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United-Forum CSS Sprites - ludicrous speed - NOW!
Mod Version: 0.7.2, by Osbes (Member) Osbes is offline
Developer Last Online: Feb 2013 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (31 votes - 4.55 average) Installs: 268
Released: 12 Jul 2011 Last Update: 06 Aug 2011 Downloads: 2868
Not Supported Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Is in Beta Stage  

tl;dr Makes your forum faster.

Want an easy one-click installation for this addon? . Vote for this jira-entry

Add on currently is in beta stage

When visiting a website, speed is a very important factor not only for users but crawlers as well. Long loading times are a nuisance since your time is basically wasted during the waiting period. Hence, we are trying everything we can in order to speed up our site. One great way to improve loading times is by the use of css sprites. Unfortunately these are not implemented by vBulletin.

We therefore decided to develop our own css-sprite add on for vBulletin boards and want to share this code with the worldwide vBulletin community.

Live demo
The add on is permanently running in our vBulletin board ( > 2.000.000 posts), take a look:
http://www.united-forum.de

The add on will be supported via this thread. If you have any questions, issues, improvements or feedback regarding this add on, please feel free to post a comment or write us a pm at any time. We are happy to discuss

vBulletin performance using css sprites
Our tests are based on version 0.7.0. We used the analytic tools firebug network utility and the googlelabs.com page speed site

on the client side the following parameter were used:
download speed: 5.7 MBit/s
ping: 31ms




css sprites - what are they?
The intention behind css sprites is the bundling of many small graphics into one large graphic in order to decrease the number of required http requests. This shortens the loading times of the given website. In addition, the the accumulated size of all small graphics is higher than the size of the sprite due to reasons of compression.
You can find further information in a great article by Chris Coyier.
What is the gain in using css sprites?
Aside from the technical implementation, the question on how much one actually does gain by using css sprites is of the most interest. Obviously they decrease loading times - but how important are small loading times and what is the impact on vBulletin overall loading times?

A short time ago, Jasper Aguila pointed out that speed is one crucial stickiness factor in his blog on vBulletin.com.
Originally Posted by Jasper Aguila vBulletin Support
The internet has unfortunately contributed to the exponential decrease in attention span for many individuals. That's why this decade is seeing a trend in emerging technologies emphasizing the importance of speed request. It's crucial for your content to be promptly distributed in a timely manner, else bounce rate will increase - making you lose returning visitors. It's also important to note that slow sites may be penalized by search engines.

With better browsers, more powerful processors, and improved technologies constantly releasing each year, it's becoming quite difficult to provide excuses for slow loading pages. Therefore, try optimizing your server for speed. Read up and learn optimization techniques at vBulletin.com's Server Configuration forum.
In addition, the google ranking is influenced by the site speed as well.

Google Webmaster Central Blog
Originally Posted by 09.04.2010 - Google Webmaster Central Blog
You may have heard that here at Google we're obsessed with speed, in our products and on the web. As part of that effort, today we're including a new signal in our search ranking algorithms: site speed. Site speed reflects how quickly a website responds to web requests.
vBseo Webmaster Mert Gökçeimam
CSS sprites is a huge bonus for big boards , any big board owner definately should use it.
Last but not least, not only the user's loading time is reduced, but also does the server load decrease as the server will have to handle a lot less of http requests. This clears available connections and cpu time.
Add on features
In the current released beta version 0.7.2, sprites are available for FORUMHOME and FORUMDISPLAY. Coming up next SHOWTHREAD.

