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Email Services...

Over the weekend, the Network Operations Center for Internet Brands switch the company from one email provider to another. As a result of this there were problems with the email addresses used for sales and support. We are very sorry that this has occurred. Now that the required resources are available to us, we are bringing these systems back online and things are returning to normal.

If you tried to contact us via Email over the weekend, please resend those emails and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:02:29 GMT

vBulletin 5 Connect v5.1.1 Alpha is Now Available

Announcing the release of vBulletin 5.1.1 Alpha. This release fixes a number of bugs related to the CMS, Image Handling and Email Notifications. More than 80 issues are resolved in this version, most of which are high value issues that impact a large number of customers.

PHP 5.5.X Support
As of vBulletin 5.1.1, vBulletin 5 Connect supports PHP 5.5.X for access to the latest security and performance enhancements available in PHP. Please note that as of PHP 5.5.0, the mysql library is deprecated and we suggest that you switch to mysqli in your /core/includes/config.php file.

Image Handling
We've improved image handling in vBulletin 5 Connect. After inserting images, you can double-click on them to edit size, positioning and word wrap. If you have appropriate permissions you can assign specialized CSS classes to your images in order to improve your site's layout. In addition to this, we've increase the size permissions to modern layouts. Previous versions would accept only smaller images. We've increased the maximum image size to the equivalent of a 12 Megapixel image. Within your content, these images will be resized down to 1440 X 900 pixels on new installs or the settings you currently have on upgrades. Mentioning Image Resizing, this is an important feature that has been restored. This allows your users to upload a large variety of photo content to your site and the system will resize it to fit your specifications.

Email Notifications
Email Notifications have been added to vBulletin 5 Connect. This allows you and your users to receive prompt notice of new content on your site. Email notifications have been included for moderators, subscribed topics, and other locations around the site. Users can manage their notifications by going to, e.g:

XML Sitemap Generation
We've worked to fix the issues surrounding XML sitemap generation. Particular attention was placed around the memory issues previously reported. A route has been put into place for the xmlsitemap.php file used in vBulletin 4.X. However there is not an actually file in the download. The Router and API will redirect appropriately. If you utilize XML Sitemaps as part of your SEO strategy, please make sure to test this.

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:08:04 GMT

vBulletin 5.1.0 Connect is now available.

We’re proud to release vBulletin 5.1.0 Connect. It is available to all customers with a valid vBulletin 5 Connect license. Our goal with this version is to primarily focus on returning the Article publishing functionality of the vBulletin 4 Publishing Suite. To do this we needed to port the functionality and recreate it within the vBulletin 5 database structure and APIs. Along with this we wanted to make sure that your existing articles are imported in a way that makes sense to you and your users without needing a lot of reconfiguration from you to get started.

Please note the minimum required version of PHP is 5.3.7. This is a slight increase from previous versions of vBulletin 5 Connect. vBulletin 5.1.0 includes updates for the recently uncovered exploit as well.

