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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
Credits
About the Authors
Preface

Help & Support


The installation and initial setup of vBulletin is quite simple and straightforward, thanks mainly to the thought put into the software and also the easy to-follow wizard-style setup interface.

If, however, you run into serious problems, then your first port of call should be the vBulletin community forum—here you will find years of vBulletin information in one place. Chances are that a few searches will turn up a solution to your problems.

If that's not enough, then you can fall back on vBulletin support for help—you will need to fill in a trouble ticket and then wait for a response. This is usually fast and you should get an initial response in a few hours.

In order that you receive the best support, make sure you pass on the following information:

  • vBulletin version

  • PHP and MySQL version (Ask your host if unsure.)

  • Exact error message

  • Description of what causes the error

  • Is the error repeatable?

The more information you provide, the easier it is for the vBulletin support team...