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    If i buy the vBulletin forum/Cms software then i have some questions

    1. can isee all source code of the software? Or is there some parts of the soource code closed/binary?
    2. can i modify source code to implement some additional functionality myself there? Or doesn't hte Licence allow that maybe?

  • #2
    It's all written in php and you can modify away,... if you make any changes worthwhile feel free to share them at vbulletin.org.

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    • #3
      Maybe it have some kind of binaries written in C-language. I can't modify them. But if you say all source code is text-based Php, then i think i really can modify.

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      • #4
        I have 3rd question aswell:

        3. If i plan to do 2 separate commercial sites/projects, then:
        May i include One bought forum Licence/Software package to both web sites? For example on one web page i will sell Cars and there i put vBulletin modified version. I modify a little elseway the same vBuleltin and put it to the web site where i sell (Food)Supplements. Is it ok by me to do so? Because practically i buy one Licencee/software, but i gonna use it on two places. Maybe Licencee disallows that.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by charlesroos View Post
          Maybe it have some kind of binaries written in C-language. I can't modify them. But if you say all source code is text-based Php, then i think i really can modify.
          It's all php, you can open in any text editor and change away.

          Originally posted by charlesroos View Post
          I have 3rd question aswell:

          3. If i plan to do 2 separate commercial sites/projects, then:
          May i include One bought forum Licence/Software package to both web sites? For example on one web page i will sell Cars and there i put vBulletin modified version. I modify a little elseway the same vBuleltin and put it to the web site where i sell (Food)Supplements. Is it ok by me to do so? Because practically i buy one Licencee/software, but i gonna use it on two places. Maybe Licencee disallows that.
          No, you would need a separate license. You need a separate license for every domain, the only exception is if you have 'parked' domains that show the same exact content. For your situation you would need 2 licenses.

          The only way I see around this would be to open a 3rd site, say http://mycars-and-foodsupplements-forums.com and link both of your existing sites to use that 1 forum, but then people looking for cars would see food supplement posts and vice-versa, but it would be legal.

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          • #6
            4. May i change all the pieces of the bought forum -pictures, source code,...? For example lets say i have bought file "logo.jpg" and now i open that picture-file in editior and change it to my company logo picture, or, i change other picture file content, or, i remove copiright-comments in source code, or do any other changes to customize/implement my additional features- is it all allowed?

            See this example web page:
            http://forum.planet.ee/

            Under the bottom of the page we see:
            Powered by vBulletin
            Copyright © 2000-2009 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
            May i remove that Copyright-phrase when i create similiar website? I would either remove it or replaced with my own company name Copiright-phrase.

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            • #7
              You can edit all the images you want, most forums are highly customized, for example mine: http://www.juot.net/forums/forum.php others even more so...

              You can't remove the copyright notice in the standard license (well you physically can but it is illegal to do so and you'd likely see your license revoked) but you can remove it if you buy a 'branding free' license for extra money. (an extra $170)... Then you can manually remove the branding or download a version without it.
              Last edited by BirdOPrey5; Wed 7 Jul '10, 4:19am.

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              • #8
                If you buy the branding free option you may remove the text that is visible but you may not remove it from the php files.

                In this forum there is also answers in a sticky that tells you what you can and can't do with multiple domains read that and it should be answered.

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                • #9
                  I see. Thx.

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                  • #10
                    Also just FYI, unlike phpBB and other forums where you must make substantial changes to PHP files to change how the forum looks, in vBulletin, there are some 900 hooks or points in the code where you may execute your own code alongside the vBulletin code. This has virtually eliminated the need (and maintenance nightmare) of modifying the PHP files directly.

                    Also, 99% of the HTML and formatting displayed by a vBulletin forum comes from the Template system. Also, the Templates system allows some conditionals, so you can hide and show content based on usergroup or even individual users. This all helps to avoid those nasty PHP edits.

                    It's not the best organized or updated, but there is a vBulletin community for modifying vBulletin -- www.vBulletin.org.


                    The only question is, will you install vBulletin 3.8.5, or vBulletin 4. You have access to both when you purchase a license. Many of us feel that 3.8.x series is more stable and easier to customize.

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