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  • Recovering a hacked vBulletin Site

    Recovering a hacked vBulletin Site

    Symptoms

    Having your site hacked is something no owner wants to experience due to the fact it takes quite a bit of effort to fix, often times requiring payment to a experienced third-party when a owner feels inundated by the sheer amount of work required to troubleshoot and remedy the situation.
    • Site has been defaced - This is the most blatant form of hacking where your sites pages have been replaced with a very disruptive and sometimes rude message from the hacker themselves.
    • Error Messages - These can vary from extra text on the page all the way up to database errors that do not allow the page to display properly.
    • Odd behavior - If your site is simply acting up, it seems to have began out of nowhere and you've checked with your host in regards to recent changes and none have been made it's quite possible you have been hacked. *Redirects to external sites, inability to post (database errors, blank pages etc), and anything that simply seems "odd".

    Initial Steps


    ...
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  • Setting the Default Profile Style.

    Setting the Default Profile Style.

    Note: This was promoted from the following thread: Which CSS Please
    The issue is that we want the default user profile to match the customer site, not the vBulletin default install. That means we have to map the stylevars to the new profile variables. We need a total of two sets of text/background colors that will have enough contrast to be visible, and four sets of text/link/background colors. There aren't that many combinations that have guaranteed contrast. If the site style keeps the current lightish colors lightish, and the darkish colors darkish, then all will be fine. If the colors are all reversed,so the current lightish colors become darkish and the current darkish colors ...
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  • FAQ: How to install CMS in Root, Forums in subdirectory

    FAQ: How to install CMS in Root, Forums in subdirectory

    Have you been pulling out your hair trying to figure out how in the world to simply install the vBulletin Suite's CMS or "portal" page as your front page in the root directory (e.g. http://www.site.com ) and your forums in the forums directory? (e.g. http://www.site.com/forums/ )

    Well, here's the How To guide, courtesy of me after trying to figure what all the confusing instructions in 48 different places meant. I've just done this clean install on a fresh site and it appears that it works...

    1) Create a "forums" directory off the root (or call it "forum" if you prefer, whatever). If you're a novice, the root is the top level of your web site or http://www.site.com in this example case. Using FTP it's /home/sitename/public_html/ or something similar like:

    /home/sitename/www/

    but you get the point.

    2) Upload the entire vB4 Suite into that "forums" directory, not into the root, and install into that /forums/ directory. That would be /home/sitename/public_html/forums/

    NOTE: Install the sample CMS content. You can delete it later but at least you can tell if your install works properly.

    3) The manual entry here explains the same thing although hopefully this will make it a little clearer for you:

    http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/o...tentmanagement

    What you need to do is create five blank text files called:

    - content.php
    - editor.php
    - list.php
    - widget.php
    - index.php.

    If your forum directory is called "forums", you can copy the exact text corresponding to each file into that file, e.g. the four lines below content.php will be copied into the content.php file. Then you will upload all those five files into your root directory: /home/fixxeraccount/public_html/

    Note: If you've installed your vb forum into a directory other than one called "forums", just replace the red "forums" text with "forum" or whatever directory you use for each of the five files below. If you need to understand what is going on, all these files are telling the browser that the files it needs to run the CMS portion in the back end are really contained in your forums directory so use them... but still outpu...
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  • Suite to Forums

    Suite to Forums

    This is a list of files that need to be removed to make your installation a forum only install, without the suite products. ...
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  • Using Filezilla to upload your files.

    Using Filezilla to upload your files.

    Filezilla is a popular and free FTP client used to upload files to your webserver. This is the first step in installing or upgrading your vBulletin software. Hopefully this will help you learn how to use this valuable tool.

    If you do not have Filezilla yet, you would need to download it for your computer. There are versions available for many popular operating systems including Windows™, Mac-OSX, and Linux. You can download the Filezilla client here:
    http://filezilla-project.org/ Once you have downloaded the softwar...
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  • CMS - How to get a layout like vBulletin.com

    CMS - How to get a layout like vBulletin.com

    Originally written for the alpha team - things have changed since then! This is how to recreate the screenshot FROM SCRATCH. So, if you have a totally blank CMS area, like we had when we were testing the product, this is how you would go about recreating something like the screenshot on vbulletin.com.

    Here is a screenshot from vBulletin's home page showing the CMS:


    So, I decided to spend a little time to try to do it myself. Here is what I was able to do during alpha testing:


    Here is what it would look like now using default settings (as I said, things have changed a lot since then!):


    So, I assume you have your site installed and you are ready to tackle the CMS.

    Set up your Home page: - First thing is to Publish your Home section or you will be told you have no permissions to view the page. So, Admin CP > vBulletin CMS > Section > see Home right there and change Not Published to Published. Now click on Admin CP > vBulletin CMS > Clear CMS Cache and you should not be able to se...
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  • How to Backup before Upgrading to 4.0

    How to Backup before Upgrading to 4.0

    vBulletin 4.0 - Restore to previous Version if Upgrade Fails


    Before you get all excited and go trying to upgrade yourself let's make sure you have some "headache medicine" ready!

