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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

Chapter 9. Programmer's Reference

This chapter has information that you may need if you are going to delve deeper into your vBulletin installation, and make changes, tweaks, and other hacks.

In this chapter we will look at:

  • The settings for the default usergroups

  • The default database tables created by a vBulletin installation

  • How to migrate to a new server

  • How graphics work in vBulletin

  • How to find and replace text in posts

  • Some tips on how to program for vBulletin

Default Usergroup Settings

vBulletin comes pre-configured with seven default usergroups and one custom usergroup.

Default Usergroups

(COPPA) Users Awaiting Moderation



Registered Users

Super Moderators

Unregistered / Not Logged In

Users Awaiting Email Confirmation

Custom Usergroup

Banned Users

Here are the default usergroup settings for these usergroups.

(COPPA) Users Awaiting Moderation

Viewable on Show Groups


Birthdays Viewable


Viewable on the Memberlist


Allow Users to have Member Groups...