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ready to make vbulletin plunge...
esllou




msg:1561209
 3:57 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

but I want to know one thing....

it was a close thing between vbulletin and phpbb. There is the able2know hack to make phpbb url's very user and SE friendly: site.com/forum/forum4/1324.html

does something similar exist for vbulletin?

the minimum I require is that guests and spiders don't see any session id's...only those logged in (and, if necessary)

 

jasonlambert




msg:1561210
 7:06 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

google for "vbulletin mod_rewrite tutorial". I've seen the 1st result used on multiple forums and work well enough.

rogerd




msg:1561211
 7:48 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

In addition to using mod rewrite, there's an "archive" feature built into vBB. The archive produces friendly URLs with 90% of the code, links, & fluff stripped out. You get lean pages with no query strings. Of course, these pages rarely attract external links on their own.

I'm seeing the archive pages outperform "stock" vBB pages in many cases, though not always. My guess is that the differences are in linkage and timing of spidering, since forum content changes rapidly.

esllou




msg:1561212
 10:45 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

the daniweb tutorial?

seems ok but then so many other posters come along with bugs and errors that I wouldn't touch the original hack with a barge pole! Isn't made clear whether the original post was later updated to take into account the bug reports or not.

ho hum!

must be a simpler solution....

esllou




msg:1561213
 11:48 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

one other thing...how does the vB licence deal work?

if you pay out for it...can you put it on as many forums as you want for however long you want: the $160 deal I'm talking about. Is that how it works...or do you need a licence for EACH site?

and how do they know? do you need to list URLs you will place it on or something?

jasonlambert




msg:1561214
 4:29 pm on Feb 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

the daniweb tutorial?

yes.

seems ok but then so many other posters come along with bugs and errors that I wouldn't touch the original hack with a barge pole! Isn't made clear whether the original post was later updated to take into account the bug reports or not.

The original post get's updated when bug's are found. I applied it to one vb forum without a problem.

It's also worth mentioning that just about any thing that involves changing forum code (phpbb mod's come to mind especially..) seems to result in a flood of incompetent's posting afterwards with "hey my forum is now broke" because they didnt read the damn instructions properly or screwed up the code themselves by not paying attention.

When I applied it to my vb forum the only thing I didnt do was make the showforum pages have unique keyword-in-url names, and just used forum-123.html instead.

can you put it on as many forums as you want for however long you want: the $160 deal I'm talking about. Is that how it works...or do you need a licence for EACH site?

You need a license for each website.

and how do they know? do you need to list URLs you will place it on or something?

- You have to register your URL with them.
- They could if they wanted (or they already do?) scan the web for vbulletin forums on unlicenced domain names
- Other people report you sometimes
- The admin panel "phones home" to check for update's when you login

Jason

esllou




msg:1561215
 10:08 pm on Feb 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

thanks for that Jason

I had found out myself about the one-licence-per-domain which is why I have plumped for punbb for my two smaller sites, but I may push out the boat for the vbulletin for my big whopper site.

...and yes, you are right, you will always get the people using MS Word to edit the codes for these hacks and wondering why nothing works.

BTW, punbb is a great little forum...very lightweight and SE friendly. No sesh id's or anything.

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