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Add Popular Share Buttons (Facebook/Twitter/Etc...) to VB5 without Mods or Templates
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by BirdOPrey5 BirdOPrey5 is offline 03 Mar 2014
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This option was first conceived as a way to allow vBCloud users the ability to get Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media sharing buttons on their sites. vBCloud does not allow access to templates or 3rd party modifications for security reasons so using the existing mods were out of the question.

Despite being created with vBCloud users in mind there is no reason this could not be used by any vBulletin 5 customer, cloud or not.

The final product will look like this- you will need to choose a custom color for your site, I'm using a sky blue:

You can see the live demo at

The trick to this is to use the Header's Ad Location template to hold the HTML and JavaScript code needed for the various buttons, and then do some basic styling with inline CSS.

To start make sure Site Editor is enabled and click on the Header button at the top of VB5.

Make sure one header ad is selected and click the Edit button as shown below:

Then click the button to Add New Ad.

You will now be on the screen below:

Enter a title like: Share Buttons

In the larger white box below the title goes the main code. Copy and paste in the following code-

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Please note that the code in red should be customized before you save the ad.

I will explain what each code is for below-
  • rgb(102, 140, 202) - This is the background color of the entire div- it spans the full width of the document and should be a color that either blends into your header graphic (like mine does) or a perhaps another color used on your page. It is of course up to you.
  • date-via="vBulletin" - This should be Your Twitter Account username. If you don't have a twitter username you can leave vBulletin or just leave it blank. Tweets created using the Tweet button will automatically have the "via" username attached- however the user has the option of deleting this before making the tweet.
  • BirdOPrey5 (2 instances) - These also should be changed to your Twitter Username. A "Follow" button will appear allowing users to easily follow you by clicking on the button. If you prefer to have no follow button you can find the following code:

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Then edit just the first line of the above code so it says:

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That will hide the follow button but still allow the Tweet button to work.

Then that is pretty much it. Save the ad, make sure it is active, and save all changes.

You will have your own share buttons without the need for any 3rd party mods.

Some addition code you can put in the ad location above is -

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This is a hidden image, no one will see it load but Facebook will know it is there and use it as the image when someone shares your page.

Change the image URL in Red to the URL of the image you want Facebook to show.

Important - This image cannot be an attachment on your cloud or any other vBulletin site- this must be a real JPG, PNG, or GIF image and the URL must end in one of those extensions. If you do not have anywhere to host the image you can use a free image host like

Facebook needs an image at least 200px x 200px in size. The image should be close to or perfectly square. An 800px x 800px or larger image would be ideal.

You can add multiple lines to give Facebook multiple choices for the image.

Any other images included on pages (such as in posts) may also get picked up by Facebook. Images in posts must be real images using the [img] bbcode, not attachments.
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Last edited by BirdOPrey5; 04 Mar 2014 at 11:32..
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Old 09 Sep 2014, 19:33
classicrv classicrv is offline
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Working well on 5.1.4. This is a great add on!! Thank you!!

Last edited by classicrv; 11 Feb 2015 at 17:23.
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