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Welcome headers - Improve community registration rates
Mod Version: 4.1.2, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 3.5.5 Rating: (46 votes - 4.87 average) Installs: 1474
Released: 29 Oct 2005 Last Update: 15 Aug 2006 Downloads: 1148
Not Supported Uses Plugins Template Edits  

vBulletin 3.6 users click here for the 3.6 compatible version of this plugin.

The out of the box vBulletin style does not have a robust method of informing users about their current activity status or user level. As a result, guests entering on a page other than the homepage (which is most often the case) have no idea what a forum is about or that they may need 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.

To help solve these problems, the welcome headers plugin creates a 5-part set of conditionals to better introduce members to your community while pushing them to register, activate or post. The default templates are just that, default – I highly encourage you to tweak the language and functions to meet the needs of your actual community environment.

Modifications/ Instructions:
Template edits: 2
Plugins: 1 (adds 1 template and several settings)

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

What’s new in 4.1.0
The 4.1.0 version of this system is a complete rewrite from earlier versions. All of the original functionality still exists; however, the system has been improved to make it much more modular. With the new version, you can now turn on/off individual welcome header messages, configure the content and change other settings all from your ACP Options panel. Additionally, a 5th welcome header has been added for global announcements. With the exception of one small phrase change, this upgrade is seamless to upgrade.

Upgrade Instructions:
Full upgrade instructions can be found in the attached zip file. However, to avoid confusion anyone upgrading from the 4.0.x version of this plugin to 4.1.x should do the following:

1 – Upload the new version of the plugin file based on your version of vBulletin (3.5 or 3.6). Be sure to set the override option to “yes”.
2 – Go to your phrase manager and search for the phrase “first_visit_message”, copy any customizations you have made to this phrase into the phrase “welcome_guest”.
3 – Go to your vBulletin options, select the “Welcome Header System” group and configure the options as desired.

Customizing the content / messages
To customize which messages appear or what they say, go to vBulletin options, select the “Welcome Header System” group and configure the options as desired. Each phase can be modified by adding translation text.

Details on how it all works:
Step One: Turning lurkers into Members
For most websites, upwards of 50% of traffic (or more) comes through search engines or deep links to threads, profiles and categories. Out of the box, vBulletin only displays a welcome message on the forum-homepage, meaning someone who enters through any other page does not have the benefit of seeing an explanation of the site or welcome message. The guest welcome header is used to explain the purpose of your site, sell users on the benefits of joining the community and push them to proactively register.

Step Two: Making Users Confirm their Account
Many vBulletin sites require email confirmation prior to being able to post or access an account. However, activation emails are often misdirected to spam folders, ignored or simply deleted, leaving unconfirmed users with little access rights and no explanation as to what is wrong with their account. The unconfirmed welcome header is used to inform unconfirmed members of their account status and to direct them to automatically resend their activation email, or to contact the webmaster for support.

Step Three: Get non-posting users to post
Another chronic problem faced by many forums is insuring users post after registering. Many new visitors register in order to access certain features with the intent of posting, but never do so. The never posted welcome header is used to encourage users to post for their first time and should ideally be linked directly to an introductions or new member forum to help users "break the ice".

Step Four: Getting inactive users to become more active
Many members start out as lurkers, register, post once or twice and then go back to being lurkers. Often time these members are not actively thinking about participating in topics or are still shy about interacting. The inactivity welcome header reminds members to make a post after a predetermined amount of time as specified by the forum administrator.

Step Five: General Announcements
Unfortunately the standard announcements are often overlooked or never even seen by members who use the "new posts feature". As a result, urgent notices may be missed by users causing problems and high volumes of support requests. The global announcement welcome header creates a message shown to all members who do not fall into the other welcome header groups (guest, unconfirmed, never posted, inactive). Whether it be a scheduled outage/ upgrade, an important request or the need to display an advertisement in a prominent spot, global announcements allow an administrator to effectively and quickly display messages in a way that is certain to be read.

The results:
At first glance this system may seem a bit superfluous, however, the numbers rarely lie, nor does the feedback. Since posting this plugin in October, it has risen to over 1700 confirmed installations and is now one of the top 5 vBulletin plugins. On ScubaBoard.Com, the site the system was originally tested on, posting rates have increased by over 100%; new user registration rates by over 60%; user activity by 50% and the welcome/ intro & greets forum has exploded over 400%. If you browse through the pages of this thread you will find even more real life testimonials and experiences from the thousands of people using the system.

But enough about why -- give it a shot yourself and let me know how your results turn out.

vBulletin 3.6 users click here for the 3.6 compatible version of this plugin.

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Old 29 Oct 2005, 04:17
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hey...are you pdating the attachm,ent..i was about to download it.
was going to do the template edits by hand from my old board.
thanks...hope you get it back up soon.
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 04:26
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This is perfect... and exactly what is needed. this should be DEFAULT with vbulletin.

I come from the old SEO school of site maintenance/design... so things like welcome headers on everypage is habit...and been a constant source of agony in vbulletin.

the conversion of lurking/inactive members with simple message nudges is simply beautiful.

a big CHEERS to you!!!


(now if there was only a file to download to install. )


<<< /me is ready to click install
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 04:37
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Sorry about that; I was updating the files a bit but the attachment is now back.
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 04:56
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uh what is this, or supposed to look like
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 05:08
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Good point, no attached picture
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 05:41
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Screenshots are now attached, thanks for the reminder!
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 05:44
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plugin by chance? I know its not a hard modification by hand but I just like the plugin system.
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 05:57
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wow, this is indeed a great mod! Many thanks for this
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 07:32
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by chader144
plugin by chance? I know its not a hard modification by hand but I just like the plugin system.
I'll take another look at the plugin system but thus far I have been unable to figure out how to modify an existing template as that's the bulk of this hack. Adding new ones is simple enough.
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 11:50
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one more question before I install......

I do really reallyreallyreallyreally hope you have phrases set for this?
I run a multi-language board. :/

<< fingers crossed

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Old 29 Oct 2005, 12:02
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Originally Posted by GrendelKhan{TSU
one more question before I install......

I do really reallyreallyreallyreally hope you have phrases set for this?
I run a multi-language board. :/

<< fingers crossed
Yes, he has.

Nice hack. Installed!
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 13:08
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Originally Posted by Wachtmeister
Yes, he has.

Nice hack. Installed!
great hack, great hacker.

Most of hackers forget to use phrases, and dont realise that A LOT of vBulletin's run under other languages. (Y)
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 13:13
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Im wondering if this is available on VB version 3.0.x - its something id love on my boards , but i dont plan to upgrade to 3.5 for a while yet as the hacks i have on my boards havent all been ported yet
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 13:53
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Ah man that is just SWEET! This hack deserves a special title "Hack of the World"

Thank you very much!! Now with this hack, it really helps!
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