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vBulletin 5.4.4 Connect is now available.

vBulletin 5.4.4 Connect is now available for download by licensed customers.

[h=2]Setting your Home Page[/h]
When saving a page in Site Builder, you can now set it as your site's homepage. This will allow more customization without the utilization of complex workarounds and/or database edits.

To change your homepage, simply edit the page in Site Builder. Click on Save Page and select the "Make this page your homepage" checkbox.

Note: There is currently an issue with setting a Topic page as your site homepage. We are working to resolve this.

[h=2]Routing Improvements[/h]
The Routing System has been re-factored and had many fixes applied. These changes have made the system more robust so that you're less likely to lose pages or create inaccessible changes. The new changes require that every page has a URL prefix. The URL prefix was not required for the homepage previously. The system will update your current homepage to have a prefix during the upgrade process.

If you have any Add-on Products that work with the routing system, you may need to update them in order for them to work with vBulletin 5.4.4 and higher.

[h=2]Facebook Connect[/h]Following changes to the Facebook API, we have reduced the permissions necessary for individuals to use Facebook as their login platform.
Publish to Facebook has been removed from the system. Facebook is deprecating this functionality for third-party apps. We recommend that you use the share button in the Post Info box instead.

[h=2]Editor Style Variables[/h]
Additional work has been completed on the Style Editor so that you can further customize it to fit your theme and better cohesiveness with the dark theme. This includes updating the dialogs so they show proper contrast on dark background as well as enhancing the coloring of the editor. We have also included in a new icon set for use with the dark theme. You can switch your icon set using the style variable editor.

[h=2]Social Group and Blog Enhancements[/h]
We have cleaned up the information boxes for Blogs and Social Groups. The new display is easier to read and removed extraneous information.
Permissions have been fixed so they can be edited properly.
You're now able to rename the Groups and Blogs channels without breaking the navigation of setting pages within these groups.

New style Variablesckeditor_image_path (current options are "default" and "dark&quot
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background_hover
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background_pressed
ckeditor_toolbar_button_button_text_color

You can add your own editor images by uploading them to the /js/ckeditor/images directory on your server. You can find new images for CKEditor on their website.

[h=2]Embedded Videos[/h]
It was requested that we allow the centering of embedded videos. Now you can. When using embedded or inline videos, you can now align them to fit your content. All new videos will adhere to the alignment BB Codes made possible in the editors.

Note: This does not apply when using the Link content type and including a video as the link.

[h=2]Related Topics Product (Cloud Only - Coming Soon)[/h]
As part of an ongoing project to improve the feature set of vBulletin Cloud, we have started working with Artificial Intelligence to improve your content. The first implementation of the vBulletin AI Suite is a Related Topics system for Cloud. This system will analyze your database and allow you show a Related Topics module on your conversation pages. This will help users find other content on your site. While this is the first implementation of the vBulletin AI Suite, we're excited to see where we can take it in the future. As we get closer to making this available to Cloud Customers, we will provide more information.

[h=2]Other Issues:[/h]
Fixed an issue with unapproved Visitor Messages causing the Moderation Page to redirect to the homepage.
Fixed various issues when changing videos on the Link Content Type.
A setting has been added to the Privacy Options to completely block EU Residents from accessing your site. You must be using a Location Provider for this to work.
Debug Mode is now required to access the Cookie Path and Cookie Domain options.
New recovery tools have been added to tools.php.

A list of all issues can be found here: https://tracker.vbulletin.com/vbulle...p_milestone_36

[h=2]PHP Support[/h]
Due to upcoming changes in the PHP Support Cycle, we recommend that customers upgrade to PHP 7.1 or higher as soon as possible.
PHP 5.6
PHP 5.6 will reach end of life status on December 31st,We will be dropping support for PHP 5.6.X with the release of vBulletin 5.4.5. This coincides with the end of life status of PHP 5.6.X.

PHP 7.0
PHP 7.0 will reach end of life status on December 3rd, 2018. As such, we will be dropping support for this version in an upcoming release.

PHP 7.3
We will be working to make vBulletin compatible with any necessary changes as soon as possible.

[h=2]System Requirements[/h]
Minimum PHP Version: 5.6.30
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.5.8

Recommended PHP Version: 7.2 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.8 or higher
Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

[h=2]Current Version Support Schedule[/h]
All customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.Active Version - 5.4.4
Security Patch - 5.4.3
Security Patch - 5.4.2
No Patch Release - 5.4.1 or earlier.

