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vBulletin 5.6.5 Release Candidate is available for download.

vBulletin 5.6.5 Changes and Updates


The preview version of vBulletin 5.6.5 Release Candidate is now available for download. Preview versions should not be used on production servers and are released for testing purposes only.


Front End Changes


Answered Topics


Topics can now be marked as "Answered." This is a special status applied to a specific post within the topic. The post that is marked as the Answer will be highlighted and show directly under the starting post in the topic. The ability to mark posts as the Answer in a topic is controlled by permissions. There are three different permissions to control this. Usergroup and Channel Permissions both support the "Can Set Answer" permission. Within Channel Permissions, there is also a "Can Set Answer on Own Topics" permission. The last permission is under Moderator Permissions to control which moderators can set answers. After upgrading, all of these permissions will be set to No. If you leave the permissions in this state, the feature will be disabled.


The Channel Display module has been updated to allow users to filter by answered status.


Photo Gallery


The ability to manually re-order images uploaded in a photo gallery topic has been added to the system. This can be accomplished by drag and drop when editing the images during upload.


Additional Issues

Resolved several filter issues with Blogs.
Users with custom HTML titles can update their settings without breaking their titles.
vB Messenger should load new messages quicker. However, the update rate will slow down with inactivity.
Tag searches are no longer case sensitive.
Users no longer need permission to post to create flag reports.
When uploading a new site logo in Site Builder, it can now be properly applied to all styles.
If the site is configured so that the user's birthday is optional, it is no longer required when updating the user settings.
Information from inline images should no longer appear in the meta description of a page.

Back End / AdminCP Changes


PHP 8


vBulletin has been updated to support PHP 8.0. Extensive work has been undertaken to update legacy code in the system to support PHP 8.0. This covers all areas of the product. If you encounter issues when using PHP 8.0, please report them in the forums.


Error Reporting


In previous versions of vBulletin, the system would override PHP's system error reporting settings. This behavior is increasingly problematic with newer versions of PHP. It is being removed to improve development, testing, and providing support. In rare cases, this could allow production servers to display warnings and notices at the top of the rendered page. To disable these edit your php.ini and set these variables:


display_errors = Off
log_errors = On
error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_WARNING

For testing servers, you can turn display_errors to On and error_reporting to E_ALL.


If you do not know how to edit your php.ini file, please contact your hosting provider for support.


Infraction Groups


Infraction Group permissions should take additional priority over other permissions now. All Infraction Groups work similarly to banned usergroups now. This change will allow Infraction

Group bans to work properly on individual channels on your forums.


Additional Issues

The Quick Channel Permissions tool (Usergroups -> Channel Permissions) will only permissions that are changed will be updated in the database.
The User Moderation page now includes pagination.
Ignored Users - Cache changes have been implemented to show content from ignored users less.
Can Upload Attachments permission - This duplicate permission has been removed.
Resolved an issue with Memcached and improper key deletion. If you use Memcached, please make sure that you have a proper Memcached key prefix set in your /core/includes/config.php file.

Deprecated


PHP 7.2


PHP 7.2.X has reached end of life. Due to this, bugs specific to this version will not be fixed in the future. The solution is to upgrade your server to PHP 7.3 or higher. PHP 7.2.X will not be supported in the next version of vBulletin.


MySQL 5.6.X


MySQL 5.6 has reached End of Life. The MariaDB equivalent is 10.0. It is recommended that you have your server upgraded to 5.7 or higher (MariaDB 10.2 or higher) as soon as possible. Future versions of vBulletin can use features made available in newer versions of MySQL.



Additional Information


"Long Step" Warning


This upgrade adds fields to the node table in your database. On large sites, this process can take a while to process. Please be patient.


Install / Upgrade


Along with the PHP 8 changes, several upgrade steps have been updated to be more efficient.

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions
File Cleanup


After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.


Rebuild Search


To enable new search filters for Answered topics, you will need to rebuild your search index.


Database Search


You can rebuild your search index while the site is live using the tool available in the AdminCP under Maintenance -> General Update Tools. Large sites can use do_not_upload/searchindex.php from the command line.


