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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

PHP Code Modifications

The final kind of modification that can be made to a vBulletin installation is direct modification to the underlying PHP code of the forum. There is no direct access to the PHP code from within the vBulletin, so all of this has to be done using a text editor and an FTP program to upload the file.


Words of caution

Be careful when making changes to the PHP code that lies behind your vBulletin forum—it is very easy to damage or destroy your forum if you make incorrect changes. Also, if you do have problems, don't expect to receive support, as this is not covered. (You will be advised to reload the forum software or fall back to a backup to solve the problem.) So take care!

Be careful when making changes—always make a note of the changes you make and keep backups of any files that you alter.

PayPal Modification

Let's look at making a very simple PHP modification to a vBulletin forum.

This modification revolves around the PayPal subscription system that allows paid subscriptions...