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Complete Wordpress/Vbulletin Bridge - Share Users And Postings
Mod Version: 3.05, by Jafo232 (Coder) Jafo232 is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (71 votes - 4.42 average) Installs: 1260
Released: 21 Dec 2006 Last Update: 16 Feb 2011 Downloads: 4381
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DOES NOT WORK FOR Vbulletin 4.x

This version probably no longer works for Wordpress 3.x. I have started developing this product over and have released the NEW version here:

This mod bridges your Vbulletin users over to Wordpress. You can also use Vbulletin as your comment engine instead of the spammy one built into Wordpress. You can display the comments inline in your post. You need not use the comment feature, if your only interested in sharing users.

You can map your Vbulletin Usergroups to Wordpress Usergroups and those users will then be recognized as registered Wordpress users.

For example, user "Joe" registers at your forum and logs in. Joe then clicks on your Wordpress page. Joe is instantly added to the Wordpress user base with the permissions you set for his usergroup. In otherwords, if a user comes over belonging to the "Registered User" group, you can select that he is placed in the Wordpress "Subscriber" usergroup.

If you change a users group from vbulletin, it will automatically change in Wordpress.

  • DOES NOT and WILL NEVER support Wordpress MU.
  • Wordpress and Vbulletin scripts must reside on the same physical server.
  • Wordpress and Vbulletin must use the same domain name.
  • Stable Wordpress Version greater than or equal to 2.5.
  • If your WP login name is the same as your VB username, this user will NOT be ported! If this was the case, you could lose your WP admin rights if there was an error, or if you deactivated the plugin.
  • DOES work for Vbulletin 3.7.
  • Please don't ask if it works for any BETA versions of Vbulletin. I do not know and will not convert this to the latest version of VB (whatever it is at the time you are reading this) until the version is released as non-beta.
  • If you delete a user, you must do so in both Wordpress and Vbulletin.
  • If you are using XMLRPC to post with applications such as Windows Live Writer, you must change the password of the author in the WORDPRESS admin cp, after the user is ported over from VB. If you are not integrating users, then you do not have to.
  • Chances are, this will not work when VB and Wordpress are located in different sub domains. I.E. - Cookie issue.
  • I did the best I could in determining your forums file path with the script. There may be certain script setups that cannot find the file path properly, in which case you may get errors that the script cannot find or open /config.php. If this is the case, please HARDCODE your ABSOLUTE path to the forum in vbridge.php.

    To do this find:

    Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
    Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

    And uncomment the last line, and change the path to your forums path:

    Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
    Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Common Mistakes When Installing:
  • Using two different host names causes problems. If your forum URL contains, then your wordpress blog URL MUST contain the www. part of also. This goes for any other host name. Browsers are finnecky when it comes to cookies (as they should be).
  • Editors generally EDIT, not write. In Wordpress, editors don't show up in the post author drop down. This has nothing to do with this plugin, that is Wordpress code.
  • Make sure you DO NOT create a subdirectory for this plugin in the wp-content/plugins directory. Just upload it directly there.
  • If the admin username in Vbulletin is the same as the one in Wordpress (i.e. Admin), that user will NOT be able to login to the WP dashboard.
  • If you do not map users before you turn auto-integrate on, the plugin has no idea whether your allowed into the dashboard.
  • If you all of a sudden can't login to the dashboard, see the above two common mistakes.
  • FOLLOW the directions and make a test post first. Being in a rush and not testing will most likely turn out bad for you.
  • When you create a test user in VB to test mapping users, the test user MUST have an email address. If a VB users email address is blank, they will not map.

01/03/2007 - Fixed the unlock_tables() issue on some setups.

01/03/2007 - Fixed a bug in the script that if you used a MySQL database prefix, integration would not work. Please see this post for more information! Special thanks to axisoverdrive for giving me access to his server and letting me troubleshoot the issue!

01/05/2007 - Fixed issue where if a user saved (not published) and published later, the post would not be added to the forum.

01/05/2007 - When a post is edited, it will also be edited in the forum.

01/08/2007 - Modified slightly so when posts are edited, so are the titles (if edited).