Sphinx Search


If you use Sphinx Search on your site, you will need up update your vbulletin-sphinx.php file with the new version in the download package and rebuild your search index.


System Requirements


Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.2.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.1.0
Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.3 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.3+
For more information see: vBulletin Connect System Requirements.


Current Version Support Schedule

Active Version - 5.6.4
Security Patch - 5.6.3
Security Patch - 5.6.2
No Patch Release - 5.6.1 and earlier
Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4461758


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


To receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.



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Tue, 19 Oct 2021 01:40:06 GMT

vBulletin 5.6.5 Beta Preview Release is available for download.

vBulletin 5.6.5 Changes and Updates


The preview version of vBulletin 5.6.5 Beta is now available for download. Preview versions should not be used on production servers and are released for testing purposes only.


Front End Changes


Answered Topics


Topics can now be marked as "Answered." This is a special status applied to a specific post within the topic. The post that is marked as the Answer will be highlighted and show directly under the starting post in the topic. The ability to mark posts as the Answer in a topic is controlled by permissions. There are three different permissions to control this. Usergroup and Channel Permissions both support the "Can Set Answer" permission. Within Channel Permissions, there is also a "Can Set Answer on Own Topics" permission. The last permission is under Moderator Permissions to control which moderators can set answers. After upgrading, all of these permissions will be set to No. If you leave the permissions in this state, the feature will be disabled.


The Channel Display module has been updated to allow users to filter by answered status.


Photo Gallery


The ability to manually re-order images uploaded in a photo gallery topic has been added to the system. This can be accomplished by drag and drop when editing the images during upload.


Additional Issues

Resolved several filter issues with Blogs.
Users with custom HTML titles can update their settings without breaking their titles.
vB Messenger should load new messages quicker. However, the update rate will slow down with inactivity.
Tag searches are no longer case sensitive.
Users no longer need permission to post to create flag reports.
When uploading a new site logo in Site Builder, it can now be properly applied to all styles.
If the site is configured so that the user's birthday is optional, it is no longer required when updating the user settings.
Information from inline images should no longer appear in the meta description of a page.

Back End / AdminCP Changes


PHP 8


vBulletin has been updated to support PHP 8.0. Extensive work has been undertaken to update legacy code in the system to support PHP 8.0. This covers all areas of the product. If you encounter issues when using PHP 8.0, please report them in the forums.


Error Reporting


In previous versions of vBulletin, the system would override PHP's system error reporting settings. This behavior is increasingly problematic with newer versions of PHP. It is being removed to improve development, testing, and providing support. In rare cases, this could allow production servers to display warnings and notices at the top of the rendered page. To disable these edit your php.ini and set these variables:


display_errors = Off
log_errors = On
error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_WARNING

For testing servers, you can turn display_errors to On and error_reporting to E_ALL.


If you do not know how to edit your php.ini file, please contact your hosting provider for support.


Infraction Groups


Infraction Group permissions should take additional priority over other permissions now. All Infraction Groups work similarly to banned usergroups now. This change will allow Infraction

Group bans to work properly on individual channels on your forums.


Additional Issues

The Quick Channel Permissions tool (Usergroups -> Channel Permissions) will only permissions that are changed will be updated in the database.
The User Moderation page now includes pagination.
Ignored Users - Cache changes have been implemented to show content from ignored users less.
Can Upload Attachments permission - This duplicate permission has been removed.
Resolved an issue with Memcached and improper key deletion. If you use Memcached, please make sure that you have a proper Memcached key prefix set in your /core/includes/config.php file.

Deprecated


PHP 7.2


PHP 7.2.X has reached end of life. Due to this, bugs specific to this version will not be fixed in the future. The solution is to upgrade your server to PHP 7.3 or higher. PHP 7.2.X will not be supported in the next version of vBulletin.


