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Ted S
24 Jun 2006, 23:43
Attention vB 3.7 users: Please see the 3.7 version (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=165519) of this add-on.

The out of the box vBulletin style does not have a robust method of informing users about their current activity status or user level. As a result, guests entering on a page other than the homepage (which is most often the case) have no idea what a forum is about or that they may need to register. Additionally, there are no visible status indicators, making it confusing for unconfirmed, unapproved or new members to know what to do or where to begin.

To help solve these problems, the welcome headers plugin creates a 5-part set of conditionals to better introduce members to your community while pushing them to register, activate or post. The default templates are just that, default – I highly encourage you to tweak the language and functions to meet the needs of your actual community environment.

Modifications/ Instructions:
Template edits: 2
Plugins: 1 (adds 1 template and several settings)

This template hack should take under 5 minutes to implement and customize.

What’s new in 4.2
The 4.2 version of this addon functions in the same way as previous versions but with modifications to the backend code. The addon is now designed to independently review conditional statements to make it easier to add new messages. If you are upgrading from a previous version and have changed the template welcome_headers, this version will revert your changes. There is no new functionality in this upgrade and it is optional.

Install Instructions:
Full install instructions can be found in the attached file. This addon requires adding a plugin and modifying one template.

Customizing the content / messages
To customize which messages appear or what they say, go to vBulletin options, select the "Welcome Header System" group and configure the options as desired. Each phase can be modified by adding translation text.

Details on how it all works:
Step One: Turning lurkers into Members
For most forums, upwards of 50% of traffic comes through search engines or deep links to threads, profiles and categories. Out of the box, vBulletin only displays a welcome message on the forum-homepage, meaning someone who enters through any other page does not have the benefit of seeing an explanation of the site or welcome message. The guest welcome header is used to explain the purpose of your site, sell users on the benefits of joining the community and push them to proactively register.

Step Two: Making Users Confirm their Account
Many vBulletin sites require email confirmation prior to being able to post or access an account. However, activation emails are often misdirected to spam folders, ignored or simply deleted, leaving unconfirmed users with little access rights and no explanation as to what is wrong with their account. The unconfirmed welcome header is used to inform unconfirmed members of their account status and to direct them to automatically resend their activation email, or to contact the webmaster for support.

Step Three: Get non-posting users to post
Another chronic problem faced by many forums is insuring users post after registering. Many new visitors register in order to access certain features with the intent of posting, but never do so. The never posted welcome header is used to encourage users to post for their first time and should ideally be linked directly to an introductions or new member forum to help users "break the ice".

Step Four: Getting inactive users to become more active
Many members start out as lurkers, register, post once or twice and then go back to being lurkers. Often time these members are not actively thinking about participating in topics or are still shy about interacting. The inactivity welcome header reminds members to make a post after a predetermined amount of time as specified by the forum administrator.

Step Five: General Announcements
Unfortunately the standard announcements are often overlooked or never even seen by members who use the "new posts feature". As a result, urgent notices may be missed by users causing problems and high volumes of support requests. The global announcement welcome header creates a message shown to all members who do not fall into the other welcome header groups (guest, unconfirmed, never posted, inactive). Whether it be a scheduled outage/ upgrade, an important request or the need to display an advertisement in a prominent spot, global announcements allow an administrator to effectively and quickly display messages in a way that is certain to be read.

Optional: One-View Messages
Some forums find that users grow tired of seeing the messages thus there is an option to show the welcome messages only once per browser session as determined by using a cookie.

Optional: Custom Messages
Welcome Headers addresses 5 common needs, your forum probably has more. I highly encourage you to add messages based on profile fields, user states and other criteria that may impact your users.

The results:
At first glance this system may seem a bit superfluous, however, the numbers rarely lie, nor does the feedback. On ScubaBoard.Com, the site the system was originally tested on, posting rates increased by over 100%; new user registration rates by over 60%; user activity by 50% and the welcome/ intro & greets forum has exploded over 400%. If you browse through the pages of this thread you will find even more real life testimonials and experiences from the thousands of people using the system.

vbSEO Add-ons
Some forums have found that after adding welcome headers, the welcome message shows up in their search descriptions. To address this issue, user's at vbSEO have recommended turning the guest welcome header into an image -- this way there's no duplicate content for the bots to spider. To learn more click here (http://www.vbseo.com/f28/how-make-your-welcome-headers-image-7549/). My recommendation is that you test this option if you are allowing bots to spider your front-end pages.

Limited Guest Viewing compatibility
The Welcome Headers System is designed to work with the Limited Guest Viewing (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=131985) without any conflict. To insure that welcome header messages do not show up at the same time as the limited guest viewing message, please be sure you are running welcome headers version 4.1.3 or greater and have enabled the suppression option.

Support
Please post any enhancement or technical questions you may have and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner. Please note: I can not guarantee an immediate response and am unable to assist with integrating this addon with other addons or with HTML related questions.

Updates
4.2.1 - Fixed bug with global message
4.2.0 - Changed template conditionals to simplify customizations
4.1.9 - Added ability to disable messages if using Limited Guest Viewing system
4.1.3 - Added support for Limited Guest Viewing system

b6gm6n
24 Jun 2006, 23:52
Amazing... thankyou!

-b6

Ted S
25 Jun 2006, 00:17
Welcome!

Since this plugin is just released for 3.6 I welcome (and really do ask for) any feedback, suggestions, issues, etc...

Pathor
25 Jun 2006, 01:00
Looks very nice! Thanks! :)

If we run 3.6, I will test it out. ;)

PabloAM
25 Jun 2006, 01:19
Ted S, How to the column of the left ???




Help

william5
25 Jun 2006, 01:25
Thanks, Really useful hack ;)

Ted S
25 Jun 2006, 01:37
Ted S, How to the column of the left ???

I'm not sure what you mean? Welcome headers puts a table at the top of the page, it should have nothing to do with a left column.

LittleBoy1
25 Jun 2006, 05:51
Thank You!! :D

Alien
25 Jun 2006, 05:52
Nice to see an update on this! I'll be sure to update our version shortly!

Snake
25 Jun 2006, 17:59
Awesome! Thanks for upgrading this hack to 3.6.x buddy! :)

oberheimhaven
25 Jun 2006, 18:30
to my vBacmps, thats the front forum look with all my adds ect I have this on (one) temple forum page but they are not on the other two any help at all would be priceless

thxs
Wendy

utw-Mephisto
25 Jun 2006, 22:21
Ted S, How to the column of the left ???
Help

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?t=156775

PabloAM
25 Jun 2006, 23:07
http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?t=156775

Thanks, I going to install :D :banana:

Yorixz
26 Jun 2006, 07:51
Still works like a champ, thanks a lot!

Coast to Coast
27 Jun 2006, 23:36
I see the latesta dditiona has a few new features and a very nice control area... that was the one thing I wish it had previously!

Installing on the Coast to Coast forum.

VBUsers
28 Jun 2006, 05:09
installed and working nicely. thank you for your hard work.

Paul M
29 Jun 2006, 18:39
Please update the XML in this mod to a vb 3.6 format XML file. Thanks.

XeroSolution
29 Jun 2006, 23:49
Looking forward to installing this, thanks for the mod.

Red Matrix
30 Jun 2006, 00:02
I am brand new to vb, so forgive me this comment. I am having problems. It's giving me the 'step four' header, but I'm active.

Alien
01 Jul 2006, 03:21
Yeah, I have seen this occur myself and I'm an admin that posts 10-20 posts a day EVERY single day for the last 2 years so something isn't right with that one but the others work perfectly. I've de-activated the step four header for the time being..

marksman1
01 Jul 2006, 16:19
Yeah, I have seen this occur myself and I'm an admin that posts 10-20 posts a day EVERY single day for the last 2 years so something isn't right with that one but the others work perfectly. I've de-activated the step four header for the time being..

I was just about to post the same thing. I am new to VB and am setting up my forum and installed this and love it. But I post every day with all my testing and such, and the post again message is constantly showing.

Staxed
02 Jul 2006, 08:12
I was just about to post the same thing. I am new to VB and am setting up my forum and installed this and love it. But I post every day with all my testing and such, and the post again message is constantly showing.

glad to see i'm not the only one having this issue

Ted S
02 Jul 2006, 08:57
Sorry everyone. I'm still trying to track this one down... in the meantime you can turn that one message off in your ACP

Red Matrix
05 Jul 2006, 11:09
I'll wait until a fixed version is out, thanks.

