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XenvB4 (Formerly ProjectvB4)
Mod Version: 1.0.1, by ChrisTERiS (Coder) ChrisTERiS is offline
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vB Version: 4.2.5 Rating: (3 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 11
Released: 10 Jul 2020 Last Update: 07 Nov 2020 Downloads: 40
Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Is in Beta Stage  

  1. Works with "Forum only" vBulletin version. Suite version still is not supported.
  2. RTL support is currently limited.
  3. I can't guarantee that it will works with any 3nd party addon. No errors but the templates will not be responsive.
XenvB4 (formerly ProjectvB4) is not just a responsive style, but a full framework adding new features to vBulletin 4.2.5
  • Responsive, mobile first design
  • Redesigned important pages
    • Forumlist
    • Threadlist
    • Showthread
    • User Profile
  • New Modern Features
    • Modal profile popup
    • Search Panle
    • User menu Panel
    • Navigation Panel
    • Advanced Footer
    • Forum Cover Photo
    • Forum Icon
    • Facebook style Profile Cover Photo
  • Included Add-on Modules
    • Donations
    • Mailinglist
    • Memberlist
    • Cookies
    • GDPR Compliance
    • Legal Agreements

Installation



XenvB4 installation is pretty easy if you follow the instructions below, step by step.
  1. If you've installed any version (Alpha or Beta) of ProjectvB4, uninstall it !!
  2. Unizip the file and upload all the files and folders from upload/ folder, to the directory where you've installed vBulletin. ATTENTION !!! If you've renamed your admincp/ directory, or if you've the admin files in a different directory, then you need to upload everything from admincp/ to your real admin directory.
  3. Go to your admincp and first import the new style from Styles & Templates-> Download/Upload Style-> Import Style
    1. Browse and select the style/xenvb4-style.xml from your computer
    2. Let "Create a New Style" as is
    3. Just in case, is better to set "Ignore Style Version" to YES
    4. Let other settings as is
    5. Click Import
  4. XenvB4 comes with a set of plugins and templates, so you need to import the product file. Select Plugins & Products-> Manage Products
  5. Click Add/Import Product and select product-xenvb4.xml from your computer. Is good to set "Allow Overwrite" to YES.

Configuration



If XenvB4 installation was successful is time to configure it. First of all you must complete the follow steps which are important for XenvB4 operation.
  1. XenvB4 add the default forum icon and forum cover to your existing forums, but you need to update the cache to see them working. If you don't do this, all your existing forums will not show any icon or cover. Goto Admincp-> Maintenance-> General Update Tools and Rebuild Forum Information.
  2. Now is time to set User Profile Avatar and Cover Photo. I never understood the reason why these dimensions are not Global but per Usergroup. So you must edit one by one all your Usergroups and modify Picture Uploading Permissions with the values:
    1. Can Upload Profile Pictures : YES
    2. Can Upload Animated Profile Picture : NO
    3. Profile Picture Maximum Width : 1200
    4. Profile Picture Maximum Height : 340
    5. Profile Picture Maximum File-Size : 1024000
    6. Can Upload Custom Avatars : YES
    7. Can Upload Animated Avatar : NO
    8. Custom Avatar Maximum Width : 150
    9. Custom Avatar Maximum Height : 150
    10. Custom Avatar Maximum File-Size : 200000
  3. Back to Maintenance-> General Update Tools and Rebuild Custom Avatar Thumbnails
  4. At xenvb4/images/ you can overwrite the default images. Even if it's ok to use images with different dimensions, I highly recommend to use the default dimensions:
    1. email_logo.png (119 X 46)
    2. footer_logo.png (250 X 60)
    3. noavatar.png (150 X 150)
    4. nocover.png (1200 X 340) for both forum cover and profile cover.

Core Modifications



Depending on your configuration, may there are some changes that you need to do in core files. Unfortunately vBulletin license does not allows distribution of core files, so you must modify them on your own.