    You are allowed to run a vbtest under your license I suggest you install or upgrade a backup of your live site first to make sure it goes smoothly IF you are going to in fact upgrade, disregarding our warnings of upgrading a live site.

    If your backing up to do a TEST upgrade of your LIVE site, please read this FIRST before proceeding:
    https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/cont...ng-A-Test-Site

    IF YOUR FORUM IS HEAVILY MODIFIED/CUSTOMIZED EITHER IN TERMS OF CUSTOM MODIFICATIONS AND OR STYLES AND YOUR DISREGARDING THE RECOMMENDATION NOT TO UPGRADE A LIVE SITE - I DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU UPGRADE AT THIS TIME, THAT IS STRICTLY IMO BUT I FEEL INEXPERIENCED OWNERS SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT UPGRADING A LIVE SITE THAT HAS BEEN HEAVILY CUSTOMIZED.

    Information from an experienced community "mentor" if you will http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...5&postcount=18 This means the old sayings are true, patience is a virtue and curiosity killed the cat!

    Step 1) Check the Minimum Requirements found here:
    http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...m-Requirements


    If your Hosting account/Server is not up to par with the minimum requirements in STEP 1), it might not upgrade at all or cause you more trouble then it's worth! Some host will move you to another server with the minimum requirements if available or perhaps for an additional fee or monthly cost.

    Again, do not risk your LIVE site however If you attempt to upgrade like my stubborn grandmother then go ahead we know how you are.. continue on otherwise if your not that stubborn then your done with this guide until a new version of vBulletin 4.0 is released!


    Step 2) Backup your Database and Files so you can restore to your current version on your live board now i.e. 3.5/3.6/3.7/3.8 etc.

    How to do this Mike?

    2a) Database - Cpanel? phpMyAdmin? Do you have any of these? If so go in and export a copy of your site, click the export tab and then click "Save as file" near the bottom and let it run the backup saving it to a folder on your computer. (If you don't have phpMyAdmin etc please look into MySQLDumper found here: http://www.mysqldumper.net/ & Special Thanks to FF|Skyrider for the reminder!! http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...=1#post1840565)
    2b) FTP (i.e. Filezilla) or the Cpanel File Manager or Legacy File Manager? Filezilla I find to be quicker than Cpanel but long story short you want to backup all the files, every single folder and file. Why? Well if you have problems while upgrading to 4.0 you have already uploaded the new files so they will not work if you try to restore if the upgrade fails .
    2c) Download your current version (3.6 or 3.7/3.8 etc etc) and I mean the exact same version your forum is running now before the upgrade this will be needed to restore if required.

    Step 3) Turn off ALL MODIFICATIONS. You can do this by disabling them all but the best and highly recommended way of doing this is by locating your config.php file and edit it (make a copy of it first and do not use notepad to edit use an external editor such as notepad ++ google it etc) and at the top below
    Code:
    define('DISABLE_HOOKS', true);
    *YOU MUST DISABLE MODS BEFORE UPGRADING, not afterwards when it failed the first time, NOW.

    Step 4) Your all backed up! Run the upgrade script, you can find details in one of the two readme files included in your 4.0 zip i.e. vb4_readme.html OR vb4_readme.txt.

    Did it work? If yes then great! Enjoy

    ===================================


    If the backup worked and your forum is upgraded and running fine please stop reading this guide now and go have fun with vBulletin 4.0 Beta 3! If you have many Bugs please confirm they are common and not specific to only you for some reason i.e. MySQL or PHP version (Although you should have confirmed the minimum requirements were met before upgrading regardless).

    ===================================


    Continuing with this Guide from here down means you had a failed upgrade and wish to restore!

    Big forum or you just don't want your live site to stay down while you wait on a fix.. is there a fix? Frantic are you? Well simply restore back to your previous version.

    Step 5) Depending on where the install script failed, it might not have modified you current database so you see errors because it's new files for 4.0 not communicating properly w/ the 3.x database . Simply re-upload your previous versions files (see step #7) as if you were updating and then run the upgrade script, there is an option to run it anyways please click that and proceed.

    If it did not alter the DB then you should see your live site back up! If it still shows errors then you might be in trouble and want to post here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/forum...47-vB-4-0-Beta and wait for a reply otherwise you will need to restore your backed up database or do a fresh install and have all your members re-register .

    Step 6) Restoring but at the same...
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  • Mod Rewrite Friendly URLs => .htaccess

    Mod Rewrite Friendly URLs => .htaccess

    There is no .htaccess to support the "Mod Rewrite Friendly URLs", so I have one written below, the first 3 are just a little beta bug proofing.

