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Mod Version: 1.2, by rsuplido (Member) rsuplido is offline
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vB Version: 3.0.8 Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 47
Released: 16 Aug 2005 Last Update: 19 Aug 2005 Downloads: 91
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I have been looking around for a WordPress - vBulletin plug-in and can’t seem to find one. I had time today to look at the WordPress code and tried out some things, and came up with a small hack for a bridge.

This bridge will let you use vBulletin as the main comments area for the blog entry. A copy of the intro blog entry is automatically created in a specific forum you choose, as well as a link back to the original blog entry from the forum. The blog entry will also show the total comments made.

Let me first say that I don’t have any experience in creating plug-ins for WordPress so please don’t ask me to convert this to one. If you plan to make this as an official plug-in or improve on it, please make sure to let me know so I can place a link on this article to yours.

Thanks and I hope you all enjoy it.

Note:
  • This hack will only work if your WordPress and vBulletin tables are in a single database.
  • This hack has only been tested on adding entries directly from the admin panel. It has not been tested on xmlrpc clients.
  • Use at your own risk. I will not be held liable for any loss of data nor problems that you might encounter on your site during the whole process of the mod.Backup your files and database(s) before proceeding.

Database Changes:

I have added a new column in WordPress’ posts table to maintian the vBulletin thread id that will be automatically generated for the blog entry. Note that the table name prefix might be different from your WordPress table settings:

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Files to Upload:

Save the following as vb3–settings.php and upload it to the Wordpress wp-includes folder:

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  • $vb_forumid - is the forum id of the blog discussion forum. Usually, this is the ‘News’ or ‘Blog’ forum. I advice to to set the permission of this forum to not allow ‘New Posts’ but allow ‘New Replies.’ To get the id of the forum, on your vBulletin forums page, click on the forum that you want to assign and check the URL at the address bar. It will appear like ‘..forumdisplay.php?f=x’ where x is the forum id.
  • $vb_userid - is the user id you want to assign as the one who will automatically create a new thread in the forum you have chosen.To get the user id, go to your forum’s Member List and click on the member you would like to assign. The URL will appear like ‘member.php?u=x’ where x is the user id.
  • $vb_username - is the corresponding username of the user id. Rather than generating a new SQL query to get the username, it is better to just assign the name to this variable.
  • $vb_path - this is the actual URL of your site’s forum. Note that there is no trailing slash.
  • $vb_dbprefix - if you specified a table prefix when you installed vBulletin, enter it here.
  • $vb_dbprefix - This message will appear at the end of the vBulletin post that links back to the blog entry.

Added in v1.1: In the attached files at the right, download postfeed.php and upload it to the root folder of your vB forums (it should be in the same folder where external.php is).

Files to be Modified:

Here comes the slightly harder part. We need to modify some WordPress files. Part of the changes assume that you are using the Kubrick default theme. If you are using a different theme, change the corresponding files accordingly.

wp-includes/comment-functions.php

Replace:

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Add:

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Save file.

Added in v1.1: wp-includes/feed-functions.php

Replace:

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With:

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wp-admin/post.php

Below:

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Add:

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Below:

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Modified in v1.2: Add:

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Save file.


If you are using the Kubrick default theme, open wp-content/themes/default/comments.php

Replace contents with:

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Save File.


If you are using the Kubrick default theme, open wp-content/themes/default/single.php

Replace:

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With (note that you are adding the path of the forum):

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Save file.


If you are using the Kubrick default theme, open wp-content/themes/default/footer.php

Replace:

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With:

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Save file.


Lastly, open wp-rss2.php

Replace:

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With (note that you are specifying the complete URL of the forum here):

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Save file.

vBulletin Settings:

The RSS feed will not work if you haven't activated RSS External synidcation on your forum. To do this, on your forums admincp, go to vBulletin Options->External Data Provider and check 'Yes' on Enable RSS Syncidcation.


Final Words:

Well, that’s about it! I’m not sure how often I can visit this thread but I hope those who find success in implementing the bridge, can help those who are having problems. Again, if you have suggestions on improving the script, let me know.

Thanks and happy modding!

Live Demo: http://www.internettablettalk.com/blog/


Revision History:

v1.2 (12/7/2005):
Uses correct vB user id and user name of the blog author. This will work only if the username of the Wordpress user is exactly the same as the vB username. If not, it uses $vb_userid and $vb_username defined in the settings.

v1.1 (8/19/2005):
Revisions are based on reports by Darth Gill (see discussion). New version includes vB RSS thread parser and a bug fix on vB not displaying recently added blog entry on the forum level. Current revisions are marked in green.

Changes:
  • Added file to upload: postfeed.php (see Files to Upload section)
  • New file to modify: wp-includes/feed-functions.php
  • Fixed reported latest thread bug in wp-admin/post.php. Apply changes in green.