1.- HTML Emails
If you want to replace Text emails with HTML emails, you must edit the file: includes/class_mail.php
Line 285
Replace:

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

With:

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

Line 294
Replace:

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

With

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

PS: If you already did these changes before when you installed ProjectvB4, the only change on this file is line 294

2.- Editor Emoticons
If you want to hide the emoticons from the right side of the editor to earn some space in mobile view (emoticon will still be available from the button menu), you must edit the file includes/functions_editor.php. Open it with a text editor (not Word and similar), and change line 551
From:

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

To:

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

3.- Poll icon in Forum/Thread lists
To replace the Poll icon with a FA icon, your need to edit the file includes/functions_forumlist.php line 592
From:

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

To:

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

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  #91  
Old 07 Nov 2020, 13:04
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Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
Does anyone know why the 'rate this thread' dropdown option doesn't work within this mod?
I can't seem to find why all the other dropdowns work, but this one doesn't.

I checked the default style of VB and it works there.
In SHOWTHREAD template, look for the following lines:

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

and replace with:

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

Note that the only change is in the last line here from div to ul.

The closing of this div should also be changed. Look for:

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

and replace with:

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



If anyone has done any other updates to this mod / style, post them here so that we can add them to the next release.
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Old 07 Nov 2020, 14:41
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Originally Posted by iA1 View Post
In the navbar template, replace the following lines:

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

with these lines:

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

and in navbar_tabs template, find
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and replace with
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.
Yay! Thank You this is awesome! So happy to see a navbar back!
Couple questions, not sure if you know how to fix.

1. Is there a way to make the sub options appear as dropdowns in the desktop view?
2. I noticed when in mobile view (and it may have always done this and I just didn't notice it until now). But the search icon, logout option etc. ) squish together and become invisible in this area. Do you know how to make them fit better in the top blue area?




EDIT:
I just noticed that the dropdowns do appear when I hover over this white area. DId I do something wrong? Or is there something else going on?


Edit 2:
I'm also not able to actually select anything, as they disappear as soon as I try and hover an option.

Last edited by cdoyle; 09 Nov 2020 at 14:57.
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Old 07 Nov 2020, 14:48
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Originally Posted by iA1 View Post
In SHOWTHREAD template, look for the following lines:

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

and replace with:

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

Note that the only change is in the last line here from div to ul.

The closing of this div should also be changed. Look for:

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

and replace with:

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



If anyone has done any other updates to this mod / style, post them here so that we can add them to the next release.
Thank You!!!
can't believe that's all it was!!
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Old 10 Nov 2020, 14:36
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Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
Yay! Thank You this is awesome! So happy to see a navbar back!
Couple questions, not sure if you know how to fix.

1. Is there a way to make the sub options appear as dropdowns in the desktop view?
2. I noticed when in mobile view (and it may have always done this and I just didn't notice it until now). But the search icon, logout option etc. ) squish together and become invisible in this area. Do you know how to make them fit better in the top blue area?




EDIT:
I just noticed that the dropdowns do appear when I hover over this white area. DId I do something wrong? Or is there something else going on?


Edit 2:
I'm also not able to actually select anything, as they disappear as soon as I try and hover an option.
Grrr, VB.org keeps changing the URLs to my images overnight.
To see what I'm talking about, go here
http://www.caraudiocentral.net

I've tried starting over, but ended up with the same result. Any ideas why the dropdowns don't seem to be working correctly?
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Old 10 Nov 2020, 14:47
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Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
Grrr, VB.org keeps changing the URLs to my images overnight.
To see what I'm talking about, go here
http://www.caraudiocentral.net

I've tried starting over, but ended up with the same result. Any ideas why the dropdowns don't seem to be working correctly?
What would vb.org have to do with any images on your site?
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Old 10 Nov 2020, 15:59
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Originally Posted by Hostboard View Post
What would vb.org have to do with any images on your site?
I meant the screenshots in the post I quoted, the URLs are being changed so the images don't display
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Old 20 Nov 2020, 10:17
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For those who want to try something new.
https://www.xlforo.com/


Demo:
https://demo.xlforo.com/
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Old 20 Nov 2020, 22:00
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Originally Posted by ChrisTERiS View Post
For those who want to try something new.
https://www.xlforo.com/


Demo:
https://demo.xlforo.com/
Is this built on VB?
Or is this something else?

Edit: It looks to be a whole new forum suite.
Will you still be supporting XenVB?
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Old 21 Nov 2020, 05:07
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Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
Is this built on VB?
Or is this something else?
It's not a forum, or better, is not just a forum. Is a portal having all those sections. That said, is not vB, is not xF, is not IPS. Is just a fair portal, for those who want to start a ready community. Ideal a City Portal.

Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
Edit: It looks to be a whole new forum suite.
Will you still be supporting XenVB?
Sure. XLForo is something different. My passion for vBulletin is still active.
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Old 24 Nov 2020, 14:18
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Will you still be releasing the newsletter and classifieds mods as part of XEN?
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Old 24 Nov 2020, 14:28
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I would recommend that you add a service to your list of qualifications you are willing to offer in that "Upgrade VB4 to PHP 7.4.x" as unfortunately publishing any of the core code even here is against the rules. many sites are already running under this version of PHP with zero issues. There have been quite a few here and on other VB related sites wanting to update PHP so I think there is a niche market for this.

Just a side note, my site just got updated to MariaDB 10.5.8 and seems to be no issues with that either.
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Old 25 Nov 2020, 07:34
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Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
Will you still be releasing the newsletter and classifieds mods as part of XEN?
Newsletter is a bundle of 2 separate modules:
  1. First I'll complete the Mailinglist module. Have already the functions to Subscribe/Unsubscribe, so what left is to add the Newsletter creation.
  2. Second is the Member Newsletter which will includes forum activity. If I use the exact same code as my old mod, does not needs lot of work, as the only that need to change are some (few) templates.
But I can't fix a date for release. The good point is that I finished with XLForo, both script and website, so I can focus now again the XenvB4.
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Old 25 Nov 2020, 07:44
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Originally Posted by Hostboard View Post
I would recommend that you add a service to your list of qualifications you are willing to offer in that "Upgrade VB4 to PHP 7.4.x" as unfortunately publishing any of the core code even here is against the rules. many sites are already running under this version of PHP with zero issues. There have been quite a few here and on other VB related sites wanting to update PHP so I think there is a niche market for this.

Just a side note, my site just got updated to MariaDB 10.5.8 and seems to be no issues with that either.
Sorry, don't have in my plans to offer such services due to lack of free time. Someone else who released here PHP 7.3 compatibility, has also updated his files for 7.4, but don't know if he is willing to release them in public.

As for the copyrights. In this case, law is not strict, for 2 reasons:
  1. Product has officially marked as EOL.
  2. Everybody can look around to find a way to keep his investment alive. Buying something is always an investment, which also has rights according to the law. Nobody can push someone to continue upgrading a script, but on the same case, nobody can restrict a user to find a way to protect his investment as long as the company does not offers it.
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Old 25 Nov 2020, 14:55
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Originally Posted by ChrisTERiS View Post
Newsletter is a bundle of 2 separate modules:
  1. First I'll complete the Mailinglist module. Have already the functions to Subscribe/Unsubscribe, so what left is to add the Newsletter creation.
  2. Second is the Member Newsletter which will includes forum activity. If I use the exact same code as my old mod, does not needs lot of work, as the only that need to change are some (few) templates.
But I can't fix a date for release. The good point is that I finished with XLForo, both script and website, so I can focus now again the XenvB4.
That's great to hear that XEN will still be developed and the additional features are still in the works.
One thing about the newsletter, will it be possible to send to forum members? In addition to people who sign up? My idea for the newsletter is to keep my members engaged with the forum.

Just a thought, as I know on my forum it would get more readers that way.

If they don't want to receive it, there could be an option within their User CP to unsubscribe?
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Old 25 Nov 2020, 15:39
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One thing about the newsletter, will it be possible to send to forum members? In addition to people who sign up? My idea for the newsletter is to keep my members engaged with the forum.

Just a thought, as I know on my forum it would get more readers that way.

This is exactly what I have in my mind but my English quality didn't help me to make it clear. So, in simple words, the recipients are:
  1. Mailinglist: Anybody who subscribes to Mailinglist
  2. Newsletter: Members



Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
If they don't want to receive it, there could be an option within their User CP to unsubscribe?
Sure. Even if on the footer of each email should be an Unsubscribe link (you can turn if OFF), the users can always unsubscribe from an option in usercp. I'll not use the current setting "Receive emails from Admin", to have the system flexible. Maybe someone don't want to get Newsletter but still want to be inform for important announcements.


Finally, for those who don't remember this mod, it also supports:
  1. Bounce emails
  2. Ability to Admins to send a message from a smartphone to a specific email address having a password after the title (not visible to message), and the system to send this message to members. Works fine, but as it's a bit weak for security (if someone hacks the password), I'm thinking to extend it by adding a confirmation with SMS.
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