[h=2]Discussion[/h]
If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: 4397659

If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.

In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.








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Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:51:12 GMT

vBulletin 5.4.4 Beta 1 is now available.

vBulletin 5.4.4 Connect Beta 1 is now available for download by licensed customers. This is a preview release and not recommended for production servers.

Setting your Home Page


When saving a page in Site Builder, you can now set it as your site's homepage. This will allow more customization without the utilization of complex workarounds and/or database edits.

To change your homepage, simply edit the page in Site Builder. Click on Save Page and select the "Make this page your homepage" checkbox.

Routing Improvements


The Routing System has been re-factored and had many fixes applied. These changes have made the system more robust so that you're less likely to lose pages or create inaccessible changes. The new changes require that every page has a URL prefix. The URL prefix was not required for the homepage previously. The system will update your current homepage to have a prefix during the upgrade process.

If you have any Add-on Products that work with the routing system, you may need to update them in order for them to work with vBulletin 5.4.4 and higher.

Facebook Connect


Following changes to the Facebook API, we have reduced the permissions necessary for individuals to use Facebook as their login platform.
Publish to Facebook has been removed from the system. Facebook is deprecating this functionality for third-party apps. We recommend that you use the share button in the Post Info box instead.

Social Group and Blog EnhancementsWe have cleaned up the information boxes for Blogs and Social Groups. The new display is easier to read and removed extraneous information.
Permissions have been fixed so they can be edited properly.
You're now able to rename the Groups and Blogs channels without breaking the navigation of setting pages within these groups.
Editor Style Variables


Additional work has been completed on the Style Editor so that you can further customize it to fit your theme and better cohesiveness with the dark theme. This includes updating the dialogs so they show proper contrast on dark background as well as enhancing the coloring of the editor. We have also included in a new icon set for use with the dark theme. You can switch your icon set using the style variable editor.

New style Variablesckeditor_image_path (current options are "default" and "dark&quot
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background_hover
ckeditor_toolbar_button_background_pressed
ckeditor_toolbar_button_button_text_color
You can add your own editor images by uploading them to the /js/ckeditor/images directory on your server. You can find new images for CKEditor on their website.

Embedded Videos


It was requested that we allow the centering of embedded videos. Now you can. When using embedded or inline videos, you can now align them to fit your content. All new videos will adhere to the alignment BB Codes made possible in the editors.

Note: This does not apply when using the Link content type and including a video as the link.

Related Topics Product (Cloud Only - Coming Soon)


As part of an ongoing project to improve the feature set of vBulletin Cloud, we have started working with Artificial Intelligence to improve your content. The first implementation of the vBulletin AI Suite is a Related Topics system for Cloud. This system will analyze your database and allow you show a Related Topics module on your conversation pages. This will help users find other content on your site. While this is the first implementation of the vBulletin AI Suite, we're excited to see where we can take it in the future. As we get closer to making this available to Cloud Customers, we will provide more information.

Other Issues:Fixed an issue with unapproved Visitor Messages causing the Moderation Page to redirect to the homepage.
Fixed various issues when changing videos on the Link Content Type.
A setting has been added to the Privacy Options to completely block EU Residents from accessing your site. You must be using a Location Provider for this to work.
Debug Mode is now required to access the Cookie Path and Cookie Domain options.
New recovery tools have been added to tools.php.
A list of all issues can be found here: https://tracker.vbulletin.com/vbulle...p_milestone_36

PHP Support


Due to upcoming changes in the PHP Support Cycle, we recommend that customers upgrade to PHP 7.1 or higher as soon as possible.
PHP 5.6
PHP 5.6 will reach end of life status on December 31st,We will be dropping support for PHP 5.6.X with the release of vBulletin 5.4.5. This coincides with the end of life status of PHP 5.6.X.

PHP 7.0
PHP 7.0 will reach end of life status on December 3rd, 2018. As such, we will be dropping support for this version in an upcoming release.

PHP 7.3
We will be working to make vBulletin compatible with any necessary changes as soon as possible.

System Requirements


Minimum PHP Version: 5.6.30
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.5.8

Recommended PHP Version: 7.1 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.7 or higher
Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

Current Version Support Schedule


The release of vBulletin 5.4.3 will retire support for the vBulletin 5.3.X series. All customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.Active Version - 5.4.3
Security Patch - 5.4.2
Security Patch - 5.4.1
No Patch Release - 5.4.0 or earlier.

Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4397659

If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.