During the transition to vBulletin 5, a few changes have been made to the structure and functionality of the Article system. These include:
  1. Comments will no longer be stored in a hidden forum. With the node model, articles can each hold their own comments. The commenting system is the same used for other content types to allow for portability.
  2. Sections and Categories - These were confusing in vBulletin 4. In vBulletin 5, there will only be Categories. Each category is a channel in vBulletin 5 and can hold one or more article nodes. The main channel will be "Articles" and it will be on the same level as Forums, Blogs, Groups and Special. The Articles channel should not be deleted. Article categories are managed in the AdminCP either in under the CMS section or Channel Management.
  3. Tags are the primary method of multi-category organization. The vBulletin 5 CMS uses the standard vBulletin Tag system. Tags are not assigned to categories but can be used across categories. They function the same as tags in forum topics and blogs. They can be searched in the same system.
  4. Grids, Layouts and Widgets - These are replaced with Site Builder's functionality. The Site Administrator can use Site Builder to add pages, edit Article Categories and add widgets to the user's view. The Layout step has been eliminated. Grids are now Layouts. Widgets are called Modules. Page templates are previously stored page configurations.
  5. Author and Editor Usergroups – Two new usergroups have been added to handle article creation and publishing details. Most sites have a limited author pool. These groups allow you to develop a workflow to create and publish articles on your site. With the default permissions, Authors can create and save draft of articles. They will be able to edit their own articles before publishing over multiple sessions.
  6. Channel Navigation Module. This replaces the Section Navigation Widget in vBulletin 4.X. It can be placed on any page and allows you to choose the Top Level Channel to be used. This means you can use if for Article Categories, Forums, Blogs, and Group Categories. An Example would be to place it in a Forum Category to get a quick navigation box to all of its children.
Other features:
The Password System has been refactored. A new password system has been added to vBulletin. This allows us to quickly add new password hashing schemes if the need arises without invalidating old passwords. Users can easily define the priority of the scheme they want to use with an XML file. This functionality change will cause any single sign-on systems that integrate with vBulletin to need updating. If you are using such a system, you will need to wait until it is updated before upgrading to 5.1.0.

Permissions Updates have been applied to the system. The primary reason was to provide more control over who can Comment and who cannot per Forum Channel. This change also required changes to how other permissions worked. This will give site owners more control over content generation on their site. This change requires that Administrators review all permissions after upgrading.

Quick Setup functionality has been added to the Site Builder. This is intended for first time admins and walks them through a few steps to get up and running quickly. They can upload their site logo, create forums and invite friends via email from here. While not an exhaustive list of steps, it can help you get online faster.

Outgoing RSS has been added to the system. The addition of the RSS System is a feature parity issue with vBulletin 4.X. This allows people to subscribe to your site with their favorite RSS Reader or browser and get timely updates on new content. Functionality is similar to the functionality found in vBulletin 4.

Google Analytics is integrated. All you need to do is add your Analytics code to the option. This is found in the Admin CP under Settings -> Options -> Google Analytics.
Along with the features above, over 450 issues have been fixed or resolved in the system.

Discuss this release here:

Full list of issues resolved will be added in the next 24-36 hours.

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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:00:30 GMT

vBulletin Security Patch for 3.8.7, 4.2.2 and 5.X

A security issue has been found that affects all versions of vBulletin including 3.x, 4.x and 5.x. We have released security patches to account for this vulnerability. This includes patches for vBulletin 3.8.7, vBulletin 4.2.2 and all versions of vBulletin 5 (including Cloud accounts). The patch is also applied to vBulletin 5.1.0 RC1. It is imperative that you apply these patches as soon as possible.

Due to functionality changes, the minimum PHP version for the patch is 5.2.0. This represents an increase for both vBulletin 3. Alternatively customers can install the JSON functions separately via in which case it will work with any compatible PHP version that their particular version of vBulletin supports. You will need to collaborate with your hosting provider or systems administrator to apply the changes to PHP.

Patch for vBulletin 5.0.5 PL1
Patch for vBulletin 4.2.2 PL1
Patch for vBulletin 3.8.7 PL3
Patch for vBulletin 3.8.7 MAPI

Linked below are patch files so that you can manually update versions of vBulletin 3 and vBulletin 4 without a direct patch.

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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:40:01 GMT

vBulletin 3.5 Modifications

Way back in 2009, we archived the vB 3.0 forums.

Now we are in 2014, its time to move the 3.5 forums into the archive.
Very few sites now run vB 3.5 (which is almost 9 years old) and there is no real activity in these forums now (nor has there been for a long time now). Posts are generally just asking about later versions of modifications. Most 3.5 mods also have 3.6, 3.7 & 3.8 versions in those forums anyway.

If you have a particular need to keep the 3.5 version of a release, then you need to download it before they are moved to the archives. This move will will happen sometime in the next two weeks (in fact, it should be on March 13th).

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:53:19 GMT

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