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vBulletin Connect 5.6.8 is now available for download.

vBulletin Connect 5.6.8 is now available for download customers. vBulletin Cloud customers will be automatically upgraded soon.

Front End Changes


Embedded Media


vBulletin now recognizes audio and video media files that have been attached to a post. Videos can be inserted inline after uploading using the [video] bbcode. Audio attachments will display audio controls within the Attached Files box at the bottom of the post. End users will be able to use standard playback controls to view videos and listen to uploaded audio.


Additional Issues

Improved parsing on URLs embedded within the editor. This will prevent more instances of automatic parsing within other BBCodes.
Video thumbnails will now show at the same size as the video. This prevents the "resizing" of videos when played.
Resolved an issue where the Breadcrumb wrapper may render at an improper width.

Back End / AdminCP Changes


Handling Media File Types


Media files will be large so you will need to configure your site to accept them. They will range in size from a few megabytes to multiple gigabytes depending on the content. It is recommended that attachments are stored in the file system and not the database.


Media files come in several different formats. The base format that the end-user sees is called a container. Within this container, there will be multiple files/streams of audio and/or video. Whether individual streams can be played on the end-user's computer will depend on the Audio and Video codecs they have installed and the browser they are using.


The most commonly accepted containers are MP3 for Audio and MP4 for Video. These may not be the most efficient file types for this content though. These links provide more information about media file formats: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/...ats/Containers


Media Formats For vBulletin


Audio and Video formats are not defined in a default installation. If you wish to use these file types, you will need to configure them in the AdminCP under Attachments -> Attachment Storage Types.


While there are many different audio and video formats, these formats are recommended for the widest acceptance across devices.


ExtensionTypeContent Header.mp3AudioContent-type: audio/mpeg.mp4VideoContent-type: video/mp4.webmVideoContent-type: video/webmHowever, vBulletin will automatically detect if an attachment is audio or video automatically based on the content-type header that you assign.


If you need to convert a video from one format to another, it is recommended that you use the open-source tool Handbrake. This software is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.


Updated Database Tools


The utf8convert.phar script has been updated to handle multibyte character sets (e.g. Arabic) better. The varbinary fields used to convert the data have been made larger to account for larger character sizes being stored.


Additional Issues

Continued code cleanup for newer versions of PHP and removing obsolete code.
Added permission to allow Guest Users to see "Who Liked" a post.
When parsing text on saving, mbstring functions now have priority over iconv functions. This prevents an issue that can cause slow processing on new posts.
Resolved an issue that could cause a fatal error when creating a new channel with a custom style assigned.
Removed the obsolete node library function fetchAttachInfo
Fixed mbstring charset issues with cp1256
Added PHP Hooks for posting comments.

Additional Information


Install / Upgrade

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions
File Cleanup


After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.


System Requirements


Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.4.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.0.0
Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 8.0 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.3+
For more information see vBulletin Connect System Requirements.


Current Version Support Schedule

Active Version - 5.6.8
Security Patch - 5.6.7
Security Patch - 5.6.6
No Patch Release - 5.6.5 and earlier
Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4469969


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


To receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.





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Tue, 17 May 2022 20:32:05 GMT

vBulletin Connect 5.6.8 Release Candidate 1 is available for download

A Preview Release of vBulletin 5.6.8 is now available for download. Preview Releases should not be used on production servers.

Front End Changes


Embedded Media


vBulletin now recognizes audio and video media files that have been attached to a post. Videos can be inserted inline after uploading using the [video] bbcode. Audio attachments will display audio controls within the Attached Files box at the bottom of the post. End users will be able to use standard playback controls to view videos and listen to uploaded audio.


Additional Issues

Improved parsing on URLs embedded within the editor. This will prevent more instances of automatic parsing within other BBCodes.
Video thumbnails will now show at the same size as the video. This prevents the "resizing" of videos when played.
Resolved an issue where the Breadcrumb wrapper may render at an improper width.


Back End / AdminCP Changes


Handling Media File Types


Media files will be large so you will need to configure your site to accept them. They will range in size from a few megabytes to multiple gigabytes depending on the content. It is recommended that attachments are stored in the file system and not the database.


