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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

Other Changes to the config.php File

There are several other changes that you can make to the includes/config.php file in addition to creating a super administrator. We will look at four of these changes.

Admin Log Viewing Permission

The Admin log keeps track of all the changes and edits that the administrators have carried out. To view this, click on Statistics & Logs in the left-hand menu, and then click on Control Panel Log.

This gives you access to the Admin log.

By default, only the first administrator account has access to this. (This is the account, with user ID 1, that was created during the setup of the vBulletin board.) To give this power to more administrators (or take it away), you should make a change to the section of code in the includes/config.php file labeled ****** USERS WITH ADMIN LOG VIEWING PERMISSIONS ******.

Make the change to this line of code:

$canviewadminlog = '1';

Remember to separate each user ID with a comma.

Save the file, and upload it to make the changes active...