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vBulletin 5.2.4 Connect is now Available

vBulletin 5.2.4 is now available to all customers. This version contains fixes and updates to over 125 issues in the software.

[h2]System Requirements[/h2]
Minimum PHP Version: 5.5.0
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.1.5

Recommended PHP Version: 7.0.0 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.6.0 or higher

[h2]New Feature: Custom Image Resizing[/h2]
When images are uploaded to the server, vBulletin will resize them to predetermined sizes set under Settings -> Options -> Message Attachment Options. While there are five different sizes (icon, thumbnail, small, medium, and large), this may not fit all content. In 5.2.4, the editor has been updated to allow custom resizing of images. When you're editing content with an embedded image, you will notice a handle that allows the image to be resized in the lower right corner after selecting it. You can resize the image to fit your needs and vBulletin will use the closest image size to keep bandwidth low. Fine-tuning of the image display will be handled by the CSS assigned to the image. The values for this change are stored as JSON within the BBCode for the image itself. The end user should not have to modify this JSON at any time.

[h2]New Feature: Avatars shown in @mentions[/h2]
A new option has been added to show the user's avatar before their name when a @mention or [user] bbcode is placed in any content. This option is enabled by default. If desired, you can disable this at Settings -> Options -> BB Code Settings.

Display Avatars Next to [USER="208322"]User[/USER] Mentions
If set to "Yes", user avatars will be displayed next to [USER="208322"]User[/USER] mentions or instances of the [USER] bbcode in posts.

[h2]Updated Feature: reCAPTCHA v2[/h2]
reCAPTCHA version 2 has been added to vBulletin. If you use reCAPTCHA, it is recommended that you upgrade to this version as soon as possible. It provides a better user experience. reCAPTCHA version 1 will be removed from vBulletin 5 in the 5.2.6 release and is considered deprecated at this time.

If you don't have a reCAPTCHA key, you can obtain one here: https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/index.html

[h2]vBulletin Messenger[/h2]
Response to this feature has been overwhelmingly positive. We've added enhancements to the functionality. The Messages menu in the header of every page will allow you to start a new message. In addition, we have created two new options to handle the flow of replies to Messenger chats. You can find these under Settings -> Options -> Private Messaging Options.

The first option will allow you to change the flood check value for creating private messages, which Messenger is based on. When upgrading, this will be set to the current Flood Check value (default: 30 seconds) You can lower or increase this to fit your needs. The second option allows you to exempt private message replies from the flood check. This will allow smoother chatting amongst multiple recipients.

Minimum Time Between Private Messages
You may prevent your users from flooding your private message center by activating this feature. By enabling floodcheck, you disallow users from making another private message within a given time span of their last message. In other words, if you set a floodcheck time span of 30 seconds, a user may not create a private message topic or reply within 30 seconds of making his last message. Administrators and moderators are exempt from floodcheck. Recommended: 30 seconds. Type the number of seconds only. Enter 0 to disable this function.

Skip floodcheck for PM Replies
If enabled, the floodcheck is only applied to creating new private message threads. Replying to existing private message topics will be exempt from the floodcheck. This improves the user experience of vB Messenger as users will be able to create replies to each other very quickly in an existing private message thread.

[h2]Cookie Updates[/h2]
A number of cookie related issues have been fixed:
  • All session cookies have been updated to follow session only rules.
  • The expiry of "Remember Me" has been increased to 365 days. This excludes Facebook which is still 30 days.
  • Updated HTTPonly cookies to work more consistently.
  • ForumRunner will now properly delete cookies when the user logs out.
  • "Remember Me" cookies will no longer be overwritten by session timeouts.

[h2]Responsive Improvements[/h2]
New dropdown menu components are now used throughout the system to bring consistency and increase usability in responsive modes. In addition to this, some buttons were not applying the proper CSS. These have been updated.

Finally, when viewing an article section, the layout of articles should adapt to the screen size better. On devices with small screens, they will show as one column regardless of the display columns setting. This improves the usability of the article channels in vBulletin 5.

[h2]Topics[/h2]
The "Mark Channels Read" link has been removed from the Forum sub-navigation on new installs. This link has proved problematic and hasn't worked consistently. A new "Mark Channels Read" link has been added to the bottom of the Forum List on the Forum page. Individual forums have their own link at the bottom of the page. The original sub-navigation link will remain on upgraded sites.

Topic Preview has been updated. This is to prevent a double-click requirement that some individuals experienced. Entering topics should only require a single click of the mouse.

[h2]PHP 5.4.X Support[/h2]
As announced with the release of 5.2.3, PHP 5.4.0 support is now deprecated.