Tungsten
05 Jul 2006, 12:39
Yeah, I have seen this occur myself and I'm an admin that posts 10-20 posts a day EVERY single day for the last 2 years so something isn't right with that one but the others work perfectly. I've de-activated the step four header for the time being..
Seeing the same problem here as well.

Alien
05 Jul 2006, 22:47
Good to see you trying to track the issue down! I have it turned off until then, as the rest of this has been invaluable for our website and we love it! Thanks so much for your continued support...

EdQ
07 Jul 2006, 03:14
Yep, mine also started that today. Weird.

sam anders
07 Jul 2006, 07:37
upgraded from the last version and having no issues at the moment fingers crossed but will keep an eye open for this message 4 error ;)

Yorixz
08 Jul 2006, 14:40
upgraded from the last version and having no issues at the moment fingers crossed but will keep an eye open for this message 4 error ;)
Took about a week or two for me as well before they came up, don't get happy too fast ;)

djtheropy
08 Jul 2006, 15:20
Sorry everyone. I'm still trying to track this one down... in the meantime you can turn that one message off in your ACP

you could always do a temp phrase edit and edit the message that is displayed.
change it to something useful or whatever

Neal-UK
14 Jul 2006, 12:23
get the message, "You've not posted for over....." even though i've been posting today. Just upgraded to 3.6 rc1 so wonder if that's the problem?

Sean James
14 Jul 2006, 13:22
Great hack been using it for ages.
Ive just updated this script and now i get this "Welcome to the [ARG:3 UNDEFINED] forums"

any ideas?

Ted S
15 Jul 2006, 01:15
Great hack been using it for ages.
Ive just updated this script and now i get this "Welcome to the [ARG:3 UNDEFINED] forums"

any ideas?

Check that you did indeed install all 4 phrases and that your template was updated to the latest version.

Hostboard
21 Jul 2006, 00:13
Just want to report same problem. Posted but it says I have not in some time. Running 3.6 RC2

This is one of those MUST HAVE additions. Anyone not runing this is missing out...

Ted S
21 Jul 2006, 04:26
Unfortunately I have yet to figure out why this would plague one membergroup and not the others. I'm going to be running some tests this weekend and hope to have it all sorted out.

In the meantime, you can disable the "post more often" message in your ACP.

Thanks for your patience.

Hostboard
21 Jul 2006, 13:07
If it helps at all my ID is set in the admin group.

Tungsten
22 Jul 2006, 00:12
Ted...

The problem seems to affect only users who are marked as Invisible. If you will note, when you are marked as invisible, the forum indicates your last activity date as whatever date it was when you were last VISIBLE. Apparently your code calcuates the most recent posts based off of the value that the forum stores as your last date of activity.

To test this theory, I turned Invisible mode OFF for my account and went into the Admin CP and ran the "Update User Ranks and Titles" maintenance routine. As soon as the update finished, the welcome header stating that I hadn't posted recently went away.

You might want to look into this.

Ted S
22 Jul 2006, 07:37
Tungsten
Thanks!

EdQ
22 Jul 2006, 17:43
That makes sense, since I am set to invisible.

EdQ
22 Jul 2006, 21:42
I made myself visible, posted and I still get that message. Another Mod just started getting it too.

JGNYC
22 Jul 2006, 21:45
Whenever I try to edit the paragraph I get a sql error like this:
Database error in vBulletin 3.5.4:

Invalid SQL:

SELECT * FROM phrase
WHERE varname = 'welcome_guest' AND
phrasetypeid = global
ORDER BY languageid
LIMIT 1;

MySQL Error : Unknown column 'global' in 'where clause'
Error Number : 1054

Am I doing something wrong?

Ted S
23 Jul 2006, 04:42
JGNYC,
What version of vb do you have?

Ted S
23 Jul 2006, 07:48
It appears that for whatever reason, the last post date for mods is not being updated in realtime (although it is for regular members). As a result, administrators see the message when they shouldn't.

To get around this, I have modified the script to never show the message to administrators or moderators. This is not a final solution but should work for the time being.

Anyone who wishes to can upgrade by installing the new xml file and overriding the old version, or by updating the template directly.

Ted S
23 Jul 2006, 08:06
This plugin has been tested for rc 2 compliance and updated accordingly. No changes were made to the source.

Tungsten
23 Jul 2006, 14:38
I made myself visible, posted and I still get that message. Another Mod just started getting it too.

You'd have to update your counters after posting as I described for TedS (see above) and then the message would go away. I believe vBulletin updates ranks and titles once exery XX minutes via a cron job so if you also just wait a while, you will notice that the message will stop being displayed to you w/o having to run the update manually.

As TedS has reported, for some reason moderator activity is not being updated in real time. I guess that's a question to be posed to Jelsoft.

JGNYC
23 Jul 2006, 16:27
JGNYC,
What version of vb do you have?
3.5.4

marksman1
23 Jul 2006, 17:25
It appears that for whatever reason, the last post date for mods is not being updated in realtime (although it is for regular members). As a result, administrators see the message when they shouldn't.

To get around this, I have modified the script to never show the message to administrators or moderators. This is not a final solution but should work for the time being.

Anyone who wishes to can upgrade by installing the new xml file and overriding the old version, or by updating the template directly.

Mucho Gracias!

Ted S
23 Jul 2006, 23:36
3.5.4

Than you will need to intall the 3.5 series version of the hack. In 3.6 (which this version is written for), the link structure to modify a phrase is different.

sportsoutlaw
26 Jul 2006, 00:54
Thanks Ted! Very happy to see carry over to 3.6

I would be happy to donate toward your work here if you provide a place. :)

cygy2k
26 Jul 2006, 01:57
Is there anyway to get this to integrate into vbAdvanced?

Ted S
26 Jul 2006, 02:22
I would be happy to donate toward your work here if you provide a place. :)

Thanks for the offer, it's great to know people like the addon.

sportsoutlaw
26 Jul 2006, 03:32
I have another group called "staff" and they are getting this message. I guess I just need to add their usergroup to a conditional in the xml?

Ted S
26 Jul 2006, 04:07
I have another group called "staff" and they are getting this message. I guess I just need to add their usergroup to a conditional in the xml?

Just add it to the welcome_headers template.

guatdad
26 Jul 2006, 18:25
No Phrases Matched Your Query

That is what I am getting...any reason why? I cant edit anything becasue I keep getting that.

Ted S
27 Jul 2006, 02:23
Are you searching by phrase name rather than by content (which is checked by default)?

guatdad
27 Jul 2006, 02:29
How do I find out?

ShiningArcanine
27 Jul 2006, 04:04
I was getting the post more often template shown with version 4.0.6. I just upgraded to the latest version, which fixed it for me.

Ted, do you have any idea as to what is causing it yet?

Neo_Angelo
27 Jul 2006, 07:41
i love you......well ok i don't but GREAT hack ^_^ love it! your a star!

sportsoutlaw
27 Jul 2006, 15:39
Just add it to the welcome_headers template.

Thanks. I already modified the xml and it is working. Will look at this option if I have further problems.

Ted S
28 Jul 2006, 00:45
Ted, do you have any idea as to what is causing it yet?

A bug in the software (vb) that caused the lastpost date not to be activated in realtime for certain groups.

Dunc
28 Jul 2006, 16:07
I downloaded this but when I tried to extract it said there were no files to extract and when I double-clicked the zipped folder it said it was corrupt or invalid.

Help ;o

Mudvayne
29 Jul 2006, 09:14
Try download again.. Hope it 'll b ok then :)..

Dunc
29 Jul 2006, 11:50
How random. It works ;o

Thanks =D

Delphiprogrammi
31 Jul 2006, 09:44
i got it to work after some trouble anyway nice idea

tpzone
05 Aug 2006, 05:16
very nice. it's to the point and useful.

easy installation for a vbul newbie like myself. first mod i installed and works like a charm.

thank you.

Mike Gaidin
05 Aug 2006, 13:52
The one I was waiting for!

/me clicks install!

