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Limited Guest Viewing -- Motivate Guests to Register
Mod Version: 1.00, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (35 votes - 4.57 average) Installs: 550
Released: 12 Jan 2009 Last Update: Never Downloads: 3188
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Template Edits Additional Files  

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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 by limiting the number of threads guests 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.

Modifications/ Instructions:
Template edits: 1
Plugins: 1 (adds 1 template and several settings)
SQL Queries: 2 [1 insert/update] (optional, with database setting used)

This template hack should take under 5 minutes to implement and customize.

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):

This plugin is intended to use cookies as a result few if any bots will be impacted when it comes to spidering your site [bots do not generally use cookies]. Users with IP logging enabled face more potential impact from spiders. For a full explanation of the impact on bots please read the install file. Questions about this issue should be asked after the install file will be read otherwise responses will direct you to read the file.

IP/ Database Logging:
As of version 2.0 this addon now allows for IP logging via mySQL instead of just using cookies. IP logging tracks visitors by IP address stopping issues associated with cookie clearing making the system more secure. This is optional and is turned off by default (adds a read-and insert/update query).

There are 3 possible downsides of this option you should be aware of.
  1. The system adds an additional query and update every time a guest views a thread which adds to your server load.
  2. Some users on ISPs like AOL share IPs and could be forced to register without being able to access any threads.
  3. While spiders often change IPs and are specifically excluded (by hostmask) from the addon this is not absolute and it is possible they could be blocked. See the install file for more on this.
Welcome headers compatibility:
The Limited Guest Viewing is designed to work with the Welcome Headers System version 3.6 without any conflict. If you are using the notices system in 3.7 there is the possibility of duplicating messages.

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Old 02 Mar 2009, 21:39
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Well then you're all set.
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Old 07 Mar 2009, 15:35
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*Installed* Great stuff, thanks!
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Old 14 Mar 2009, 03:20
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Installed.. Thanks for the updated version
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Old 22 Mar 2009, 13:29
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Installed & nominated.
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Old 25 Mar 2009, 17:20
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thnx very nice work....
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Old 26 Mar 2009, 22:38
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thanks installed !
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Old 04 Apr 2009, 20:16
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Working to install this right now!
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Old 19 Apr 2009, 17:20
creative-friend creative-friend is offline
 
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thanks for that

just wana ask some thing

u know the register message comes up but guest can still view the threads.....why is that??
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 02:08
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by creative-friend View Post
thanks for that

just wana ask some thing

u know the register message comes up but guest can still view the threads.....why is that??
Because that the idea of the bug message. The block option blocks.
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 20:23
sdebank sdebank is offline
 
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Are guests still able to view all images? Or is there a block option?
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 23:09
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by sdebank View Post
Are guests still able to view all images? Or is there a block option?
This mod has no impact on images or other attachments.
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Old 21 Apr 2009, 19:26
creative-friend creative-friend is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Because that the idea of the bug message. The block option blocks.

what you mean

i just want the message to show up so guests cant do nothing

this is what i have seen on some forums...
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Old 21 Apr 2009, 20:09
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by creative-friend View Post
what you mean

i just want the message to show up so guests cant do nothing

this is what i have seen on some forums...
If you never want guests to view threads remove this mod and use the forum permissions system to deny them access. If you want to deny guests after a few views then use the block option in this mod.
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Old 22 Apr 2009, 19:49
creative-friend creative-friend is offline
 
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i think it is on block

anyways i will try it and then i will let u know

thanks anyway....
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Old 27 Apr 2009, 18:36
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This doesnt seem to be working for me, I imported the product, and enabled it in the options. but I dont see any message or anything, nothing is different for me. Im using vb 3.8.2 too.

edit: i finally got to the other message you have shown with the other screenshot but I never did see this message from this screenshot

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/attac...2&d=1231804204
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