[h2]Database Cleanup[/h2]
If you upgraded from an older version of vBulletin, there are a number of tables that are considered deprecated and are no longer used in vBulletin 5 Connect. These tables may contain a considerable amount of data and increase the size of your database storage. In order to streamline the database, we are working to remove these unused tables. The tables removed in this version are:
  • forum
  • forumread
  • groupmessage
  • groupmessage_hash
  • groupread
  • navigation
  • plugin
  • route
  • socialgroup
  • socialgroupcategory
  • socialgroupicon
  • socialgroupmember
  • subscribeforum
  • subscribethread
  • subscribegroup

Once these tables are deleted, the information will be gone forever. We suggest that you make a backup of them if you feel you might need the data in the future for some other application.

Discussion
You may discuss this release here: [node]4351805[/node]

Current Version Support Schedule:
  • Active Version - 5.2.4
  • Security Patch - 5.2.3
  • Security Patch - 5.2.2
  • No Patch Release - 5.2.1 or earlier.

Read more (locally) ...
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:12:37 GMT

vBulletin 5.2.4 Alpha 4 is now available

vBulletin 5.2.4 Alpha 4 is now available to all customers for testing and feedback. This version contains fixes and updates to over 125 issues in the software.

[h2]System Requirements[/h2]
Minimum PHP Version: 5.5.0
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.1.5

Recommended PHP Version: 7.0.0 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.6.0 or higher

[warning]It is recommended that this version of vBulletin should not be deployed on Production Servers at this time. Do so at your own risk.[/warning]

[h2]New Feature: Custom Image Resizing[/h2]
When images are uploaded to the server, vBulletin will resize them to predetermined sizes set under Settings -> Options -> Message Attachment Options. While there are five different sizes (icon, thumbnail, small, medium, and large), this may not fit all content. In 5.2.4, the editor has been updated to allow custom resizing of images. When you're editing content with an embedded image, you will notice a handle that allows resizing the image in the lower right corner after selecting it. You can resize the image to fit your needs and vBulletin will use the closest image size to keep bandwidth low. Fine-tuning of the image display will be handled by the CSS assigned to the image. The values for this change are stored as JSON within the BBCode for the image itself. The end user should not have to modify this JSON at any time.

[h2]New Feature: Avatars shown in @mentions[/h2]
A new option has been added to show the user's avatar before their name when an @mention or [user] bbcode is placed in the content. This option is enabled by default. If desired, you can disable this at Settings -> Options -> BB Code Settings.

Display Avatars Next to @User Mentions
If set to "Yes", user avatars will be displayed next to @user mentions or instances of the [USER] bbcode in posts.

[h2]vBulletin Messenger[/h2]
Response to this feature has been overwhelmingly positive. We've added enhancements to the functionality. The Messages menu in the header of every page will allow you to start a new message. In addition, we have created two new options to handle the flow of replies to Messenger chats. You can find these under Settings -> Options -> Private Messaging Options.

The first option will allow you to change the flood check value for creating private messages, which Messenger is based on. When upgrading, this will be set to the current Flood Check value (default: 30 seconds) You can lower or increase this to fit your needs. The second option allows you to exempt private message replies from the flood check. This will allow smoother chatting amongst multiple recipients.

Minimum Time Between Private Messages
You may prevent your users from flooding your private message center by activating this feature. By enabling floodcheck, you disallow users from making another private message within a given time span of their last message. In other words, if you set a floodcheck time span of 30 seconds, a user may not create a private message topic or reply within 30 seconds of making his last message. Administrators and moderators are exempt from floodcheck. Recommended: 30 seconds. Type the number of seconds only. Enter 0 to disable this function.

Skip floodcheck for PM Replies
If enabled, the floodcheck is only applied to creating new private message threads. Replying to existing private message topics will be exempt from the floodcheck. This improves the user experience of vB Messenger as users will be able to create replies to each other very quickly in an existing private message thread.

[h2]Responsive Improvements[/h2]
New dropdown menu components are now used throughout the system to bring consistency and increase usability in responsive modes. In addition to this some buttons were not applying the proper CSS. These have been updated.

Finally, when viewing an article section, the layout of articles should adapt to the screen size better. One devices with small screens, they will show as one column regardless of the display columns setting. This improves the usability of the article channels in vBulletin 5.

[h2]PHP 5.4.X Support[/h2]
As announced with the release of 5.2.3, PHP 5.4.0 support is now deprecated.

