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vBulletin setup is making my eyes hurt.

     
3:44 am on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have had vBulletin installed since Friday. I've been tweaking it and testing it for nearly a solid week. Toward the end of every session of tweaking, my eyes are watering and my brain is wiped out.

My biggest hassle is that I want two completely different things in one happy site: Static content that is indexable, and a login-only side that is NOT in any search engines. It would be easy to do one or the other, but I am losing my mind trying to keep my style from breaking while I try to jimmy the pages.

I am extremely confident that this new community will rock. I am extremely frustrated that the admin functionality seems random.

Do you make tradeoffs in functionality because the solutions are convoluted? Or do you stick with your desires and flog the software into submission?

4:44 pm on Sep 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rocknbil is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Not sure exactly what the problem is, other than this

Static content that is indexable, and a login-only side that is NOT in any search engines.

What you do here is create groups, then add the selected users to the groups. They will have to log in to view.

The other aspect is the setting of each forum, you can set them to login only to view, or not, in which case you don't need to create groups. You create forums and set the per-forum permissions.

The only time I've edited vBulletin software is to get the pages to validate under html 4.01 instead of XHTML, and not a lick of it is XHTML output, it's all HTML.

Does that answer it? :-) The Vbulletin forum is very helpful, however, tread carefully, there are many flamers over there.

An example of both is when posed a few questions about this there, I got jumped like no tomorrow - "What is this HTML you speak of?"

2:40 am on Sep 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I guess some of the things I am running into are:

I can set permissions so that certain options are disabled for everyone - yet the member can see those non-choices. (especially profile choices - there is no easy, intuitive way to get rid of the vcard option, or the "add your homepage URL" option ..)

I find that instead of an intuitive "feature on/off" switch and then "permissions" choice, you have to disable features, change permissions, then go to the code and comment out the code so that the choices and menu options aren't visible.

I like the groups idea. But then I have to deal with groups. I'm not an advanced admin - I want to start with everyone in the same big bucket and then sort them out as I need to.

 

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