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  • vBulletin 5 Database Best Practices

    vBulletin 5 Database Best Practices

    This is part of a best practices series to manage your vBulletin installation.

    The database is the heart and soul of your vBulletin site. All content and user information is stored in the database. Protect the database and you protect your site. This document will go over the creation and usage of a MySQL database for the use of vBulletin 5 Connect. If you have shared hosting and are provided a web-based control panel like cPanel, you will need to access your hosting provider's documentation on how to carry out these operations. This document assumes a general familiarity with the command line operations of your Operating System. All commands listed assume that you are accessing your server via SSH.

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  • vBulletin Password Handling

    vBulletin Password Handling

    Note: vBulletin Cloud sites cannot use custom password schemes at this time. The core security of your site is the User Password and how it is stored. In the beginning, vBulletin used a simple MD5 hash to represent the password. However as Floating Point Processors (i.e. GPU and ASICs) have become more powerful, this method proved to be risky and reduced security. If we significantly changed the password scheme, then users wouldn't be able to login and would need to change their passwords first. We needed a solution that was more convenient. At this point, a 3 character randomly generated salt was added to the password and it was hashed a second time. Again, technology caught up to this technique. So the salt was increased to 30 characters. Once again, technology caught up with the technique. We needed a better way to hash passwords but allow users to log in seamlessly. When PHP 5.5 was released, a new set of password hashing functions were released to help with thes...
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  • Creating the Sitemap XML for your vBulletin

    Creating the Sitemap XML for your vBulletin

    The XML Sitemap specification allows search engines to index your site more efficiently. vBulletin 5 Connect can create the Sitemap automatically so you can submit it to your favorite search engines. Using the default path If you are using vBulletin Cloud, you must use this option. The default value for this is core/store_sitemap. Make sure the directory is CHMOD 0777 on your server. In the AdminCP, go to Settings -> Options -> XML Sitemap and set Enable Automatic Sitemap Generation to Yes. Rebuild your XML Sitemap files in the AdminCP under XML Sitemap -> Rebuild Sitemap Using a custom path Determining the path of your XML Storage Directory. Upload the file filepath.php to your chosen storage direc...
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  • Using Tools.php

    Using Tools.php

    Within your vBulletin Download Package, we provide a file called tools.php, this file isn't uploaded to the server by default as it is considered to be a significant security risk. However, there are times when you need to change specific settings and aren't able to access your AdminCP directly. Uploading to the Server It is recommended that tools.php is installed in the /core/install directory. To do this, follow the steps below: Connect to your server with your favorite SFTP or SCP client. In your vBulletin package, upload the /core/install directory to your server. In your vBulletin package, find tools.php in your do_not_upload directory and upload to the /core/install directory. After Using Remove Tools.php We consider this file to be a security risk. This cannot be overstated. This file should not be stored on your server after use. It is provided as a tool of last resort. Once you have completed your tasks, you should delete it from your server. To do this, delete the /core/install/ directory. Using The Tools Point your browser to the file at /core/install/tools.php (e.g. https...
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  • Installing Memcached for vBulletin

    Installing Memcached for vBulletin

    Note: Installing and using Memcached requires access to the command line and the ability to install software on your server. If you are using a Shared Hosting Package, then you may not have access to this capability. If you are in doubt, please contact your hosting provider. If you are running vBulletin in a Virtual Machine or on a Dedicated Server, you can improve performance with Memcached. This allows you to move some of the caching systems from vBulletin's database and into memory. On the surface, configuring vBulletin to use Memcached may seem complicated. However installation is quick and easy, with a little server knowledge. Install Memcached on the Server Memcached is designed to work on Linux systems. In many cases can be installed with your package manager. Linux # CentOS 6 [root@memcached01 ~]# yum install memcached [root@memcached01 ~]# chkconfig memcached on [root@memcached01 ~]# service memcached start # CentOS 7 [root@memcached01 ~]# yum install memcached [root@memcached01 ~]# systemctl enable memcached [root@memcached01 ~]# systemctl start memcached # Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 [root@memcached01 ~]# apt-get update [root@memcached01 ~]# apt-get install memcached Other Distros For other linux distributions, you might have to install from the source code. See the Memcached Documentation on Github to accomplish this.. Windows While Memcached is designed as a Linux/Unix executable it is open source. Due to this, there are Windows Binaries available. You can find these by performing a search on your favorite...
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  • Third-Party Logins: Twitter

    Third-Party Logins: Twitter

    You will need to use an existing twitter account in order to use this functionality.

