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  • vBulletin System Requirements

    vBulletin System Requirements

    Minimum Requirements

    vBulletin is a web-based application and as such has a few minimum requirements. To run vBulletin 5.1.0 or higher, you need a web hosting provider that includes the following things:
    • Web Server - Apache 2, IIS 7.5+, or NGINX
    • PHP version 5.5.0 or greater
    • MySQL version 5.1.5 or greater
    • A pre-registered domain name
    • 1 Gigabyte of hard drive space
    • Rewrite Engine – A rewrite engine is needed for vBulletin’s Friendly URL routing to work. Popular rewrite engines
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    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Thu 19th Jan '17, 12:41pm.

  • How to add a Google Calendar to VB5

    How to add a Google Calendar to VB5

    This will show you how to add a Google Calendar to your VB5 Connect or vBCloud site. The calendar will be on a custom page in an IFRAME.

    Live Demo:

    1) First make sure you have a Google account and are signed into it. (If you have Gmail or use any Google services you already have a Google account.)

    2) Go to Google Calendar -

    3) On the side expand "My Calendars"...
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    Last edited by Joe D.; Tue 1st Apr '14, 3:22am.

  • VB5 How To: Add a Privacy Policy or other Custom Page and Link it in the Footer

    VB5 How To: Add a Privacy Policy or other Custom Page and Link it in the Footer

    This tutorial is good for both the download version of VB 5,x and vBCloud.
    Note- You must be logged into the forum to see the images.

    If you want to add a custom page to your site, such as a privacy policy, and link it through the footer of your site follow these instructions.

    First, be sure you are logged in as an Administrator with Site Builder enabled. Click on the New Page button at the top of the page.

    On the next page click and drag...
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    Last edited by Joe D.; Wed 19th Mar '14, 7:52am.

  • vB5 How To: Add a custom page to the navbar

    vB5 How To: Add a custom page to the navbar

    This tutorial will help you to add a navbar link to a custom page that you have created using THESE instructions.

    Firstly, make sure you are logged in as an Admin - so you can access Site Builder.

    Then, switch Site Builder ON using the switch at the very top right of the screen.

    Then, click "Navigation Bar" from the site builder menu.

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  • vB5 How To: Create a custom home page

    vB5 How To: Create a custom home page

    Many vBulletin sites have historically used some sort of portal, or even the vB4 CMS, as their default "landing" page if you visit the root, with no /forum etc.

    Currently in vB5 there is no CMS, and there is no portal addon such as vBAdvanced.

    So what do you do?

    Well, you could simply rewrite the root URL so it points to /forum, or wherever your forum actually is.

    That's fine, but why not utilise the great new Site...
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    Last edited by Mark.B; Wed 26th Jul '17, 11:14am.

  • vB5 How To: Add a signature divider

    vB5 How To: Add a signature divider


    By default, vB5's signatures do not have a dividing line to separate them from the post they are under.

    On longer posts this can make it difficult for users to distinguish where the post ends and the signature starts.

    To add a dividing line that matches the general styling, add this to the template css_additional.css:
    .post-signature {
        border-top: 1px dotted {vb:stylevar
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    Last edited by Mark.B; Sat 18th Oct '14, 1:06am.

  • vB5 How To: Add forum names into Today's Posts / New Topics

    vB5 How To: Add forum names into Today's Posts / New Topics

    One major thing that has been missing in vB5, has been the name of the forum in the Today's Posts / New Posts results. You are told the name of the topic, who started it, when it was started, who made the most recent post, etc...but you are not told what forum it's in.

    For many, this is essential, as they only want to read threads in forums they are interested in.

    Well, here's how to add this back in.

    First, add this to the template css_additional.css
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  • vB5 How To: Allow pinch and zoom on mobile devices

    vB5 How To: Allow pinch and zoom on mobile devices

    To make the vB5 default style "zoomable" on mobile devices:

    Find this in the header template:
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, minimum-scale=1, maximum-scale=1" />
    Change the "maximum-scale" value to a higher number, such as 3:
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, minimum-scale=1, maximum-scale=3" />
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  • Recovering a hacked vBulletin Site

    Recovering a hacked vBulletin Site


    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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  • PostRelease for vBulletin Installation Guide

    PostRelease for vBulletin Installation Guide

    PostRelease is a content marketing platform allows brands to broadcast their content into as sponsored posts on relevant websites, forums and blogs. PostRelease allows your forum to generate revenue from major brands that are looking to engage readers with quality content rather than interrupt them with ads. Thousands of forums are already a part of the network and generating revenue with PostRelease. The PostRelease system for vBulletin is a vBulletin-approved plugin that manages the placement of the posts on your forum. These posts are clearly labeled as sponsored with the advertiser listed as the author. The posts are inserted as a new thread in the threadlist view of categories that are contextual relevant to the branded content. They are positioned as the first post just ...
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