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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

Making the Changes

Let's now work through how to make this hack possible. There are a few code changes you need to make to a vBulletin template. If things go wrong, you already know how to revert templates back to their original state. As long as you take care and follow the code here carefully, everything will work out fine. But always keep a backup just in case!

Locating the Template

In the left-hand menu of the AdminCP, click on Styles & Templates to expand it, and then click on Style Manager.

This brings up the Style Manager page in the right-hand side screen. Click on the button marked << >> to expand the template window.

You now need to click on the new button marked << >> lower down on the page to expand all the templates so as to find the one you are looking for.

In the scrolling window, work your way down until you get to a template called pm_newpm. Double-click on the link to open the template.

Hacking the pm_newpm Template

You can now make a few changes to...