In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.







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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:35:36 GMT

vBulletin Mobile Suite 1.21 Now Available.

vBulletin Mobile Suite 1.21 is now available to all licensed customers. This release includes a number of changes including compliance with updated requirements from both Google and Apple. If you have any questions please open a topic in the Mobile Suite forum.

Note: In order to use the privacy functionality of the Apps, you must be using vBulletin 5.4.3 or higher.

Android Enhancements and Bug Fixes


Enhancements
Collect privacy consent for EU Guest users
Collect privacy consent for EU users during Login
Collect privacy consent for EU users during Registration
Increase Target SDK version to 26
Bottom bar layout not fit parent width
Handle application permission access
Screen notes show same color as background color
Add "Ignore" user feature
Implement a Utility phrase class

Bug Fixes
Clicking the Privacy link in any privacy consent text crashes the app
Error viewing another user profile

iOS Enhancements and Bug Fixes

Enhancements
Collect privacy consent for EU Guest users
Collect privacy consent for EU users during Login
Collect privacy consent for EU users during Registration
Add "Ignore" user feature
Support Super Retina display of iPhone X

Bug Fixes
vB5 Blog - Tapping avatar on blog view crashes the app
vB5 Message Post View - Bottom buttons missing
vB5 Login - Skip for Now not working
vB5 New Content Page - Image attachments displayed incorrectly
vB5 User Profile - Labels cuts off
vB4 Registration - Agreement toggle does not work
vB4 - Navigating to Photos using the top navigation crashes the app
vB4 Activity Stream - Added photos as displayed incorrectly
vB3 app: login/skip login crashes the app
Poll issues with auto layout
Forum page number highlighted is -1 from actual page
Soft Deleted threads are not dark grey
Calendar crashes iOS app
Unable to upload avatars
App crashes when select to list popular Articles
Broken menu bar item for Guest users



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Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:14:00 GMT

AdminCP Database Tools Deprecated.

We are deprecating the AdminCP Database Tools to Repair and Optimize database tables. These will be removed in a future release. Deprecation means that we will no longer provide active support for these tools or resolve issues related to their operation.

When these tools were introduced, the availability of first rate tools to manage MySQL were difficult to install and maintain on a server. This is no longer the case. These tools also do not perform the actions that customers think they do. They will not fix all database errors or make your vBulletin have better performance. They can also introduce a number of issues if run at improper times. Due to these changes, we have decided to remove them from the system.

There are various tools to maintain your database properly. We recommend trying several out and finding the one that fits your needs the best. These include:MySQL Command Line
MySQL Workbench
phpMyAdmin
Adminer
HeidiSQL
Navicat
and More.



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Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:17:43 GMT

vBulletin 5.4.3 Connect is now available!

vBulletin 5.4.3 Connect is now available for download by licensed customers.

User Privacy and Data Compliance

Features have been added to vBulletin Connect to enhance user privacy and data compliance requirements. These features allow customers to comply with various privacy laws in effect around the world such as Europe's GDPR.

New Options Enable Privacy Consent for Guests
This will require all EU users to consent to information tracking to use the site. It will log the time the consent was given and the IP address the consent was obtained from.
Default Value: No
Enable Privacy Consent for Registered Users
This will collect consent for EU users when they register or the first time they log in (if they are already registered).
Default Value: No
Privacy Statement URL
Enter the URL of your privacy statement, if you have one. Otherwise, leave this setting blank.

If you have Privacy Consent enabled, you must specify a URL here. You may use the existing Privacy Policy Page, enter its URL in this setting, and fill out your actual Privacy Policy in the "privacy_policy_page_text" phrase.
Default Value: privacy (on new installs)

Note: If you change this value, you will also need to update the Navigation Link on the Footer using Site Builder.
Enable Automatic Account Deletion
Allow EU users to automatically withdraw consent to collect data and delete their accounts. This will be done via a cron script after a "cool down" interval.
Default Value: No
Account Deletion Cooldown
Number of days before privacy consent withdrawal triggers the user removal. After a user withdraws their privacy consent, they have this many days to change their mind before their user data is permanently removed. This value must be greater than zero but can be a decimal. If "Enable Automatic Account Deletion" is disabled, this setting does nothing.
Default Value: 3
Geo IP Provider
The GeoIP provider will determine if a user is from the EU based on their IP address. If you do not select GeoIP provider (or do not provide an application key if it's required) then all users will be treated as EU users. Note: Set this to None to require consent from all users.
Default Value: IPStack
GeoIP Service Key
This is the access key for the IP stack GeoIP service. This is required to identify which users are affected by the EU regulations.
Default Value: Empty
Guest Privacy Consent Cookie Name
Use this to specify the name of the cookie used by the guest privacy consent banner. Leave this blank to use the default of: COOKIE_PREFIX + "privacy_consent_guest".
Default Value: Empty

