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Mod Version: 1.00, by Stoneyreef (Member) Stoneyreef is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.4 Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 12
Released: 22 Feb 2007 Last Update: Never Downloads: 74
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After seeing what Ted did on his welcome headers and limited guest viewing :

With vBulletin, registered users are able to view endless amounts of content without being directly asked or forced to subscribe no matter how many times they come back. The purpose of the Limited Group Viewing System is to drive in subscriptions by limiting the number of threads registered users are able to view without interruption.

This plugin offers two options which can be used to drive in more subscriptions. 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 registered users from viewing threads altogether after reaching a certain number of views. Both options work together to encourage and ultimately force registered users to either subscribe and pay or login but can also be used separately based on your individual needs.

Because this plugin uses cookies, few if any bots will be impacted when it comes to spidering your site.

Modifications/ Instructions:

Template edits: 1
Plugins: 1 (adds 1 template and several settings)

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 Group 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.

About spiders/bots

This plugin works by setting a cookie to track the number of visits from a particular user. As bots do not tend to accept cookies, they should not be blocked. To further insure there is no spider accessibility issues, there script identifies major bots (google, yahoo, msn, aol) and explicitly lets them through -- you can easily add to this list by editing the plugin code should you so desire, however, unless a bot starts taking cookies this should not be necessary.

Welcome headers compatibility
The Limited Group Viewing is designed to work with the Welcome Headers system and limited guest viewing without any conflict. To insure that welcome header messages do not show up at the same time as the limited guest viewing message, please be sure you are running welcome headers version 4.1.3 or greater (released 11/19).

This script was Modified from the original limited guest viewing originally created by TedS!

Default is set up for registered users: usergroup #2.

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Old 22 Feb 2007, 19:05
good ideas... i will see what's going on with this mod in a day or two..
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Old 16 Apr 2007, 20:15
LordDB LordDB is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: CoffeeFads.Co.Uk
Just what I'm looking for..great n thx!

Is it possible to add another group onto this?

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Old 17 Apr 2007, 14:20
Stoneyreef Stoneyreef is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Open the xml file with notepad or word pad

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

and replace the number 2 with 2,3,4,5,6, whatever usergroup Ids you want to use.
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Old 04 May 2007, 17:20
dashed dashed is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
can you make it so guests or any other group will be limited to view the # of pages on the thread display list?
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Old 22 May 2007, 04:17
baddude baddude is offline
Join Date: Feb 2007
Well i'm interseted in something like this.. Can it be modified so that my useing can view the thread titles but not the content of the threads... I have a Vip section with the good stuff on my forum, Paying members have access to it. But I want my regular members be able to see the Thread titles in that forum but not the content of the threads... This way they can see what they can get if they become a Paying member.. Thanks
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Old 10 Aug 2007, 16:29
LordDB LordDB is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: CoffeeFads.Co.Uk
Well, this now appears to interfere with the 'Welcome PM' function..anyone else encounter this problem?
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Old 10 Apr 2008, 20:34
rooney72 rooney72 is offline
Join Date: May 2007
I've installed with 3.6.9 annd is not functioning
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Old 30 Apr 2008, 21:07
webspider webspider is offline
Join Date: Jun 2003
Real name: Peter
Is this mod being ported to 3.7? It does not appear to be working,
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