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vBulletin Connect 5.4.5 is now available.


vBulletin 5.4.5 Connect is now available to all customers.

Phrase System Updates


We have added a variety of shortcodes to the phrasing system. These allow you to insert additional information into all phrases as a means to further customize your site. To use the shortcodes, simply insert them into your phrase translation where you want their information to appear. At this time, these shortcodes are supported:{sitename}: The name of your site from Settings -> Options -> Site Name / URL / Contact Details.
{userid}: The numerical User ID of the current user or email recipient.
{username}: The username of the current user or email recipient
{musername}: The current username with usergroup markup applied.
{homeurl}: The front page of your vBulletin Site.
{registerurl}: The URL of your registration page.
{activationurl}: The link to the account activation page.
{helpurl}: A link to the User Manual on the site.
{contacturl}: This provides the URL to your Contact Us page.
{date} - Current date using language settings

Note: When using the URL shortcodes, if you want to make an active link they should be used within the HTML <A> tag. i.e. <a href="{contactutl}">Contact Us</a>

Media Files


The handling of Media Files with a proper mimetype has been updated. These files will be sent to the user's device with Byte Range Headers. This allows Audio and Video files to play directly while they are still downloading. This is a specific requirement to play media on an iOS device but may improve handling on other devices. Please note, this should not be considered to be a streaming system and there is no buffering provided by vBulletin.

Node Tools


The Node Tools within the AdminCP have been expanded.Move Nodes: A tool to mass move nodes between channels has been added to the AdminCP. With Mass Move, you can easily move large numbers of topics from one location to another. The tool can move Topics, Articles, and Blog Entries, and Social Group Discussions among the appropriate channels. Mass Move can be accessed in the AdminCP under the Node Tools Menu.
User ID Search: On both Prune Nodes and Move Nodes, we have provided the ability to search by User ID in addition to Username. Searching by the User ID of 0 will allow you to find all "Guest" posts within your site for easier management.

Improved Upgrade Handling


We have made several changes to the Upgrade Handling in vBulletin 5.4.5. These changes are to improve the robustness of the scripts in both Web and CLI modes.

Upgrade Memory Handling
An issue was discovered that could allow the upgrade script to run out of memory on large sites when using the Command Line upgrade. We have refactored how the upgrade system handles memory to account for this. This should allow for a smoother upgrade process.

Removed Files
We've removed a large number of unnecessary files from the upgrade system. The system allows you to upgrade from 3.6.0 to vBulletin 5.4.5. That is almost 550 upgrade scripts that have been released over the years. Many of these files didn't have any upgrade steps in them and just progressed the version number. We've eliminated almost half of the upgrade files with this update.

vBulletin AI Suite: Related Topics


Several updates have been made to enable better control over the related topics module on vBulletin Cloud. These changes will allow you to fine-tune the related topics returned by the module. These include:Channel Limits: Limit the results so that they originate from specific channels.
Similarity Threshold: You can set the level of similarity or specificity on the results returned.
Placement Error: The Related Topics module can only be properly placed on pages with a Node ID. The system has been updated to provide Administrators with a more user-friendly message when this requirement is not met.


Other IssuesVBV-18793 - 404 not found request to ckeditor/skins/moono/icons.png
VBV-18831 - Regression: CKEditor icons do not show in Responsive.
VBV-18811 - Password displayed in plain text in error
VBV-18802 - Incomplete table in payment test communication page
VBV-18752 - Date Filter on Moderator Log does not work properly.
VBV-18642 - Can't see attached photos on the edit form

All resolved issues can be viewed in the Bug Genie Roadmap.


Suspect File Diagnostics


From time to time, we determine that a specific file within the vBulletin System is no longer useful. Either its functionality has been refactored into other files or the functionality simply isn't used anymore. Due to the standard method of upgrading vBulletin, these unnecessary files can accumulate on your server. It is recommended that you run the Suspect File Diagnostics tool after upgrading to list these files. The tool will list them as "Not part of vBulletin.