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  #31  
Old 20 Aug 2005, 17:31
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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The best way is to open the config.php file in your <forum root folder>/includes. Somewhere in line 90, check what it says as the value of the "$tableprefix: variable. Copy that value in the "$vb_dbprefix" in vb3–settings.php.
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  #32  
Old 20 Aug 2005, 17:32
cyberxp9 cyberxp9 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by rsuplido
The best way is to open the config.php file in your <forum root folder>/includes. Somewhere in line 90, check what it says as the value of the "$tableprefix: variable. Copy that value in the "$vb_dbprefix" in vb3–settings.php.
yah read my before post, exellent hack, I just removed the thing inside the ' ' in the settings and it worked (guess I had no prefix)
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Old 21 Aug 2005, 00:49
Darth Gill Darth Gill is offline
 
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Real name: Brandan Kraft
rsuplido, my blog still isn't parsing through comments in the rss feeds.... Any ideas why? I double checked everything, and it all looks good.... This is driving me crazy. Everything else is working great now though!

P.S. - I won't be around until Friday of next week to help debug this wonderful hack.

Brandan
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  #34  
Old 21 Aug 2005, 02:01
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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Brandan,

I think the postfeed.php file isn't working since you are using vb3.5. I'm attaching a file for you. Rename it to postfeed.php and upload it to the root folder of your forums.

Last edited by rsuplido; 21 Aug 2005 at 04:16.
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  #35  
Old 21 Aug 2005, 04:09
Darth Gill Darth Gill is offline
 
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That didn't work for me. Thanks for your effort though...
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Old 21 Aug 2005, 04:19
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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Sorry, it's a more of a trial-and-error for me since I'm not using v3.5. I have attached a new file. Please rename to postfeed.php and upload to your forum root folder.

Also, it seems like you didn't make the change on the wp-includes/feed-functions.php file. Please check.
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File Type: php postfeed35.php (18.6 KB, 16 views)
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Old 21 Aug 2005, 22:03
Darth Gill Darth Gill is offline
 
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Didn't work... http://forums.5solas.org/postfeed.php?t=2529&type=rss2
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Old 21 Aug 2005, 22:26
Darth Gill Darth Gill is offline
 
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Aha, I fixed it! I took out the AND $vboptions['externalrss'] out of the conditionals... Thanks! See attached... I'll be back next Friday...

Brandan
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File Type: php postfeed.php (18.5 KB, 24 views)
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  #39  
Old 22 Aug 2005, 01:14
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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That means you haven't activated external RSS in your vB settings (in vB options). Also, it seems like the domain field and URL in the RSS lacks your forum's complete path.
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Old 22 Aug 2005, 02:18
Darth Gill Darth Gill is offline
 
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Actually, I did have external RSS activated and I did have the domain field filled out in my VB Options. I noticed it wasn't reading anything out of vboptions it seems! I replaced $vboptions[bburl] with http://forums.5solas.org... Thanks for pointing that out. - Brandan
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Old 22 Aug 2005, 13:20
thenetbox thenetbox is offline
 
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Thank you! I'm going to try this with 3.5
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Old 22 Aug 2005, 13:32
cyberxp9 cyberxp9 is offline
 
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still need help
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Old 22 Aug 2005, 14:27
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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Originally Posted by cyberxp9
still need help
Looking at your site, it seems like it's running pretty well. If you look at this test entry:
http://www.cyberxp9.net/blog/?p=15
and click on the "RSS 2.0" link, it tries to run postfeed.php which is correct.

I think the problem on your part is you haven't activated RSS on your forums. To activate it, on your forums admincp, go to vBulletin Options->External Data Provider and check 'Yes' on Enable RSS Syncidcation. That should fix it.
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Old 22 Aug 2005, 14:45
cyberxp9 cyberxp9 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by rsuplido
Looking at your site, it seems like it's running pretty well. If you look at this test entry:
http://www.cyberxp9.net/blog/?p=15
and click on the "RSS 2.0" link, it tries to run postfeed.php which is correct.

I think the problem on your part is you haven't activated RSS on your forums. To activate it, on your forums admincp, go to vBulletin Options->External Data Provider and check 'Yes' on Enable RSS Syncidcation. That should fix it.
still a problem, do you know whats wrong with the rss on wordpress? Try clicking the Entries (RSS) part on the bottom of my blog. Was that updated postfeed that you posted for some other guy only meant for vb 3.50? Or should I get it?
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Old 22 Aug 2005, 14:49
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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First, I see that your blog comments RSS is already working:
http://www.cyberxp9.net/forum/postfe...=170&type=rss2

For the Entries (RSS), no, the change should not have affected it. Actually it works. If you try: http://www.cyberxp9.net/blog/?feed=rss2 you should see the actuall RSS of your blog's entries.
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