    Create an app using your twitter account

    In your browser go to https://apps.twitter.com/app/new

    Check App Settings

    Go to the application settings (e.g. https://apps.twitter.com/app/12345/settings where 12345 references the app created in step 2. You can access the settings by going to the list of
    your apps (https://apps.twitter.com), clicking on the app link, then clicking...
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  • The Basic Anatomy of a vBulletin Page

    The Basic Anatomy of a vBulletin Page

    vBulletin 5's user output is created using a system of pages that are customizable by the site administrator. This system is called Site Builder. By breaking the system down into pages, a lot of control is given to the system administrator. By using Site Builder, you can create a unique site without any knowledge of HTML or CSS.

    vBulletin's pages are created using layers built upon a grid layout. Each page starts with a layout which defines the content areas of the page. Layouts define...
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  • Enabling Push Notifications in vBulletin 5.3.2 and Mobile Suite 1.16

    Enabling Push Notifications in vBulletin 5.3.2 and Mobile Suite 1.16

    vBulletin Mobile Suite 1.16 includes functionality for Push Notifications. One of the requirements to add this functionality is that you must be running vBulletin 5.3.2 Connect on your site and create a project with Google's Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) platform. The steps below will walk you through the process of enabling this functionality in vBulletin and in your Mobile Apps.

    Add a project to your Firebase account






    Setup Push Notifications...
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  • Enabling Two-Factor Authentication

    Enabling Two-Factor Authentication

    vBulletin 5.3.0 and higher will allow site owners to enable Two-Factor Authentication for Administrator and Moderator functionality. This is an extra layer of security provided to make sure your user data remains as safe as possible. Two-Factor Authentication works in conjunction with an app on the user's smartphone, tablet, or computer. These apps provide a security token that lasts a limited time before expiring. The security token is created using industry standard algorithms and a unique string...
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  • How to moderate the posts of new users only

    How to moderate the posts of new users only

    To help combat spam, many users opt to have new user’s posts moderated until they’ve made a specific number of posts. This allows the Admin/Moderator team to keep potentially malicious posts out of the public eye until a user has effectively passed a ‘probationary period’ as a member of the site.

    In order to do this, you will need to create a custom usergroup and a promotion.

    Creating a Custom Usergroup
    First, you need to setup the usergroup for your non-Moderated...
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  • vBulletin 5 Database Best Practices
    Wayne Luke

    This is part of a best practices series to manage your vBulletin installation.

    The database is the heart and soul of your vBulletin site. All content and user information is stored in the database. Protect the database and you protect your site. This document will go over the creation and usage of a MySQL database for the use of vBulletin 5 Connect. If you have shared hosting and are provided a web-based control panel like cPanel, you will need to access your hosting provider's documentation on how to carry out these operations. This document assumes a general familiarity with the command line operations of your Operating System. All commands listed assume that you are accessing your server via SSH.