MySQL 5.6.X


MySQL 5.6 has reached End of Life. The MariaDB equivalent is 10.0. It is recommended that you have your server upgraded to 5.7 or higher (MariaDB 10.2 or higher) as soon as possible. Future versions of vBulletin can use features made available in newer versions of MySQL.



Additional Information


"Long Step" Warning


This upgrade adds fields to the node table in your database. On large sites, this process can take a while to process. Please be patient.


Install / Upgrade


Along with the PHP 8 changes, several upgrade steps have been updated to be more efficient.

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions
File Cleanup


After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.


Rebuild Search


To enable new search filters for Answered topics, you will need to rebuild your search index.


Database Search


You can rebuild your search index while the site is live using the tool available in the AdminCP under Maintenance -> General Update Tools. Large sites can use do_not_upload/searchindex.php from the command line.


Sphinx Search


If you use Sphinx Search on your site, you will need up update your vbulletin-sphinx.php file with the new version in the download package and rebuild your search index.


System Requirements


Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.2.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.1.0
Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.3 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.3+
For more information see: vBulletin Connect System Requirements.


Current Version Support Schedule

Active Version - 5.6.4
Security Patch - 5.6.3
Security Patch - 5.6.2
No Patch Release - 5.6.1 and earlier
Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4461758


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


To receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.



More...


Read more (locally) ...
Mon, 11 Oct 2021 21:18:43 GMT

vBulletin 5.6.5 Alpha Preview Release is available for download.

vBulletin 5.6.5 Changes and Updates


The preview version of vBulletin 5.6.5 Alpha is now available for download. Preview versions should not be used on production servers and are released for testing purposes only.


Front End Changes


Answered Topics


Topics can now be marked as "Answered." This is a special status applied to a specific post within the topic. The post that is marked as the Answer will be highlighted and show directly under the starting post in the topic. The ability to mark posts as the Answer in a topic is controlled by permissions. There are three different permissions to control this. Usergroup and Channel Permissions both support the "Can Set Answer" permission. Within Channel Permissions, there is also a "Can Set Answer on Own Topics" permission. The last permission is under Moderator Permissions to control which moderators can set answers. After upgrading, all of these permissions will be set to No. If you leave the permissions in this state, the feature will be disabled.


The Channel Display module has been updated to allow users to filter by answered status.


Photo Gallery


The ability to manually re-order images uploaded in a photo gallery topic has been added to the system. This can be accomplished by drag and drop when editing the images during upload.


Additional Issues

Resolved several filter issues with Blogs.
Users with custom HTML titles can update their settings without breaking their titles.
vB Messenger should load new messages quicker. However, the update rate will slow down with inactivity.
Tag searches are no longer case sensitive.
Users no longer need permission to post to create flag reports.
When uploading a new site logo in Site Builder, it can now be properly applied to all styles.
If the site is configured so that the user's birthday is optional, it is no longer required when updating the user settings.
Information from inline images should no longer appear in the meta description of a page.

Back End / AdminCP Changes


PHP 8


vBulletin has been updated to support PHP 8.0. Extensive work has been undertaken to update legacy code in the system to support PHP 8.0. This covers all areas of the product. If you encounter issues when using PHP 8.0, please report them in the forums.


Error Reporting


In previous versions of vBulletin, the system would override PHP's system error reporting settings. This behavior is increasingly problematic with newer versions of PHP. It is being removed to improve development, testing, and providing support. In rare cases, this could allow production servers to display warnings and notices at the top of the rendered page. To disable these edit your php.ini and set these variables:


display_errors = Off
log_errors = On
error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_WARNING

For testing servers, you can turn display_errors to On and error_reporting to E_ALL.


If you do not know how to edit your php.ini file, please contact your hosting provider for support.


Infraction Groups


Infraction Group permissions should take additional priority over other permissions now. All Infraction Groups work similarly to banned usergroups now. This change will allow Infraction

Group bans to work properly on individual channels on your forums.


