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Mod Version: 1.5.0, by bobster65 (Member) bobster65 is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (75 votes - 4.92 average) Installs: 592
Released: 10 Apr 2008 Last Update: 03 Sep 2008 Downloads: 9228
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Tabbed Forum Home version 1.01

[AJAX] Tabbed Forum Home version 1.5.0 (BETA)

NOTE: Works with both 3.7x and 3.6x

Description: This MOD is for creating a "Tabbed" Forum Home Page to have Categories displayed within Tab containers (similar to what the new Profile System looks like on vb3.7). Please do not confuse this with the Tab Menu System here at vbulletin.org. They are totally different systems. These Tabs actually switch the content without leaving the main forums page.

I wrote the initial Non AJAX version based on reading many requests from members asking about how namepros created their custom tabbed forum home page. The first implementation I did was a request by bbwforums.net (which you can visit to see a working example). I have shared this version with many members already and decided to release it since it seems to be something that a lot of members are interested in.

UPDATE: I have released a BETA [AJAX] version for those that what something a little more robust and easier to install/configure. This Beta version will never go into production tho as version 2.0 will utilize the YUI AJAX Tabview Toolset. It IS stable tho and is currently running on a few live sites.

NOTE: Keep in mind, I wrote this with the assumption that you are fairly well versed and comfortable with editing files/templates and following the flow of things. If there is something you don't understand, PLEASE let me know so that I can help you understand it. This IS NOT a product that a novice can just plug and play and it takes a little bit of time to setup, but its well worth it in the end (if you want a custom unique look to your forum home page)... the next version (Don't ask when, cause its just on the drawing board) will be a product with ACP controls for easy setup

The attached Zip File(s) contain the Files and Instructions necessary to install each version.

DEMO: www.bbwforums.net or www.namepros.com
[Moderator Edit: The first URL has been un-linked as there has been reported malware on that domain. The mod author may edit this notice once the situation has been cleaned.]

Screen Shots: None, visit one or both of the above links as seeing them in action is better than some static image(s)..

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Change Log

version 1.01 -
tabcontent.js ver 2.2 to support remote links
updated install instructions (both in txt and rtf format)

version 1.5.0 -
BETA [AJAX] version

July 8, 2008 - Added xml file for WOL
Sep 2, 2008 - Updated xml file for WOL

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Old 24 May 2008, 17:03
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Originally Posted by tmiland View Post
Yo!
Is there any way to make the forum remember the collapse position?
Doesnt work now...
Originally Posted by bobster65 View Post
you are correct.. I didn't even notice that (don't use the collapse feature much).. I'll have to look into it when I get time. Should be an easy fix tho. Thank you for pointing it out and its added to the list of "needs"
Any update on this yet bobster65?
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Old 26 May 2008, 09:55
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Great mod...I have to say though that there are a few problems.

First, for those using vbadvanced, when on the portal page and you click to enter the forums, they are blank until you click on the tab.

Next, when you click on the tab, it always wants to jump to the top, I am sure there is a fix for this somewhere within the 15 pages of this thread, however, maybe someone can tell me, or it can be added to the documentation.

Also, for some reason, the category headers are messed up, take a look at this test site and click on the tabs, you will see what I am talking about:

http://www.teryxhq.com/test/forums/index_tab.php

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 26 May 2008, 10:41
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I can't see any tabs on the link you gave. Nor can I see an issue with the category headers.

Check out mine: http://www.thexuniverse.com/forum/

I will say I had some slight issue with the formatting myself, fixed it by doing the following:


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That layout fits better with the more normal default vBulletin layout. You'll need to tweak it, but it's perhaps worth checking out the layout of a normal category header and mimicking it.
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Old 26 May 2008, 15:18
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Originally Posted by xtremeoff-road View Post
Great mod...I have to say though that there are a few problems.

First, for those using vbadvanced, when on the portal page and you click to enter the forums, they are blank until you click on the tab.
This one I've not see yet. Will try and replicate, but I've not had that issue with any vba setups to date...

Originally Posted by xtremeoff-road View Post
Next, when you click on the tab, it always wants to jump to the top, I am sure there is a fix for this somewhere within the 15 pages of this thread, however, maybe someone can tell me, or it can be added to the documentation.
Im looking at your site right now and its not "jumping" for me. Tested in both FF and IE. I know that it "jumps" when building it and you have a tab mismatch .. ie, Tab 3 but no tab 3 content area built yet..

