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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

Adding a New Style

So far, we've looked at modifying the existing default style, but what about creating a whole new style?


Again, start off at the All Style Options page. Take a look at what's below the buttons. Do you see the link marked Add New Style?

It's amazing how many people miss that altogether and simply cannot find a way to make a new style. (Many people resort to using the Add Child Style option in the drop-down box instead.)

Click on the Add New Style link. This takes you to the Add New Style page shown below:

You can now fill in the following details of the new stylesheet:

  • Parent Style This allows you to choose whether the new style has a parent style or is itself a parent style. (A parent style has child styles based upon it.)

  • Title This is the name of the new style.

  • Allow User Selection This determines whether the new stylesheet is selectable by the board users from the main forum page and the UserCP. Set this to No initially if you don't want others to see your...