Sprites are created style based for all forum styles and saved in a folder which you can set via the imgdir_sprite stylevar. You have one additional button in the ACP (CSS-Sprites -> Refresh) which automatically creates all sprites, the according css definitions and includes those css definitions in the vBulletin css rollup files.
Installation

First of all, if you didnt want to change the templates manually, install the Template Modification System (TMS). Now proceed with the installation:
  • upload the contents of the upload folder into your forum home directory.
  • import the add on in the ACP
  • upon installation a new stylevar imgdir_sprite will be created. Update this stylevar based on your file structure - default value is the vbulletin sprite directory. Make sure the folder is writable, else the sprites can't be saved!
  • create the sprites via the ACP at CSS-Sprite using the Refresh option.
  • If you have installed TMS, you are done now. This was an easy gained speed up, not? If you didnt installed TMS and didnt want to do it, proceed with the next point:
  • in order to use the sprites, you then will have to edit some templates. The diffs (xou will find it in the do_not_upload folder show which parts you have to delete '<' and which parts to add '>' In addition, on top find the lines in which you will find the respective code.[/b]

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  #646  
Old 19 Dec 2014, 20:03
iask iask is offline
 
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Originally Posted by iask View Post
Error occurred: The stylevar imgdir_sprite is empty. Please insert a path for the stylevar imgdir_sprite (vBulletin default is images/sprites).

CSS-Sprites
Default Style
0 custom icons added.
0 imageprefixes for forums found.
Processing post icons.
14 post icons found.
Adding sidebar icons.
118 icon candidates added.
http://www.xxxxxxxxxx.be/images/Ande...search_rtl.png (with bburl_path / ) does not exist or is not readable.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-246-main.png.
95 icons added.
Creating sprite (width:1000px height:117px).
Sprite saved, updating css-rules.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-246-main_rtl.png.
94 icons added.
Creating sprite (width:1000px height:117px).
Sprite saved, updating css-rules.
CSS template successfully updated.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-246-forumdisplay.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-246-forumdisplay_rtl.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
CSS template successfully updated.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-246-forumhome.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-246-forumhome_rtl.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
CSS template successfully updated.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-246-showthread.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-246-showthread_rtl.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
CSS template successfully updated.
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  #647  
Old 01 Aug 2015, 22:04
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vBulletin 4.2.3.

Throws the error (выдаёт ошибку):

A Template-Mopdification with varname 'sprite_25' does already exist. Please choose a different varname.
Where can I find similar products (где можно найти похожие продукты ещё)?
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  #648  
Old 17 Apr 2016, 07:29
iask iask is offline
 
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CSS-Sprites
test
0 custom icons added.
0 imageprefixes for forums found.
Processing post icons.
14 post icons found.
Adding sidebar icons.
118 icon candidates added.
http://www.pctuts.be/images/Ander/bu...search_rtl.png (with bburl_path / ) does not exist or is not readable.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-261-main.png.
95 icons added.
Creating sprite (width:1000px height:117px).
Sprite saved, updating css-rules.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-261-main_rtl.png.
94 icons added.
Creating sprite (width:1000px height:117px).
Sprite saved, updating css-rules.
CSS template successfully inserted.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-261-forumdisplay.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-261-forumdisplay_rtl.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
CSS template successfully inserted.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-261-forumhome.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-261-forumhome_rtl.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
CSS template successfully inserted.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-261-showthread.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
Starting with images/sprites/sprite-261-showthread_rtl.png.
0 icons added.
Sprite was not created.
CSS template successfully inserted.
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  #649  
Old 10 May 2016, 06:40
michael24179 michael24179 is offline
 
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At memberaction_dropdown is the Template to new. All template edit is not more same
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  #650  
Old 28 Jan 2017, 19:50
JesWhite JesWhite is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Real name: Jes
i installed tms...
i installed the last and i patched..
after that i changed sprites folder to 777 after that i tried but not working on 4.2.4 beta 2...
maybe i couldnt...anybody show this mod on youtube video?
and again there is a problem...
if i join to admincp options i cant see there CSS-Sprite option...
fix this problem please. how can i fix.? i tried to show on options but i couldnt...
i know if i do this my forums to be faster than now...
and again there is a problem tooo...
i want to delete css js version number from ?

gtmetrix is says us "Resources with a "?" in the URL are not cached by some proxy caching servers. Remove the query string and encode the parameters into the URL for the following resources"

how can i delete ?d=1484674333 after static files.?...

Last edited by JesWhite; 29 Jan 2017 at 06:55.
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  #651  
Old 16 Aug 2018, 23:46
m7sen m7sen is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
ohh

we need this mod for vb3
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