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Rotating Banner System
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (141 votes - 4.71 average) Installs: 1239
Released: 16 Aug 2008 Last Update: 09 Sep 2013 Downloads: 11089
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With the Rotating Banner System software, you may publish literally anywhere standard banners and advertising, with no restriction but your imagination. Unlike many other products, it allows to show an unlimited amount of banners and advertising, which are randomly shown at the places you choose, and you may refer generically to an Ad by using specific placeholders.

Also the management is straight-forward and simple to use. Forum administrators with maintenance rights may add, edit and delete records from the Administration Control Panel (ACP), one of each representing a banner. After saving the new banner settings, they are immediately visible at your board.

Compatibility: from vBulletin 3.6.5 onwards

By the way, I do also install the hack on your boards, but since I am very, very busy, it may take some time (weeks) until it gets done.


Tutorials:Updates:
  • 2.0.1: Simple click tracker added, HTML help included.
  • 2.0.3: Small bug fixes; additional banner list, navigation bar, E-Mail field for banner event notifications and automatic save on scroll setting; absolute URL to rbs_banner.php in order to allow click tracking on non-standard pages; supported languages: English, Italian; Help file clean-up.
  • 2.0.5: Small bug fixes; additional details in banner list; email notification for epired banners.
  • 2.0.6: vbCMS compatibility bug fix; additional banner lists.
  • 2.0.7: Usergroups filter: now it is possible to define a list of usergroups which may show a banner; additional vbCMS compatibility bug fix.
  • 2.0.8: Various fixes and most of all, inclusion of the right files: admin_rbs.php, cpnav_rbs.xml
  • 2.0.9: Extra comma fix in new record creation.
  • 2.1.0: Fix for an occasional banner type selection bug, when the sample banners have been deleted or disabled.
  • 2.2.0 (Major upgrade): Up to 10 different banner locations. Requires changes to your existing placeholders in your templates, since a more generic format has been chosen. If you don't need more than 2 different locations, you don't need to upgrade. Changed files: rbs_banner.php, admin_rbs.php
  • 2.2.1: Minor bug fix in files: admin_rbs_h_banner_list.php, admin_rbs_v_banner_list.php
  • 2.2.1: Hotfix for Max Clicks saving bug.
  • 2.2.2: More listings and less files. PDF Help. Separate Italian add-ons and help. Duplicate button.
  • 2.2.3: Minor bug fixes. Changed files: product-rbs.xml
  • 2.2.4: Flash Banner support (beta). Changed files: product-rbs.xml, rbs_wrapper.swf, admin_rbs.php, English Help.
  • 2.2.5: Hotfix for vBulletin 4.0.2 compatibility bug.
  • 2.2.6: Checking for installed Flash Wrapper rbs_wrapper.swf; A few English FAQ; Help files. Changed files: product-rbs.xml
  • 2.3.0 (Major upgrade): New modules: Delete Expired Banners, Disable Expired Banners; Detail Banner Statistics with unique access key for your customers; Updated help; Changed files: all.
  • 2.3.1: Hotfix for missing field in rbs_hist table. Changed files: none, just update product.
  • 2.3.2: Added: Unsupported option for setting any number of available positions between 1 and big bang. Fixed: Small bug and speed issues. Removed: Italian translation. Italians may now request support at www.vbulletin.it. Changed files: admin_rbs.php.
  • 2.3.3: Fix: Copy selected forum ID's during banner duplication. Changed: start and end hours for new banners are set to 0:00 and 23:59 respectively. Changed files: admin_rbs.php.
  • 2.3.4: Option: Send Mail Before. This option allows to schedule expiring banners differently. New variables for emails: $rbs_enddate: This variable holds the formatted banner ending date and time based on the standard formats for date and time in vBulletin settings; $rbs_name: This variable holds the banner name. EMail Notifications option description: Added direct links to the email phrases for quick changes. Changed files: rbs_mail_cron.php.
  • 2.4.0 (Major upgrade): Removed: Option to enable or disable mailing. Banners with email addresses to notify are handled. Setting to reset mailing in single banners. Now, if mailing should be repeated, you will have to edit the banner from phpMyAdmin. Added: Order links in lists. The initial state is ordered by ID, as before. By clicking the titles, the other voices can be ordered. Clicking twice inverts the order. This works in all lists. Options to prevent counting and reducing thus a tiny bit of load. A new bunch of demo banners for new installations. Demo banners are locked into database in order to avoid 30% of the questions because of the 'experts' deleting them before trying the product. They can be disabled and modified though. The true experts can delete them after all testing from the database by using phpMyAdmin without side effects. Changes: Phrase for emailing about expiring banners, now also with direct links to the phrases. Demo banners. Our old publisher ID is replaced with the new ones, and old demo banners are updated with the new ones, if found. The functions have been exported to includes/functions_rbs.php. This makes the product code smaller and easier to maintain, and runs faster on sites where caching/acceleration is enabled. Changed Files: all *.php
  • 2.4.1: Option Likelihood. This new option adds a weight to banners and allows thus to show one banner more often than another. The default weight is 100%. We also make sure that the final date of the default banners falls into a valid range. Changed files: includes/functions_rbs.php and rbs_stats.php.
  • 2.4.2: Workaround for update sequence problems.
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  #1666  
Old 09 Jan 2012, 09:52
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Originally Posted by Mopar1973Man View Post
Is there any other way of including the image size to the banners?
I have added this feature request to the wish list. At the next review I'll add width and height to the IMG tag, if the given values are > 0.
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Old 09 Jan 2012, 09:57
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Originally Posted by M4T VW View Post
Am i able to add in a static banner on a chosen page? Sponsored by a company so only want their banner up on that part of the forum.
I have added a banner to the standard advertising part of VB4 with the HTML of
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I would like it to display only banner number 6 on that part of the forum. So for it to stop rotating untill they go to another part of the forum.

