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    I'm looking into possibly converting from Snitz to VBulletin. I know there are a lot of hacks in vbulletin and a lot that can be done (and that I can import a lot of the existing data). What I'm hoping to do is list below the major things in Snitz that I have and see if someone here can help point out if they are available in Vbulletin (built in or add-on) or if they'd need to be custom built (in which case I'll have to find out the best way to hire someone to build them for me). Some of these things I'm pretty sure are available but I just want to confirm as best as possible. Thanks.

    Hopefully I'll catch all the major things so here goes .

    * Email subscription to recieve posts via email (can subscribe to entire forum, specific sections, or specific threads)

    * Post messages via email (I've actually got a program I could recode to do this if I can insert into the correct tables and know what items need to update with a post)

    * Ability to join specific areas of the forum so they won't have sections appear unless they choose to join (and they can do so without moderator intervention)

    * Page to display recent threads with activity

    * Page to display ALL recent messages from all the areas they have joined or have access to

    * Ability to have custom fields in their profile, at least a few with defined choices (select drop downs)

    * Add-on or built in layout to allow advertising on top or right side similar to google adwords or other ads.

    * Spell check

    * IP Address blocking

    * Moderated sections that don't show the post until approved (I'm sure this must be in there but I just want to get it all down) along with requiring joining the forum before even viewing a thread (sure this is probably there as well)

    * Ability to split existing topics into additional threads

    * Google Map integration (not required but saw this as an option I can add on to Snitz to show member locations)


    There's probably more but I think those are probably the most critical. I know some of this is probably all nicely documented and the rest may be found in the hacks here, but I'm in a time crunch and really anxious to figure out if I want to switch.

    Thanks.

    Don

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    Originally posted by lionheart53
    I'm looking into possibly converting from Snitz to VBulletin. I know there are a lot of hacks in vbulletin and a lot that can be done (and that I can import a lot of the existing data). What I'm hoping to do is list below the major things in Snitz that I have and see if someone here can help point out if they are available in Vbulletin (built in or add-on) or if they'd need to be custom built (in which case I'll have to find out the best way to hire someone to build them for me). Some of these things I'm pretty sure are available but I just want to confirm as best as possible. Thanks.

    Hopefully I'll catch all the major things so here goes .

    * Email subscription to recieve posts via email (can subscribe to entire forum, specific sections, or specific threads)

    * Post messages via email (I've actually got a program I could recode to do this if I can insert into the correct tables and know what items need to update with a post)

    * Ability to join specific areas of the forum so they won't have sections appear unless they choose to join (and they can do so without moderator intervention)

    * Page to display recent threads with activity

    * Page to display ALL recent messages from all the areas they have joined or have access to

    * Ability to have custom fields in their profile, at least a few with defined choices (select drop downs)

    * Add-on or built in layout to allow advertising on top or right side similar to google adwords or other ads.

    * Spell check

    * IP Address blocking

    * Moderated sections that don't show the post until approved (I'm sure this must be in there but I just want to get it all down) along with requiring joining the forum before even viewing a thread (sure this is probably there as well)

    * Ability to split existing topics into additional threads

    * Google Map integration (not required but saw this as an option I can add on to Snitz to show member locations)


    There's probably more but I think those are probably the most critical. I know some of this is probably all nicely documented and the rest may be found in the hacks here, but I'm in a time crunch and really anxious to figure out if I want to switch.

    Thanks.

    Don
    With Impex it is possible.Hi
    https://traduzioni-italiane.it/

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    • #3
      i answered you already on vbulletin.org lol it's only possible if you use MySQL database you replyed and said you're using mssql so you will need to find some way to convert your database to MySQL first ....

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      • #4
        Nope, not correct - the import can be done from MSSQL using Impex as well.

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        • #5
          Thanks. I'm doing a little bit of verification now of features. For the email subscriptions, I see a couple of things that I can't find hacks/options for. I may be able to code some of this myself but would love to know there is something out there to do these (or even a programmer who is for hire to make the changes). So below are the features I'm trying to get. If anyone can verify that I can get these things that would be great (and once I purchase I may also look to hiring someone to do some of these jobs).

          1. Email subscription to entire forums to get instant messages (not just daily digest). I could possibly write something to even send the messages if a hack can be put in to add the option.

          2. When users email subscribe to a thread or forum, I'd like to have the ability or option so that it will send EVERY message posted and not require them to visit the site to continue getting them. Not sure if there is a hack for this.

          3. Reply via email to post in the forum. I saw an old hack but not sure if it works with the latest version. I built this currently on Snitz and can even use my same program that does it but would just need to be able to modify the sending of messages to have a different reply address for different messages (so would need to know where this is) and then find out what tables would need to be added to, and adjusted, to basically load a post through the database direct (and get it to still have an email sent out for subscriptions).

          4. The ability to change the format of the emails sent with subscriptions (sure this is somewhere so would just need to know where I go to change it).

          Honestly, if there isn't something built in then one option would to be to add a change for forum subscriptions to get instant messages and then at worst I could use my current program to query the database, find new messages, and send them out itself. So if I need to do this, does anyone know of threads that discuss where I can disable the actual email sending (still allow subscriptions but not have the built in processing send them) and then the necessary tables and fields needed to insert and update to create a post through the back end? If it's in the documentation just mention that and when I purchase I'll find it (just want to make sure it's all doable before I commit).

          I'm pretty sure I'm purchasing because even as I write this I figure I must be able to do all the processing directly through the back end if needed.

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          • #6
            It really sounds as you need a mailinglist and not a forum for this.

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            • #7
              No, it's definitely a forum (I couldn't handle the hundreds of daily posts just being a mailing list). Yes, it has some features similar to a mailing list but we've got thousands of users and each has different needs and ways they like to connect. I just want to provide all the capabilities I have now while expanding to new features. I think once I get PHP running on my home computer (for testing), I'm going to just bite the bullet and I'm sure there is a way to code in what I need.

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