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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

Running the Upgrade Script

With the newest vBulletin files uploaded to your web server, you are now ready to run the upgrade script.

This is the simple part of the upgrade, so it's all plain sailing from here.

To run the script point your web browser at, remembering to replace with the correct path to your own vBulletin installation.

To proceed with the upgrade, you'll need your vBulletin Customer Number.

The installation wizard will then begin.

This screen confirms that the files have been properly uploaded, and we are ready to begin, so click on the Next Step button to continue.

Step 1 imports the latest vBulletin options into the database.

In step 2, the updated help files are loaded.

The next step updates the master language files.

Next the updated vBulletin styles are loaded.

Finally, the vBulletin version number is updated. Click on the Proceed button to finish.

The final page is an important one—there is a reminder to delete...