Media files come in several different formats. The base format that the end-user sees is called a container. Within this container, there will be multiple files/streams of audio and/or video. Whether individual streams can be played on the end-user's computer will depend on the Audio and Video codecs they have installed and the browser they are using.


The most commonly accepted containers are MP3 for Audio and MP4 for Video. These may not be the most efficient file types for this content though. These links provide more information about media file formats: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/...ats/Containers


Media Formats For vBulletin


Audio and Video formats are not defined in a default installation. If you wish to use these file types, you will need to configure them in the AdminCP under Attachments -> Attachment Storage Types.


While there are many different audio and video formats, these formats are recommended for the widest acceptance across devices.


ExtensionTypeContent Header.mp3AudioContent-type: audio/mpeg.mp4VideoContent-type: video/mp4.webmVideoContent-type: video/webmHowever, vBulletin will automatically detect if an attachment is audio or video automatically based on the content-type header that you assign.


If you need to convert a video from one format to another, it is recommended that you use the open-source tool Handbrake. This software is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.


Updated Database Tools


The utf8convert.phar script has been updated to handle multibyte character sets (e.g. Arabic) better. The varbinary fields used to convert the data have been made larger to account for larger character sizes being stored.


Additional Issues

Continued code cleanup for newer versions of PHP and removing obsolete code.
Added permission to allow Guest Users to see "Who Liked" a post.
When parsing text on saving, mbstring functions now have priority over iconv functions. This prevents an issue that can cause slow processing on new posts.
Resolved an issue that could cause a fatal error when creating a new channel with a custom style assigned.
Removed the obsolete node library function fetchAttachInfo
Fixed mbstring charset issues with cp1256
Added PHP Hooks for posting comments.


Additional Information


Install / Upgrade

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions
File Cleanup


After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.


System Requirements


Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.4.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.0.0
Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 8.0 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.3+
For more information see vBulletin Connect System Requirements.


Current Version Support Schedule

Active Version - 5.6.7
Security Patch - 5.6.6
Security Patch - 5.6.5
No Patch Release - 5.6.4 and earlier
Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4469969


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


To receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.



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Wed, 11 May 2022 17:55:49 GMT

vBulletin Connect 5.6.8 Beta 1 available for download

vBulletin 5.6.X Changes and Updates


Front End Changes


Embedded Media


vBulletin now recognizes audio and video media files that have been attached to a post. Videos can be inserted inline after uploading using the [video] bbcode. Audio attachments will display audio controls within the Attached Files box at the bottom of the post. End users will be able to use standard playback controls to view videos and listen to uploaded audio.


Additional Issues


Improved parsing on URLs embedded within the editor. This will prevent more instances of automatic parsing within other BBCodes.
Video thumbnails will now show at the same size as the video. This prevents the "resizing" of videos when played.
Resolved an issue where the Breadcrumb wrapper may render at an improper width.



Back End / AdminCP Changes


Handling Media File Types


Media files will be large so you will need to configure your site to accept them. They will range in size from a few megabytes to multiple gigabytes depending on the content. It is recommended that attachments are stored in the file system and not the database.


Media files come in several different formats. The base format that the end-user sees is called a container. Within this container, there will be multiple files/streams of audio and/or video. Whether individual streams can be played on the end-user's computer will depend on the Audio and Video codecs they have installed and the browser they are using.


The most commonly accepted containers are MP3 for Audio and MP4 for Video. These may not be the most efficient file types for this content though. These links provide more information about media file formats: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/...ats/Containers


Media Formats For vBulletin


Audio and Video formats are not defined in a default installation. If you wish to use these file types, you will need to configure them in the AdminCP under Attachments -> Attachment Storage Types.


While there are many different audio and video formats, these formats are recommended for the widest acceptance across devices.


ExtensionTypeContent Header.mp3AudioContent-type: audio/mpeg.mp4VideoContent-type: video/mp4.webmVideoContent-type: video/webmHowever, vBulletin will automatically detect if an attachment is audio or video automatically based on the content-type header that you assign.


