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Complete Wordpress/Vbulletin Bridge - Share Users And Postings
Mod Version: 3.05, by Jafo232 (Coder) Jafo232 is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (71 votes - 4.42 average) Installs: 1260
Released: 21 Dec 2006 Last Update: 16 Feb 2011 Downloads: 4381
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DOES NOT WORK FOR Vbulletin 4.x

This version probably no longer works for Wordpress 3.x. I have started developing this product over and have released the NEW version here:

This mod bridges your Vbulletin users over to Wordpress. You can also use Vbulletin as your comment engine instead of the spammy one built into Wordpress. You can display the comments inline in your post. You need not use the comment feature, if your only interested in sharing users.

You can map your Vbulletin Usergroups to Wordpress Usergroups and those users will then be recognized as registered Wordpress users.

For example, user "Joe" registers at your forum and logs in. Joe then clicks on your Wordpress page. Joe is instantly added to the Wordpress user base with the permissions you set for his usergroup. In otherwords, if a user comes over belonging to the "Registered User" group, you can select that he is placed in the Wordpress "Subscriber" usergroup.

If you change a users group from vbulletin, it will automatically change in Wordpress.

  • DOES NOT and WILL NEVER support Wordpress MU.
  • Wordpress and Vbulletin scripts must reside on the same physical server.
  • Wordpress and Vbulletin must use the same domain name.
  • Stable Wordpress Version greater than or equal to 2.5.
  • If your WP login name is the same as your VB username, this user will NOT be ported! If this was the case, you could lose your WP admin rights if there was an error, or if you deactivated the plugin.
  • DOES work for Vbulletin 3.7.
  • Please don't ask if it works for any BETA versions of Vbulletin. I do not know and will not convert this to the latest version of VB (whatever it is at the time you are reading this) until the version is released as non-beta.
  • If you delete a user, you must do so in both Wordpress and Vbulletin.
  • If you are using XMLRPC to post with applications such as Windows Live Writer, you must change the password of the author in the WORDPRESS admin cp, after the user is ported over from VB. If you are not integrating users, then you do not have to.
  • Chances are, this will not work when VB and Wordpress are located in different sub domains. I.E. - Cookie issue.
  • I did the best I could in determining your forums file path with the script. There may be certain script setups that cannot find the file path properly, in which case you may get errors that the script cannot find or open /config.php. If this is the case, please HARDCODE your ABSOLUTE path to the forum in vbridge.php.

    To do this find:

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

    And uncomment the last line, and change the path to your forums path:

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

Common Mistakes When Installing:
  • Using two different host names causes problems. If your forum URL contains, then your wordpress blog URL MUST contain the www. part of also. This goes for any other host name. Browsers are finnecky when it comes to cookies (as they should be).
  • Editors generally EDIT, not write. In Wordpress, editors don't show up in the post author drop down. This has nothing to do with this plugin, that is Wordpress code.
  • Make sure you DO NOT create a subdirectory for this plugin in the wp-content/plugins directory. Just upload it directly there.
  • If the admin username in Vbulletin is the same as the one in Wordpress (i.e. Admin), that user will NOT be able to login to the WP dashboard.
  • If you do not map users before you turn auto-integrate on, the plugin has no idea whether your allowed into the dashboard.
  • If you all of a sudden can't login to the dashboard, see the above two common mistakes.
  • FOLLOW the directions and make a test post first. Being in a rush and not testing will most likely turn out bad for you.
  • When you create a test user in VB to test mapping users, the test user MUST have an email address. If a VB users email address is blank, they will not map.

01/03/2007 - Fixed the unlock_tables() issue on some setups.

01/03/2007 - Fixed a bug in the script that if you used a MySQL database prefix, integration would not work. Please see this post for more information! Special thanks to axisoverdrive for giving me access to his server and letting me troubleshoot the issue!

01/05/2007 - Fixed issue where if a user saved (not published) and published later, the post would not be added to the forum.

01/05/2007 - When a post is edited, it will also be edited in the forum.

01/08/2007 - Modified slightly so when posts are edited, so are the titles (if edited).