[h2]Database Cleanup[/h2]
If you upgraded from an older version of vBulletin, there are a number of tables that are considered deprecated and are no longer used in vBulletin 5 Connect. These tables may contain a considerable amount of data and increase the size of your database storage. In order to streamline the database, we are working to remove these unused tables. The tables removed in this version are:
  • forum
  • forumread
  • groupmessage
  • groupmessage_hash
  • groupread
  • navigation
  • plugin
  • route
  • socialgroup
  • socialgroupcategory
  • socialgroupicon
  • socialgroupmember
  • subscribeforum
  • subscribethread
  • subscribegroup

Once these tables are deleted, the information will be gone forever. We suggest that you make a backup of them if you feel you might need the data in the future for some other application.

[warning]It is recommended that this version of vBulletin should not be deployed on Production Servers at this time. Do so at your own risk.[/warning]

Discussion
You may discuss this release here: [node]4351805[/node]

Current Version Support Schedule:
  • Active Version - 5.2.3
  • Security Patch - 5.2.2
  • Security Patch - 5.2.1
  • No Patch Release - 5.2.0 or earlier.

Read more (locally) ...
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:57:43 GMT

Introducing vBulletin Messenger

With the release of vBulletin 5.2.3, we are launching the software's new chat capability, vBulletin Messenger. This new function provides a highly streamlined way for users to communicate with one another. Users will be able to use quick-loading AJAX-based chat windows to have virtually real-time conversations with others in your community. Chat is particularly popular among Millennials and especially well-suited for use on mobile devices.

vBulletin Messenger is likely to increase engagement within your community, encouraging users to stay on your site longer and come back more frequently. Active chats are displayed in a windowed interface. These messages can include images, emoticons, attachments and rich text. You can enable multiple users in individual chats, based on your private messenger permissions.

[h2]Using vBulletin Messenger[/h2]
vBulletin Messenger allows you to chat with one or more users provided the Administrator has turned it on in the AdminCP and given your usergroup permissions to use the functionality.

Accessing vB Messenger
Users can currently access vBulletin Messenger in two ways.
  • By clicking on the chat bubble icon next to the user's name in posts.
  • By selecting a chat discussion from the Messages drop down in the header of the page.
Every new private message discussion can be accessed in the vBulletin Messenger system. Each Messenger Discussion will be opened in its own windows. The number of participants allowed is controlled by the Usergroup Permission controlling how many other people can be messaged at once. Once a Messenger window has been opened, users have access to the full Editor menu to craft and send their messages.

[h2]Administrator Controls[/h2]
Enabling vBulletin Messenger
vBulletin Messenger is turned off by default.You can turn this feature on by setting the option "Enable vB Messenger" to yes. This option can be found under Settings > Options > Private Messaging Options

Usergroup Control
Administrators can control which usergroups can use vBulletin Messenger using Usergroup Permissions. This would be a great bonus to the premium subscriptions on your site. To set this permission go to Usergroups > Usergroup Manager in the AdminCP. Edit the Usergroup you want to change, and set Can Use vB Messenger to yes. Please note, that all usergroups should have this enabled by default. If you want to restrict access, you will want to adjust these permissions before turning it on globally as mentioned above.

Options
vBulletin Messenger comes with a few options to control its impact on your server. With the default options, the end-users browser will poll the server regularly to see if there are new messages to display. After a period of inactivity, the browser will stop this polling until the user becomes active again. You can control these values under Settings > Options > Private Messaging Options. The defaults are pretty conservative but provide a robust user experience.
  • vB Messenger Header Polling Interval (default 30 seconds) - This option determines how often the system checks to see if a new chat request has come in.
  • vB Messenger Window Minimum Polling Interval (default 1 second) - This value determines the fastest interval that the chat window checks for new messages.
  • vB Messenger Window Maximum Polling Interval (default 30 seconds) - This value determines the slowest interval that the chat window checks for new messages.
  • vB Messenger Window Idle Timeout (default 300 seconds) - After a period of inactivity, the chat window will stop polling the server for new messages. This option controls that. When the window times out, the end-user will see a prompt asking if they want to continue chatting.
Look at the inline help within the AdminCP for more information on these options.

[h2]Frequently Asked Questions[/h2]
Q: Can I create permanent chatrooms with vBulletin Messenger?
A: No. The system is based off the Private Messaging System and not intended for public chats at this time.

Q: Can I review chats as the Administrator?
A: Administrators have no direct access to chats that in which they are not active participants.

[b]Q: Can users have multiple chats open at one time?
A: Yes. Each chat will be in its own browser window or tab.

Q: Is vB Messenger mobile friendly?
A: Yes, users can use the chat system on their mobile devices.

Q: Is vB Messenger supported by the Mobile Suite?
A: Not at this time.

Q: Can users share files via vB Messenger?
A: Yes. Chats have all the functionality that Private Messages do.

