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Popup Private Messaging for vBulletin 3.8
Mod Version: 2.1, by robwoelich (Member) robwoelich is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.4 Rating: (9 votes - 4.56 average) Installs: 91
Released: 23 Jan 2010 Last Update: 19 Dec 2010 Downloads: 645
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Updated 12-19-2010 to add all the full version features to the free version. There's no longer a full version, just this free one with everything.

Popup Private Messaging is a useful (and neat!) modification for your vBulletin 3.8 forum. Instead of redirecting a user to a separate "Compose Message" page when they try to send a private message, a "popup" private message form is displayed without taking them away from the page they're viewing. It intelligently replaces every single PM link on your forum, CMS or blog without any template edits or plugins that mess with your templates. It's loaded with features and has been tested with IE 8, FireFox 3.6, Opera 10.10, Chrome 3.0, and Safari 4.0.4!

This modification is also available for vBulletin 4.0 - get it here!

  • Uses a DHTML "popup" which won't be blocked by popup blockers, as it is not a "real" popup window.
  • New! Automatically centers the popup on the page, regardless of window size or how far down the page a user is.
  • Auto-fills the PM form with the username of the person you wish to send a private message.
  • Supports multiple recipients (based on user permissions).
  • Standard or WYSIWYG form, advanced PM options, etc.
  • Lightbox effect that dims the rest of the page.
  • Preview message within the window, without being redirected elsewhere.
  • Window can be closed by the user via an "X" in the upper corner.
  • New! Window automatically closes after the message is sent.
  • Admin CP options allow you to customize window size and which usergroups can use the popup PM modification.
  • New! Intelligent Javascript file replaces every private message link with the popup links on the browser side, saving your server's resources and your templates!

Screenshots are attached to this post.

Live Demo:

A live demo can be found on my website - no registration required to see the basic popup functionality, but if you want to try the actual form you'll need to register as guests/unregistered users can't use private messaging.

If you're using an old version of Popup PM:

Please uninstall it from your product manager and ensure that all template edits were removed, especially if you had to manually edit your templates. The new version does not require any template edits, but rather uses plugins and a Javascript file that replaces PM links on the fly to save your templates from being messed up.

Compatibility Notice:

This was developed on vBulletin 3.8.4 Patch Level 2. There are no guarantees that it will work on anything below that, and I'm not going to bother testing anything below the latest 3.x release since vBulletin 4.x now exists. You've been warned.

Support for this Modification:

Not any more - that was the point of making the full version free. I no longer have time to support anything.

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Old 08 Feb 2011, 02:45
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I'll give that a go and report back here what happens. Thanks.

Edit: Made the suggested changes but still not working. I am assuming that I may have a conflict with another lightbox-type plugin. Any suggestions?

Last edited by TitanJeff; 08 Feb 2011 at 14:19.
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Old 01 Mar 2011, 09:04
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Love this mod!
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Old 03 Mar 2011, 16:15
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Whoa, after a bit of tinkering and customizing, I got it working fine including my analytics async code. I kept the link to the author, of course.

Now I'm thinking about a way to display incoming MPs in the same way, and perhaps the registration workflow for new users should go on an overlay too.
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Old 11 Mar 2011, 00:54
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Cant close the popup after sending a message. I have to reload the page. Im sure its something small. Anyone else run into this?
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Old 11 Mar 2011, 02:27
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This product caused new registration problems on my board. Uninstalled.

Caution to people using it. Check if new members can register properly if you are using this mod.
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Old 11 Mar 2011, 02:38
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I have this on 3 vbulletin sites and members register everyday, no problems.
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Old 11 Mar 2011, 17:39
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Originally Posted by blind-eddie View Post
I have this on 3 vbulletin sites and members register everyday, no problems.
Same here - plus it would seem that this modification has no application as far as unregistered guests go...
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Old 14 Mar 2011, 10:24
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Very nice hack.

In same manner as displaying PM's in popup, is it possible to have quick registration form on a similar lightbox popup?

It would certainly boos user registrations as similar solutions are used for increasing lists on blogs.

Last edited by valdet; 15 Mar 2011 at 09:05.
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Old 23 Jun 2011, 16:12
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Works perfectly for me...3.8.7 pl 1
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Old 25 Jun 2011, 09:54
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Installed - uninstalled twice and can't get going on 1

Scratches head.........hmph
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Old 17 Jul 2012, 02:16
ChiNa ChiNa is offline
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I Installed it, but as soon as click on SEND PRIVATE MESSAGE, the Pop Up Showes Up but at the same time in just 1 seconds it redirects to the PM PAGE. So its not working for me, what is the fix for this?

Ok I am back again after 5 mins, Well First TIME it doesnt work, but second time it works and the POP UP showes..
Still need to know what is the fix, is it the JS file?
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