Originally Posted by xtremeoff-road View Post
Also, for some reason, the category headers are messed up, take a look at this test site and click on the tabs, you will see what I am talking about:
The Header code in the how to instructions is based off default vbulletin. You will have to tweak it for custom styles... This issue will be mute with version 2, because there won't be any manual template edits...
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Old 26 May 2008, 19:46
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Thank you so much for the response...really great when someone supports a mod they make!

It does not appear to be jumping any longer, so I think this issue is mute.

I see what you are referring to...did not realize it was using stock coding for things...I suppose I need to figure out how to fix that.
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Old 26 May 2008, 20:44
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Very possible that I am just losing my mind, however, how do I change it so tab one does not have all the forums listed? I want most of them listed, but there are some I do not want.

Thanks!
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Old 26 May 2008, 21:05
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I love the mod but I don't like where the tabs are. Will it work if I customize them to match my design and put them in the header?
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Old 26 May 2008, 21:38
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Originally Posted by xtremeoff-road View Post
Very possible that I am just losing my mind, however, how do I change it so tab one does not have all the forums listed? I want most of them listed, but there are some I do not want.

Thanks!
yer not losing your mind For the How To, I just showed that you could still use the default forumbits for a specific tab (use tab one in the example).... just build forumbits for tab one just like the other tabs and replace the Tab one content area with the same code used to build the other content areas for each specific tab...
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Old 26 May 2008, 21:45
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Originally Posted by l SKN l CHRIS View Post
I love the mod but I don't like where the tabs are. Will it work if I customize them to match my design and put them in the header?
The problem with putting them in the header is that the header displays on every page. There is code within the FORUMHOME Template that "completes" the code and therefor on all pages but the forum home, the code will then be broken. You COULD however try and use the Link Method explained in Post 2 to create a custom header with the Tabs that would work like you are describing (In theory of course since I've yet to try it).... let me know how it goes and if you need some helping if things "error" out on ya.

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Old 28 May 2008, 05:43
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I downloaded the mod, I've to say it's such a great mod I have seen so far.

However, I'm still worrying about the load, will this mod increase the load of my forum? Since I have a tab that lists all categories and about seven tabs listing some specific categories and this means all tabs contents will be loaded at a time.

And will you do Ajax on version 2?
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Old 28 May 2008, 13:07
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Originally Posted by NsT View Post
I downloaded the mod, I've to say it's such a great mod I have seen so far.

However, I'm still worrying about the load, will this mod increase the load of my forum? Since I have a tab that lists all categories and about seven tabs listing some specific categories and this means all tabs contents will be loaded at a time.

And will you do Ajax on version 2?
You don't have to use that "All Categories" Tab.. that was just an example of what can be done. Most people don't use the "All Cats" Tab. No known load increases that I am aware of and none have been reported.

Yes, we are planning on having AJAX integrated into version 2. Might not be in 2.0, but it will be in the 2 series.
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Old 29 May 2008, 05:33
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Hello Bob,
Without hacking this mod, I do have the forum category description. But after hacking this mod, the forum category description is gone. How can we bring it back?
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Old 29 May 2008, 11:24
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Originally Posted by bobster65 View Post
You don't have to use that "All Categories" Tab.. that was just an example of what can be done. Most people don't use the "All Cats" Tab. No known load increases that I am aware of and none have been reported.

Yes, we are planning on having AJAX integrated into version 2. Might not be in 2.0, but it will be in the 2 series.
Morning Mr Bob, can you give an extremely rough idea as to when this 'idiot proof' version will be ready? ....I don't trust myself installing this until then

Also - how easy will it be to upgrade the mod? I've only been using vbulletin 2 weeks so to be honest I've never had to do it before. I'm using vBulletin 3.7.0 in case that makes a difference..

Cheers

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Old 29 May 2008, 12:38
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Originally Posted by rapidphim View Post
Hello Bob,
Without hacking this mod, I do have the forum category description. But after hacking this mod, the forum category description is gone. How can we bring it back?
You can manually add a description with the addition of a simple div like this (see the area in RED below.. This of course will be automatic in version 2.


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Old 29 May 2008, 12:45
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Originally Posted by callumbush View Post
Morning Mr Bob, can you give an extremely rough idea as to when this 'idiot proof' version will be ready? ....I don't trust myself installing this until then

Also - how easy will it be to upgrade the mod? I've only been using vbulletin 2 weeks so to be honest I've never had to do it before. I'm using vBulletin 3.7.0 in case that makes a difference..

Cheers

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I'd love to say sooner than later, but we want to make sure that its bug free before releasing it. I'd say its at least a month out because of our personal schedules and the features that are being developed...

It will be super easy to install (upload some files, import XML, minimal template edits (hoping for none))...

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