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vBulletin 5.1.7 Alpha 5 is now available.

We're happy to announce the release of vBulletin 5.1.7 Alpha 5. All together over 100 issues have been resolved in vBulletin 5.1.7 Alpha 5. While most of these issues are bug fixes, there are a few enhancements to the software.

[h2]Notifications[/h2]
The handling of how notifications are marked read has changed. When visiting the item that triggered the notification, it will be marked as read automatically. This will remove it from your list of new notifications. If you need to view a dismissed notification, you can do so by using the new filtering functions on the notifications page. In addition, on the notifications page, you can mark them as read or dismissed. Old dismissed notifications will be automatically deleted every 30 days. [jira]VBV-2545[/jira]

An option has been added to disable sending notifications via the User Mention functionality (which was added in 5.1.5). User Mentions will still link to the user's profile if this is enabled. [jira]VBV-14200[/jira]


[h2]Minimum Version Checks[/h2]
There was an issue with the minimum version checks for PHP and MySQL in the install and upgrade scripts. This has been changed and the minimum version for both will now be upheld.
See JIRA: [jira]VBV-13757[/jira]

PHP Minimum Version: PHP 5.4.0
MySQL Minimum Version: MySQL Community 5.1.5

[h2]Sphinx Search[/h2]
Minimum Version: 2.1.2 Release
Due to changes between the beta version and release version of 2.1.2, we can no longer support the beta version. The minimum version has been increased to reflect this. Without upgrading Sphinx, you will experience errors when searching is attempted. See JIRA: [jira]VBV-14501[/jira]

Rebuild Index
Due to filter changes for prefixes, you must rebuild your Sphinx index with vBulletin 5.1.7. See JIRA: [jira]VBV-14443[/jira]

In order for this fix to take effect you will need update the sphinx schema for the index. You can do this by.
  • Follow the instructions to create the vbulletin sphinx configuration file found in the sphinx installation instructions for your OS. (Use the new vbulletin_sphinx.php file provided with this version of vBulletin).
  • Restart sphinx.
  • Copy searchindex.php to your core vbulletin directory.
  • Run "php searchindex.php". You will need to run this as a user with sufficient privileges to run sphinx index commands. Select the correct vbulletin core directory (you can probably use the default) and choose to empty the search index (otherwise the schema will not be recreated from the config)
  • Remove the searchindex.php file.
The board will continue to function while the index operation is running, but search will return no results or incomplete results until it finishes.

[h2]Responsive[/h2]
Hide Modules
Options have been added to hide modules in Responsive Mode based on the display screen. Currently there are three sizes which relate to portrait sizes of various devices. Small (< 480 pixels), Medium (< 768 pixels) and Desktop. [jira]VBV-2126[/jira]

Display Issues
Many display and layout issues have been fixed in Responsive. These range from overlapping text to long URLs escaping the page boundaries. You can see a list of these issues using this filter

Discuss this release here: [node]4318162[/node]

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:39:42 GMT

vBulletin 5.1.6 Connect is now available.

We're proud to announce the release of vBulletin 5.1.6. It is now available to all customers. All together over 100 issues have been resolved in vBulletin 5.1.6. While most of these issues are bug fixes, there have been a few enhancements to the software.

[SIZE=14px]Lightbox Improvements[/size]
The lightbox for Gallery posts has been improved. The overall layout has been improved with better control placement. This has allowed a larger window and better image display. Clicking or tapping on the image will show it full size in the same browser tab. Early testing showed that the Lightbox had additional problems in Responsive mode. These have been resolved.