PHP Support


Due to upcoming changes in the PHP Support Cycle, we recommend that customers upgrade to PHP 7.1 or higher as soon as possible.PHP 5.6 - PHP 5.6 will reach End of Life status on December 31st, 2018. We will be dropping support for PHP 5.6.X with the release of vBulletin 5.5.0. This coincides with the end of life status of PHP 5.6.X.
PHP 7.0 - PHP 7.0 will reach End of Life status on December 3rd, 2018. As such, we will be dropping support for this version in vBulletin 5.5.0.
PHP 7.3 - vBulletin 5.4.5 and higher supports PHP 7.3. If you encounter any issues on this version of PHP, please create a new bug report.

System RequirementsMinimum PHP Version: 5.6.30
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.5.8
Recommended PHP Version: 7.1 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.7 or higher
Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

Current Version Support Schedule


All customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.Active Version - 5.4.5
Security Patch - 5.4.4
Security Patch - 5.4.3
No Patch Release - 5.4.2 or earlier.

Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4400636

If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.

In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.


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Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:42:33 GMT

vBulletin 5.4.5 Alpha 4 is now Available.


vBulletin 5.4.5 Alpha 4 is now available to all customers. This is a pre-release test version and should not be used on production sites.

[h=2]Phrase System Updates[/h]
We have added a variety of shortcodes to the phrasing system. These allow you to insert additional information into all phrases as a means to further customize your site. To use the shortcodes, simply insert them into your phrase translation where you want their information to appear. At this time, these shortcodes are supported:{sitename}: The name of your site from Settings -> Options -> Site Name / URL / Contact Details.
{userid}: The numerical User ID of the current user or email recipient.
{username}: The username of the current user or email recipient
{musername}: The current username with usergroup markup applied.
{homeurl}: The front page of your vBulletin Site.
{registerurl}: The URL of your registration page.
{activationurl}: The link to the account activation page.
{helpurl}: A link to the User Manual on the site.
{contacturl}: This provides the URL to your Contact Us page.
{date} - Current date using language settings

Note: When using the URL shortcodes, if you want to make an active link they should be used within the HTML <A> tag. i.e. <a href="{contactutl}">Contact Us</a>

[h=2]Media Files[/h]
The handling of Media Files with a proper mimetype has been updated. These files will be sent to the user's device with Byte Range Headers. This allows Audio and Video files to play directly while they are still downloading. This is a specific requirement to play media on an iOS device but may improve handling on other devices. Please note, this should not be considered to be a streaming system and there is no buffering provided by vBulletin.

[h=2]Node Tools[/h]
The Node Tools within the AdminCP have been expanded. Move Nodes: A tool to mass move nodes between channels has been added to the AdminCP. With Mass Move, you can easily move large numbers of topics from one location to another. The tool can move Topics, Articles, and Blog Entries, and Social Group Discussions among the appropriate channels. Mass Move can be accessed in the AdminCP under the Node Tools Menu.
User ID Search: On both Prune Nodes and Move Nodes, we have provided the ability to search by User ID in addition to Username. Searching by the User ID of 0 will allow you to find all "Guest" posts within your site for easier management.

[h=2]Improved Upgrade Handling[/h]
We have made several changes to the Upgrade Handling in vBulletin 5.4.5. These changes are to improve the robustness of the scripts in both Web and CLI modes.

Upgrade Memory Handling
An issue was discovered that could allow the upgrade script to run out of memory on large sites when using the Command Line upgrade. We have refactored how the upgrade system handles memory to account for this. This should allow for a smoother upgrade process.

Removed Files
We've removed a large number of unnecessary files from the upgrade system. The system allows you to upgrade from 3.6.0 to vBulletin 5.4.5. That is almost 550 upgrade scripts that have been released over the years. Many of these files didn't have any upgrade steps in them and just progressed the version number. We've eliminated almost half of the upgrade files with this update.

[h=2]vBulletin AI Suite: Related Topics[/h]
Several updates have been made to enable better control over the related topics module on vBulletin Cloud. These changes will allow you to fine-tune the related topics returned by the module. These include: Channel Limits: Limit the results so that they originate from specific channels.
Similarity Threshold: You can set the level of similarity or specificity on the results returned.
Placement Error: The Related Topics module can only be properly placed on pages with a Node ID. The system has been updated to provide Administrators with a more user-friendly message when this requirement is not met.