Read more (locally) ...
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:24:02 GMT

vBulletin 5.2.3 Connect is now Available

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest version of vBulletin, v5.2.3. This release contains significant new functionality. Most importantly, we are launching the software's new chat capability, vBulletin Messenger. This new function provides a highly streamlined way for users to communicate with one another. Users will be able to use quick-loading chat windows to have near real-time conversations with others in your community. These messages can include images, emoticons, attachments and richtext. You can enable multiple users is individual chats, based on your private messenger permissions. vB Messenger is turned off by default.

In addition to vBulletin Messenger, this version contains fixes and updates to over 150 issues in the software.

[h2]System Requirements[/h2]
Minimum PHP Version: 5.4.0
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.1.5

Recommended PHP Version: 5.6.0 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.6.0 or higher

[h2]New Feature: vBulletin Messenger[/h2]
The Private Message system has been enhanced to provide an chat feature for instant messaging within vBulletin. This will allow your users participate in active chats using a new windowed interface. Messenger conversations can contain images, smilies/emoticons, attachments and rich-text. vBulletin will automatically poll the server to see if new chat requests exist and to receive new messages in existing conversations. The end-user can open each conversation in a new window or browser tab. vBulletin Messenger is mobile friendly using vBulletin 5's responsive theming. The system provides functionality for multiple users in a single chat based on your existing private message permissions.

The Chat function can be controlled globally through Options or per usergroup using permissions. The administrator of the site can control the polling intervals so the functionality works with the resources available. You can see the new Options in the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> Private Messaging Options.

[h2]Responsive Improvements[/h2]
The navigation bar has been enhanced when viewed on smaller screens. All elements properly collapse into a drop down menu allowing for a cleaner display and less screen real estate being used. Further enhancements have been made to buttons to increase consistency across the board.

[h2]Addon Development[/h2]
Additional documentation as well as a "Hello World" package has been added to the do_not_upload folder in order to help administrators get started with creating additional addons in vBulletin 5 Connect. Please note: This will not be available to Cloud site owners.

[h2]PHP 5.4.X Support[/h2]
Due to the imminent release of PHP 7.1, we are deprecating support for PHP 5.4.0 as previously announced. vBulletin 5.2.3 will be the last version of vBulletin to support PHP 5.4.X. We will post the new required version once available. It is recommended that all customers upgrade to PHP 5.6 or higher at this time.

[h2]Database Cleanup[/h2]
If you upgraded from an older version of vBulletin, there are a number of tables that are considered deprecated and are no longer used in vBulletin 5 Connect. These tables may contain a considerable amount of data and increase the size of your database storage. In order to streamline the database, we are working to remove these unused tables. The tables removed in this version are:
  • blog
  • blog_attachmentlegacy
  • blog_category
  • blog_categorypermission
  • blog_categoryuser
  • blog_custom_block
  • blog_custom_block_parsed
  • blog_deletionlog
  • blog_editlog
  • blog_featured
  • blog_groupmembership
  • blog_grouppermission
  • blog_hash
  • blog_moderation
  • blog_moderator
  • blog_pinghistory
  • blog_rate
  • blog_read
  • blog_relationship
  • blog_search
  • blog_searchresult
  • blog_sitemapconf
  • blog_subscribeentry
  • blog_subscribeuser
  • blog_summarystats
  • blog_tachyentry
  • blog_text
  • blog_textparsed
  • blog_trackback
  • blog_trackbacklog
  • blog_user
  • blog_usercss
  • blog_usercsscache
  • blog_userread
  • blog_userstats
  • blog_views
  • blog_visitor

Once these tables are deleted, the information will be gone forever. We suggest that you make a backup of them if you feel you might need the data in the future for some other application.


Discussion
You may discuss this release here: [node]4346134[/node]

Current Version Support Schedule:
  • Active Version - 5.2.3
  • Security Patch - 5.2.2
  • Security Patch - 5.2.1
  • No Patch Release - 5.2.0 or earlier.

Read more (locally) ...
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:43 GMT

Security Patch - vBulletin 5.2.0, 5.2.1, 5.2.2

A potential security issue has been reported to the vBulletin team. This issue could allow remote content to compromise your system. To fix this issue, we have created a new security patch.

You can download the patch for your version here: http://members.vbulletin.com/patches.php

To install the patch:
1) Download the appropriate files for your version of vBulletin 5
2) Upload all files found within the zip file. Make sure to overwrite the existing files on your server.

If you are using a version of vBulletin 5 Connect prior to 5.2.1, you are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible to protect your content.

vBulletin Cloud sites have already had this fix applied.

Patches:
5.2.2 Patch Level 1
5.2.1 Patch Level 1
5.2.0 Patch Level 3

This issue has been resolved in 5.2.3 Release Candidate 3. Customers using a pre-release copy of 5.2.3 are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible.

Read more (locally) ...
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:17:13 GMT


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