If you need to convert a video from one format to another, it is recommended that you use the open-source tool Handbrake. This software is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.


Updated Database Tools


The utf8convert.phar script has been updated to handle multibyte character sets (e.g. Arabic) better. The varbinary fields used to convert the data have been made larger to account for larger character sizes being stored.


Additional Issues


Continued code cleanup for newer versions of PHP and removing obsolete code.
Added permission to allow Guest Users to see "Who Liked" a post.
When parsing text on saving, mbstring functions now have priority over iconv functions. This prevents an issue that can cause slow processing on new posts.
Resolved an issue that could cause a fatal error when creating a new channel with a custom style assigned.
Removed the obsolete node library function fetchAttachInfo
Fixed mbstring charset issues with cp1256
Added PHP Hooks for posting comments.



Additional Information


Install / Upgrade


Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions

File Cleanup


After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.


System Requirements


Minimum System Requirements


PHP Version: 7.4.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.0.0

Recommended System Requirements


PHP Version: 8.0 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.3+

For more information see vBulletin Connect System Requirements.


Current Version Support Schedule


Active Version - 5.6.7
Security Patch - 5.6.6
Security Patch - 5.6.5
No Patch Release - 5.6.4 and earlier

Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4469969


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


To receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.



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Wed, 27 Apr 2022 17:57:43 GMT

vBulletin 5.6.7 is available for download.

vBulletin 5.6.7 Changes and Updates


vBulletin 5.6.7 is available for all download customers. vBulletin Cloud upgrades will be performed soon.


Front End Changes


Display Name


New functionality was added to allow for Display Names. Display names work in conjunction with user names and are not unique. This would allow two users to identify as "Robert Smith" when this functionality is needed. In new registrations, Display Names will default to the username created. Administrators can assign display names in the AdminCP by editing the user. There is an option under Settings -> Options -> User Profile Options to allow users to edit their display names. At the same location, there is also an option to limit the number of times a user can change their Display Name per day.


When used, Display Names will appear at most locations that would show the User Name in previous versions. In some locations, both the Display Name and User name will appear to increase clarity between different users.


Hashtag Support


Users can now create #hashtags in their content to link the content to tags, existing channels, and specific nodes (via nodeid). Hashtags will allow better organic categorization of your content. If you wish to promote specific tags as hashtags on your site, you can create them in the AdminCP under Tagging -> Tags.


Types of Hashtags allowed:

Tag: These will match tags that currently exist on your system.
Channel Name: This will match any of your existing channels. After saving the hashtag will be replaced with a link to the channel specified.
Node ID: Allows you to create links to any specific node on your site. This will pull the node title and use it as the link.
After the user types the # (hash) and three characters the system will automatically pop up a search box of results they can select from. As they continue typing, the results will be refined. This allows user to easily find the content that they want as a link.


Additional Issues

Updated the display of Name Cards based on customer feedback.
Name Cards are now rendered on request via AJAX. This was done to reduce the initial download size of pages and resolve some HTML formatting issues.
Updated the Photo Title UI so that it works properly when reusing photos in an existing Album.
Resolved minor issues with Username lookups in the system.
Resolved an issue in Apple Safari where using the Username lookup can delete the content of the entire post.
Events will be included in Outgoing RSS Feeds. The text content of event posts will be included in outgoing RSS Feeds. Users will need to continue visiting the site to view the event details.

Back End / AdminCP Changes

Added options to control the use of Display Names under Settings -> Options -> User Profile Options. See the inline help for more information on these new options.
The unused Log4PHP library has been removed. Delete this directory from /core/libraries. This library was used for debugging in early versions of vBulletin 5 but is no longer updated by its creator.
Removed the obsolete AIM and MSN messenger fields from the user table. Several other fields have been converted to VARCHAR fields. This row size of this table causes issues when used in a database with compact row formatting. Removing and reformatting how fields are stored is the only way to fix this easily.
Code Cleanup in various directories. This is to bring older code up to current coding standards, fix warnings and deprecations caused by new versions of PHP, and remove unused code from the system.

