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vBulletin: A Users Guide

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vBulletin: A Users Guide

Overview of this book

Written specifically to allow you to create a discussion forum, vBulletin, provides all of the tools, features and functionality for you to set up and develop a vibrant community. Because it specializes in this one aspect of your website, all the features are geared towards this goal, and you can leave the improvement and additions to the vBulletin developers while you get on with managing the rest of your website. If you are either already running a community forum based on vBulletin, or are planning on establishing one, then this is the book for you. This book will guide you through installing, configuring, managing and maintaining a vBulletin discussion forum on your own website. The book begins with the initial installation and configuration of vBulletin on your system. You will then go on a tour of vBulletin and its features, for both users and administrators. This will grow your understanding and familiarise you with the power and possibilities of vBulletin. vBulletin's Administration Control Panel is where you can control every aspect of your board. From users, forums and word filters to skins, templates and maintenance, everything can be done through the web-based control panel. The book devotes significant sections to covering these, getting you up to speed on the options available to you, and offering advice to help you make the right choices with your board administration. To make your forums stand out from the rest, we cover skins and templates to take your first steps in customising your forum. vBulletin is one of the most popular forum platforms available. Well known for its power and speed, it drives many of the most popular discussion forums on the Internet.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Building Forums with vBulletin
About the Authors


The requirements to run vBulletin are pretty straightforward, and even the basic shared hosting available nowadays for a few dollars a month should allow you to upload, install, configure, and run vBulletin.

Basic requirements are:

  • MySQL database support

  • PHP support

If your host claims to support these, then you have a good chance of being able to run vBulletin. Now you need to look in a little more detail at what your host offers.

Detailed requirements for vBulletin are:

  • PHP 4.0.6 (latest version recommended to reduce security loopholes, improve performance, and maintain best compatibility with future upgrades)

  • MySQL 3.23.33 minimum (4.0.16 or later recommended)

  • Operating system: BSD, Solaris, Linux, Windows

Disk Space

Disk space is an important consideration. By 'disk space' I mean the amount of space you are given on the server to host your site and the associated databases.

Disk space is a requirement that is harder to predict. Initially, you will be able to get away with a...