vBulletin FAQ (37 Articles)

How to change the vBulletin administrator password

In order to change the vBulletin forum administrator password you should load your vBulletin admin control panel and complete the steps listed below: 1. Open the Users -> Search for Users section. 2. Select Administrators from the Primary Usergroup drop-down menu. 3. Click on Find . 4. Click on every administrator's username and set the new password in the Password field. At the end log out and log in with the new password for your administrative…

How to enable private messages notifications for vBulletin users?

You can allow all vBulletin forum members to receive private messages by running a query under the vBulletin admin area -> Maintenance -> Execute SQL Query . Pick the Yes - Receive Private Messages option from the Automatic Query drop-down menu. Then run the query by clicking on the Continue button. If you want to enable the notification e-mails when private messages are received navigate to the same area (vBulletin admin area -> Maintenance -> Execute SQL Query ) and pick the Yes - Send Notification Email When a Private Message is Received option. Again, click on the Continue button to execute it. The third option associated with the private messages is related to the notification box that can pop-up when a private message is received. To enable it pick the Yes - Pop up a Notification Box When a Private Message is Received option.…

How to enable/disable ‘Email this Page to a Friend’ in vBulletin?

The "Email this Page to a Friend" functionality can be enabled/disabled per user group. You can modify the option from your vBulletin admin panel > Usergroups > Usergroup Manager > Edit Usergroup > Can Use Email to Friend . Pick whether you want to enable or disable the feature for the chosen user group and save the new settings.…

How to insert programming source code in vBulletin posts?

Many forum members, especially in the technically oriented forums, need to insert programming source code in their posts. In order to be able to include such a programming code and to highlight the specific syntax the GeSHi (Generic Syntax Highlighter) extension should be integrated in the vBulletin forum. The corresponding product can be downloaded from the following location: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=93071&highlight=geshi Then the .xml file included in the package should be installed through the vBulletin admin panel->Plugins & Products->Manage Products->Add/Import Product . The GeSHi files and folders should be uploaded in the vBulletin includes directory. In order to use the GeSHi functionality the programming source code should be wrapped in the following bbcode: [highlight=language] some code [/highlight] Examples of the GeSHi solution can be found below: [highlight=PHP] <?php phpinfo(); ?> [/highlight] [highlight=html4strict] <!-- some HTML here --> <html> <body> <p style="text-align:right">Some text in a paragraph.</p> </body> </html> [/highlight] [highlight=sql] SELECT FROM database_table WHERE database_table.age=30 ORDER BY database_table.name; [/highlight]…

Remove default http:// from the Insert Link option in vBulletin

In order to remove the predefined http://   string from the Insert Link functionality in the vBulletin text editor open the clientscript/vbulletin_textedit.js file and change the following code excerpts: {url=this.show_prompt(vbphrase.enter_link_url,"http://",true)} (appears twice) and {this.prompt_link("url",url,vbphrase.enter_link_url,"http://")} to {url=this.show_prompt(vbphrase.enter_link_url,"",true)} (appears twice) and {this.prompt_link("url",url,vbphrase.enter_link_url,"")} Also, navigate to your vBulletin admin panel-> Languages & Phrases->Search in Phrases. Search for the enter_link_url phrase in Phrase Text and Phrase Variable Name . Edit it and make sure that http:// is not present in the default text window.…

How to change the posts text color in vBulletin

The posts text color and the quote text color can be changed by entering the preferred color in the .postcontent definition. Check the following example: .postcontent { text-align: right; word-wrap: break-word; color: green; } The variable definition can be altered through your vBulletin admin panel-> Styles & Templates->Style Manager->Edit Templates->Go->CSS Templates->postbit.css. …

How to move a vBulletin web site from a subfolder to the root directory

In order to move a vBulletin forum from a subfolder to the root directory for your web site content (e.g. public_html), you should move the forum files and the corresponding subfolders there. Then open your vBulletin admin panel-> Settings->Options-> Site Name / URL / Contact Details and correct the forum URL in the corresponding field. If you have a .htaccess file, check the paths in it and adjust them accordingly.…