    ...
    Wed 31st Oct '18, 8:18am
  • vBulletin Password Handling
    Wayne Luke
    Note: vBulletin Cloud sites cannot use custom password schemes at this time. The core security of your site is the User Password and how it is stored. In the beginning, vBulletin used a simple MD5 hash to represent the password. However as Floating Point Processors (i.e. GPU and ASICs) have become more powerful, this method proved to be risky and reduced security. If we significantly changed the password scheme, then users wouldn't be able to login and would need to change their passwords first. We needed a solution that was more convenient. At this point, a 3 character randomly generated salt was added to the password and it was hashed a second time. Again, technology caught up to this technique. So the salt was increased to 30 characters. Once again, technology caught up with the technique. We needed a better way to hash passwords but allow users to log in seamlessly. When PHP 5.5 was released, a new set of password hashing functions were released to help with thes...
    Sat 27th Oct '18, 1:34pm
  • Creating the Sitemap XML for your vBulletin
    Wayne Luke
    The XML Sitemap specification allows search engines to index your site more efficiently. vBulletin 5 Connect can create the Sitemap automatically so you can submit it to your favorite search engines. Using the default path If you are using vBulletin Cloud, you must use this option. The default value for this is core/store_sitemap. Make sure the directory is CHMOD 0777 on your server. In the AdminCP, go to Settings -> Options -> XML Sitemap and set Enable Automatic Sitemap Generation to Yes. Rebuild your XML Sitemap files in the AdminCP under XML Sitemap -> Rebuild Sitemap Using a custom path Determining the path of your XML Storage Directory. Upload the file filepath.php to your chosen storage direc...
    Sat 27th Oct '18, 1:18pm
  • Installing Memcached for vBulletin
    Wayne Luke
    Note: Installing and using Memcached requires access to the command line and the ability to install software on your server. If you are using a Shared Hosting Package, then you may not have access to this capability. If you are in doubt, please contact your hosting provider. If you are running vBulletin in a Virtual Machine or on a Dedicated Server, you can improve performance with Memcached. This allows you to move some of the caching systems from vBulletin's database and into memory. On the surface, configuring vBulletin to use Memcached may seem complicated. However installation is quick and easy, with a little server knowledge. Install Memcached on the Server Memcached is designed to work on Linux systems. In many cases can be installed with your package manager. Linux # CentOS 6 [root@memcached01 ~]# yum install memcached [root@memcached01 ~]# chkconfig memcached on [root@memcached01 ~]# service memcached start # CentOS 7 [root@memcached01 ~]# yum install memcached [root@memcached01 ~]# systemctl enable memcached [root@memcached01 ~]# systemctl start memcached # Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 [root@memcached01 ~]# apt-get update [root@memcached01 ~]# apt-get install memcached Other Distros For other linux distributions, you might have to install from the source code. See the Memcached Documentation on Github to accomplish this.. Windows While Memcached is designed as a Linux/Unix executable it is open source. Due to this, there are Windows Binaries available. You can find these by performing a search on your favorite...
    Sat 27th Oct '18, 1:00pm
  • Using Tools.php
    Wayne Luke
    Within your vBulletin Download Package, we provide a file called tools.php, this file isn't uploaded to the server by default as it is considered to be a significant security risk. However, there are times when you need to change specific settings and aren't able to access your AdminCP directly. Uploading to the Server It is recommended that tools.php is installed in the /core/install directory. To do this, follow the steps below: Connect to your server with your favorite SFTP or SCP client. In your vBulletin package, upload the /core/install directory to your server. In your vBulletin package, find tools.php in your do_not_upload directory and upload to the /core/install directory. After Using Remove Tools.php We consider this file to be a security risk. This cannot be overstated. This file should not be stored on your server after use. It is provided as a tool of last resort. Once you have completed your tasks, you should delete it from your server. To do this, delete the /core/install/ directory. Using The Tools Point your browser to the file at /core/install/tools.php (e.g. https...
    Sat 27th Oct '18, 12:45pm
  • Third-Party Logins: Twitter
    Wayne Luke
    You will need to use an existing twitter account in order to use this functionality.

    Create an app using your twitter account

    In your browser go to https://apps.twitter.com/app/new

    Check App Settings

    Go to the application settings (e.g. https://apps.twitter.com/app/12345/settings where 12345 references the app created in step 2. You can access the settings by going to the list of
    your apps (https://apps.twitter.com), clicking on the app link, then clicking...
    Tue 10th Apr '18, 10:00am

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