02/07/2007 - Major modifications to new version (now 2.05). The list follows:
  • Reworked the code so it uses the $vbulletin object throughout the code especially during the bridging process.
  • Users are bridged whether they checked the "Remember Me" box or not.
  • Removed a couple of SQL calls that became redundant.
  • Addressed a bug where if a user logged out of the dashboard, it only logged them out of VB.
  • Added Inline Comments capability. Comments posted to the forum (using VB for comments) will now appear at the bottom of a WP Post when viewing the post.
  • Author user names can now be linked to their VB profile page if desired.
  • Added option to turn off posting to forum. All this really does is remove the "Select Forum To Post To" option when writing a post. (There you go AxisOverdrive )
  • The $vbulletin object should now be available in all templates and most plugins.
  • Fixed a bug where deactivating any plugin would semi deactivate this plugin.
  • With the reduction in SQL calls, and the removal of now unnecessary variables, speed and memory use should be improved.
  • Fixed problem where upload iframe was a bit mangled.
  • Fixed problem where users had to refresh the dashboard once after logging in.
  • Fixed problem that arose from Wordpress 2.2.1 upgrade that would not allow activation.
  • Fixed logout issue where users would still be logged into Wordpress.
  • When a Wordpress post is deleted, so is the thread it created.
  • Added option to allow thread posted from Wordpress article to be truncated, with a linkback to the article.
  • Fixed issue when user re-activates plugin, and vb_threadid column already exists. Now checks for column first.
  • Removed a stray VB_Init() call.
  • Forums that do not allow threads will not be selectable in the drop down menu when writing a post.
  • Forums are listed out in a parent/child nested pattern.
  • (Note: 367 downloads of version 2.05)
11/29/07 - 3.00
  • Added TABLE_PREFIX throughout the script instead of the get_option('vbb_VBPRX') call. get_option('vbb_VBPRX') is now deprecated.
  • Addressed path issues by establishing $vwd first. If for some reason there are path issues on an install, the path only needs to be manually changed once, at the beginning of the script.
  • Removed call to admin_db.php which seems to no longer be necessary.
  • Changed all queries to the VB database to be handled by the $vbulletin object. This should facilitate multiple database configurations.
  • Added limited XMLRPC support.
  • Had to include a basic copy of the functions_wysiwyg.php file (functions_wysiwyg2.php) with a minor change in the sanitize_url function (now sanitize_vburl) as it conflicts with a new WP function of the same name. Otherwise, this is identical to the VB release. This was necessary to keep formatting somewhat uniform between the two.
  • Removed unnecessary globals.
  • Changed the global.php call so it always loads. $vbulletin should be available throughout the code (via global in functions).
  • Edited some code around wysiwyg functions of VB, and conversions to vbcode.
  • Added "Turn Plugin On" option.
  • Fixed an issue with the forum list on the "Write Post" page. Default forum was not being auto selected in some cases.
  • Modified from BETA so that the new functions_wysiwyg2.php file is loaded using the WP ABSPATH constant. Requires the plugin to stay in the plugins directory.
  • Fix an error message when a post was deleted in VB, then edited in WP.
12/10/07 - 3.01
  • Fixed two <? tags that should have been <?php (pointed out by Amenadiel)
03/31/08 - 3.02
  • Fixed media-upload clash for new version of Wordpress (2.5).
  • Added fix that will now delete threads in VB when the post is deleted in WP and not using Ajax delete.
  • Added code to insert a default email address if VB users email address is blank upon bridging.
  • Fixed a bug in user roles for the new version 2.5.1 of Wordpress.
  • Fixed issue where CSS was munging scrolling text box when selecting a forum during a post
  • Fixed an issue where content encoding was getting screwey between WP and VP creating a lot of unintended characters (only on PHP installs where utf8_decode() exists (most)).
  • Fixed issue where post count of a user did not change
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Special Thanks:

axisoverdrive - Debugging Help, Kyraal - Paypal Donation, Kalina - Paypal Donation, Wildcard27 - Paypal Donation, Shri - Paypal Donation, pspcrazy - Paypal Donation, Tomahoochi - Paypal Donation.

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Old 27 May 2008, 22:00
pspcrazy pspcrazy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Yea and I don't see where I put the VB database inside the query. That's why I'm confused.
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Old 28 May 2008, 16:27
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
Join Date: May 2004
Not sure why you are not getting the scrolling box. Make sure you are using version 3.05..

To use the Vbulletin database, set your queries with the Vbulletin object, example:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

To use the wordpress database, use the $wpdb object:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

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Old 28 May 2008, 21:41
kj_ugs kj_ugs is offline
Join Date: Oct 2004
Installed and seems to be working great. The only thing that didn't seem to work was the mapping of users. All my users that I had mapped to groups seemed to just default to 'subscriber' for some reason. No biggie 'cos I can manually change their user group in wordpress, just thought you'd like to know incase it's a new bug.