How to change the text color of the image editor in vBulletin

The text color in the image editor can be altered from your vBulletin admin panel-> Styles & Templates->Style Manager->Edit Templates->Go->CSS Templates->editor.css . Search for the .editoroverlay.imageoverlay div.imagetarget definition and enter the preferred code in it using the following line: color: COLOR; Replace COLOR with the color name or the corresponding HEX code. The definition will be similar to the following one: .editoroverlay.imageoverlay div.imagetarget { margin-{vb:stylevar left}:25%; border:solid 1px {vb:stylevar mid_border.borderColor}; padding:5px; color: green; font-size:{vb:stylevar small_fontSize}; background-color:{vb:stylevar content3_background.backgroundColor};; } …

How to modify the posts text alignment in vBulletin

In order to change the text alignment, open your vBulletin admin panel-> Styles & Templates -> Style Manager -> Edit Templates -> Go -> CSS Templates -> postbit.css. Find the .postcontent declaration and enter the following line in it : text-align: justify; The declaration will be similar to the following one: .postcontent { text-align: justify; word-wrap: break-word; } This way you can modify your posts' text alignment.…

How to disable the CMS functionality in vBulletin

The vBulletin Suite comes with the following scripts: - vBulletin 4 forum - Blog - Project Tools - CMS You can disable the CMS functionality from your vBulletin admin panel -> Plugins & Products -> Manage Products. Also, you can alter the URL of the Home page button from your vBulletin admin panel -> Settings -> Options -> CMS Setting -> Content Management -> Site Tab URL .…

How to remove all tags in vBulletin

In order to remove all vBulletin tags, you should access the vBulletin database and truncate the content of the tag table. Run the following MySQL query: TRUNCATE TABLE tag; (You can run a MySQL query using phpMyAdmin. More information how to do this can be found in our tutorial How to execute MySQL queries with phpMyAdmin .) This way the table structure will be preserved but all tag records will be erased.…

How to edit the vBulletin page margins?

In order to edit the page margins of your forum navigate to your vBulletin admin panel-> Style Manager . Pick Style Vars from the drop down menu. Search for doc_margin and enter the preferred values. Save the changes, reload the vBulletin front-end and the modification will be reflected.…

How to resolve the Fatal error: Out of memory problem in vBulletin?

If you see an error message similar to the following one: Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 11111111) (tried to allocate 1111 bytes) in your_php_file.php on line 111 it means that the execution of the above php file needs more that the allocated memory. A possible workaround is: 1. Open your vBulletin include/config.php file. 2. Below the php open tag add the following line: ini_set('memory_limit', '128M'); The code will look as follows: <?php ini_set('memory_limit', '128M'); In this way you will increase the memory limit for your script to 128MB. The same solution can be applied for different scripts. You should paste the above code in a file which is always invoked when the script is executed. Usually such files are the configuration ones.…

How to edit your vBulletin navigation menu color and font?

You can alter the vBulletin navigation menu's visualization components like the background and font colors and the font style from your vBulletin admin panel-> Style Manager . Pick Style Vars from the drop down menu. The navbar variables are responsible for the navigation bar visual appearance. navbar_background - changes the background color for the navigation bar. navbar_color - changes the default font color for the navigation bar. navbar_font - changes the default font style for the navigation bar. navbar_link_color - changes the default link color for the navigation bar. You can also play with the other navbar variables since they will allow you to modify further the navigation bar visual appearance.…

How to remove the What’s new tab from your vBulletin menu?

