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Limited Guest Viewing -- Motivate Guests to Register
Mod Version: 1.00, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (35 votes - 4.57 average) Installs: 550
Released: 12 Jan 2009 Last Update: Never Downloads: 3188
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Template Edits Additional Files  

vB4 Users Find the vB4 Version Here.

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, with database setting used)

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 (adds a read-and insert/update query).

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.

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  #181  
Old 11 Jan 2014, 17:02
cawnpore cawnpore is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
hmmm, may be I am becoming a little blind with all this time before computer but where exactly are the install instructions for this mod?
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Old 12 Jan 2014, 06:01
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Simon Lloyd Simon Lloyd is offline
 
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Try checking out the install.html supplied in the zip package!
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Old 12 Jan 2014, 21:06
cawnpore cawnpore is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Simon Lloyd View Post
Try checking out the install.html supplied in the zip package!
ah!
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Old 01 Feb 2014, 15:03
sweptwingnut sweptwingnut is offline
 
Join Date: May 2008
Installed Vb 3.8.7 working perfectly.

Thanks!
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Old 22 May 2014, 22:08
Ghostt Ghostt is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
it ads a query every page load? is this pluggin effect much load? if using it with cookie?

Last edited by Ghostt; 22 May 2014 at 22:27.
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Old 22 May 2014, 22:58
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ghostt View Post
it ads a query every page load? is this pluggin effect much load? if using it with cookie?
If you use the database option, it queries the database. If you do not use the database option, it does not have to query it. A simple read to check an an insert/update to save. Nothing giant but certainly something to consider.

Cookies are computed with just a couple quick if/then statements using a previously loaded library and module call. Pretty light but every addon is adding something.
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  #187  
Old 15 Aug 2021, 10:35
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lange lange is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Nice mod, thank you very much!

Maybe a vB5 version.
This mod still works on vb 3.8.11.
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