It doesnt seem to stop though...
Beyond standard places for vB4, you need also to select a forum section for the single banner.

The locations are not banner numbers. The banner locations are places where you want to rotate one or more banners. In most configurations you will use only location 0 for all imaginable rotating advertising over and over again, and just fill the database with banners at location 0 with filters, such as forum sections, user groups, date and time, or no filters at all.
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Old 09 Jan 2012, 20:30
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Many thanks for your reply.
So with your system, Is there a way to have it normally rolling but when a user gets to a certain part of the forum, Only the 1 banner is shown, Not rotating?
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Old 10 Jan 2012, 02:41
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Originally Posted by y2ksw View Post
I have added this feature request to the wish list. At the next review I'll add width and height to the IMG tag, if the given values are > 0.
Thank you!
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Old 10 Jan 2012, 08:09
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Originally Posted by M4T VW View Post
Many thanks for your reply.
So with your system, Is there a way to have it normally rolling but when a user gets to a certain part of the forum, Only the 1 banner is shown, Not rotating?
The system itself is always rotating, but if you have only one banner for a single situation, only one banner is rotated, thus appears to be static.

In a typical situation you'll have for example a banner on the right of the logo, shown to all visitors, and section specific banners show below the menues. For this scenario you would use location 0 for the header and location 1 for ad_below_navbar. Location 0 banners are many and have no section specific restrictions, while location 1 banners have the sections selected where they may appear. Thus, all sections which have a location 1 banner will show one, the others not, while in the header always be a banner no matter what (unless there is no one in the database).
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 12:37
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Ciao Giovanni!

I'm currently running version 2.2.6. Can I safely upgrade without losing my customer's banners?
Is there anything special I need to know to perform a safe upgrade?

Thanks!!

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Old 11 Jan 2012, 14:05
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Has anybody tried the new "Send Mail Before" option? I've tried various different number of days, run the cron manually but I don't get any results? Has anyone tested it on vb 3.8? Thanks.
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 15:15
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Originally Posted by boodog View Post
Ciao Giovanni!

I'm currently running version 2.2.6. Can I safely upgrade without losing my customer's banners?
Is there anything special I need to know to perform a safe upgrade?

Thanks!!
You should be able to do so ... however, you may make a backup/copy of the tables beginning with rbs_ or all your forum database (which is always a good idea anyways).
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 15:17
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Originally Posted by viper357 View Post
Has anybody tried the new "Send Mail Before" option? I've tried various different number of days, run the cron manually but I don't get any results? Has anyone tested it on vb 3.8? Thanks.
Do you have email addresses in the banners and do they have still to be sent? Mailing works just only once for each banner unless you reset the mailing state with the option at the bottom.
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 17:39
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Originally Posted by y2ksw View Post
Images have no width and height values. If you need them anyway, you may use the flash wrapper, which also loads standard images.
thanks
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 18:04
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hi again...

i just realise, the "Click Tracking" wont work with the google adsense

is this a bug? or i miss something with the configuration? no problem with flash / image banner for the click tracking.

thanks
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 18:19
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Originally Posted by Gripi View Post
hi again...

i just realise, the "Click Tracking" wont work with the google adsense

is this a bug? or i miss something with the configuration? no problem with flash / image banner for the click tracking.

thanks
Click tracking does not work with scripts unless they are specifically crafted. The help file and the option itself says:

Click Tracking: If this option is enabled, a script counts the number of clicks on standard images. This option has no effect on scripts.
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 19:27
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Originally Posted by y2ksw View Post
You should be able to do so ... however, you may make a backup/copy of the tables beginning with rbs_ or all your forum database (which is always a good idea anyways).
Can you point me in the right direction to make a copy of my rbs_ tables before I upgrade to the new version of your software? I'm sorry, but this is not something I'm familiar with doing
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 19:42
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Originally Posted by boodog View Post
Can you point me in the right direction to make a copy of my rbs_ tables before I upgrade to the new version of your software? I'm sorry, but this is not something I'm familiar with doing
You better get used to making regular db backups. I use a script that saves mine daily and another script to download it to my local hard drive. Monthly I do complete site backups using cpanel and download those locally also.

Realistically, you aren't going to want to restore old tables after an upgrade, which is the harder part compared to backing them up.
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Old 11 Jan 2012, 22:42
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Originally Posted by Videx View Post
You better get used to making regular db backups. I use a script that saves mine daily and another script to download it to my local hard drive. Monthly I do complete site backups using cpanel and download those locally also.

Realistically, you aren't going to want to restore old tables after an upgrade, which is the harder part compared to backing them up.
Thanks Videx. I have an automated script running on my server that makes daily database backups for me. My hosting company help me set it up. So far I've not had a failure so I've never needed to do a restore. So I assume those tables are in my backup. I thought maybe it'd be easier to back up just the banner tables in case something goes wrong with my upgrade. Sadly, I have little knowledge of database related things.
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