[h=2]Other Issues[/h] VBV-18793 - 404 not found request to ckeditor/skins/moono/icons.png
VBV-18831 - Regression: CKEditor icons do not show in Responsive.
VBV-18811 - Password displayed in plain text in error
VBV-18802 - Incomplete table in payment test communication page
VBV-18752 - Date Filter on Moderator Log does not work properly.
VBV-18642 - Can't see attached photos on the edit form

All resolved issues can be viewed in the Bug Genie Roadmap.


[h=2]Suspect File Diagnostics[/h]
From time to time, we determine that a specific file within the vBulletin System is no longer useful. Either its functionality has been refactored into other files or the functionality simply isn't used anymore. Due to the standard method of upgrading vBulletin, these unnecessary files can accumulate on your server. It is recommended that you run the Suspect File Diagnostics tool after upgrading to list these files. The tool will list them as "Not part of vBulletin.


[h=2]PHP Support[/h]
Due to upcoming changes in the PHP Support Cycle, we recommend that customers upgrade to PHP 7.1 or higher as soon as possible.PHP 5.6 - PHP 5.6 will reach End of Life status on December 31st, We will be dropping support for PHP 5.6.X with the release of vBulletin 5.5.0. This coincides with the end of life status of PHP 5.6.X.
PHP 7.0 - PHP 7.0 will reach End of Life status on December 3rd, 2018. As such, we will be dropping support for this version in vBulletin 5.5.0.
PHP 7.3 - vBulletin 5.4.5 and higher supports PHP 7.3. If you encounter any issues on this version of PHP, please create a new bug report.

[h=2]System Requirements[/h]
Minimum PHP Version: 5.6.30
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.5.8

Recommended PHP Version: 7.1 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.7 or higher
Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

[h=2]Current Version Support Schedule[/h]
All customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.Active Version - 5.4.4
Security Patch - 5.4.3
Security Patch - 5.4.2
No Patch Release - 5.4.1 or earlier.

[h=2]Discussion[/h]
If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: 4400636

If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.

In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.



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Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:14:43 GMT

vBulletin 5.4.4 Connect is now available.

vBulletin 5.4.4 Connect is now available for download by licensed customers.

[h=2]Setting your Home Page[/h]
When saving a page in Site Builder, you can now set it as your site's homepage. This will allow more customization without the utilization of complex workarounds and/or database edits.

To change your homepage, simply edit the page in Site Builder. Click on Save Page and select the "Make this page your homepage" checkbox.

Note: There is currently an issue with setting a Topic page as your site homepage. We are working to resolve this.

[h=2]Routing Improvements[/h]
The Routing System has been re-factored and had many fixes applied. These changes have made the system more robust so that you're less likely to lose pages or create inaccessible changes. The new changes require that every page has a URL prefix. The URL prefix was not required for the homepage previously. The system will update your current homepage to have a prefix during the upgrade process.

If you have any Add-on Products that work with the routing system, you may need to update them in order for them to work with vBulletin 5.4.4 and higher.

[h=2]Facebook Connect[/h]Following changes to the Facebook API, we have reduced the permissions necessary for individuals to use Facebook as their login platform.
Publish to Facebook has been removed from the system. Facebook is deprecating this functionality for third-party apps. We recommend that you use the share button in the Post Info box instead.

[h=2]Editor Style Variables[/h]
Additional work has been completed on the Style Editor so that you can further customize it to fit your theme and better cohesiveness with the dark theme. This includes updating the dialogs so they show proper contrast on dark background as well as enhancing the coloring of the editor. We have also included in a new icon set for use with the dark theme. You can switch your icon set using the style variable editor.

[h=2]Social Group and Blog Enhancements[/h]
We have cleaned up the information boxes for Blogs and Social Groups. The new display is easier to read and removed extraneous information.
Permissions have been fixed so they can be edited properly.
You're now able to rename the Groups and Blogs channels without breaking the navigation of setting pages within these groups.

New style Variablesckeditor_image_path (current options are "default" and "dark&quot
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background_hover
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background_pressed
ckeditor_toolbar_button_button_text_color

You can add your own editor images by uploading them to the /js/ckeditor/images directory on your server. You can find new images for CKEditor on their website.

[h=2]Embedded Videos[/h]
It was requested that we allow the centering of embedded videos. Now you can. When using embedded or inline videos, you can now align them to fit your content. All new videos will adhere to the alignment BB Codes made possible in the editors.

