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Deluxe vB User login and access control on non vB pages
Mod Version: 3.00, by Billspaintball (Member) Billspaintball is offline
Developer Last Online: Nov 2011 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

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vB Version: 3.7.0 RC 1 Rating: (7 votes - 4.71 average) Installs: 113
Released: 21 Mar 2008 Last Update: Never Downloads: 1230
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Hack Description

This is the deluxe version of the user authentication and access control system I use on the non vB pages on my website.
For the simple no frills version [URL=http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=173693look here.[/URL]

This uses the vB 3.7 login system to log you in and out. It allows you to move between your forums and other pages on your site while remaining logged in.

It allows you to do things such as restrict pages by usergroup, display different content depending on a user being logged in or not.
For example, you can have banner Adds displying to non members only, and/or let members access to specific content.

It also displays the logged in users Avatar, number of unread PM's, New posts since last visit, total posts and total threads.
It also allows you to specify a maximum Avatar size, and resize any avatars larger than that, while keeping their height/width ratios in proportion!
Its very handy if you allow large avatars, but want a small format display on your non forum pages.

If the user is not logged in, a login box is displayed, along with total posts and total threads in the forums.

I will try and offer support, but work and family commitments mean I dont have much free time.

This code is a mix of my own, and pieces I have used from other hacks that are floating around.


This script has been confirmed as working on
  • vB 3.7 RC1

Known Bugs
Will not display Avatars correctly if they are kept in the file system (database avatars are fine)

Change log

Version 3.00 (21st March 2008)
  • Initial release for vB 3.7.x


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If you have this script installed then please click on the install link because;
  • You will get notified if any security issues are reported.
  • You will get notified when there are any upgrades to this script
  • It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and motivates me to develop more

Donations
First of all, to be clear. This script is 100% free.

However if you feel an urge to donate I'm not going to say no.
Donations can be made at http://www.billspaintball.com/vb3/bd_donate.php

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  #2  
Old 21 Mar 2008, 12:14
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Billspaintball Billspaintball is offline
 
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Usage

The hack is pretty useless without some usage instructions so here they are.

You can resize avatars, keeping them to their origional proportions to make them fit your prefered layout.
For instance, if you are using a fixed width column layout.
Do this by editing lines 5 and 6 in login_inc.php
These values are in pixels.

We can use conditionals to hide or display depending on a number of things such as
Logged in or out status,
or restrict to members of a specific usergroup.

We do this by using conditionals in php tags where the normal content of a webpage would go.


If you want something only accessable to a certain usergroup, use this code in your webpage. This example is only visible to members of usergroup 6.

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

You can use a simple variation of this to restrict entire pages to a certain usergroup.
For example,

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


Another use is to display different content to users depending on if they are logged in or not. For example

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

Another use is to restrict advertising to people who are not logged in.
For example

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

Of course you can play around with conditionals to do a whole range of things, these are just brief example snippets.



Troubleshooting

If your reading this chances are you are having problems.

Here are some common causes and fixes.
  1. Headers already sent or cookies already sent errors. Chances are that there is something, even just a space before the 4 lines of code in part 1. Edit this and ensure that there are no spaces before it.


  2. Path problems are the next biggest problem. Your paths must be exact else it will not work. Double check that all paths are correct.
    If you are unsure what the path is place the following code in a page all by itself.

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

    Name this file something like path.php then upload it to your website, browse to it and it will show you the exact path to your sites root.


  3. Appears to login ok, but wont show you as logged in
    Often caused by the vB cookie path setting.
    To fix log into you vB admin area;

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


  4. Subdomains and cross site logins
    This is a known issue with many scripts (not just this one), sometimes fixable sometimes not. Its caused by vB, PHP and your hosts security measures.

    First change your "cookie domain" settings.
    vB Admin > Control Panel > Cookies and HTTP Header Options > Cookie Domain
    Change it from being blank to

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

    You may need to set a post referrer in your whitelist.
    vB Admin > Control Panel > General Settings > Post Referrer Whitelist
    Instructions on what to enter are listed where you change this setting.

    That should fix it if your forum is a subdomain.

    If that fails then,
    Open your /forum/login.php file and look for this code:

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

    Below that add

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

    Now save this and overwrite the file on the server with this one.

    A further reported work around is to make a copy of the required Forum Forum files on your second Server. Then you must set in the config.php on the second server to use the ip of the server with which the VB-Database is running.


  5. 404 Error on expiring passwords
    Cause - When redirected for expired password you are redirected to the directory that your login script is located in, not your forums root.

    Fix - Edit phrase called
    Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
    Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

    Your current phrase should be

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

    change it to


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

    where ../forums/ is your forums directory.


  6. Still got problems?
    It may be a conflict with somthing already in your site.
    To check this we can just make a simple page.
    Call it test.php and use just this code in it.
    (Make sure there is no whitespace before the 1st line)

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

    Naturally, change paths to fit your forums, then upload it.
    Browse to it and run it.
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 12:17
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Hi Bill, some shots?
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 12:30
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Originally Posted by KURTZ View Post
Hi Bill, some shots?
Added.
See the screenshots section above.
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 12:48
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Originally Posted by Billspaintball View Post
Added.
See the screenshots section above.
thx
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 12:54
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This is really easy to configure and use, its working great right out of the box, thanks.
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 23:05
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Just wondering if you are working on this bug, or if it is not possible: Will not display Avatars correctly if they are kept in the file system (database avatars are fine)
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 23:38
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Originally Posted by hornstar1337 View Post
Just wondering if you are working on this bug, or if it is not possible: Will not display Avatars correctly if they are kept in the file system (database avatars are fine)
Not actively.
I did try and get around it in the past, but never came up with a workable solution.
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Old 22 Mar 2008, 00:03
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/me clicks install
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Old 22 Mar 2008, 21:10
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Adding PHP Code:


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

breaks the page's layout.

Example here:

http://members.thinkteen.co.uk (original page)
http://members.co.uk/m2.php (Page broken + no login box)
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Old 22 Mar 2008, 22:30
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Try changing

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.



Originally Posted by snunhuck View Post
Adding PHP Code:


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

breaks the page's layout.

Example here:

http://members.thinkteen.co.uk (original page)
http://members.co.uk/m2.php (Page broken + no login box)
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Old 23 Mar 2008, 04:45
snunhuck snunhuck is offline
 
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still broken
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Old 23 Mar 2008, 15:08
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Originally Posted by Billspaintball View Post
Try changing

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.
Should that not be a server path and not a address? eg it should be '/home/username/public_html/
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Old 23 Mar 2008, 17:27
snunhuck snunhuck is offline
 
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hmm, I'll see if it works


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

Nope Still broken.

here's the page I'm trying to implement: http://members.thinkteen.co.uk/m2.html It's meant to look like this: http://members.thinkteen.co.uk

Last edited by snunhuck; 23 Mar 2008 at 17:41.
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Old 24 Mar 2008, 12:53
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Originally Posted by snunhuck View Post

here's the page I'm trying to implement: http://members.thinkteen.co.uk/m2.html
This mod only works with php pages, not html pages.
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