Deprecated


PHP 7.3


PHP 7.3 has reached End of Life status on December 6th, 2021. The minimum required version of PHP is now PHP 7.4


MySQL 5.6.X


MySQL 5.6 has reached End of Life. The MariaDB equivalent is 10.0. Make sure to upgrade your server to MySQL 5.7 or higher (MariaDB 10.2 or higher) as soon as possible.



Additional Information


Install / Upgrade

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions
File Cleanup


After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic within the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.


System Requirements


Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.4.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.1.0
Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 8.0 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.6+
For more information see: vBulletin Connect System Requirements.


Current Version Support Schedule

Active Version - 5.6.7
Security Patch - 5.6.6
Security Patch - 5.6.5
No Patch Release - 5.6.4 and earlier
Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4467311


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


To receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.




More...


Read more (locally) ...
Tue, 15 Mar 2022 18:42:53 GMT

vBulletin 5.6.7 Release Candidate is available for download.

vBulletin 5.6.7 Changes and Updates


The preview release of vBulletin 5.6.7 is available for all download customers.


Front End Changes


Display Name


New functionality was added to allow for Display Names. Display names work in conjunction with user names and are not unique. This would allow two users to identify as "Robert Smith" when this functionality is needed. In new registrations, Display Names will default to the username created. Administrators can assign display names in the AdminCP by editing the user. There is an option under Settings -> Options -> User Profile Options to allow users to edit their display names. At the same location, there is also an option to limit the number of times a user can change their Display Name per day.


When used, Display Names will appear at most locations that would show the User Name in previous versions. In some locations, both the Display Name and User name will appear to increase clarity between different users.


Hashtag Support


Users can now create #hashtags in their content to link the content to tags, existing channels, and specific nodes (via nodeid). Hashtags will allow better organic categorization of your content. After the user types the # (hash) and three characters the system will automatically pop up a search box of results they can select from. As they continue typing, the results will be refined.


If you wish to promote specific tags as hashtags on your site, you can create them in the AdminCP under Tagging -> Tags.


Additional Issues

Updated the display of Name Cards based on customer feedback.
Name Cards are now rendered on request via AJAX. This was done to reduce the initial download size of pages and resolve some HTML formatting issues.
Updated the Photo Title UI so that it works properly when reusing photos in an existing Album.
Resolved minor issues with Username lookups in the system.
Resolved an issue in Apple Safari where using the Username lookup can delete the content of the entire post.
Events will be included in Outgoing RSS Feeds. The text content of event posts will be included in outgoing RSS Feeds. Users will need to continue visiting the site to view the event details.

Back End / AdminCP Changes

Added options to control the use of Display Names under Settings -> Options -> User Profile Options. See the inline help for more information on these new options.
The unused Log4PHP library has been removed. Delete this directory from /core/libraries. This library was used for debugging in early versions of vBulletin 5 but is no longer updated by its creator.
Removed the obsolete AIM and MSN messenger fields from the user table. Several other fields have been converted to VARCHAR fields. This row size of this table causes issues when used in a database with compact row formatting. Removing and reformatting how fields are stored is the only way to fix this easily.
Code Cleanup in various directories. This is to bring older code up to current coding standards, fix warnings and deprecations caused by new versions of PHP, and remove unused code from the system.

Deprecated


PHP 7.3


PHP 7.3 has reached End of Life status on December 6th, 2021. The minimum required version of PHP is now PHP 7.4


MySQL 5.6.X


MySQL 5.6 has reached End of Life. The MariaDB equivalent is 10.0. Make sure to upgrade your server to MySQL 5.7 or higher (MariaDB 10.2 or higher) as soon as possible.



Additional Information


Install / Upgrade

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions
File Cleanup


After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic within the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.


System Requirements


Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.4.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.1.0
Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 8.0 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.6+
For more information see: vBulletin Connect System Requirements.


Current Version Support Schedule

Active Version - 5.6.6
Security Patch - 5.6.5
Security Patch - 5.6.4
No Patch Release - 5.6.3 and earlier
Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4467311


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


To receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.





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Wed, 09 Mar 2022 18:28:31 GMT


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