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Commbull (Community Bulletin) 5.1a for vBulletin 4.01
Mod Version: 4.5F for 4, by djbaxter (Coder/Designer) djbaxter is offline
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vB Version: 4.0.4 Rating: (1 vote - 5.00 average) Installs: 59
Released: 21 Jan 2010 Last Update: 14 Jul 2010 Downloads: 318
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Template Edits Auto-Template Additional Files  

This not the CommBull product itself. This is simply instructions for adapting it to work with vBulletin 4.x.

Download CommBull from: Commbull (Community Bulletin) 5.1a for vBulletin 3.8x

grandeur_69 has released his latest version of CommBull as a free add-on, indicating that he no longer has time to continue developing it. I am posting this here for the benefit of other vBulletin 4.x who don't want to lose the newsletter feature (grandeur_69 has approved this).

At http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...6&postcount=71 a member asks:

Hi, the version 5.1a work fine with vbulletin 4.0.1 ?
My response is posted at http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...5&postcount=72 and reproduced here...

I have the previous (commercial) version, 4.5f, which does run successfully via a cron job, running on 4.01. It required some modification of the installation instructions but it does work. I expect you should be able to get this version running as well, although as the coder noted the cron capability won't work.

1. Edit product-Commbull.xml and find the following line:


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

Change to:


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


2. Upload the files and import the product.

3. Now you need to do the template edits so that members can opt-in or opt-out of your newsletter. The current instructions are as follows:

4. Template modifications
--------------------------------------

Template: "Modify User Option" -> "modifyoptions"

After:


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


Add:


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

Now, obviously this won't work in 4.x. These need to be modified as follows:

1. Edit Template: "Modify User Option" -> "modifyoptions"

FIND:


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


ADD AFTER:


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

That first part (above) is the option to receive or not receive the newsletters.

Next would be the option for HTML or plain text emails, which should be:


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

Update:

This now works. I had a ( instead of a { on the previous code. Thanks to grandeur_69 for pointing this out!

Notes:
  1. The product is not mine so I can't offer any support for CommBull itself. However, I have been using the paid versions of this mod for some time and I'm happy to offer what support I can for making the changes necessary to get it running on 4.x.

  2. I have been in communication with grandeur_69. He has indicated that he has no objections to this thread and that as he gets time he will be trying to develop this add-on further as a free product.

Update July 12, 2010: Product XML file provided by grandeur_69 for vBulletin 4.x.

NOTE:
  1. If you have already done the manual edits, do NOT use the XML file. And if you import the XML file, you should not need to do the manual edits.
  2. Some people are encountering problems using the XML file. If you are one of them, uninstall the product and use the manual edits. Those seem to work just fine.


Update July 14, 2010: Error in XML file corrected.

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Old 20 Jan 2014, 18:16
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+1 on updating this for 4.2.2

VB 4.x sorely lacks a newsletter feature
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Old 21 Jan 2014, 05:59
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Me too!
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Old 23 Jan 2014, 17:29
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I will GLADLY pay for a good working pro version of a newsletter for my home shop machinist site. This could be what I am looking for.


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Old 12 Jul 2014, 04:47
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I think I have commbull up and running on my site again, I was very concerned about loosing commbull and it seemed to no longer have support. I did contact grandeur_69 to ask if he was able to supply me with the old pro version ( which I owned, but lost ), but he said this new one was better.

He said he was otherwise unable to help. I would like to see djbaxter, vbulletin, or some other coder take on this as a project. I would expect grandeur might be willing to turn over the rights and allow a new owner to charge for a "Pro" version as he used to.

djbaxter has been active in supporting this mod, I hope some people thank him through paypal.
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Old 17 Jul 2014, 16:31
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Dj? Any interest in taking this on as a project? I would certainly buy an updated working version.

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  #156  
Old 18 Jul 2014, 19:19
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Can't get it to work on 4.2.2. When I go to admincp/commbull.php, it redirects to commbull_settings.php. I can't see a preview etc.
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Old 06 Aug 2014, 13:13
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Can anybody tell me, how commbull was setup for beeing used with a cronjob? Would like to figure out, if this could be done with this one, too.
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Old 01 Dec 2014, 00:04
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Is commbull working on vb 4.2.2.
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Old 01 Dec 2014, 00:13
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not for me it's not.
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Old 30 Jan 2015, 18:40
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Any chance we could hire someone to port this mod to vb5?
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Old 30 Jan 2015, 19:03
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It can't be ported, it would have to be a total rewrite. If you wish to hire someone, post a request in the Requests for Paid Services forum.
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Old 30 Jan 2015, 20:25
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You might want to have a look at http://www.modernvb.com/vb_products....o&productid=16

CommBull has had a long run but it is no longer supported and more bugs seem to be appearing even with vB 4.x versions. I think we will probably switch to the version in the link I provided here.

Disclaimer: I am not the developer and have no connection with him. Also, I have not yet tried the paid add-on but it looks like it will do the job and the coder is supporting the addon.
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Old 30 Jan 2015, 20:35
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Thanks DJ.
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Old 23 Aug 2015, 21:10
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Commbull used to deliver html email to my mailbox just fine. Then I moved my site to another hosting company and now all I see is the source code. Does anyone have any idea what happened that would cause this?

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Old 23 Aug 2015, 22:20
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Commbull used to deliver html email to my mailbox just fine. Then I moved my site to another hosting company and now all I see is the source code. Does anyone have any idea what happened that would cause this?

Thanks,
Make sure your new host has either Zend or Ioncube installed and then upload the appropriate set of Zend or Ioncube files (fropm the /upload-Zend/ or /upload-IonCube/ folders in the installation package).

If not, you are going to need your host to recompile Apache/PHP with one of those modules included.
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