Henneth
05 Aug 2006, 14:02
Superb mod - thanks and well done!

duskdawn
06 Aug 2006, 01:55
I'll take a try thanks.

dragonhart
06 Aug 2006, 13:17
Thanks very much:D Dragonhart

mawby
07 Aug 2006, 09:56
Just to confirm my banner for nearly expired paid subscriptions modification detailed here (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showpost.php?p=944463&postcount=746) still works with this version. As the location of where to put the template changes have changed I'll re-copy the original post here and update it.



If like me, you want a banner to be displayed to people who have a paid subscription which is about to expire, you can achieve it with the following.

Firstly create a global phrase named "welcome_soontoexpire" containing the message you want displayed. I chose the following...

<center><strong>Your Club Membership will expire in {1} days.</strong><br /><br />We hope you will choose to stay with us!</center>

...which will tell them their paid subscription is about to run out, plus it will tell them the number of days they have left.

Next edit the "welcome_headers" template and add...

<if condition="$headerexpiremembership != 0">
<!-- / membership nearly expired -->
<br />
<table class="tborder" cellpadding="$stylevar[cellpadding]" cellspacing="$stylevar[cellspacing]" border="0" width="100%" align="center">
<tr>
<td class="alt1" style="background-color:#FF0000;">
<phrase 1="$headerexpiremembership">$vbphrase[welcome_soontoexpire]</phrase>
</td>
</tr>
</table>
<!-- / membership nearly expired -->

<else />

...before this line of code.

<if condition="$wlhtime > $bbuserinfo[lastpost] AND $vboptions[wlhpostmoreoften] AND !is_member_of($bbuserinfo,6,5)">

Also add the following to the end of the template, just before the "<!-- google_ad_section_end -->" line...

</if>

Finally create a plugin for the "Welcome Headers" product with a hook location of "global_start". Set the title to "Soon to expire memberships", and add the following as the PHP plugin code.

$subscriptions_reminders = $vbulletin->db->query_read("
SELECT subscriptionid, expirydate
FROM " . TABLE_PREFIX . "subscriptionlog AS subscriptionlog
WHERE expirydate <= " . (TIMENOW + (86400 * 14)) . "
AND status = 1
AND userid = " . $vbulletin->userinfo['userid'] . "
");

while ($subscriptions_reminder = $vbulletin->db->fetch_array($subscriptions_reminders))
{
$headerexpiremembership = round((($subscriptions_reminder['expirydate'] - TIMENOW) / 86400),1);
}

That's it! It is hard coded to display the banner when the paid subscription has 14 days or less remaining. You can change the 14 on the following line to be however many days notice you want.

WHERE expirydate <= " . (TIMENOW + (86400 * 14)) . "

Dermo-MIO
07 Aug 2006, 13:21
love this mod will install it later

effectica
07 Aug 2006, 18:40
Is there anyway to get this to integrate into vbAdvanced?

I would be interested in this too. Does anybody know?

ConqSoft
07 Aug 2006, 18:48
It already works with CMPS... Just make sure you add the variable to the CMPS variable list as Ted has mentioned several times.

effectica
07 Aug 2006, 18:55
Thanks, I must have missed it.

Parture
07 Aug 2006, 22:50
Nice changes

Dermo-MIO
07 Aug 2006, 23:28
love this new version thanks

armstrong
08 Aug 2006, 00:54
My guests are seeing this message:

Welcome to the [ARG:3 UNDEFINED] forums.

I edited the "Standard Phrase: welcome_guest" from "Welcome to the <strong>{3}</strong> forums." to "Welcome to my forum." But the error remains. Should I be looking at a different phrase?

EDIT: Fixed. I had to reapply the template changes, as I had reverted some during the upgrade.

Staxed
08 Aug 2006, 04:52
i know there was a problem where the post more often message was showing whether you posted or not...

now a question about this update...

Updated
4.1.1 - Changed "post more often" message to never show for admin or mods.

does that mean the error was fixed...or that now admins just can't see it...but everyone else can??...

ConqSoft
08 Aug 2006, 04:56
It was a bug with an earlier version of vB 3.6.0 that was fixed for Gold.

Staxed
08 Aug 2006, 05:05
thanks :)

Kwak
09 Aug 2006, 05:59
Hi, I've added this hack on 3.6.0.
How can you locate the header above the nav and just below the main banner (forum logo)?

Currently, I added the welcome code below the nav as instructed (vbseo).

Darwa
09 Aug 2006, 11:18
Absolutely blooming brilliant!

Thanks for making this Ted :)

Ted S
10 Aug 2006, 02:03
Hi, I've added this hack on 3.6.0.
How can you locate the header above the nav and just below the main banner (forum logo)?

Currently, I added the welcome code below the nav as instructed (vbseo).

If you are using vbseo or perscribe to their ideas, you should not be moving the welcome headers anywhere. If however this is nto an issue, just plae the variable in the template of your chosing (i.e. the header template).

adwade
11 Aug 2006, 02:20
Modifications/ Instructions:
Template edits: 2
Plugins: 1 (adds 1 template and several settings)

This template hack should take under 5 minutes to implement and customize.

For someone that's never done a 'Template Edit', is there anything besides your instructions or the vBulletin Manual that explains it to new users? I've read thru both, but am still a little nervous.

Your instructions are well written, but for someone like me not knowing code structure I'm just unsure of a thing or two.

For instance, when you say:

Step 2) Adding the new headers
1. Select the header by double clicking on it.
2. Scroll to the very end of the template code.
3. Add the code $welcomeheaders

I read the note about vbSEO's recommendation and opened up the 'navbar' template to look at it. The last lines of code I see are:

<!-- / PAGENAV POPUP -->
</if>

So would you put the $welcomeheaders 'after' the </if> statement? Or does everyone (else) know it has to go just before such?

Anyway, thanxx for any more information anyone can give me.

Ted S
11 Aug 2006, 02:46
After it. At the very very end of the file.

adwade
11 Aug 2006, 02:50
Thanxx. Will read thru everything again and give it a try.

GoldenP51
11 Aug 2006, 07:56
Just wanted to add my thanks! This will help out a lot of newer members to the web (and forums mainly).

NICE JOB!

iran.gs
11 Aug 2006, 12:29
lnstalled the most funny thing happend i got an error after deleting the part u mention so the hack did not work but after i repost the part i deleted set it to the oll and original way it works loooooooooooooooooooooooooooool so if anyone do get error just re do the part u deleted and it will work like a charm and by the way this also give a welcome after a new member joins which i was looking for this for a long time.
So thank for this hack.............

karlm
13 Aug 2006, 14:31
Great product, installed faultlessly!! :)

Hunne
13 Aug 2006, 16:43
Does this post in any way affect google page indexing because it shows the welcome header on every page?

adwade
13 Aug 2006, 18:22
I re-read everything and there's something else I'm not sure about. It's the mention of 'every parent style you have'. I'm not sure what that means. My install of vBulletin is vanilla, in that I've not added any 'parent style templates' that I know of, so how many are there and how do I determine which ones they are. Attached is a print-screen of my 'DEFAULT STYLE Forum Home Templates', so do I need to edit any others besides just the FORUMHOME one mentioned?

Thanxx for any/all help!

efil
13 Aug 2006, 19:11
After upgrade to 3.6 there's 2 Welcome Headers.
Look at the attach pic.

How can I remove one of them?


Efil.

jailer
13 Aug 2006, 21:43
What do Ineed to change to get this to ONLY show on the forums, and not my CMPS page guys?
I don't have the VBA in my forum folder, so all the 'register' and 'contact us' links on the header are screwed up when I'm on the CMPS. I would like to know how to fix them, but I kinda like the CMPS without the headers anyway.

Thanks for any help.

ConqSoft
13 Aug 2006, 21:44
What do Ineed to change to get this to ONLY show on the forums, and not my CMPS page guys?
I don't have the VBA in my forum folder, so all the 'register' and 'contact us' links are screwed on the CMPS. I would like to know how to fix them, but I kinda like the CMPS without the headers anyway.

Thanks for any help.

Just don't add the variable to the list of variables in the CMPS admin and that will keep it from showing on CMPS pages.

jailer
13 Aug 2006, 21:47
Just don't add the variable to the list of variables in the CMPS admin and that will keep it from showing on CMPS pages.

