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External Link Titles, retrieve descriptive titles for URLs
Mod Version: 1.1.1, by magnus (Member) magnus is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (17 votes - 4.71 average) Installs: 172
Released: 07 May 2007 Last Update: 24 Jul 2007 Downloads: 1107
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Keywords: SHOWTHREAD, external, link, titles, URLs, SEO

Retrieves descriptive titles for external posted links. Allows for better link recognition and, in theory, could help increase page SEO.

I recall this being requested somewhere, so I decided to take a stab at it. This is yet another feature offered in vBSEO.

For those unaware of what this actually does.. by default, when a URL is posted without a description it looks like:

With this modification enabled, it will now look like: Forum - The Official vBulletin Resource!

Nicer, eh?

  1. Download and import product-linktitles.xml via the Product Manager.
  2. Enable the modification via AdminCP > vBulletin Options > External Link Titles Options (it is disabled by default)
  3. ???
  4. Profit!

There's really no magic here, it polls for titles using the cURL() function. If for some reason your host does not have cURL() enabled, you're out of luck.

From time to time you may notice the occasional link that does not get titled -- this is due to either the fact that the url is not active or it either timed out waiting for a response. By default, the system will wait for 5 seconds before timing out. If you wish to modify the timeout, you may do so via the AdminCP.

As with all my hacks, this modification is provided free of charge. However, if you find this product useful and have money burning a hole in your pocket, feel free to make a small donation, I won't mind.. really.

Version History:
  • 1.0.0 - Initial release, here's to hoping...
  • 1.1.0 - Added the ability to blacklist specific domains from having link titles retrieved (configurable via the AdminCP)
  • 1.1.1 - Wrapped returned titles in html_entity_decode(); to return properly decoded HTML characters.

Currently Known Bugs:
  • None

* Please note that this modification was developed on a forum with a userbase of 1 (myself). I've tested it for basic functionality but I cannot guarantee functionality or behavior on your forum. So, please -- make backups before installing this product!

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Old 02 May 2008, 02:13
gim gim is offline
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Old 08 May 2008, 10:50
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Originally Posted by magnus View Post
Very the product is set to enabled. AdminCP > vBulletin Options > External Link Titles Options > External Link Titles Enabled (Make sure 'Yes' is checked)

I did that too. but still its not working in my board. What can I do further more?
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Old 21 May 2008, 01:35
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working like a charm in 3.7
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Old 19 Jun 2008, 02:52
Super Jinni Super Jinni is offline
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I'd like to use that, but someone said that this plugin does not check an URL for size, so if someone posts a link to a large file, it has the possibility of creating a load on the server..

is that so?


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Old 19 Jun 2008, 13:53
bc3tech bc3tech is offline
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just installed; am seeing this work when i link to an external board, but not when i link to another thread on my own board... any insight?
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Old 11 Jul 2008, 13:37
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Id love to see this work for internal threads as well as external threads too.
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Old 11 Jul 2008, 20:07
squishi squishi is offline
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This is a great mod.
But also a performance killer, I suppose.
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Old 13 Aug 2008, 03:02
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Chachacha Chachacha is offline
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*Installed* Thank you.

Last edited by Chachacha; 13 Aug 2008 at 03:09.
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Old 13 Aug 2008, 07:44
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Shishir Shishir is offline
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Installed on 3.7.2

So far working Fine. Lets see. Cool Mod.

I love this topic!!!!!!
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Old 23 Aug 2008, 12:45
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AliMadkour AliMadkour is offline
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Nice mod
Ali Madkour
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Old 24 Aug 2008, 09:29
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i'd this error onto 3.7.2 PL2
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Old 05 Sep 2008, 14:19
nesta1 nesta1 is offline
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this not working on 3.7.3
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Old 19 Jan 2009, 18:53
Da22Da Da22Da is offline
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installed and working fine on 3.8.0 WoW
thanks alot
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Old 01 May 2009, 22:42
wideopen wideopen is offline
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This isn't working on 3.6.7 any ideas?
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Old 09 May 2009, 07:24
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mdawg mdawg is offline
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Running 3.8.2 Had this installed for a little while. Works.

Only question is why it takes over most threads, and not others.

For example these URLS, it leaves the same as always:

Try it, see if the same for you.

For example this one
works fine - it converts it to: "eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices"

but the above three, the hack just leaves alone just like that.

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