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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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With:

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Below:

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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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Save file.

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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  #61  
Old 04 Sep 2005, 19:41
sarahsboy18 sarahsboy18 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Originally Posted by rsuplido
I have no plans of incorporating that feature. Imagone if there are 100 categories. What you can do however is choose a hidden forum and then move the thread manually to to correct forum.
I understand...

For my particular needs I only have 3 categories and wouldn't have any trouble managing it. Basically what I have done so far is to make sure that my Forum IDs are the same as my Category IDs. What I am trying to do now is force the forumid variable to use submitted category variable instead of the vb3-settings.php forumid.

E.G (from the "post.php" file)

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However, I can't seem to figure out which variable is the correct one to pass in the above query. I have tried $post_category, $post_categories, $category_id... I just can't get it to pass... It keeps sending a "0"

Edit:

I did it!... Basically I just moved the hack code down below the category functions in the post.php left the variable as $post_category. And it's working great now. Thanks!

Last edited by sarahsboy18; 04 Sep 2005 at 19:57.
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  #62  
Old 05 Sep 2005, 19:17
cyberxp9 cyberxp9 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by sarahsboy18
Would it be possible to set it up so that when I set which forum the post is submitted to based on the post's category in WP?

I have several major sections of my blog that I would like to keep seperated in my forums pages... E.G.

News Category Blog -> News Forum
Product Reviews Blog Category -> Product Reviews Forum
if i click here feed:http://www.cyberxp9.net/blog/?feed=rss2 (thats the link to subscribe to my feed for my blog) It says "feed is not a registered protocol" (in firefox)
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Old 05 Sep 2005, 19:20
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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take out the "feed:" in the URL. Use this instead: http://www.cyberxp9.net/blog/?feed=rss2
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Old 05 Sep 2005, 19:54
Stachel Stachel is offline
 
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Any links to demo blogs?
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Old 05 Sep 2005, 19:55
Darth Gill Darth Gill is offline
 
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Real name: Brandan Kraft
You can see mine. I have it integrated with 3.5 also! http://blog.5solas.org
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Old 05 Sep 2005, 19:57
Stachel Stachel is offline
 
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Thank you Darth Gill !
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Old 05 Sep 2005, 22:36
cyberxp9 cyberxp9 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by cyberxp9
if i click here feed:http://www.cyberxp9.net/blog/?feed=rss2 (thats the link to subscribe to my feed for my blog) It says "feed is not a registered protocol" (in firefox)
still doesnt work, it just shows the xml file
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Old 06 Sep 2005, 00:05
The Bad Astrono The Bad Astrono is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
This is a nice hack! It's just what I need, with one minor (haha) problem: my bulletin board is a different database, and on a different server than my blog. My php and DB skills are pretty minimal, so does anyone know how to do this? I would dearly love to have the comments from my blog on my bulletin board!
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Old 06 Sep 2005, 01:45
deb0 deb0 is offline
 
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Yeah, me too and I'm in the same situation as you Bad Astrono.
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Old 06 Sep 2005, 02:10
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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A workaround is probably to add the database name in the dbprefix variable like:

$vb_dbprefix = 'databasename.vb3_';

Also, in phpmyadmin, give full access to the wordpress user to the vb database. It might work.
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Old 06 Sep 2005, 05:45
The Bad Astrono The Bad Astrono is offline
 
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Interesting. I might try that. Thanks!

Would that be visible to users? If they did, say, a View Source on the page? I'd hate for someone to figure out how to access my bulletin board! :-)
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Old 06 Sep 2005, 10:03
cyberxp9 cyberxp9 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by The Bad Astrono
Interesting. I might try that. Thanks!

Would that be visible to users? If they did, say, a View Source on the page? I'd hate for someone to figure out how to access my bulletin board! :-)
Everyone STOP!!!!!!! CLICKING ON THE LINKS I GIVE! they send me database errors.. cause they are errors... if you dont ill just remove them.
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Old 06 Sep 2005, 12:17
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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Originally Posted by The Bad Astrono
Would that be visible to users? If they did, say, a View Source on the page? I'd hate for someone to figure out how to access my bulletin board! :-)
No, it shouldn't be visible. Anything between <?php ... ?> will not be visible when you do a 'view source'. The server parses and executes all the php scripts and renders the page as pure html, without the php scripts.
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Old 06 Sep 2005, 12:35
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
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Originally Posted by cyberxp9
still doesnt work, it just shows the xml file
Well, that's what the RSS feed is. If the XML reneders properly, then it usually means that the feed works. If you want you can check how your feed looks here:

http://www.netimechannel.com/OnlineRssViewer/

Enter "http://www.cyberxp9.net/blog/?feed=rss2" in the feed field and hit on "View Results". On the results, click on the expand icon to see the contents of each entry.

Btw, the "feed:" protocol is for the Mac's Safari RSS viewer.
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  #75  
Old 08 Sep 2005, 15:52
rsuplido rsuplido is offline
 
Join Date: May 2002
I finally got my site working. Here's the live demo:

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