Damn man, I know what you mean, honest I do! - I just can't think straight. Been coding and installing now for 18 hours straight. Gimme a line bud?

jailer
13 Aug 2006, 21:58
Ok, I've Googled and sorted my head out now.
Thing is, it's isn't in the portal output global variables list.
Nothing is. I haven't added the variable in the CMPS admin. Just installed this latest version today?
:surprised:

:edit: Meh. Guess it's going to be another <if> condition.
Disbaled the whole thing until somoeone can help me out.
My CMPS just has a log in module to the left, the rest is content viewable for people who don't even need to visit the forums if they don't want to so don't need to see a big block telling them to register.
This ruins the layout completely.
:(
Need this for the forums, but not for the VBa page.

jailer
13 Aug 2006, 23:58
Forget it - sorted it myself. It was an <if> condition after all.

Anyone interested - from the install instructions:

Step 2) Adding the new headers

1. Select the header by double clicking on it.

2. Scroll to the very end of the template code.

3. Add the code $welcomeheaders

4. Save and close the template.

Change step 3 to:

Add the code <if condition="THIS_SCRIPT != 'adv_index'">$welcomeheaders</if>

And your CMPS will remain clear of the welcome headers should you rquire that.
Add it to your instructions if you like, I'm sure there'd be enough people interested in the option to disable in the CMPS.

Oops, almost forgot - *clicks install*

Ted S
14 Aug 2006, 03:21
Does this post in any way affect google page indexing because it shows the welcome header on every page?

It sure does. What that impact may be is really up in the air and a matter of speculation. The vbSEO team recommends you place this hack in your navbar template rather than header template. Personally I disable bots from reaching my frontend pages so it's not an even an issue.

Ted S
14 Aug 2006, 03:24
efil -
Remove the original welcome header from the FORUMHOME template as per the install instructions.

adwade -
Since you only have one style, you only need to worry about modifying the header template for that single style.

adwade
14 Aug 2006, 16:17
adwade -
Since you only have one style, you only need to worry about modifying the header template for that single style.
Thanxx Ted, last bit of info I needed to get it to installed. WONDERFUL Product. Many thanxx for all your hours of work put into it. Clicking 'Installed' now...

duskdawn
14 Aug 2006, 22:24
Ok,
I couldn't find the codes I need to delete in the FORUMHOME template of my Child Template (which I am using). So I edit the parent template. But then it only works when I use the parent template.
Did I miss something here? Shoudn't the child template inherit from whatever changes of the parent template?
Which template you guys changed? The parent or the child?
Confused. Thanks.

Ted S
15 Aug 2006, 00:59
Ok,
I couldn't find the codes I need to delete in the FORUMHOME template of my Child Template (which I am using). So I edit the parent template. But then it only works when I use the parent template.
Did I miss something here? Shoudn't the child template inherit from whatever changes of the parent template?
Which template you guys changed? The parent or the child?
Confused. Thanks.

If you modify a child style it will no longer inherit changes from the parent, meaning you would have to modify it again.

ConqSoft
15 Aug 2006, 01:50
Thanks for the update Ted. I found a small typo in the AdminCP options:


Enter the number of days that must transpire before a user is promoted to post again.

ConqSoft
15 Aug 2006, 01:55
Also, the "Never Posted" and "Haven't Posted Lately" sections needed " AND $show['member']" added to the conditionals, otherwise, if you had the Guest Message turned off, it would show those messages to Guests.

Ted S
15 Aug 2006, 01:58
ConqSoft,
They are tiered conditionals... if the user is a guest they see the first message and the rest of the code is skipped (to make it faster).

Thanks for the typo catch!

ConqSoft
15 Aug 2006, 02:04
ConqSoft,
They are tiered conditionals... if the user is a guest they see the first message and the rest of the code is skipped (to make it faster).

Thanks for the typo catch!

Right, but turn OFF the Guest message and watch what happens. :)

MediaHound
15 Aug 2006, 03:41
/clicks install

Ted S
15 Aug 2006, 05:36
Right, but turn OFF the Guest message and watch what happens. :)

Good point. :)

See what happens to software when you keep adding features.

Fixed. Updated. Thanks!

Ted S
15 Aug 2006, 05:47
A minor update has been issued to cover the rare instances where someone turns off the guest welcome header message. There are no critical issues addressed in this change, upgrading is optional.

To update just overwrite the existing plugin file.

Frapegliko
15 Aug 2006, 10:02
Hello , nice Mod

I have a Prob

After Create a New Template Module and adding this Code: $welcomeheaders in this its not showing as Block Module in vbadvanced

Can i have any Help?

ps. welcomeheaders is allready in Global Variables

trinigamers
15 Aug 2006, 17:11
Welcome to the [ARG:3 UNDEFINED] forums.
Tha'ts what I Seeing:(
where to fix that?

Fixed

erinys
15 Aug 2006, 18:45
thanks for the update,
however in the product admin the version didnt change to 4.1.2 its still on 4.1.1, just a reminder :)

pmkb
15 Aug 2006, 21:40
I installed this today and added the $welcome_headers code to the navbar template instead of the header and it works great thanks.

However, it does not show on any of my vbAdvanced (2.2.0) pages. Any ideas?

ConqSoft
15 Aug 2006, 21:44
Add the variable to the list of global variables in the CMPS AdminCP.

pmkb
15 Aug 2006, 21:51
what variable?

nevermind...

welcomeheaders

... worked

ConqSoft
15 Aug 2006, 21:52
welcomeheaders

pmkb
15 Aug 2006, 21:58
thanks. :)

Frapegliko
16 Aug 2006, 08:17
Add the variable to the list of global variables in the CMPS AdminCP.
its doesnt show as Block Module in VBA

only in Header , Footer etc

efil
17 Aug 2006, 03:59
efil -
Remove the original welcome header from the FORUMHOME template as per the install instructions.




Thank you , it's working.

specmav
17 Aug 2006, 15:50
Is there a way to change the color of the welcome header background (e.g solid red) and the text (e.g white)? Is it also possible to include images in the header message?

Thanks

ConqSoft
17 Aug 2006, 15:51
You can use any HTML code in the phrase, so you can change colors, include images, etc.

soletrader
17 Aug 2006, 17:52
HELP with big problem.

Once I installed the hack I can no longer edit the text in phrases. Also I tried uninstalling the hack but my welcome header will still appear. I tried removing phrases but cp will tell me they can not locate the phrase ID.

now I am stuck with the header and unable to edit it or remove it. Please help. Thank you in advance

specmav
17 Aug 2006, 23:06
Ok, I can figure out how to add the HTML but I am a little stumped on the process of changing the background and text color.

Thanks in advance!

Brandon Sheley
18 Aug 2006, 01:52
is there an easy way to add the quick register hack into the guest message ?
like {$quickregister}

maybe i can just edit the quick register hack to make it look like the welcomeheader :)

Ted S
18 Aug 2006, 02:17
Is there a way to change the color of the welcome header background (e.g solid red) and the text (e.g white)? Is it also possible to include images in the header message?

Certainly. Modify the template welcome_headers to include whatever styles and images you like.

Ted S
18 Aug 2006, 02:19
HELP with big problem.

Once I installed the hack I can no longer edit the text in phrases. Also I tried uninstalling the hack but my welcome header will still appear. I tried removing phrases but cp will tell me they can not locate the phrase ID.

now I am stuck with the header and unable to edit it or remove it. Please help. Thank you in advance

Are you certain you are running the 3.6 version on vb 3.6 or 3.5 on vb 3.5?

To remove the welcome headers, uninstall the plugin, revert the welcome_headers template and remove the $welcomeheaders variable from any template.

Ted S
18 Aug 2006, 02:20
Loco.M,
I am not aware of any way to integrate the form from that hack into the welcome headers. You could however copy the code it outputs into your welcome header template.

Shazz
18 Aug 2006, 02:20
What did you update with the 4.1.2?
________
Backpack (http://www.dodge-wiki.com/wiki/Plymouth_Backpack)

Ted S
18 Aug 2006, 04:05
The update resolves a minor issue where the incorrect welcome message will be displayed to guests if you disable the guest message.

adwade
18 Aug 2006, 10:41
So to update to v4.1.2 all we need to do is D/L the .xml file and re-install it with the OverWrite option set to Yes?

it_pimpin
18 Aug 2006, 14:48
This is a great add on / hack

BETIServices
18 Aug 2006, 19:46
Excellent hack, I'm not sure but after I added you hack I get a java script error and I can not find the source of the problem.