Note: This does not apply when using the Link content type and including a video as the link.

[h=2]Related Topics Product (Cloud Only - Coming Soon)[/h]
As part of an ongoing project to improve the feature set of vBulletin Cloud, we have started working with Artificial Intelligence to improve your content. The first implementation of the vBulletin AI Suite is a Related Topics system for Cloud. This system will analyze your database and allow you show a Related Topics module on your conversation pages. This will help users find other content on your site. While this is the first implementation of the vBulletin AI Suite, we're excited to see where we can take it in the future. As we get closer to making this available to Cloud Customers, we will provide more information.

[h=2]Other Issues:[/h]
Fixed an issue with unapproved Visitor Messages causing the Moderation Page to redirect to the homepage.
Fixed various issues when changing videos on the Link Content Type.
A setting has been added to the Privacy Options to completely block EU Residents from accessing your site. You must be using a Location Provider for this to work.
Debug Mode is now required to access the Cookie Path and Cookie Domain options.
New recovery tools have been added to tools.php.

A list of all issues can be found here: https://tracker.vbulletin.com/vbulle...p_milestone_36

[h=2]PHP Support[/h]
Due to upcoming changes in the PHP Support Cycle, we recommend that customers upgrade to PHP 7.1 or higher as soon as possible.
PHP 5.6
PHP 5.6 will reach end of life status on December 31st,We will be dropping support for PHP 5.6.X with the release of vBulletin 5.4.5. This coincides with the end of life status of PHP 5.6.X.

PHP 7.0
PHP 7.0 will reach end of life status on December 3rd, 2018. As such, we will be dropping support for this version in an upcoming release.

PHP 7.3
We will be working to make vBulletin compatible with any necessary changes as soon as possible.

[h=2]System Requirements[/h]
Minimum PHP Version: 5.6.30
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.5.8

Recommended PHP Version: 7.2 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.8 or higher
Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

[h=2]Current Version Support Schedule[/h]
All customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.Active Version - 5.4.4
Security Patch - 5.4.3
Security Patch - 5.4.2
No Patch Release - 5.4.1 or earlier.

[h=2]Discussion[/h]
If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: 4397659

If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.

In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.








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Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:51:12 GMT

vBulletin 5.4.4 Beta 1 is now available.

vBulletin 5.4.4 Connect Beta 1 is now available for download by licensed customers. This is a preview release and not recommended for production servers.

Setting your Home Page


When saving a page in Site Builder, you can now set it as your site's homepage. This will allow more customization without the utilization of complex workarounds and/or database edits.

To change your homepage, simply edit the page in Site Builder. Click on Save Page and select the "Make this page your homepage" checkbox.

Routing Improvements


The Routing System has been re-factored and had many fixes applied. These changes have made the system more robust so that you're less likely to lose pages or create inaccessible changes. The new changes require that every page has a URL prefix. The URL prefix was not required for the homepage previously. The system will update your current homepage to have a prefix during the upgrade process.

If you have any Add-on Products that work with the routing system, you may need to update them in order for them to work with vBulletin 5.4.4 and higher.

Facebook Connect


Following changes to the Facebook API, we have reduced the permissions necessary for individuals to use Facebook as their login platform.
Publish to Facebook has been removed from the system. Facebook is deprecating this functionality for third-party apps. We recommend that you use the share button in the Post Info box instead.

Social Group and Blog EnhancementsWe have cleaned up the information boxes for Blogs and Social Groups. The new display is easier to read and removed extraneous information.
Permissions have been fixed so they can be edited properly.
You're now able to rename the Groups and Blogs channels without breaking the navigation of setting pages within these groups.
Editor Style Variables


Additional work has been completed on the Style Editor so that you can further customize it to fit your theme and better cohesiveness with the dark theme. This includes updating the dialogs so they show proper contrast on dark background as well as enhancing the coloring of the editor. We have also included in a new icon set for use with the dark theme. You can switch your icon set using the style variable editor.

New style Variablesckeditor_image_path (current options are "default" and "dark&quot
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background_hover
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background_pressed
ckeditor_toolbar_button_button_text_color
You can add your own editor images by uploading them to the /js/ckeditor/images directory on your server. You can find new images for CKEditor on their website.

