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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

Editing the Default Style

You've seen what you start with, so let's take a look at how to make some serious changes to the default style for the vBulletin template.

To carry out these modifications, click on Styles & Templates in the left-hand menu, and then click on Style Manager. This brings up the Style Manager window, which we first met in Chapter 3.

As we saw in Chapter 3, if you click on the Go button, then you are taken to a very large window called All Style Options window. (In Chapter 3 we saw how to use this page to change your board's logo.)

Changing Image Paths

There are a lot more images in a vBulletin installation than just the main logo. There are, in fact, over 200 images contained in 13 folders within the main images folder.

You can change the default location of eight of these folders:

  • images/buttons This folder contains all the button images.

  • images/statusicon This folder contains all the icons that are used to represent the status of forums, threads, and posts.

  • images...