DEMO: http://www.betisforum.com

specmav
18 Aug 2006, 23:25
Certainly. Modify the template welcome_headers to include whatever styles and images you like.

I only want to change the color and text of the guest message. Where do I put the <body bgcolor="color" text="color"></body> in the welcome_headers template.

Thanks!

libertylounge
19 Aug 2006, 00:22
You can do that in the same place you edit the guest message

AdminCP -> vBulletin Options -> Welcome Headers -> Click which message you'd like to edit

You can use HTML and whatnot in that little box it gives you :)

specmav
19 Aug 2006, 00:51
Still not working! There is no change in the color or the text.

Here is the text I am using from the welcome_guest phrase.



<body bgcolor="#FF0000" text="#FFFFFF">
Text of message here
</body>


Also what is the HTML code that I need to add an image and align it to the left? What is the HTML code to override the hyperlink color per link? I want to change the link color on the guest message only but not systemwide?

Thanks in advance!

Ted S
19 Aug 2006, 06:14
Still not working! There is no change in the color or the text.

Here is the text I am using from the welcome_guest phrase.

<body bgcolor="#FF0000" text="#FFFFFF">
Text of message here
</body>

Also what is the HTML code that I need to add an image and align it to the left? What is the HTML code to override the hyperlink color per link? I want to change the link color on the guest message only but not systemwide?


The body tag controls your entire page, not an individual block of text. It looks like you could use a quick referesher on html syntax, I recommend you take a look at www.w3schools.com/html

Let me know if you run into any issues after getting the proper html codes from there.

Ted S
19 Aug 2006, 06:15
So to update to v4.1.2 all we need to do is D/L the .xml file and re-install it with the OverWrite option set to Yes?

Yup!

ang2el
20 Aug 2006, 04:28
installed !!! great hack

specmav
20 Aug 2006, 09:17
The body tag controls your entire page, not an individual block of text. It looks like you could use a quick referesher on html syntax, I recommend you take a look at www.w3schools.com/html

Let me know if you run into any issues after getting the proper html codes from there.

After reading the site you gave me and a couple others, I am still in a blur as to change the background color and text of the welcome message. Can someone please give me an example of code that I can get a feeling for what I need to do?

Thanks in advance.

ang2el
20 Aug 2006, 12:27
Ted S,

Its a Great Hack.

But this hack is not working in the "element style skins" but its working in the defualt VB style? why its not working in the "element sytle"

It was working but when I applied 3.6 element skin it stopped working and is working only in the vb default.

Thanks in advanced for the support.

Mudvayne
20 Aug 2006, 12:54
I'm using Element skin & its working fine for me.. http://www.golpo.net/forum/?styleid=4 Check it out ang2el.. btw did u edit ur header/navbar template in element skin?

ang2el
20 Aug 2006, 14:16
I don't know what went wrong with element skin, I had to edit header template and then it worked out but it would be painful if I have to edit template evertime I upgrade this hack.

Darat
20 Aug 2006, 17:19
Welcome!

Since this plugin is just released for 3.6 I welcome (and really do ask for) any feedback, suggestions, issues, etc...

Ted - been using this mod for a long time now and it certainly has made a difference to posting and registration rates - thanks.

We approve all new accounts and new members see the "Welcome new posters! " message inviting them to post after they have validated their email address and activated their account but before we have approved their account. This generates an occasional "You say to post but when I try to the system says I can't" emails - have you considered adding a separate welcome-header message for "users awaiting moderation"?

Ted S
21 Aug 2006, 00:24
I don't know what went wrong with element skin, I had to edit header template and then it worked out but it would be painful if I have to edit template evertime I upgrade this hack.

Upgrading the hack will not require you to edit any templates. however, if you upgrade a style and remove the $welcomeheaders code, you will need to go back and re-edit.

Ted S
21 Aug 2006, 00:25
We approve all new accounts and new members see the "Welcome new posters! " message inviting them to post after they have validated their email address and activated their account but before we have approved their account. This generates an occasional "You say to post but when I try to the system says I can't" emails - have you considered adding a separate welcome-header message for "users awaiting moderation"?


Thanks for the feedback Darat.

Not many forums seem to approve members so I have not added that feature. However, it is very simple to add to the welcome headers and as I always say... what I provide is just meant to get you started, I encourage you to add whatever messages suit your site.

mawby
21 Aug 2006, 08:51
Ted, just to let you know your version 4.1.2 xml file still has the version 4.1.1 tag in it.

Ascor
23 Aug 2006, 02:20
have installed it, thank you :)

specmav
23 Aug 2006, 04:18
Can someone please tell me how to change the background color of the welcome message to red and the text to white? I don't know what tags to use. Apparently the body tag doesnt work for changing the background.


Thanks!

adwade
23 Aug 2006, 10:35
...a quick referesher on html syntax, I recommend you take a look at www.w3schools.com/html


Thanxx for posting this LINK Ted S. I know so very little of html and this will help me out!

Btw, your Welcome Headers Product is just superb. It is well thought out and functions perfectly. Kudos on a job-very-well-done!

tobybird
24 Aug 2006, 00:02
Thanks so much! Great hack. Clicked Install. :)

brvheart
24 Aug 2006, 19:58
So if you use VBSEO, then you dont want to use the welcome headers? The way I read it (which could be way off...) you can use but put the $welcome headers in the navbar template instead of the header right? but it says this:

Note: vbSEO recommends that users apply this plugin to the navbar template rather than the header template. To do so, select the navbar template, scroll to the end of it and add the code $welcomeheaders there. Save the template and do not modify your header template.

so if you dont modify your header template.....does that mean to not take out the following and just put the $welcomeheaders at the bottom of the navbar template?:

<if condition="$show['guest']">
<!-- guest welcome message -->
<tr>
<td class="tcat" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>"><phrase 1="$vboptions[bbtitle]">$vbphrase[welcome_to_the_x]</phrase></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="alt1" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>">
<phrase 1="faq.php$session[sessionurl_q]" 2="register.php$session[sessionurl_q]">$vbphrase[first_visit_message]</phrase>
</td>
</tr>
<!-- / guest welcome message -->
</if>

mlucek
25 Aug 2006, 23:42
How does this mod (a pretty sweet one) compare to the

Dynamic Announcements: Programmable Forum Home Announcement/Message with conditionals

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=97073

There's overlap in the functionality of both.

TIA.

dontpanic
27 Aug 2006, 17:05
Absolutely wonderful hack!! Many thanks!!

Reeftanksonline
27 Aug 2006, 20:28
its doesnt show as Block Module in VBA

only in Header , Footer etc

My links show as
http://www.photochimper.com/sendmessage.php
I need
http://www.photochimper.com/forum/sendmessage.php

same problem with the register link

This only happens in the header in the Vbadvanced

does anyone have a fix for this please.?

brvheart
28 Aug 2006, 03:14
So if you use VBSEO, then you dont want to use the welcome headers? The way I read it (which could be way off...) you can use but put the $welcome headers in the navbar template instead of the header right? but it says this:



so if you dont modify your header template.....does that mean to not take out the following and just put the $welcomeheaders at the bottom of the navbar template?:

<if condition="$show['guest']">
<!-- guest welcome message -->
<tr>
<td class="tcat" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>"><phrase 1="$vboptions[bbtitle]">$vbphrase[welcome_to_the_x]</phrase></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="alt1" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>">
<phrase 1="faq.php$session[sessionurl_q]" 2="register.php$session[sessionurl_q]">$vbphrase[first_visit_message]</phrase>
</td>
</tr>
<!-- / guest welcome message -->
</if>


bump please

GrendelKhan{TSU
28 Aug 2006, 16:38
is it possible to have this display over the top of a png image? like a banner but with the message over the top of it?

I thought I saw that somewhere...but have no idea how they pulled it off. :confused:

unless they just had it spit out an image with hot spots for the links. but I have a feeling it was actually displaying the message over the image. :/

dunno.

any ideas?

CarVenue.com
28 Aug 2006, 18:32
Thanks.

Installed!

pmkb
28 Aug 2006, 19:38
brvheart, you need to remove the code from the header template whether you put $welcome_headers in the header or navbar template.

brvheart
28 Aug 2006, 20:04
but does that kill VBSEO?

