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Welcome headers - Improve community registration rates
Mod Version: 1.00, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.0 Rating: (40 votes - 4.88 average) Installs: 480
Released: 12 Jan 2009 Last Update: Never Downloads: 2850
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Out of the box, your forum isn't personalized to assist or address your visitors. As a result, guests entering on a page other than the homepage (which is most often the case) have no idea what to do or why to register. Additionally, there are no visible status indicators, making it confusing for unconfirmed, unapproved or new members to know what to do or where to begin. But with a little customization, the use of the vBulletin Notices System and Welcome Headers, you can solve these issues in just a few minutes.

What is Welcome Headers?

Welcome Headers is a set of predefined messages and rules designed to help you get started in personalizing your site's notices using the vBulletin notice feature. The default templates are just that, default I highly encourage you to modify and add to the language and rules to meet the needs of your actual community environment.

Modifications/ Instructions:

Plugins: 1 (notices entries, rules and phrases)
This template hack should take under 5 minutes to implement and customize.

Installation/ Upgrade Instructions

1 Backup any existing welcome header messages (upgrading)
2 Remove the default welcome header from your forum home template (new installs)
3 Install the attached plugin file
4 Now Required: Customize the messages to include your site's name

For detailed instructions on each step please view the install.html file included with this addon.

Support

Please post any enhancement or technical questions you may have and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner. Please note: I can not guarantee an immediate response and am unable to assist with integrating this addon with other addons or with HTML related questions.

Why use this when the notices system exists?

Welcome Headers have been around since before vBulletin 3.0 but as of 3.7 the functionality of the system was no longer needed as vBulletin added its own native feature to handle notices. However while the notices feature lets you show welcome header style messages it doesn't give you any to start with. This addon no longer adds functionality but instead provides a set of 4 notices that have been time-tested and help your forum grow and function better for guests and members.

Please be sure to customize and add to the messages from this addon to match the individual needs of your forum!

Older Version Support

While most users are choosing to upgrade to the notices system, there are some advantages to the "old" system mainly in that it does not rely on a rules system and can be configured as designed with code changes. Additionally, the "old" version has automatic interfacing with several other addons which the notices system does not. For this reason, the old version is still supported and remains fully compatible with 3.8.

Updates from 3.7

No changes have been made; the code needed for both is the same so upgrading is not necessary.

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  #151  
Old 16 Jul 2010, 05:22
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by bada_bing View Post
No I followed your directions on how to install your plugin. What I noticed is that the notices only end up showing up at the bottom (footer) only when the Unregistered notice is on as it seems to conflict with the never posted notice, weird. I spend hours trying to figure it out and just diabled the entire plugin till I can correct the issue.
This mod is not the notices system, notices are a part of vBulletin 3.8. The mod is simply a list of pre-made messages. So if you are having issues with notices that's a result of improper customizations to your vbulletin stock templates.
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Old 20 May 2011, 17:15
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Originally Posted by imedic View Post
Does anyone know where to edit to change background color of the notice to pale yelow ? (what code to add too)
Can the box format be edited?
I have read the whole thread and didn't find it and i remember it is somewhere...
Many thanks in advance.
I actually found that I have a need for this as well. Does anyone know? Thanks in advance.
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Old 20 May 2011, 17:55
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To edit the notices background: navbar_noticbit
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Old 20 May 2011, 18:04
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Originally Posted by MagicThemeParks View Post
To edit the notices background: navbar_noticbit
Ah yes...thank you. But I forgot to mention...I wanted to do this for only one notice...and not all of them. Any ideas?
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Old 20 May 2011, 19:00
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May want to use this method to get it done: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=178248

Edited: Found this as well: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showt...alling-Notices

Last edited by MagicThemeParks; 20 May 2011 at 19:13.
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Old 19 Jun 2011, 16:52
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cool mod.
installed and marked
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Old 30 Jun 2011, 00:25
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Originally Posted by kNeeLy View Post
does anyone know what to add to vba to make the links work correctly on the vba page?

For example...

If your on my main vba page...www.mysite .com and you click a welcome header link, it does not add the /forum in the address so u get an error.
But, if your on www.mysite .com/forum and you click a welcome header link it works fine.

With vba you always have to add "exampleword.php" to the global options area for links to work right...

anyone know what the magic word is?
Originally Posted by viper357 View Post
I used welcomeheaders in my Portal Output Global Variables and it seems to work fine for me.
Quick bump....