Thanks again! Oh, and Install has been firmly clicked!
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Old 31 May 2008, 03:26
irina. irina. is offline
Join Date: Jan 2008
I have a little problem, I mapped the users and everything, but they didn't changed to editor or author in wordpress so they could write, just for a group.. so I tried to change the roles manually but at first they are ok, but then, when they enter to the dashboard to write something, it changes to subscriber and can't write anything!!
It's the only problem.. Please, help!
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Old 01 Jun 2008, 17:37
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Carlos X Carlos X is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007
I am running 3.7.1 on my server, and I have tried to install this hack.

I have tried several times changing info, and nothing happened, even when I thought it was a smart move to click auto integrate. It worked, and I have asked the bridge to map my users, one try, two tries later, it gives me these dropdown options on mapping usergroups.

But the users weren't showing up in the wordpress database. Then I try checking yes on two other options, and boom, this is what I get after clicking VBbridge settings, plugin link, and just about other places on the cpanel of Wordpress.

No such file or directory (errno 2) in [public_html root of blog] on line 454
cannot load [public_html root of forum posted twice]. You should check your path!

I'm sleepy, I'm going to delete the blog directory, and try to re-install wordpress and this integration.
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Old 02 Jun 2008, 03:23
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
Join Date: May 2004
Perhaps you should read the first post in the thread where it relates to paths.
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Old 02 Jun 2008, 19:18
doobiefillin doobiefillin is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
i have looked over this thread briefly however i was unable to locate the way i can list my recent threads in my wordpress sidebar. if someone could show me how that would be great. thanks
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 03:43
Bradley_Wint Bradley_Wint is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Real name: Bradley Wint
Ok So I got it to work, and I am really glad but the only problem I have is with logging in and out.

Problem #1
When users log out from the forum, they still are logged in at the Wordpress site

Problem #2
When they log out from the WP section, they log out successfully but they are redirected to this url basically they are locked in a never ending loop.

Problem #3
How do I add a register link and have it shown for people who are not logged in?


Last edited by Bradley_Wint; 04 Jun 2008 at 05:29.
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 07:51
digibluez digibluez is offline
Join Date: Dec 2006
but how about a plugin for vbulletin iteslf to bridge user registrations between vb and wp not wp-vbulletin ?
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Old 05 Jun 2008, 00:42
MasterShake MasterShake is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
I am getting this

Fatal error: Call to a member function on a non-object in /nfs/c01/h04/mnt/43707/domains/ on line 318
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Old 05 Jun 2008, 12:02
dionsis dionsis is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
Digibluez im pretty sure existing vbulletin members would be tough to port to wordpress considering as far as i know WP uses MD5 encoding for passwords and Vbulletin uses Md5(Md5(password).salt) which makes it tough to import users from A to B (at least in my head anyway)

Ive tried this plugin, and after following the readme to the letter, configuring and posting a blog which did actually post on the vbulletin. The Users did not map when i clicked map.
They were not mapping when they visited wordpress either. i was ending up logged in as admin on wordpress and as dionsis on vbulletin and no accounts were being created
(obviously i'd prefer to have all accounts ported over to start)

Any idea's on what could be causing it, No PHP errors, Nothing hidden in the source that im just not seeing on screen. Error log seems clear of anything
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Old 05 Jun 2008, 14:43
Bradley_Wint Bradley_Wint is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Real name: Bradley Wint
I think the only successful way this could work is if you start it on a fresh board. Trying to merge a current system might be a bit of a challenge.
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Old 05 Jun 2008, 20:20
gigaenvy gigaenvy is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004

I read through the majority of posts, but the answer to my question did not stand out clearly. I will ask here.

In order to prevent users from creating postings in WP that go into the wrong forum, can each category (page) in WP have a default forum ID, thus preventing threads from going into the wrong forum?
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Old 06 Jun 2008, 11:41
dionsis dionsis is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
Not that i can see in the setting of this mod you just set 1 forum id
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Old 06 Jun 2008, 12:43
dionsis dionsis is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
Actually is there any way to modify this bridge so that logins and forcing users and mapping users wasnt neccessary

And that all the plugin did was post new articles to a vbulletin forum.

This would let me post articles on wordpress, disable wordpress registrations and commenting and let people talk about the posts in the forum.

So no mapping of users or logins. Just posting to a specified forum?
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