[SIZE=14px]Notification Improvements[/size]
In order to handle some performance issues related to posting, the notifications subsystem has been refactored. When vBulletin 5 was originally developed, the notifications system was built on top of the private message system. That was built on the node system. This created a lot of overhead that was not needed and impacted performance. To resolve this, we have refactored the notifications system and separated it completely from Private Messages and the Node system. This not only allows us to improve performance when posting but allows us to expand the Notifications system in the future. The current refactor is to replace the existing functionality with performance in mind.
New Tables:
  • notification
  • notificationcategory
  • notificationtype
Known Issues:
Read Marking of notifications has not been improved. This is being worked on in 5.1.7.
[SIZE=14px]Responsive Mode[/size]
We have made improvements to the responsive display of the Lightbox and the Featured Content Slider. Additional fixes have been applied to the general handling of smilies and images within the responsive content editor. Responsive mode will receive future enhancements in upcoming versions of the software.

[SIZE=14px]New User Registration on Mobile Apps[/size]
There was an issue with new user registration on the Android Mobile App. This has been resolved. [JIRA]VBV-14467[/JIRA]

Discuss this release here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4294968

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:21:58 GMT

vBulletin Connect - Deprecated Versions 5.0.0 - 5.0.4

As we move forward with the development of vBulletin Connect, we are always looking for ways to increase security in the software. As such, we are deprecating support for vBulletin 5.0.0 through vBulletin 5.0.4. This means that we will no longer create security patches for these versions and they will no longer be supported. Over the last two years many things have changed in vBulletin Connect. As such we recommend that all vBulletin 5 Connect customers upgrade to the latest version in order to run the most secure version of vBulletin ever created.

As vBulletin Connect has been developed, the minimum version of PHP has been raised to compensate.

vBulletin 5.0.5 - PHP 5.3.0
vBulletin 5.1.0 - PHP 5.3.7
vBulletin 5.1.5 - PHP 5.4.0

Note that PHP 5.3.X has been marked as end of life by The PHP Group and is no longer receiving updates.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:29:56 GMT

vBulletin Connect 5.1.6 Alpha 6 Released

We're proud to announce the release of vBulletin 5.1.5. All together over 80 issues have been resolved in vBulletin 5.1.6. While most of these issues are bug fixes, there are a few enhancements to the software.

Warning
: It is not recommended to upgrade production sites to Alpha or Beta level software. Doing so may result in data loss on subsequent updates.

Lightbox Improvements
The lightbox for Gallery posts has been improved. The overall layout has been improved with better control placement. This has allowed a larger window and better image display. Clicking or tapping on the image will show it full size in the same browser tab.

Notification Improvements
Notifications Refactor 5.1.6
In order to handle some performance issues related to posting, the notifications subsystem has been refactored. When vBulletin 5 was originally developed, the notifications system was built on top of the private message system. That was built on the node system. This created a lot of overhead that was not needed and impacted performance. To resolve this, we have refactored the notifications system and separated it completely from Private Messages and the Node system. This not only allows us to improve performance when posting but allows us to expand the Notifications system in the future. The current refactor is to replace the existing functionality with performance in mind.

New Tables:
  • notification
  • notificationcategory
  • notificationtype
Known Issues:
  • Notifications created prior to the vBulletin 5.1.6 Alpha upgrade may not work. Upgrade steps will be added to resolve this.
  • Read Marking of notifications has not been improved. This is being worked on in 5.1.7.
Discuss this release here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4294968

This version is available to all vBulletin 5 Customers.

Warning
: It is not recommended to upgrade production sites to Alpha or Beta level software. Doing so may result in data loss on subsequent updates.

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:13:14 GMT

vBulletin Connect 5.1.5 is now available.

We're proud to announce the release of vBulletin 5.1.5 Alpha X. This is a maintenance release focused on resolving issues within the software. All together over 145 issues have been resolved in vBulletin 5.1.5. In addition to fixing outstanding issues, we've added a few new features and continue to update existing features.

PHP Minimum Version
Due to changes in required third-party libraries, the minimum required version of vBulletin 5.1.5 and higher will be PHP 5.4.0. Also at this time, PHP 5.3.X has reached end of life and will no longer be updated. It is recommended to upgrade your servers to 5.4.0.