GrendelKhan{TSU
29 Aug 2006, 04:24
is it possible to have this display over the top of a png image? like a banner but with the message over the top of it?

I thought I saw that somewhere...but have no idea how they pulled it off. :confused:

unless they just had it spit out an image with hot spots for the links. but I have a feeling it was actually displaying the message over the image. :/

dunno.

any ideas?

soo..not possible?

alkatraz
30 Aug 2006, 03:43
great hack! thanks!!

GrendelKhan{TSU
30 Aug 2006, 09:56
for some reason this hack makes my Photoplog thumbnails on forumhome and forumdisplay disappear for guests (they dont show up).

I tried moving the thumbnails to different locations and templates but they still dont' appear. any ideas what the deal is? anyone else with this problem?

brvheart
30 Aug 2006, 20:43
I installed....but have a look www.mmaworld.org

The box is right on top of forums (no space between them) and I would like to have them above the google ads if possible. I put the $welcomeheaders in the navbar because I use the VBSEO....any help please?

I placed it back in header and it looks fine now...but I would like it to be in the navbar for optimization of VBSEO....

Smitty
30 Aug 2006, 20:56
but does that kill VBSEO?

Just as important, why can't vbseo handle a header addition?

pmkb
31 Aug 2006, 02:57
for some reason this hack makes my Photoplog thumbnails on forumhome and forumdisplay disappear for guests (they dont show up).

I tried moving the thumbnails to different locations and templates but they still dont' appear. any ideas what the deal is? anyone else with this problem?

Photoplog Lite and Welcome Headers work just fine together on my site. Photoplog shows on the forumhome whether I'm logged in or out. I don't see photolog (lite) on forumdisplay either way on my site.

davelacey
31 Aug 2006, 18:16
Thankyou.

*clicks install*

Ontraxguy
01 Sep 2006, 00:45
I am really new at this, just getting started. This is the first add-on I have put on my board. Really simple and just what I was looking for.
Thanks.

Dave Alcock
01 Sep 2006, 04:40
Forget it - sorted it myself. It was an <if> condition after all.

Anyone interested - from the install instructions:



Change step 3 to:



And your CMPS will remain clear of the welcome headers should you rquire that.
Add it to your instructions if you like, I'm sure there'd be enough people interested in the option to disable in the CMPS.

Oops, almost forgot - *clicks install*Thanks for this. Still a nube and you saved my butt.

Great hack... Now to get some results.

vwdforum
01 Sep 2006, 13:44
Fantastic Mod, very useful

cheers

ecansel
01 Sep 2006, 18:05
Thanks, I installed

Brandon Sheley
01 Sep 2006, 19:23
Can someone please tell me how to change the background color of the welcome message to red and the text to white? I don't know what tags to use. Apparently the body tag doesnt work for changing the background.


Thanks!
I'd like to kno whow to change the backgroud color too ? Body tag doesn't do anything :(
but does that kill VBSEO?

There is No problems with vBSEO and this mod ;) I've installed it on more then one site, with no problems..

brvheart
01 Sep 2006, 19:28
I'd like to kno whow to change the backgroud color too ? Body tag doesn't do anything :(


There is No problems with vBSEO and this mod ;) I've installed it on more then one site, with no problems..


Thank you :)

coffee
01 Sep 2006, 22:37
Thank you Ted S.

cowudders14
02 Sep 2006, 17:27
A superb mod - thanks!
The only suggestion I can see is to be able to display both the announcement and the "post more often" etc message. Would that be possible?

VViper
03 Sep 2006, 02:10
I am getting it hanging during install, are their any changes required to write permissions on the directories?

adwade
03 Sep 2006, 05:35
Forget it - sorted it myself. It was an <if> condition after all.

Anyone interested - from the install instructions:

Change step 3 to:

<if condition="THIS_SCRIPT != 'adv_index'">$welcomeheaders</if>

And your CMPS will remain clear of the welcome headers should you rquire that.
Add it to your instructions if you like, I'm sure there'd be enough people interested in the option to disable in the CMPS.

Peformed the changes as you suggested, and it seems to work as you describe. One question though: How about the Enable One-View Welcome Headers feature?

How it's acting for me is:
1)If I go to my vBa page first, the Welcome Headers do not show up.(just as I expected):D
2)If I then jump to my forums (from my vBa page), the Welcome Headers still do not show up.:confused:
3)If I go straight to my forums page (bypassing vBa) the Welcome Headers do show up fine. Then when I change, or reload,the page the Welcome Headers go away.(as I expect them to):D

So, is this how it should act per the code? I'd prefer when I do step #2 above that the Welcome Headers would show up once, as I hit the forum page.(coming from my vBa page) Is that possible somehow? Thanxx.

category
03 Sep 2006, 20:58
i have vbseo but if i put $welcomeheaders in the navbar it doesnt work but if i leave it in header it works will it mess vbseo if i leave it in header?

category
03 Sep 2006, 21:07
also in vb options i dont see welcome header system i only see welcome header messages

cowudders14
03 Sep 2006, 21:58
I can say that vbSEO and welcome headers work perfectly together. Have a look at my site for proof:
http://www.daftmoo.org.uk/mooforum/

I find welcome headers to be a very useful tool.

pmkb
04 Sep 2006, 16:42
Hmmm... My guest welcome_guest phrase includes a link with {2} as the target URL and it is resolving to: domain/forums/register.php?.

The question mark at the end causes the page to not resolve (ie. error 404). How can I fix that properly? (I changed the phrase to "hardcode" the proper URL)

pmkb
04 Sep 2006, 17:01
Well, looks like I was wrong about the ? being the problem. Everything works fine when testing from the forum home page. Unfortunately, it does not include the /forum/ directory when testing from my CMPS home page on the domain root. I had to hard code the URLs in all the phrases.

Ted S
04 Sep 2006, 21:40
Just as important, why can't vbseo handle a header addition?

vbSEO can handle the welcome headers just fine. The change is a an SEO recommendation (from the vbseo team) to help optimize your site, it is not to make the system work with vbseo, vbseo will work with it either way.

Ted S
04 Sep 2006, 21:41
I'd like to kno whow to change the backgroud color too ? Body tag doesn't do anything :(


The body tag is used to change the attributes of your entire page, not a specific part of it. You need to modify the actual table cell the header message is in (<td ...>). If you are new to html and css please check www.w3schools.com

Ted S
04 Sep 2006, 21:42
I am getting it hanging during install, are their any changes required to write permissions on the directories?

Nope.

Ted S
04 Sep 2006, 21:44
So, is this how it should act per the code? I'd prefer when I do step #2 above that the Welcome Headers would show up once, as I hit the forum page.(coming from my vBa page) Is that possible somehow? Thanxx.

The show one time system will show the message on the first page you visit and no subsequent pages during that user session; if however you have disabled the headers from showing on certain pages, or do not have it setup to work with vba, they won't show at all. That's outside of the scope of this hack however.

Black Tiger
04 Sep 2006, 23:48
Installed this one on 3.6.0 and works great! Many thanks!
And <clicked> installed.:)

Brandon Sheley
05 Sep 2006, 00:41
The body tag is used to change the attributes of your entire page, not a specific part of it. You need to modify the actual table cell the header message is in (<td ...>). If you are new to html and css please check www.w3schools.com
thanks, I was trying this the night I posted.. Maybe I was missing a line.. thx

Hornstar
05 Sep 2006, 08:03
In my admincp it says it is version 4.1.1 after just upgrading now.

Black Tiger
05 Sep 2006, 15:12
I just installed vBadvanced, and now the welcomeheaders aren't showing up on the main portal. Is there a way to fix this?

pmkb
05 Sep 2006, 20:15
^^^ see posts 113-115 (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=119572&page=8)

Black Tiger
05 Sep 2006, 20:37
Ah coolness! It works.

Thanks for your reply!!

popowich
06 Sep 2006, 17:09
4.1.2 displays as 4.1.1 in the admin control panel.