In order to remove the What's new tab from the forum's navigation menu open your vBulletin admin panel-> Styles & Templates->Style Manager->Edit Template->Navigation / Breadcrumb Templates->navbar . Remove the following code from it: <vb:if condition="!$vboptions['selectednavtab'] AND THIS_SCRIPT == 'search'"> <vb:if condition="$show['member']"> <li class="selected"><a class="navtab" href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getnew&amp;contenttype=vBFor um_Post" accesskey="2">{vb:rawphrase getnew_tab}</a> <ul class="floatcontainer"> <li><a href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getnew&amp;contenttype=vBFor um_Post">{vb:rawphrase new_posts_nav}</a></li> <li><a href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getnew&amp;contenttype=vBFor um_SocialGroupMessage">{vb:rawphrase new_group_messages_nav}</a></li> <li><a href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getnew&amp;contenttype=vBFor um_Event">{vb:rawphrase new_events_nav}</a></li> {vb:raw template_hook.navbar_getnew_menu} <li><a href="forumdisplay.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=markread">{vb:rawphrase mark_forums_read}</a></li> </ul> </li> <vb:else /> <li class="selected"><a class="navtab" href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getdaily&amp;contenttype=vBF orum_Post" accesskey="2">{vb:rawphrase getnew_tab}</a> <ul class="floatcontainer"> <li><a href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getdaily&amp;contenttype=vBF orum_Post">{vb:rawphrase todays_posts}</a></li> <li><a href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getdaily&amp;contenttype=vBF orum_SocialGroupMessage">{vb:rawphrase daily_group_message}</a></li> <li><a href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getdaily&amp;contenttype=vBF orum_Event">{vb:rawphrase daily_events}</a></li> {vb:raw template_hook.navbar_getdaily_menu} <li><a href="forumdisplay.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=markread">{vb:rawphrase mark_forums_read}</a></li> </ul> </li> </vb:if> <vb:elseif condition="$show['member']" /> <li><a class="navtab" href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getnew&amp;contenttype=vBFor um_Post" accesskey="2">{vb:rawphrase getnew_tab}</a></li> <vb:else /> <li><a class="navtab" href="search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=getdaily&amp;contenttype=vBF orum_Post" accesskey="2">{vb:rawphrase getnew_tab}</a></li> </vb:if> Save the modification and the What's new button will be removed from your vBulletin navigation menu.…

How to configure the gzip HTML output pages compression in vBulletin?

The GZIP functionality will allow you to compress the HTML output of forum pages and reduce the bandwidth usage. You can turn on the corresponding functionality and set the compression level from your vBulletin admin control panel-> Settings->Options->Cookies and HTTP Header Options . You can check whether the GZIP compression is supported on your server by following the solution published in our Knowledge Base article: https://www.siteground.com/kb/How_to_enable_gZIP_compression_for_your_pages/ …

How to make a vBulletin forum private?

By making your vBulletin forum private you will prevent guest visitors from browsing and seeing the forum posts. You can change the access permissions for the Unregistered / Not Logged users from your vBulletin admin control panel-> Forums & Moderators -> View Permissions . You should also alter them in your vBulletin admin control panel-> Usergroups->Usergroup Manager->Unregistered / Not Logged In->Go .…

How to change the maximum number of vBulletin posts per page?

You can change the maximum number of posts that will be visualized on a page from the vBulletin admin control panel-> Settings->Options->Thread Display Options (showthread)->Maximum Displayed Posts Before Page Split . If you have more that the maximum number of posts a navigation link to the next page will be shown under the last one. Using the links in the corresponding navigation area will allow you to scroll between the pages with posts.…

How to change the maximum number of vBulletin threads per page?

You can change the maximum number of threads that will be visualized on a page from the vBulletin admin control panel-> Settings->Options->Forum Display Options (forumdisplay)->Maximum Displayed Threads Before Page Split . If you have more that the maximum number of threads a navigation link to the next page will be shown under the last thread. Using the links in the corresponding navigation area will allow you to scroll between the pages with threads.…

How to send mass mail through vBulletin?

In order to send mass mail messages to your forum members navigate to your vBulletin admin control panel-> Users->Send Email to Users . Limit the number of the messages that can be sent at once. If your account is hosted on a shared server, either contact your hosting provider's support team and ask about the above limit or check for it in the corresponding Terms of Service section. If the forum is set on a dedicated server solution most likely the above limit is not enabled. Still, in order to keep the load on your dedicated solution in reasonable bounds do not set this value very high. Enter the corresponding information in the From , Subject and Message fields. Then, based on different criteria you can filter the list of the recipients. Click on the Send button located at the bottom of the page to send the mass mail.…