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Limited Guest Viewing -- Motivate Guests to Register
Mod Version: 2.0.1, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.x Rating: (34 votes - 4.76 average) Installs: 686
Released: 10 May 2008 Last Update: 10 Dec 2008 Downloads: 3893
Not Supported Uses Plugins Template Edits  

Version 2.0 of this addon which allows for IP tracking using a mySQL database has been released. This is an optional feature which is disabled by default.


With vBulletin, forum guests are able to view endless amounts of content without being directly asked or forced to register no matter how many times they come back. The purpose of the Limited Guest Viewing System is to drive in registrations by limiting the number of threads guests are able to view without interruption.

This plugin offers two options which can be used to drive in more registrations. The first option allows you to show a reminder message or advertisement after a guest has viewed a certain number of threads. The second option puts up a roadblock stopping guests from viewing threads altogether after reaching a certain number of views. Both options work together to encourage and ultimately force anonymous visitors to either register or login but can also be used separately based on your individual needs.


Modifications/ Instructions:
Template edits: 1
Plugins: 1 (adds 1 template and several settings)
SQL Queries: 2 [1 insert/update] (optional)

This template hack should take under 5 minutes to implement and customize.

Customizing the content / messages:
To customize which messages appear or what they say, go to vBulletin options, select the “Limited Guest Viewing System” group and configure the options as desired. Each phase can be modified by adding translation text.

Through the ACP you can enable or disable each option, specify the number of threads that can be viewed before the option is enabled and input any forums you wish to exclude from being blocked.

Search Engine Bots (Spiders):

This plugin is intended to use cookies as a result few if any bots will be impacted when it comes to spidering your site [bots do not generally use cookies]. Users with IP logging enabled face more potential impact from spiders. For a full explanation of the impact on bots please read the install file. Questions about this issue should be asked after the install file will be read otherwise responses will direct you to read the file.

IP/ Database Logging:
As of version 2.0 this addon now allows for IP logging via mySQL instead of just using cookies. IP logging tracks visitors by IP address stopping issues associated with cookie clearing making the system more secure. This is optional and is turned off by default.




There are 3 possible downsides of this option you should be aware of.
  1. The system adds an additional query and update every time a guest views a thread which adds to your server load.
  2. Some users on ISPs like AOL share IPs and could be forced to register without being able to access any threads.
  3. While spiders often change IPs and are specifically excluded (by hostmask) from the addon this is not absolute and it is possible they could be blocked. See the install file for more on this.
Welcome headers compatibility:
The Limited Guest Viewing is designed to work with the Welcome Headers System version 3.6 without any conflict. If you are using the notices system in 3.7 there is the possibility of duplicating messages.

Updates
- 12/10/2008 - Bug update to fix issue #2-01
-10/30/2008 - Release of version 2.0 beta
-05/04/2008 - Release of 3.7.0 version

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Add-On Releases Limited Guest Viewing -- Improve community registration rates Ted S vBulletin 3.6 Add-ons 497 29 Jan 2011 07:54

  #151  
Old 03 Nov 2008, 04:53
abrecher abrecher is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
I think a good option to add to this mod is to have a link at the bottom of the annoyance message that allows them to skip signing up for another X posts read. We should be able to set that # and we could have a max # they can view until they're totally locked out.
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  #152  
Old 03 Nov 2008, 06:07
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by abrecher View Post
I think a good option to add to this mod is to have a link at the bottom of the annoyance message that allows them to skip signing up for another X posts read. We should be able to set that # and we could have a max # they can view until they're totally locked out.
Thank you for your suggestion!
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Old 06 Nov 2008, 22:39
Traxdata Traxdata is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
This is written for guests and isn't about posting but registering. I'd suggest looking at welcome headers if you want to get more posting.
let me say, for selected usergroups? possible or not?
thank you!
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  #154  
Old 07 Nov 2008, 06:08
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Traxdata View Post
let me say, for selected usergroups? possible or not?
thank you!
Possible, sure. Take modification though.
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  #155  
Old 09 Nov 2008, 10:23
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Konstantinos Konstantinos is offline
 
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how can we make that this mod instead of the showthread to work for header or headinclude so that user has limited viewing to ALL forum pages like profiles etc
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  #156  
Old 10 Nov 2008, 02:41
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Konstantinos View Post
how can we make that this mod instead of the showthread to work for header or headinclude so that user has limited viewing to ALL forum pages like profiles etc
You would have to modify the addon to look at all pages and conditions... basically take the logging function and rewrite where it's called.
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Old 10 Nov 2008, 10:25
djwins djwins is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
It would be cool if there was an option to "Include forum ids" in the admin page, rather than just exclude...

For those with many forums, it would be kind of annoying to enter in a whole bunch of numbers if they only want to use this on 1 or 2 forums.

Thanks for the cool mod!
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Old 11 Nov 2008, 10:49
desmomax desmomax is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Either way is fine.

Why? Not sure... if it's installed, on and the cookie is set it will show up. Send me a URL...
www.ilbraccoitaliano.net

ted,
i notice that a user can read anyway all threads.. it's enought click Archive and then your hack doesnt works and the user can read everything..

thanx
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Old 11 Nov 2008, 16:46
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Originally Posted by desmomax View Post
www.ilbraccoitaliano.net

ted,
i notice that a user can read anyway all threads.. it's enought click Archive and then your hack doesnt works and the user can read everything..

thanx
The archive is not covered by this hack nor is it meant to be.
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Old 11 Nov 2008, 17:02
desmomax desmomax is offline
 
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Ok.. i understand.. but so a guest is free to see all the threads..
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Old 11 Nov 2008, 19:40
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by desmomax View Post
Ok.. i understand.. but so a guest is free to see all the threads..
This addon works with front-end pages and stops people from viewing them or shows a message while they continue to view them depending on your settings. It does not affect the archive.
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Old 15 Nov 2008, 20:01
effeff70 effeff70 is offline
 
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i did it.... THX
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  #163  
Old 15 Nov 2008, 22:59
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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I am looking for ideas for the next upgrade of this addon.

The most common request I've received so far is to store access in the database making it harder for people to get around the block attempts (i.e. they can not just clear cookies). If this is something you would like please post to this thread indicating that. Based on feedback I will decide if this should be added (as an option of course).

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions as well.
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Old 15 Nov 2008, 23:52
Megatr0n Megatr0n is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
I am looking for ideas for the next upgrade of this addon.

The most common request I've received so far is to store access in the database making it harder for people to get around the block attempts (i.e. they can not just clear cookies). If this is something you would like please post to this thread indicating that. Based on feedback I will decide if this should be added (as an option of course).

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions as well.
So, there isn't any updates for this hack?
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  #165  
Old 16 Nov 2008, 06:05
eglyntine eglyntine is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Thumbs up

Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
I am looking for ideas for the next upgrade of this addon.

The most common request I've received so far is to store access in the database making it harder for people to get around the block attempts (i.e. they can not just clear cookies). If this is something you would like please post to this thread indicating that. Based on feedback I will decide if this should be added (as an option of course).

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions as well.
This would be extremely helpful. I have a Parenting Board and they like their privacy but I don't want to drive away new members just because they can't see the forums. This add-on was a great compromise for me but I have had the issue that ppl can just clear cookies and start all over again so I've had to limit the open forums greatly. With this kind of update I could open up more forums and possibly attract more members.

Thanks for all of the work you've done on this btw, it's a wonderful add-on!
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