FYI,

-Raymond

jack-d
06 Sep 2006, 23:10
I just down loaded this and was wondering if the install guide was not updated for vb3.6

the reason i ask is because the code that is listed in the guide to remove from the FORUMHOME template does not match what is actually in the v3.6 template.

the block to remove is easy to spot just different code. thought i would ask before i tear it up.

thanks

Black Tiger
07 Sep 2006, 00:47
I have 3.6 and had a look at the begin and end lines and they were exactly the same as in the guide.
This is exactly the same, start from here:
<if condition="$show['guest']">
<!-- guest welcome message -->
<tr>

And remove everything there with the below things as last lines:
<!-- / guest welcome message -->
</if>
That matches exactly the 3.6 template. So just remove in 3.6 the complete "if" condition of the guest welcome message from <if> till </if>, that should do the trick and worked fine on my 3.6 gold forum.

sabillondesigns
07 Sep 2006, 18:28
Ok i just installed this on my v. 3.6.0 and i have different styles...
for some reason it messed up the header on some styles...

anybody had this problem? how can i fix it? (the weird thing is that i didnt even change anythig in the header, i used the navbar template)

works great on most styles tho!

Go here and change the style to Retro Look.....so you can see wats happening..
http://www.mzhonduras.com/forums/

phpdevrus
07 Sep 2006, 22:47
:-) heh one of my favorite mods

it was great with 3.5.4 and now ever better with 3.6

keep up the good work.

Sean James
08 Sep 2006, 02:00
Ive just un-installed this MOD temporary and reverted my forumhome template, but i am still seeing the welcome headers.
How do i completely remove this plugin?

Ted S
08 Sep 2006, 05:52
Once you remove the plugin it will no longer show on any page. There is however a welcome message included in the default forumhome template that comes stock with vbulletin. You can remove this at your chosing but it is a part of the original forumhome template.

tobybird
11 Sep 2006, 04:54
Well I am at a complete loss here. I had to remove this mod and reinstall. Since then everything is working great with the exception of the Guest Headers which I had turned off and then back on after the reinstall. By working great I mean that all of other features of this mod are working as expected. Also the mod was working before the reinstall and no other hacks were installed during this time.

What I've done so far: I have verified the existance of the welcome_guest phrase in phrase manager. I see this code in the welcome_headers template:

<!-- guest welcome message -->
<br />
<table class="tborder" cellpadding="$stylevar[cellpadding]" cellspacing="$stylevar[cellspacing]" border="0" width="100%" align="center">
<tr>
<td class="alt1">
<phrase 1="faq.php?$session[sessionurl]" 2="register.php?$session[sessionurl]" 3="$vboptions[bbtitle]" 4="sendmessage.php$session[sessionurl]">$vbphrase[welcome_guest]</phrase>
</td>
</tr>
</table>
<!-- / guest welcome message -->

My Header template contains the code $welcomeheaders at the bottom of the template. My FORUMHOME template does not contain the guest welcome message chunk of code. The varname is $vbphrase[welcome_guest] in the ACP. And yes, it is turned on.

I am by no means an experienced coder. So I'm sure I've missed something here. Any advice would be much appreciated because I really could use this hack. Thanks in advance!

tobybird
11 Sep 2006, 21:22
Anyone with any insight as to what this problem might be? Thanks!

Ted S
11 Sep 2006, 22:08
tobybird,
Whats showing up for the guest message? What is the url to your site?

tobybird
11 Sep 2006, 22:18
Hi Ted. Thanks for the reply. Nothing is showing up for the guest message.

It's just so odd because it was working that morning.

Also, I can get you the code from any of the templates that you might want to review.

I am sending you a pm with login information at the board has not been officially launched and user registration is turned off.

Ted S
12 Sep 2006, 02:26
I'm not having any problems seeing the message on your site as shown in the below screen shot. Perhaps you're not fully logging out?

tobybird
12 Sep 2006, 03:13
Well don't I feel like an idiot. So odd. I even checked it on two of my other systems - after wiping cache, history, etc. Anyway, sorry for all that and thanks for your help!

sabillondesigns
13 Sep 2006, 05:15
Ted S,

please can you help me out here..

i just installed this on my v. 3.6.0 and i have different styles...
for some reason it messed up the header on some styles...(like its keeps the logo image but the rest is gone..)

ever heard of this problem? how can i fix it? (the weird thing is that i didnt even change anythig in the header, i used the navbar template)

works great on most styles tho!

if you need a screenshot let me know...

thanks a lot!

m0nde
13 Sep 2006, 07:07
Hi Ted,

This is a great mod!
If it is placed in the header template everything's aesthetically pleasing.

I've noticed, however, that if I place the $welcomemessage string at the very bottom of the navbar template as vbSEO recommends, the welcome message is placed quite a distance below the navbar and appears mashed up against the top of my shoutbox (another mod I have installed).

Is it possible to add the option to remove some of the space above the table and another option to add space below the table?

Also, I'd like the option to remove the border.

I've tested the mod and everything works as advertised and the instructions are very clear!

bigdm
13 Sep 2006, 10:44
i have had this mod installed less then 24hrs.. and i got to say! I'm very impressed with its effect!

nice work :D

Aylwin
14 Sep 2006, 13:30
It works! It really works! I just installed this yesterday and today I've already noticed a jump in new user registrations! Thanks! :D

I've noticed, however, that if I place the $welcomemessage string at the very bottom of the navbar template as vbSEO recommends, the welcome message is placed quite a distance below the navbar and appears mashed up against the top of my shoutbox (another mod I have installed).
I can't help with the gap below the navbar (that may require some style-specifc tweaking) but I noticed the same missing gap below $welcomemessage and fixed it by simply adding a <br/> like so:
$welcomemessage
<br/>

perfphysio
14 Sep 2006, 18:08
Excellent mod. I have set this up in a few minutes and it has been invaluable as I have just migrated my old board from ezBoard and am now trying to announce to both exisiting members and also new ones.

Keep up the great work :alien:

dholt
14 Sep 2006, 20:58
Great MOD !
The links in the welcome header I get 404 page error can not use the register or PM fuction how can I fix this, what do I add to the vbbadcms to let it know it is the forums as it tries to find and can't

Ted S
15 Sep 2006, 02:13
Great MOD !
The links in the welcome header I get 404 page error can not use the register or PM fuction how can I fix this, what do I add to the vbbadcms to let it know it is the forums as it tries to find and can't

Go into your Admin Cp, then the options tab and select the welcome headers option (at the end of the list). Edit the phrases and links to suit your needs.

Top Nurse
15 Sep 2006, 07:00
Installed into 3.6.1 and no problems! :D

Thanks for the hard work on this one. The global announcement feature is just what the doctor ordered. Do you take donations?

Gbml2u
15 Sep 2006, 13:37
Good jobs man!

Aylwin
15 Sep 2006, 13:48
I'd like to make a feature request. It would be nice if the "Enable One-View Welcome Headers" option didn't affect guests or having it as an additional separate option for guests. The point is, I don't want to annoy my registered users with the welcome headers but I want the opposite for guests. :)

Black Tiger
15 Sep 2006, 13:52
I second that request.:)

Aylwin
15 Sep 2006, 14:53
It would be nice if the "Enable One-View Welcome Headers" option didn't affect guests
Okay, it seems I can do this by simply moving the if condition below the 'guest welcome message' part in the xml file. Problem is, now I think one view isn't enough. Users can quickly jump to their favorite forums without noticing the welcome header.

Is there any way to change "One-View" to configurable number of views? Or maybe some configurable timeout period?

Ted S
16 Sep 2006, 00:39
At this time the cookies track if you have viewed a message or not, there is nothing to track how many times they have been viewed. However, this would not be very hard for anyone who wanted it to code in.

ecansel
16 Sep 2006, 14:35
Avesome Thx.. No problem with 3.6.1

ColeEsque
16 Sep 2006, 19:58
Great stuff!:)

Thank you,

Cole

dbarry
17 Sep 2006, 01:03
Great Mod! Thank you very much!

HDT
19 Sep 2006, 04:43
After installed this mods I have gap beetween subforum tittle and forums.How fix it guys?
Edit:Solved by my self,UNINSTALL!!

adwade
19 Sep 2006, 14:37
I have an issue with vBadvanced's CMPS & the Welcome Header MOD someone here can probably identify. Without the CMPS, all works GREAT! Meaning if I go to my forums as a GUEST, the messages show up perfectly.