Embedded Videos


It was requested that we allow the centering of embedded videos. Now you can. When using embedded or inline videos, you can now align them to fit your content. All new videos will adhere to the alignment BB Codes made possible in the editors.

Note: This does not apply when using the Link content type and including a video as the link.

Related Topics Product (Cloud Only - Coming Soon)


As part of an ongoing project to improve the feature set of vBulletin Cloud, we have started working with Artificial Intelligence to improve your content. The first implementation of the vBulletin AI Suite is a Related Topics system for Cloud. This system will analyze your database and allow you show a Related Topics module on your conversation pages. This will help users find other content on your site. While this is the first implementation of the vBulletin AI Suite, we're excited to see where we can take it in the future. As we get closer to making this available to Cloud Customers, we will provide more information.

Other Issues:Fixed an issue with unapproved Visitor Messages causing the Moderation Page to redirect to the homepage.
Fixed various issues when changing videos on the Link Content Type.
A setting has been added to the Privacy Options to completely block EU Residents from accessing your site. You must be using a Location Provider for this to work.
Debug Mode is now required to access the Cookie Path and Cookie Domain options.
New recovery tools have been added to tools.php.
A list of all issues can be found here: https://tracker.vbulletin.com/vbulle...p_milestone_36

PHP Support


Due to upcoming changes in the PHP Support Cycle, we recommend that customers upgrade to PHP 7.1 or higher as soon as possible.
PHP 5.6
PHP 5.6 will reach end of life status on December 31st,We will be dropping support for PHP 5.6.X with the release of vBulletin 5.4.5. This coincides with the end of life status of PHP 5.6.X.

PHP 7.0
PHP 7.0 will reach end of life status on December 3rd, 2018. As such, we will be dropping support for this version in an upcoming release.

PHP 7.3
We will be working to make vBulletin compatible with any necessary changes as soon as possible.

System Requirements


Minimum PHP Version: 5.6.30
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.5.8

Recommended PHP Version: 7.1 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.7 or higher
Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

Current Version Support Schedule


The release of vBulletin 5.4.3 will retire support for the vBulletin 5.3.X series. All customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.Active Version - 5.4.3
Security Patch - 5.4.2
Security Patch - 5.4.1
No Patch Release - 5.4.0 or earlier.

Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4397659

If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.

In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.







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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:35:36 GMT

vBulletin Mobile Suite 1.21 Now Available.

vBulletin Mobile Suite 1.21 is now available to all licensed customers. This release includes a number of changes including compliance with updated requirements from both Google and Apple. If you have any questions please open a topic in the Mobile Suite forum.

Note: In order to use the privacy functionality of the Apps, you must be using vBulletin 5.4.3 or higher.

Android Enhancements and Bug Fixes


Enhancements
Collect privacy consent for EU Guest users
Collect privacy consent for EU users during Login
Collect privacy consent for EU users during Registration
Increase Target SDK version to 26
Bottom bar layout not fit parent width
Handle application permission access
Screen notes show same color as background color
Add "Ignore" user feature
Implement a Utility phrase class

Bug Fixes
Clicking the Privacy link in any privacy consent text crashes the app
Error viewing another user profile

iOS Enhancements and Bug Fixes

Enhancements
Collect privacy consent for EU Guest users
Collect privacy consent for EU users during Login
Collect privacy consent for EU users during Registration
Add "Ignore" user feature
Support Super Retina display of iPhone X

Bug Fixes
vB5 Blog - Tapping avatar on blog view crashes the app
vB5 Message Post View - Bottom buttons missing
vB5 Login - Skip for Now not working
vB5 New Content Page - Image attachments displayed incorrectly
vB5 User Profile - Labels cuts off
vB4 Registration - Agreement toggle does not work
vB4 - Navigating to Photos using the top navigation crashes the app
vB4 Activity Stream - Added photos as displayed incorrectly
vB3 app: login/skip login crashes the app
Poll issues with auto layout
Forum page number highlighted is -1 from actual page
Soft Deleted threads are not dark grey
Calendar crashes iOS app
Unable to upload avatars
App crashes when select to list popular Articles
Broken menu bar item for Guest users



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Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:14:00 GMT


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