02/07/2007 - Major modifications to new version (now 2.05). The list follows:
  • Reworked the code so it uses the $vbulletin object throughout the code especially during the bridging process.
  • Users are bridged whether they checked the "Remember Me" box or not.
  • Removed a couple of SQL calls that became redundant.
  • Addressed a bug where if a user logged out of the dashboard, it only logged them out of VB.
  • Added Inline Comments capability. Comments posted to the forum (using VB for comments) will now appear at the bottom of a WP Post when viewing the post.
  • Author user names can now be linked to their VB profile page if desired.
  • Added option to turn off posting to forum. All this really does is remove the "Select Forum To Post To" option when writing a post. (There you go AxisOverdrive )
  • The $vbulletin object should now be available in all templates and most plugins.
  • Fixed a bug where deactivating any plugin would semi deactivate this plugin.
  • With the reduction in SQL calls, and the removal of now unnecessary variables, speed and memory use should be improved.
  • Fixed problem where upload iframe was a bit mangled.
  • Fixed problem where users had to refresh the dashboard once after logging in.
  • Fixed problem that arose from Wordpress 2.2.1 upgrade that would not allow activation.
  • Fixed logout issue where users would still be logged into Wordpress.
  • When a Wordpress post is deleted, so is the thread it created.
  • Added option to allow thread posted from Wordpress article to be truncated, with a linkback to the article.
  • Fixed issue when user re-activates plugin, and vb_threadid column already exists. Now checks for column first.
  • Removed a stray VB_Init() call.
  • Forums that do not allow threads will not be selectable in the drop down menu when writing a post.
  • Forums are listed out in a parent/child nested pattern.
  • (Note: 367 downloads of version 2.05)
11/29/07 - 3.00
  • Added TABLE_PREFIX throughout the script instead of the get_option('vbb_VBPRX') call. get_option('vbb_VBPRX') is now deprecated.
  • Addressed path issues by establishing $vwd first. If for some reason there are path issues on an install, the path only needs to be manually changed once, at the beginning of the script.
  • Removed call to admin_db.php which seems to no longer be necessary.
  • Changed all queries to the VB database to be handled by the $vbulletin object. This should facilitate multiple database configurations.
  • Added limited XMLRPC support.
  • Had to include a basic copy of the functions_wysiwyg.php file (functions_wysiwyg2.php) with a minor change in the sanitize_url function (now sanitize_vburl) as it conflicts with a new WP function of the same name. Otherwise, this is identical to the VB release. This was necessary to keep formatting somewhat uniform between the two.
  • Removed unnecessary globals.
  • Changed the global.php call so it always loads. $vbulletin should be available throughout the code (via global in functions).
  • Edited some code around wysiwyg functions of VB, and conversions to vbcode.
  • Added "Turn Plugin On" option.
  • Fixed an issue with the forum list on the "Write Post" page. Default forum was not being auto selected in some cases.
  • Modified from BETA so that the new functions_wysiwyg2.php file is loaded using the WP ABSPATH constant. Requires the plugin to stay in the plugins directory.
  • Fix an error message when a post was deleted in VB, then edited in WP.
12/10/07 - 3.01
  • Fixed two <? tags that should have been <?php (pointed out by Amenadiel)
03/31/08 - 3.02
  • Fixed media-upload clash for new version of Wordpress (2.5).
  • Added fix that will now delete threads in VB when the post is deleted in WP and not using Ajax delete.
  • Added code to insert a default email address if VB users email address is blank upon bridging.
  • Fixed a bug in user roles for the new version 2.5.1 of Wordpress.
  • Fixed issue where CSS was munging scrolling text box when selecting a forum during a post
  • Fixed an issue where content encoding was getting screwey between WP and VP creating a lot of unintended characters (only on PHP installs where utf8_decode() exists (most)).
  • Fixed issue where post count of a user did not change
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Special Thanks:

axisoverdrive - Debugging Help, Kyraal - Paypal Donation, Kalina - Paypal Donation, Wildcard27 - Paypal Donation, Shri - Paypal Donation, pspcrazy - Paypal Donation, Tomahoochi - Paypal Donation.

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Old 23 Dec 2007, 05:08
pspcrazy pspcrazy is offline
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Thanks Jafo, i was going nuts lol. Also jafo any luck with getting the new one to work with wp 2.2? If not that's cool but i'm sure a lot of us would love it.
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Old 23 Dec 2007, 08:49
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
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Not really.. I am basically only going to develop for one version..
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Old 23 Dec 2007, 14:29
LBSources LBSources is offline
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Real name: Lenny

Hey Jafo .. Happy Holidays..

I'm currently running VBBridgeII on 2.3.1 and all is well with the exception that it doesnt post to the VBUsers I defined in the vbbridge settings. Any ideas?

I dont mind upgrading, but I dont want to lose my semi-working environment here. Aside from the upgrade docs, is there anything else which I need to be aware of?

Should the comment handling edits be modified? I know that there is a bit that needs modifying..


It is now:

Can I just make those edits and leave the whole bit in place?
Anything else?


So I took the leap ..

All I had to change from looking at both codes in diffmerge was

It is now:


$reply userid ?>><?php echo $reply username


$reply[userid] ?>><?php echo $reply[username]
Jafo.. that seem right? Seems everything is wokring.. I also realized why it sbeen posting as me and not the user defined.. The username I'm using to author DOES have a vb username..