But if an unregistered user goes thru the CMPS Homepage first, the Welcome Msg never shows up.:confused: Then, when they jump onto my forums (since I have show only once toggled on) they don't see the Welcome Msg there either.:angry: As this is now the 2nd page they've hit of my website.

Any idea as to why it doesn't show up on the CMPS homepage?

NOTE: Nevermind, I just found it. I needed to add the welcomeheaders code to the Portal Output Global Variables under vBadvanced's CMPS AdminCP menu. Now it works just fine!

glenvw
20 Sep 2006, 10:32
I love this plugin!

Check these out:

http://www.warmislands.com
http://www.weddingstrategies.com

I am interested though in someone helping me make an additional feature to the hack or plugin.

Notice on this site:
http://www.weddingstrategies.com

I have added a picture to the right. I think it dresses it up. When a person registers, I would like to have the message box that now disappears, to be replaced by and identical size box with same picture but different message. Perhaps I could use it for updates, etc.

Can this be done easily?

Remember, what you say is easy is usually over my novice head...

Nathan2006
20 Sep 2006, 14:59
Thanks Ted :)

Installed

big dan
20 Sep 2006, 17:23
/me installs.

Very nice hack and really easy to install! Thank you :)

bashy
21 Sep 2006, 17:51
Hi

Just installed this and now testing it thoroughly...
It appears that the unregistered/not logged in group and the registered group and the COPPA sees this messages

Hello benny it appears that you have not posted on our forums in several weeks, why not take a few moments to ask a question, help provide a solution or just engage in a conversation with another member in any one of our forums?

Any ideas please, I tested with a spare account and when through all the usergroups that effect what the message says?

Ted S
22 Sep 2006, 01:43
What is the url to your forum?

bashy
22 Sep 2006, 09:47
hi. its www.bashys-place.com :)

Aylwin
22 Sep 2006, 09:49
hi. its www.bashys-place.com :)
Your forum looks fine for me. I get:

"You are currently viewing our boards as a guest..."

bashy
22 Sep 2006, 11:17
Thats mighty strange...Perhaps its a cache thing, thanks for checking it out though :)

bashy
22 Sep 2006, 17:25
Please can you take a look at the image and let me know how i fix it please?

heres the code i am using for the phrase


<div style="position: relative; left: 10px; top: 15px; width: 886px; height: 95px">
<img border="0" src="http://www.bashys-place.com/images/newsred.png" width="70" height="90" align="left"><font color="#FF0000">&nbsp; Hello {3}!<br />&nbsp;
</font>This is a special announcement from {1}.<br />&nbsp; We are having a
<a href="http://www.bashys-place.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10329">Forum
Raffle</a> with 2 great prizes to be won, <br />&nbsp; A
<blink>
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=213&subcategory=214&product=12720">creative zen nano plus 1gb</a></blink> and a
<blink><font color="#FF0000">15" unbranded LCD TV/monitor</font></blink><br />&nbsp; You have to be in it to win it so
<b>
<a href="http://www.bashys-place.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10329">click here</a></b> and join in :)<br />
<b><font color="#FF0000"><span style="text-transform: uppercase"><blink>Moderator</blink></span> required for the
<span style="background-color: #FFFF00">Filesharing Room</span>,
<a href="http://www.bashys-place.com/forums/modapp.php?">Click here </a>to apply</font></b></div>


Although i dont think its out to do with the code i used is it?
Do i need to add a height to this, if so how
<table class="tborder" cellpadding="$stylevar[cellpadding]" cellspacing="$stylevar[cellspacing]" border="0" width="100%" align="center">

I need to make the box bigger please?

ChrisBaktis
23 Sep 2006, 04:20
I upgraded this hack but when I go to change the guest message it takes me to the welcome_guest phrase but for some reason the forum keeps showing the old first_visit_message phrase...im not sure why.

Ted S
23 Sep 2006, 06:10
Try removing the hack entirely and installing it anew.

ChrisBaktis
23 Sep 2006, 14:34
I found out the problem was the template - still had the old variable in it. Thanks.

xb4b1x
24 Sep 2006, 10:59
Does this work for 3.1.6 yet? :confused:

bashy
24 Sep 2006, 11:14
Hi peeps

I got a slight problem with this and the Dynamic announcements, please see the image?

Mudvayne
24 Sep 2006, 11:27
Does this work for 3.1.6 yet? :confused:
Yep.. http://www.golpo.net/forum/
Live demo ;)..

user02934123123
24 Sep 2006, 14:19
Just installed and is working fine on 3.6.1 - very nice features. All are working fine except the option to show a message to users who haven't posted in x days. I've got this configured to 30 days -- and have tested it by logging in with an account whose last post was longer than that (by quite a bit), and no message desplays (despite it being configured and customised, and enabled, in the AdminCP). All other messages (not registered, never yet posted, etc.) display properly -- it's just this one, which I really quite wish to use, that doesn't.

Any thoughts?

Ted S
24 Sep 2006, 23:10
Hi peeps

I got a slight problem with this and the Dynamic announcements, please see the image?

While I'm glad to support this hack, I can't support conflicts with other hacks simply because I don't know their code. From what I can tell, Dynamic Announcements does many of the things this system does but with a different backend -- I would recommend using one or the other and customizing as you see fit.

kaniksu
28 Sep 2006, 08:48
I installed this a week ago and noticed results almost immediately. A lot of new users are posting messages proclaiming to be long time lurkers, even had one person make their first post after being registered for over two years. I didn't expect to see results like this so soon, it's amazing what such a simple change to the welcome headers can do.

Coach_Guru
28 Sep 2006, 10:29
Great mod.

Thanks

jw00dy
28 Sep 2006, 16:04
Can't wait to see how well this does.

*installed*

user02934123123
30 Sep 2006, 08:28
Just installed and is working fine on 3.6.1 - very nice features. All are working fine except the option to show a message to users who haven't posted in x days. I've got this configured to 30 days -- and have tested it by logging in with an account whose last post was longer than that (by quite a bit), and no message desplays (despite it being configured and customised, and enabled, in the AdminCP). All other messages (not registered, never yet posted, etc.) display properly -- it's just this one, which I really quite wish to use, that doesn't.

Bumping this up the priority ladder. Can any support be offered for what appears to be this bug in the hack?

Bubble #5
01 Oct 2006, 03:35
Ted I think I found some problems with the template code for this.

Shouldn't it read:
<!-- global announcement message -->
<!-- / global announcement message -->

<!-- unconfirmed user message -->
<!-- / unconfirmed user message -->

Instead of:
<!-- / global announcement message -->
<!-- / global announcement message -->

<!-- / unconfirmed user message -->
<!-- / unconfirmed user message -->




.

Shazz
01 Oct 2006, 03:59
Ted I think I found some problems with the template code for this.

Shouldn't it read:
<!-- global announcement message -->
<!-- / global announcement message -->

<!-- unconfirmed user message -->
<!-- / unconfirmed user message -->

Instead of:
<!-- / global announcement message -->
<!-- / global announcement message -->

<!-- / unconfirmed user message -->
<!-- / unconfirmed user message -->




.

I think mines like that, It didn't cause any problems...

Slave
01 Oct 2006, 13:18
Just installed and is working fine on 3.6.1 - very nice features. All are working fine except the option to show a message to users who haven't posted in x days. I've got this configured to 30 days -- and have tested it by logging in with an account whose last post was longer than that (by quite a bit), and no message desplays (despite it being configured and customised, and enabled, in the AdminCP). All other messages (not registered, never yet posted, etc.) display properly -- it's just this one, which I really quite wish to use, that doesn't.

Any thoughts?
I had the same sort of problem. I found that because I had upgraded from an older version the upgrade hadn't overwritten the old welcome_headers template. If you open up the .xml file and copy the template from that into the template you already have it all starts to work as it should do :)

I hope that helps ...

Goodspeed
03 Oct 2006, 13:51
Great Addon! Thank you!

Installed.

Bubble #5
03 Oct 2006, 13:54
Make sure it wasn't over written...

Goodspeed
03 Oct 2006, 13:56
Make sure it wasn't over written...
Yes, I found the problem, thank you! :)

mkdevo
05 Oct 2006, 13:17
i'm getting the following in my guest message:

Welcome to the [ARG:3 UNDEFINED] forums.

any idea how i can fix that? i tried reinstalling, but that didn't work.