Additional Issues

The Quick Channel Permissions tool (Usergroups -> Channel Permissions) will only permissions that are changed will be updated in the database.
The User Moderation page now includes pagination.
Ignored Users - Cache changes have been implemented to show content from ignored users less.
Can Upload Attachments permission - This duplicate permission has been removed.
Resolved an issue with Memcached and improper key deletion. If you use Memcached, please make sure that you have a proper Memcached key prefix set in your /core/includes/config.php file.

Deprecated


PHP 7.2


PHP 7.2.X has reached end of life. Due to this, bugs specific to this version will not be fixed in the future. The solution is to upgrade your server to PHP 7.3 or higher. PHP 7.2.X will not be supported in the next version of vBulletin.


MySQL 5.6.X


MySQL 5.6 has reached End of Life. The MariaDB equivalent is 10.0. It is recommended that you have your server upgraded to 5.7 or higher (MariaDB 10.2 or higher) as soon as possible. Future versions of vBulletin can use features made available in newer versions of MySQL.



Additional Information


"Long Step" Warning


This upgrade adds fields to the node table in your database. On large sites, this process can take a while to process. Please be patient.


Install / Upgrade


Along with the PHP 8 changes, several upgrade steps have been updated to be more efficient.

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions
File Cleanup


After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.


Rebuild Search


To enable new search filters for Answered topics, you will need to rebuild your search index.


Database Search


You can rebuild your search index while the site is live using the tool available in the AdminCP under Maintenance -> General Update Tools. Large sites can use do_not_upload/searchindex.php from the command line.


Sphinx Search


If you use Sphinx Search on your site, you will need up update your vbulletin-sphinx.php file with the new version in the download package and rebuild your search index.


System Requirements


Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.2.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.1.0
Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.3 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.3+
For more information see: vBulletin Connect System Requirements.


Current Version Support Schedule

Active Version - 5.6.4
Security Patch - 5.6.3
Security Patch - 5.6.2
No Patch Release - 5.6.1 and earlier
Discussion


If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/0


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


To receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.



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Thu, 30 Sep 2021 21:53:03 GMT

vBulletin Forum Server Updates and Downtime.

Due to ongoing server updates we expect downtime for the vBulletin Community Forums. These are as follows:

9/28 - Downtime expected between 10:00am and 12:00pm to copy the forum files to new servers.
TBD - Approximately 30-60 minutes of downtime to bring the forums up on new servers.

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Mon, 27 Sep 2021 20:44:22 GMT

vBulletin Mobile Suite 2.6 is Available.

vBulletin Mobile Suite 2.6 Changes



Mobile Suite 2.6 is available to be built via the Mobile Publisher. We have included bundle builds, which are required and only used for new apps on the Google Play Store. For updates to existing apps, please continue to use the included apk builds. For iOS Builds, the Apps have been updated to XCODE 12.



Resolved Issues


Images & Attachements disappear in app built with Xcode 12
List Private Messages as Threads
Images uploaded via Android doesnÂ’t display on Android app
Upload attachments to messages
Android Version Code is hitting the limit of Max INT
Push Notifications - The first private message cannot be loaded successfully
New PM push notification should open in message thread
My Profile Page - Facebook module displays abnormally.
“USER” BBcodes (i.e. “mentions”/“taggings” of usernames, by means of the “@”-sign) show up as source (i.e. not rendered at all) in the mobile app
Auto renew expired login session
Use license specific keystore for Android build
Upgrade Android target API level to 30
Forum post list doesnÂ’t roll smoothly
Reduce excessive white space (when viewing topics)
Allow attached images to be saved on the devices
Clicking on username should open the correct user profile
Friends Page - A banned user has the action to be banned
Fix Notifications - Inbox
Pull up the message thread to load new message
Forums Page - Pull down to refresh scrolls the GUI down
There is no prompt message after submitting request in forgot password
Create An Account Page - Connect Using Facebook module displays abnormally
Message Post Page - Pop up for max chars needs to be tapped twice
Image changing size when typing
Double line between comment and post
Friends Page - User card appears duplicated

Translations



If the Mobile Suite is not available in your language, you can help by providing translations. In order to do this, please see this topic in the vBulletin Support forums.



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Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:44:07 GMT


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