User Controls

Withdraw Consent
Users will be able to withdraw their consent by accessing the Privacy Tab on their Settings page. When they withdraw consent, they will be logged out of your site. If you have Automatic User Deletion enabled, they will be deleted after the waiting period specified. If the user wishes to use your site again, then they will have to give consent again to access their account.

Personal Information Download.
Users will be able to download their personally identifying information from the Privacy tab on the Settings Page. This is downloaded as a CSV format file and is compatible with any spreadsheet. The file only includes personally identifying information and does not include any content they have created on their site.


Privacy Page

A new default page has been added to the system. By default, this page is called Privacy and is used to display the contents of the privacy_policy_page_text page. You can change the contents of this phrase in the Phrase Manager. To locate it follow these steps:In the AdminCP go to and open Languages & Phrases in the left navigation.
Select "Search in Phrases" in the left navigation.
Enter "privacy_policy_page_text" into the search field (without the quotes).
Select "Phrase Variable Name Only" for the Search In... field on the same page.
Press Search.
On the next page you should get one result.
Click the Edit Button.
Put your privacy policy text in the Translation box for your language. You will need to use HTML to format the content of your privacy policy.

Note: If you do not have an existing privacy policy, you can use your favorite search engine to find one that can be customized to fit your needs. Common search terms include "privacy policy template" and "privacy policy generator".


AdminCP Customization

This functionality has been restored and is available to download customers. To customize the look and feel of the AdminCP, create a copy of the default style directory in /core/cpstyles/ and edit the CSS to fit your needs. Attached below is a custom AdminCP Style made available to test the feature. Simply upload the unzipped directory to /core/cpstyle and then select the style in the Options when logging on to your AdminCP. You can set the style permanently for Admin Users under Usergroups -> Administrator Permissions.


SVG Customization made available to Cloud Customers

When vBulletin Cloud is upgraded, customers will be able to use and edit custom CSS for the SVG Icons in the software. You can do this in Site Builder using the exiting CSS Editor Tool. A new option to select a specific template has been added to allow you to switch between your css_additional.css template and the css_sprite_icons_general.css. Like the css_additional.css template, this template will be empty on a new installation and is provided for the purpose of editing the icons. Your current sprite will be shown underneath the editor so you can see the effects of your changes.


Content Awaiting Approval

New functionality has been added to show users their content even if it is awaiting moderation. This should reduce confusion when a user creates a topic or post and it doesn't immediately appear. The format of the unmoderated content will be similar to that shown to Administrators and Moderators. Users will not be able to see unmoderated content created by others.

Template Module

A new module that can be used to pull the contents of templates onto pages. With the Template module, you can pull the content from any template in the current style and display it on a vBulletin page. To see an example of this template in action look at the new Privacy Policy page available in vBulletin 5.4.3. The template is currently used to pull in the privacy_policy_page template and display in on the proper page. However, customers will be able to use it to pull any template, including custom templates and display them on a page. An example would be to use the login form template and display it to guest users as part of your pages.

Note: Custom use of this feature is not currently available to vBulletin Cloud users.


Other Issues:

Additional support for PHP 7.2
Resolved several issues where background images were being inherited improperly.
Additional Style Variable and Dark Theme support.
Prevent duplicate pages using the same URL and routing prefix.

A list of all issues can be found here: https://tracker.vbulletin.com/vbulle...ch/38/search/1

PHP 5.6.X Deprecation

We will be dropping support for PHP 5.6.X at the end of 2018. This coincides with the end of life status of PHP 5.6.X. We recommend that customers upgrade to PHP 7.1 or higher as soon as possible.


System Requirements

Minimum PHP Version: 5.6.30
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.5.8

Recommended PHP Version: 7.1 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.7 or higher
Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

Current Version Support Schedule

The release of vBulletin 5.4.3 will retire support for the vBulletin 5.3.X series. All customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version.Active Version - 5.4.3
Security Patch - 5.4.2
Security Patch - 5.4.1
No Patch Release - 5.4.0 or earlier.

Discussion

If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4392735
If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.
In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.


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