    I can not guarantee this is perfect, but it's working so far, if I find any bugs, I'll squish em and edit in an updated version

    Download: http://www.phpatlas.com/vBulletin/htaccess

    Code:
    # Author: Matty Asia
    # Version 1.6
    # Downloaded from: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?325798
    
    RewriteEngine On
    Options +FollowSymLinks
    
    ### THIS IS A LITTLE EXTRA SECURITY AND CAN BE REMOVED
    
    RewriteRule ^includes/(.*) index.php
    RewriteRule ^vb/(.*) index.php
    RewriteRule ^packages/(.*) index.php
    
    ### THIS IS THE ACTUAL REWRITE
    
    RewriteRule ^threads/([0-9]+)(?:/?$|(?:-[
    ...
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  • Issues After Upgrading

    Issues After Upgrading

    If your running a completely default forum upgrading is a very simple process. Many sites however run third-party add-ons and even use a custom style therefor when things change between older and newer
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  • Recovering a hacked vBulletin Site
    TheLastSuperman
    Symptoms

    Having your site hacked is something no owner wants to experience due to the fact it takes quite a bit of effort to fix, often times requiring payment to a experienced third-party when a owner feels inundated by the sheer amount of work required to troubleshoot and remedy the situation.
    • Site has been defaced - This is the most blatant form of hacking where your sites pages have been replaced with a very disruptive and sometimes rude message from the hacker themselves.
    • Error Messages - These can vary from extra text on the page all the way up to database errors that do not allow the page to display properly.
    • Odd behavior - If your site is simply acting up, it seems to have began out of nowhere and you've checked with your host in regards to recent changes and none have been made it's quite possible you have been hacked. *Redirects to external sites, inability to post (database errors, blank pages etc), and anything that simply seems "odd".

    Initial Steps


    ...
    Tue 12th Jun '12, 2:37am
  • Issues After Upgrading
    TheLastSuperman
    If your running a completely default forum upgrading is a very simple process. Many sites however run third-party add-ons and even use a custom style therefor when things change between older and newer
    Thu 24th May '12, 1:02pm
  • Setting the Default Profile Style.
    Edwin Brown
    Note: This was promoted from the following thread: Which CSS Please
    The issue is that we want the default user profile to match the customer site, not the vBulletin default install. That means we have to map the stylevars to the new profile variables. We need a total of two sets of text/background colors that will have enough contrast to be visible, and four sets of text/link/background colors. There aren't that many combinations that have guaranteed contrast. If the site style keeps the current lightish colors lightish, and the darkish colors darkish, then all will be fine. If the colors are all reversed,so the current lightish colors become darkish and the current darkish colors ...
    Thu 21st Oct '10, 9:21am
  • FAQ: How to install CMS in Root, Forums in subdirectory
    slinky
    Have you been pulling out your hair trying to figure out how in the world to simply install the vBulletin Suite's CMS or "portal" page as your front page in the root directory (e.g. http://www.site.com ) and your forums in the forums directory? (e.g. http://www.site.com/forums/ )

    Well, here's the How To guide, courtesy of me after trying to figure what all the confusing instructions in 48 different places meant. I've just done this clean install on a fresh site and it appears that it works...

    1) Create a "forums" directory off the root (or call it "forum" if you prefer, whatever). If you're a novice, the root is the top level of your web site or http://www.site.com in this example case. Using FTP it's /home/sitename/public_html/ or something similar like:

    /home/sitename/www/

    but you get the point.

    2) Upload the entire vB4 Suite into that "forums" directory, not into the root, and install into that /forums/ directory. That would be /home/sitename/public_html/forums/

    NOTE: Install the sample CMS content. You can delete it later but at least you can tell if your install works properly.

    3) The manual entry here explains the same thing although hopefully this will make it a little clearer for you:

    http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/o...tentmanagement

    What you need to do is create five blank text files called:

    - content.php
    - editor.php
    - list.php
    - widget.php
    - index.php.

    If your forum directory is called "forums", you can copy the exact text corresponding to each file into that file, e.g. the four lines below content.php will be copied into the content.php file. Then you will upload all those five files into your root directory: /home/fixxeraccount/public_html/

    Note: If you've installed your vb forum into a directory other than one called "forums", just replace the red "forums" text with "forum" or whatever directory you use for each of the five files below. If you need to understand what is going on, all these files are telling the browser that the files it needs to run the CMS portion in the back end are really contained in your forums directory so use them... but still outpu...
    Mon 16th Aug '10, 12:29pm
  • Suite to Forums
    Zachery
    This is a list of files that need to be removed to make your installation a forum only install, without the suite products. ...
    Mon 22nd Mar '10, 1:55pm
  • Using Filezilla to upload your files.
    Wayne Luke
    Filezilla is a popular and free FTP client used to upload files to your webserver. This is the first step in installing or upgrading your vBulletin software. Hopefully this will help you learn how to use this valuable tool.

    If you do not have Filezilla yet, you would need to download it for your computer. There are versions available for many popular operating systems including Windows™, Mac-OSX, and Linux. You can download the Filezilla client here:
    http://filezilla-project.org/ Once you have downloaded the softwar...
    Wed 13th Jan '10, 5:16pm
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