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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

Maintaining the Database


Without the data, your community is gone. Not only will you lose all the forums that have been set up (along with any customizations and changes you made), but you will also lose all the people. By this, I mean you will lose all the members—lose the database and their accounts. Usernames, passwords, everything will be lost.

Running a forum without taking care of the database is asking for trouble. Not only might you run into problems and difficulties when you make a change to the forum (such as adding new features or upgrading vBulletin), but also your data is vulnerable to damage if the server hosting your community encounters problems. Small database problems can quickly grow into major issues, and the best defense against problems is to keep a backup.

vBulletin has a lot of features to allow you to protect your precious data from damage, corruptions, and loss. These tools can be accessed through the Import & Maintenance menu on the left of the AdminCP.

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