edit the content and look of their site without logging in to the AdminCP. Where Site Builder deals with the outward facing portion of a site, the AdminCP controls the nuts and bolts of the system. The Site Builder allows an administrator to add various functionalities, dictate what they do, and where they’re place...
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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Wed 5th Feb '20, 7:57pm.

  • vBulletin Password Handling

    vBulletin Password Handling

    Note: vBulletin Cloud sites cannot use custom password schemes at this time. The core security of your site is the User Password and how it is stored. In the beginning, vBulletin used a simple MD5 hash to represent the password. However as Floating Point Processors (i.e. GPU and ASICs) have become more powerful, this method proved to be risky and reduced security. If we significantly changed the password scheme, then users wouldn't be able to login and would need to change their passwords fir...
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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Wed 16th Jan '19, 12:17pm.

  • Creating the Sitemap XML for your vBulletin

    Creating the Sitemap XML for your vBulletin

    The XML Sitemap specification allows search engines to index your site more efficiently. vBulletin 5 Connect can create the Sitemap automatically so you can submit it to your favorite search engines. Using the default path If you are using vBulletin Cloud, you must use this option. The default value for this is core/store_sitemap. Make sure the directory is CHMOD 0777 on your server. In the AdminCP, go to Settings -> Options -> XML Sitemap and set Enable Automatic Sitemap Generation to Yes. ...
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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 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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  • 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.
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  • Creating a Redirect Channel
    by Wayne Luke

    In older versions of vBulletin, you could specify a URL to redirect a forum to another location. This could be on your site or elsewhere. With the release of vBulletin 5, this functionality was removed. You can recreate this functionality using Template Hooks. I will outline the steps to create a channel redirect here.

    Note: This functionality is not available on vBulletin Cloud at this time.
    This tutorial involves changing options, creating custom templates and building a temple hook. Allowi...
    Wed 5th Feb '20, 6:09pm
  • Styles Editor
    by Wayne Luke

    Styles

    The Style tool allows you to select a pre-existing theme for use on your site and sets it as the default. It also allows you to apply CSS customizations to your site.

    Themes

    The Theme Selection tool will show all Styles installed in your vBulletin Site. Selecting one of the themes shown will provide a preview image and select it. If you decide that you do not like it, simply select a new theme. Your selection is saved when you click the Save Changes. All Themes vBulletin C...
    Tue 4th Feb '20, 4:34pm
  • Site Builder Overview
    by Wayne Luke
    Introduction to Site Builder Site Builder is the newest innovation in vBulletin’s line of site management products. It allows an administrator user, with the correct permissions, to change and edit the content and look of their site without logging in to the AdminCP. Where Site Builder deals with the outward facing portion of a site, the AdminCP controls the nuts and bolts of the system. The Site Builder allows an administrator to add various functionalities, dictate what they do, and where they’re place...
    Mon 3rd Feb '20, 4:40pm
  • vBulletin Password Handling
    by Wayne Luke
    Note: vBulletin Cloud sites cannot use custom password schemes at this time. The core security of your site is the User Password and how it is stored. In the beginning, vBulletin used a simple MD5 hash to represent the password. However as Floating Point Processors (i.e. GPU and ASICs) have become more powerful, this method proved to be risky and reduced security. If we significantly changed the password scheme, then users wouldn't be able to login and would need to change their passwords fir...
    Sat 27th Oct '18, 12:34pm
  • Creating the Sitemap XML for your vBulletin
    by Wayne Luke
    The XML Sitemap specification allows search engines to index your site more efficiently. vBulletin 5 Connect can create the Sitemap automatically so you can submit it to your favorite search engines. Using the default path If you are using vBulletin Cloud, you must use this option. The default value for this is core/store_sitemap. Make sure the directory is CHMOD 0777 on your server. In the AdminCP, go to Settings -> Options -> XML Sitemap and set Enable Automatic Sitemap Generation to Yes. ...
    Sat 27th Oct '18, 12:18pm
  • The Basic Anatomy of a vBulletin Page
    by Wayne Luke
    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...
    Mon 11th Sep '17, 8:55am
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