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Last edited by LBSources; 23 Dec 2007 at 15:12.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 03:49
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
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Yeah, that is the only change in the template $reply-> to $reply[]..
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Old 26 Dec 2007, 02:28
pspcrazy pspcrazy is offline
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Well Jafo your new plugin, the v3 one of course I haven't used the old one yet, for some reason when I edit makes my thread title, blank and it's contact blank, but when I make a new thread it works fine, just when I edit my wordpress post does it mess up. I pm'd you my login info if needed.
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Old 26 Dec 2007, 09:53
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
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You should probably look through your servers error log and see if an error is being thrown when this happens.
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Old 26 Dec 2007, 10:46
pspcrazy pspcrazy is offline
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Thanks for the reply but believe it or not no error of anysort comes up! Is there a vbulletin version that it must also be? I'm on 3.6.7.

NVM: i upgraded and it's still not allowing me to edit the posts without messing up the threads.

Edit2: After some playing around with the plugins it seems the problem is: The Google XML Sitemaps plugin latest version:

Can you test this out and figure out what the bug is? Both are essential plugins for my site. Thanks and good luck!

Man I'm a genius, J/K: Fixed it by activating this option in the Google XML Options: Build the sitemap in a background process (You don't have to wait when you save a post)

Happy Holidays Everyone

Last edited by pspcrazy; 26 Dec 2007 at 13:26.
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Old 26 Dec 2007, 14:00
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
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Yeah, the Google Sitemap plugin for WP has had some issues with WP itself lately. I have disabled it a while ago. I use one of the Python scripts that google supplies and run it via crontab...
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Old 28 Dec 2007, 02:11
Captain DDL Captain DDL is offline
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I read that if the sites files are on two domains, it probably wouldn't work...but I'm assuming different directories would be okay? (I.E. and

Also, how does this affect the site's performance? Here lately, we've been getting the 'Digg effect' (craploads of traffic within a short amount of time) about once a week or'd suck to start using this and then be offline throughout the Digg wave.
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Old 28 Dec 2007, 04:05
LBSources LBSources is offline
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Jafo .. It i wanted to pull latest comments in the same way that WP pulls them 'natively' so that I can use them on the sidebar, how would I do that?

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Old 28 Dec 2007, 15:20
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
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I have no idea.
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Old 28 Dec 2007, 17:09
amitpatel_3001 amitpatel_3001 is offline
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Why are the forum post count showing as 0?
I have linked via Admin profile and the post count even after 2 posts via the blog posts it shows that the post count = 0
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Old 28 Dec 2007, 17:11
LBSources LBSources is offline
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Originally Posted by Jafo232 View Post
I have no idea.
C'mon Jafo you have to be able to help a little bit with this ..

Can I hire you outside of this thread to determine how this can be done?

Because basically when using this hack the abilities to have comment RSS & widgets is lost if you dont know how to hook them; which I dont know..

Your help is definitely appreciated

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Old 28 Dec 2007, 18:17
wildcard27 wildcard27 is offline
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Hi Jafo, I recently moved servers and reinstalled everything (newer versions also). I'm running vB 3.6.8 & WordPress 2.3.1.

Now I constantly get this error when I try to add a new WP article.

Warning: main(DIR/includes/functions_newpost.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/wldcreat/ on line 18

Fatal error: main(): Failed opening required 'DIR/includes/functions_newpost.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/wldcreat/ on line 18
I have the following hacks installed:
  • Custom Status Icons Per Forum
  • vBSEO
  • vBSEO :: Sitemap Generator
  • Welcome Headers
Can you please help me out? I saw another guy on page 49 had the same problem, but the solution you gave him didn't work for me.



Last edited by wildcard27; 29 Dec 2007 at 09:22. Reason: go 3 posts down for solution to this problem
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Old 28 Dec 2007, 18:20
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d8tabyte d8tabyte is offline
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I was thinking about this too - I PM'd Jafo but he never replied, so I'll post here.

I was thinking perhaps there is a way to insert the comments into the comment table. I mean, if we can pull them into the individual wordpress posts, there has to be a way to insert it into the wordpress tables too at the time of submitting comment.


Post is made in WP and forum
Users comment within forum
At the time of clicking submit - wordpress table is accessed, post is referenced and comment is inserted, as well as the VB table
use recent comments plugin to query wordpress table


figure out a way to edit the wordpress recent comments plugin to query the vb table, I just dont know how you would know which comment belongs to a wordpress post, unless a prefix is added to posts submitted to the forum through wordpress..

Jafo - this help at all?
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