I tried this and no dice. I still get no "/forum" in my links (register and contact us) vba page. They work ok on the vba page itself, but not in the welcome headers.

Does anyone know any other tricks?
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  #158  
Old 25 Aug 2011, 16:14
TROLL TROLL is offline
 
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I installed this last night but am having an issue I can't figure out:

Guest: notification shows up as it should
Unconfirmed: notification shows up as it should
No posts: no notification
Haven't posted in a long time: no notification


I have a username for each of these to test and that is what I found. I'm not sure why or how to look into this further. The notifications are listed in the AdminCP but do not show up at the top of the forum.

Any ideas?
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Old 25 Aug 2011, 16:20
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Originally Posted by kNeeLy View Post
Quick bump....

I tried this and no dice. I still get no "/forum" in my links (register and contact us) vba page. They work ok on the vba page itself, but not in the welcome headers.

Does anyone know any other tricks?
I just "hard coded" those links to avoid this issue... instead of the code being "./register.php" I inserted "http://www.FORUMNAME.com/forum/register.php" which seems to be working.
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Old 25 Aug 2011, 16:34
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Originally Posted by TROLL View Post
I installed this last night but am having an issue I can't figure out:

Guest: notification shows up as it should
Unconfirmed: notification shows up as it should
No posts: no notification
Haven't posted in a long time: no notification


I have a username for each of these to test and that is what I found. I'm not sure why or how to look into this further. The notifications are listed in the AdminCP but do not show up at the top of the forum.

Any ideas?
This won't be an issue with this mod, this mod simply installs some notices in the notice system to get you started, this mod does nothing more than that, it doesn't interact or change any files....etc so it's exactly as though you have created those notices yourself
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Old 25 Aug 2011, 17:42
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Originally Posted by Simon Lloyd View Post
This won't be an issue with this mod, this mod simply installs some notices in the notice system to get you started, this mod does nothing more than that, it doesn't interact or change any files....etc so it's exactly as though you have created those notices yourself
Hey Simon,
I didn't explain clearly enough. I WANT notifications for each of these groups, but it is not showing notifications for the two that I listed. I am not sure what I am missing with it, if anyone has any ideas.

My one test username is Registered and has 2 posts, hasn't posted in over a year.
The other test username is Registered but has 0 posts.

Neither of these are getting any notification at the top although they should.
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Old 25 Aug 2011, 17:44
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Also, I have seen some forums that have a square advertisement to the left of their Notices... is this possible to integrate with this or is that achieved through a different modification?
An example of this is when you view this as a guest you see the Notice about registering but it has an ad to the left of it like you see here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/index.php?
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Old 25 Aug 2011, 18:17
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Originally Posted by TROLL View Post
Also, I have seen some forums that have a square advertisement to the left of their Notices... is this possible to integrate with this or is that achieved through a different modification?
An example of this is when you view this as a guest you see the Notice about registering but it has an ad to the left of it like you see here:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/index.php?
That's nothing more than HTML. Just edit the notice to add whatever you want.
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Old 25 Aug 2011, 18:18
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Originally Posted by TROLL View Post
Hey Simon,
I didn't explain clearly enough. I WANT notifications for each of these groups, but it is not showing notifications for the two that I listed. I am not sure what I am missing with it, if anyone has any ideas.

My one test username is Registered and has 2 posts, hasn't posted in over a year.
The other test username is Registered but has 0 posts.

Neither of these are getting any notification at the top although they should.
Check the notices manager. There should be 4 different notices in total... find the two not working and check that the settings are as you want them to be.
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Old 26 Aug 2011, 01:10
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Hey Ted, thanks for the response. I've been working on this and testing it but no luck... it should be quite simple but its just not working.
I tried creating new notices with the same conditions but still no luck... I took a screenshot of how my "Post More Often" notice is set up in case anyone sees something out of whack. I believe this is still in its original configuration as installed.
The first 3 settings are: Active? Yes. Persistent? Yes. Dismissable? No.



UPDATE: For the "Never Posted" Notice - If I change the one requirement from "User has no posts" to "User's postcount is between 0 and 0 posts" it works... leaving the other 2 requirements the same. I don't understand...
Still have not figured out how to get the "Post More Often" one to work, and would like to find out why the "Never Posted" one doesn't work in its original configuration.

Last edited by TROLL; 26 Aug 2011 at 01:20.
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