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XenvB4 (Formerly ProjectvB4)
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vB Version: 4.2.5 Rating: (3 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 11
Released: 10 Jul 2020 Last Update: 07 Nov 2020 Downloads: 43
Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Is in Beta Stage  

  1. Works with "Forum only" vBulletin version. Suite version still is not supported.
  2. RTL support is currently limited.
  3. I can't guarantee that it will works with any 3nd party addon. No errors but the templates will not be responsive.
XenvB4 (formerly ProjectvB4) is not just a responsive style, but a full framework adding new features to vBulletin 4.2.5
  • Responsive, mobile first design
  • Redesigned important pages
    • Forumlist
    • Threadlist
    • Showthread
    • User Profile
  • New Modern Features
    • Modal profile popup
    • Search Panle
    • User menu Panel
    • Navigation Panel
    • Advanced Footer
    • Forum Cover Photo
    • Forum Icon
    • Facebook style Profile Cover Photo
  • Included Add-on Modules
    • Donations
    • Mailinglist
    • Memberlist
    • Cookies
    • GDPR Compliance
    • Legal Agreements

Installation



XenvB4 installation is pretty easy if you follow the instructions below, step by step.
  1. If you've installed any version (Alpha or Beta) of ProjectvB4, uninstall it !!
  2. Unizip the file and upload all the files and folders from upload/ folder, to the directory where you've installed vBulletin. ATTENTION !!! If you've renamed your admincp/ directory, or if you've the admin files in a different directory, then you need to upload everything from admincp/ to your real admin directory.
  3. Go to your admincp and first import the new style from Styles & Templates-> Download/Upload Style-> Import Style
    1. Browse and select the style/xenvb4-style.xml from your computer
    2. Let "Create a New Style" as is
    3. Just in case, is better to set "Ignore Style Version" to YES
    4. Let other settings as is
    5. Click Import
  4. XenvB4 comes with a set of plugins and templates, so you need to import the product file. Select Plugins & Products-> Manage Products
  5. Click Add/Import Product and select product-xenvb4.xml from your computer. Is good to set "Allow Overwrite" to YES.

Configuration



If XenvB4 installation was successful is time to configure it. First of all you must complete the follow steps which are important for XenvB4 operation.
  1. XenvB4 add the default forum icon and forum cover to your existing forums, but you need to update the cache to see them working. If you don't do this, all your existing forums will not show any icon or cover. Goto Admincp-> Maintenance-> General Update Tools and Rebuild Forum Information.
  2. Now is time to set User Profile Avatar and Cover Photo. I never understood the reason why these dimensions are not Global but per Usergroup. So you must edit one by one all your Usergroups and modify Picture Uploading Permissions with the values:
    1. Can Upload Profile Pictures : YES
    2. Can Upload Animated Profile Picture : NO
    3. Profile Picture Maximum Width : 1200
    4. Profile Picture Maximum Height : 340
    5. Profile Picture Maximum File-Size : 1024000
    6. Can Upload Custom Avatars : YES
    7. Can Upload Animated Avatar : NO
    8. Custom Avatar Maximum Width : 150
    9. Custom Avatar Maximum Height : 150
    10. Custom Avatar Maximum File-Size : 200000
  3. Back to Maintenance-> General Update Tools and Rebuild Custom Avatar Thumbnails
  4. At xenvb4/images/ you can overwrite the default images. Even if it's ok to use images with different dimensions, I highly recommend to use the default dimensions:
    1. email_logo.png (119 X 46)
    2. footer_logo.png (250 X 60)
    3. noavatar.png (150 X 150)
    4. nocover.png (1200 X 340) for both forum cover and profile cover.

Core Modifications



Depending on your configuration, may there are some changes that you need to do in core files. Unfortunately vBulletin license does not allows distribution of core files, so you must modify them on your own.

1.- HTML Emails
If you want to replace Text emails with HTML emails, you must edit the file: includes/class_mail.php
Line 285
Replace:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

With:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Line 294
Replace:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

With

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

PS: If you already did these changes before when you installed ProjectvB4, the only change on this file is line 294

2.- Editor Emoticons
If you want to hide the emoticons from the right side of the editor to earn some space in mobile view (emoticon will still be available from the button menu), you must edit the file includes/functions_editor.php. Open it with a text editor (not Word and similar), and change line 551
From:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

To:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

3.- Poll icon in Forum/Thread lists
To replace the Poll icon with a FA icon, your need to edit the file includes/functions_forumlist.php line 592
From:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

To:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

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Old 14 Jul 2020, 19:09
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Good or Bad, this is what I was able to do in profile page, spending my whole day. Just header and sidebar. Main section tomorrow.
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Old 15 Jul 2020, 08:36
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Don't remember if vB4 supports user status message, but I added a simple one. Easy to add/update it in user panel, and appears to Modal Profile. I'll also add it to profile page.
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Old 15 Jul 2020, 13:10
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I think these modifications are very appropriate in the initial releases
And the next is definitely the best
Thank you so much
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And here is WGO, something that I forgot from Forum home. Without fancy colors and icons.
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Old 20 Jul 2020, 09:48
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Now, I really need your help for testing purposes. It was so frustrated, when I realized yesterday that, after spending a full day working on Calendar, Albums, and Groups, I've forgot to change the links to member profile, to open the modal window, instead to redirect to full profile page.


That's why I'm kindling asking you to register in my site and try as most as you can the sections. What I want you to test are:
  1. If the design is responsive
  2. If the member link open the modal window instead to redirect to the profile page.
  3. If a page has a sidebar, if the sidebar opens in the side panel.
  4. Any other design mess.
I've started a forum "Testing ProjectvB4" which has prefixes for the above 4 options. This way you'll help me to speed up the realize.


Please note that currently I've install the Forum only version, so you'll not see any CMS or Blog page.


https://www.projectvb4.com/


Thank you
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Old 20 Jul 2020, 17:00
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This looks like a great project you have going. Really looking forward to seeing it be developed.
I've always liked VB4, so it's nice to see that VB4 might get a new life with a new look.
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Old 20 Jul 2020, 17:03
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Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
This looks like a great project you have going. Really looking forward to seeing it be developed.
I've always liked VB4, so it's nice to see that VB4 might get a new life with a new look.
Should have a new life, I'm sure for it. Especially if IB gives me the permission to modify core files to keep PHP compatibility. Actually I'm thinking to give them the full project to include it as default theme (with all extra features), if they accept to put it back to life.
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Old 22 Jul 2020, 19:01
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Originally Posted by ChrisTERiS View Post
Should have a new life, I'm sure for it. Especially if IB gives me the permission to modify core files to keep PHP compatibility. Actually I'm thinking to give them the full project to include it as default theme (with all extra features), if they accept to put it back to life.
I doubt they'll give you permission, even if vB4 is EOL (and has been for quite some time). And I definitely would not hand the project over to them.

I run a vB4 forum at the moment with a whole bunch of code changes and updated features and I wouldn't dream of handing the source over to IB.
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Old 26 Jul 2020, 19:48
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I doubt they'll give you permission, even if vB4 is EOL (and has been for quite some time). And I definitely would not hand the project over to them.

I run a vB4 forum at the moment with a whole bunch of code changes and updated features and I wouldn't dream of handing the source over to IB.
Would you thinking about publish your version to the public ?
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Originally Posted by mako1590 View Post
Would you thinking about publish your version to the public ?
...Wrong post ...
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Old 27 Jul 2020, 19:36
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Originally Posted by mako1590 View Post
Would you thinking about publish your version to the public ?
Wouldn't be possible without breaching several laws, unfortunately. I'd write a guide but there was more extensive things I added like using filp/whoops for error pages instead of the built-in vB error handler, and it would take forever to filter things like that out.
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Old 28 Jul 2020, 11:52
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New licenses can't even download vBulletin 4.x

So, you're either doing all this for existing customers who refuse to move on ...

or you're wasting your time.
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Old 28 Jul 2020, 12:30
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Originally Posted by In Omnibus View Post
New licenses can't even download vBulletin 4.x
This is an advantage, not disadvantage. No updates means no extra work to adjust my code with any new release.
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So, you're either doing all this for existing customers who refuse to move on ...
Even if there are some of them, I mainly do it for my own use and pleasure.
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or you're wasting your time.
Be sure that I'm not wasting my time There are thousands left alone in the ship. Even for vB3. Do you know how many new Admins started a forum with vBulletin latelly? When they can find a license for less than $50, why not give a try?
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 20:51
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Originally Posted by In Omnibus View Post
New licenses can't even download vBulletin 4.x

So, you're either doing all this for existing customers who refuse to move on ...

or you're wasting your time.
In fairness, I think people are more likely to want to stick with vB4 than upgrade and move over to the absolute mess that is vB5.
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In fairness, I think people are more likely to want to stick with vB4 than upgrade and move over to the absolute mess that is vB5.
vB5 is not "a mess" but you would have to be using it to know that.
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