Facebook Connect Updates
Facebook Connect in vBulletin 5.1.5 has been reworked and updated to the latest version of the Facebook API. As of December 31st 2014, Facebook will no longer accept Connect Apps under the old API. As of April 30th 2015, Facebook will no longer communicate with Facebook Connect implemented in versions of vBulletin prior to vBulletin 5.1.5. This update reworks how Facebook is integrated into vBulletin 5.1.5 completely down to the CSS in order to provide a better user experience across the board.

User Mentions and Notifications.
New BBCode has been added to handle User Mentions in content using either the name or . When using the name style, you will be given a lookup list of usernames to choose from.

New Modules in vBulletin 5.1.5
vBulletin Connect 5.1.5 introduces two new modules that you can use on your pages. New installations also receive two new search modules placed on the Blog and Group pages to show your blog and group activity. I'll go over how to create these search modules on your pre-existing installation later.

Content Slider Module
This module was requested a lot by vBulletin 5 customers. By default it allows you to show featured content anywhere on your site in an image slideshow format. Currently this is very easy to setup with few options but those can be expanded in the future if there is demand.

First we need to feature some content. Go to an article, topic or blog entry and you can feature content by using the inline moderation tools. Select the Topic menu and click on the "Feature Topic". See the screenshot below.

Once you have a few topics featured enter Site Builder and edit the page where you want to add your Content Slider. Drag the content slider to the location you want to place it on your page at. We recommend a wide or 100% column. Once placed, it should look like the image below:

Advanced Settings
You can configure this using a JSON Search String. These can be created by typing out the JSON string or using a search module to configure your options and then clicking the advanced tab to get the string. We hope to improve the functionality for this module in the future.

Statistics Module
The statistics module from vBulletin 4 and earlier has been recreated to fit in with Site Builder. You can place this module wherever modules can be placed. The statistics module does not have any specific options at this time except for the ability to give it a custom title. It does share the hide title option with all other modules.

New Modules and Upgraded vBulletin Installations.
Upgraded installations may not see these new modules immediately. Here are the instructions to add them to your pages.
  1. Click "Edit Site" in the top right corner to open the Site Builder.
  2. Click "Edit Page".
  3. Click the Module tab of the Edit Page interface.
  4. Find the module you want and drag it to the screen.
  5. Drop it where you want to show.
  6. To configure the module, click the "Edit Module" icon on the module itself. It looks like an old-fashioned pen.
My Groups and My Blogs
With the default installation, two new modules are added. One for blogs and one for groups. They are designed to show the blogs and groups that you own. There are instructions on how to recreate these modules for upgrades below. The modules themselves are simply searches built using JSON search strings. However they use new filters made available in vBulletin 5.1.5 to achieve their affect.


To create these modules on existing forums that are upgraded, follow these steps:
1) Using Site Builder edit the page you want to place the modules on. By design, these would be either the Blog or Group pages.
2) Add a Search Module.
3) Edit the module and click the "Switch to Advanced Editor" link at the top.
4) Choose your options:
Blog:
Title: My Blogs
Results: 5
JSON: {"my_channels":{"type":"blog"},"sort":{"lastcontent":"desc"}}

Groups:
Title: My Groups
Results: 5
JSON: {"my_channels":{"type":"group"},"sort":{"lastcontent":"desc"}}

5) Save the module and then save the page.

New Style Variables
In order to accomodate these new themes, 26 new stylevars have been added. These can be used to create your own themes or styles. You can find a complete list of style variables in vBulletin 5.1.5 can be found here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/stylevars

vBulletin Cloud
Upgrades on vBulletin Cloud sites will begin later this week. If you are a vBulletin Cloud customer, you will receive an email before the upgrade starts and another after it is completed.

Security Patches
All previous security patches have been integrated into vBulletin Connect 5.1.5

Discussion
Customers can discuss this release here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4223536

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:29:43 GMT


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