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Limited Guest Viewing -- Motivate Guests to Register
Mod Version: 2.1.0, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (76 votes - 4.76 average) Installs: 934
Released: 27 Dec 2009 Last Update: 21 Jul 2012 Downloads: 5743
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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 [or membership upgrades] by limiting the number of threads guests [or certain membergroups] 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.

Install Instructions:
Read the install file. Customize via admin settings & templates.

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):
Anything that changes your forum viewing can impact how search engines treat it. The cookie approach used by this modification is bypassed by many bots and, since people can still view posts, cloaking should not apply. Users with IP logging may face more restrictions although a filtering system lets defined spiders pass. This plugin is intended to limit repetitive viewing and not restrict people from single views.

For a full explanation of the impact on bots read the install file before asking questions.


Usergroup Limitations:

Version 2.1 introduces basic usergroup limiting with the same rules & messages guests get. Based on demand this may be extended to a per-usergroup level restriction and messaging in the future.

Change Log:
- 7.21.2012 - Update to 2.1.0 which adds usergroup limiting, fixes mySQL 5.5 support, removes the need for template editing, cleans up install guide. Upgrading is optional.

Mod Philosophy -- Drive Your Own Success:
All of my mods are inspired by my work in the digital industry and are designed to drive registrations, interaction or other engagement activities the core platform does not address. Each is designed to fit a general need by providing a starting point but it's on you to decide how to make things work to their best possible outcome. Don't stay in the box.

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  #496  
Old 11 Oct 2012, 21:39
steeler7 steeler7 is offline
 
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The background color for the 2nd picture... that needs changed. What is pulling the background from and where in your code so it can be changed? I have a general idea where it's pulling from and it's not something I can change the background of for other reasons, so I need to be able to change it in the code to this mod.

Thanks
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Old 11 Oct 2012, 21:47
steeler7 steeler7 is offline
 
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Nevermind. I just replaced the class in

<div class="thread_controls lgvcontrol"

with one that had a more suitable backghround for me (I used the one for Notices)

Excellent Mod by the way!
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Old 11 Oct 2012, 22:44
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by steeler7 View Post
Nevermind. I just replaced the class in

<div class="thread_controls lgvcontrol"

with one that had a more suitable backghround for me (I used the one for Notices)

Excellent Mod by the way!
Thanks!
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 14:52
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I've looked through this thread, but can't see my question anywhere...

What effects does this plugin have on Google spiders?

Will Google / Yahoo / Bing bots get this (error message) when spidering my forum?
Or will they by pass this register page?

The mod is great, I would just like to know will it damage the site from an SEO point of view?
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 15:06
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Originally Posted by dog-tag View Post
I've looked through this thread, but can't see my question anywhere...
What effects does this plugin have on Google spiders?
You must have missed post #1 and the included instructions also.
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 smaller spiders but should still be unaffected on the major engines. For a full explanation of the impact on bots read the install file before asking questions.
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 15:31
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Originally Posted by steeler7 View Post
Nevermind. I just replaced the class in

<div class="thread_controls lgvcontrol"

with one that had a more suitable backghround for me (I used the one for Notices)

Excellent Mod by the way!
Could you instruct in more details for me please?
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 20:11
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will it work with version 4.2 ?
Please let me know.
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Old 18 Oct 2012, 02:46
sweetpotato sweetpotato is offline
 
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Yes, it work with 4.2
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Old 18 Oct 2012, 05:40
steeler7 steeler7 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by sweetpotato View Post
Could you instruct in more details for me please?
Find the Template for : "limited_guest_viewing"

and find : <div class="thread_controls lgvcontrol">

and I replaced it with :

<div class="navbar_notice_1">

Whatever the color is for the background of your Notices will appear
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Old 18 Oct 2012, 06:22
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by lollodev View Post
will it work with version 4.2 ?
Please let me know.
If a mod is marked 4.x you should assume it works with all versions of the 4 series. If you find otherwise it's a bug.
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Old 18 Oct 2012, 06:23
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by sweetpotato View Post
Could you instruct in more details for me please?
It's an HTML class which you can either modify to use another class, edit the css for or move inline for styling. If you don't know how do to any of that there's a great primer on styling at www.w3schools.com
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Old 18 Oct 2012, 12:24
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Originally Posted by Videx View Post
You must have missed post #1 and the included instructions also.
And now I feel like a dumbass, its even in red now!

I read through the thread looking and never spotted it, I'm my own defence I had eye surgery on Monday if that's worth anything.

Thank you for the reply, I'm really looking forward to trying this mod out.
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Old 19 Oct 2012, 07:08
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Originally Posted by steeler7 View Post
Find the Template for : "limited_guest_viewing"

and find : <div class="thread_controls lgvcontrol">

and I replaced it with :

<div class="navbar_notice_1">

Whatever the color is for the background of your Notices will appear
Thank you for helping me. However, after changing template, nothing changes for take over message on my site. Here is the code:

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

I have searched for navbar_notice_1 class on my site but couldn't see it.
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Old 19 Oct 2012, 08:56
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gsmlover4u gsmlover4u is offline
 
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with this mod forum trafic will down?
any one test it ?
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Old 19 Oct 2012, 10:16
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by gsmlover4u View Post
with this mod forum trafic will down?
any one test it ?
Restricting people from viewing content will always reduce reading. The lower the limits, the higher the impact and I'd certainly never suggest less than 5 or really even 10 views before shutting someone out.

From there the question is what brings more value to your community overall.
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