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Limited Guest Viewing -- Motivate Guests to Register
Mod Version: 2.1.0, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (76 votes - 4.76 average) Installs: 934
Released: 27 Dec 2009 Last Update: 21 Jul 2012 Downloads: 5744
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With vBulletin, forum guests are able to view endless amounts of content without being directly asked or forced to register no matter how many times they come back. The purpose of the Limited Guest Viewing System is to drive in registrations [or membership upgrades] by limiting the number of threads guests [or certain membergroups] are able to view without interruption.

This plugin offers two options which can be used to drive in more registrations. The first option allows you to show a reminder message or advertisement after a guest has viewed a certain number of threads. The second option puts up a roadblock stopping guests from viewing threads altogether after reaching a certain number of views. Both options work together to encourage and ultimately force anonymous visitors to either register or login but can also be used separately based on your individual needs.

Install Instructions:
Read the install file. Customize via admin settings & templates.

Customizing the content / messages:
To customize which messages appear or what they say, go to vBulletin options, select the “Limited Guest Viewing System” group and configure the options as desired. Each phase can be modified by adding translation text. Through the ACP you can enable or disable each option, specify the number of threads that can be viewed before the option is enabled and input any forums you wish to exclude from being blocked.

Search Engine Bots (Spiders):
Anything that changes your forum viewing can impact how search engines treat it. The cookie approach used by this modification is bypassed by many bots and, since people can still view posts, cloaking should not apply. Users with IP logging may face more restrictions although a filtering system lets defined spiders pass. This plugin is intended to limit repetitive viewing and not restrict people from single views.

For a full explanation of the impact on bots read the install file before asking questions.


Usergroup Limitations:

Version 2.1 introduces basic usergroup limiting with the same rules & messages guests get. Based on demand this may be extended to a per-usergroup level restriction and messaging in the future.

Change Log:
- 7.21.2012 - Update to 2.1.0 which adds usergroup limiting, fixes mySQL 5.5 support, removes the need for template editing, cleans up install guide. Upgrading is optional.

Mod Philosophy -- Drive Your Own Success:
All of my mods are inspired by my work in the digital industry and are designed to drive registrations, interaction or other engagement activities the core platform does not address. Each is designed to fit a general need by providing a starting point but it's on you to decide how to make things work to their best possible outcome. Don't stay in the box.

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  #391  
Old 07 Oct 2011, 18:44
gox gox is offline
 
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Hi Ted,

Have you updated this plugin at all for VB 4.1.7, or do you have plans to do so?

Thanks for your work!

G.
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  #392  
Old 07 Oct 2011, 21:51
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by gox View Post
Hi Ted,

Have you updated this plugin at all for VB 4.1.7, or do you have plans to do so?

Thanks for your work!

G.
I'm not aware of any reason why it needs an upgrade for the minor version change?
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Old 08 Oct 2011, 01:57
gox gox is offline
 
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... thanks Ted for your reply.
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Old 08 Oct 2011, 05:13
vanquish.securi vanquish.securi is offline
 
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Works great on 4.1.7. Marked.
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Old 28 Oct 2011, 00:38
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perfect in vb 4.1.2 xd
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Old 06 Nov 2011, 16:17
simmer1974 simmer1974 is offline
 
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Any ideas to solve this? Found some problems similair like mine, but didn't found the solution.

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
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  #397  
Old 06 Nov 2011, 17:53
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Not sure why that errored but you can remove the TYPE=MyISAM
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Old 06 Nov 2011, 19:05
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That did it, its InnoDB instead of MyISAM
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Old 06 Nov 2011, 19:53
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by simmer1974 View Post
That did it, its InnoDB instead of MyISAM
That will work just fine as there's nothing particular about the table to need one vs the other.
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Old 04 Dec 2011, 22:57
Wild Bronco Wild Bronco is offline
 
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This is an excellent mod, but I can't get it to work globally on vBulletin It does not count articles in CMS and not blog's and not photo views only threads.

Is this something that will be included later?
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  #401  
Old 05 Dec 2011, 00:35
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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This mod is designed to work with threads only.

You could potentially extend it to other areas but that's really a matter of what content you show and how you want to limit things -- Few sites have ever asked about limiting articles and for good reason.
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Old 18 Dec 2011, 01:13
gox gox is offline
 
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Vb 4.1.9

Any issues reported with VB v4.1.9?
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Old 18 Dec 2011, 01:26
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Any issues reported with VB v4.1.9?
4.x.x
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Old 18 Dec 2011, 02:07
Jack2k10 Jack2k10 is offline
 
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Hey I'm getting this error..
CREATE TABLE lgv (
id int(7) unsigned NOT NULL auto_increment,
ipaddress VARCHAR(25) NOT NULL default '0.0.0.0',
firstaccess INT UNSIGNED NOT NULL DEFAULT '0',
views INT(4) NOT NULL DEFAULT '0',
lastactivity INT UNSIGNED NOT NULL DEFAULT '0',
PRIMARY KEY (id),
KEY indexs (ipaddress,views,lastactivity)
) TYPE=MyISAM;

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 9
Error Number : 1064
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Old 18 Dec 2011, 06:56
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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What version of mySQL are you using?
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