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Ultimate Side Columns
Mod Version: 1.00, by peterska2 (Member) peterska2 is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.5 Rating: (54 votes - 4.78 average) Installs: 580
Released: 12 Mar 2007 Last Update: Never Downloads: 3835
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Ultimate Side Columns
By Kerry-Anne www.peterska2.co.uk

Welcome to Ultimate Side Columns!

Introduction

Following the success of the left and right side column modifications, and building on their weaknesses, the Ultimate Side Columns system was born.

Ultimate Side Columns (USC) is your one stop shop for all your side columns needs. It is an easy to configure, all in one solution.


Features

USC uses a standard vBulletin Options Interface with minimal template editing involved, to display content in columns on your site.

USC controls both the left and right columns on your site, both of which work independently of each other, and can be displayed on a range of pages through some very simple options.

The only editing required for a standard installation is the header and footer template. For advanced users, the templates for the two columns can also be edited if required. Most users of this system will not need to do this.


Installation

Import the product-ka_ultimate_sidecolumns.xml file as a product through your product manager.

Open your header template and at the very end add

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Open your footer template and above

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add

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That is all your template editing done.

Now, go to vBulletin Options > Ultimate Side Columns Options

Here you can set which column you wish to use, and where you want it to appear. Content is also controlled through the options on this page. HTML is allowed in all content boxes.


Configuration

As there are a number of options available, this section explains them all.

First, you have the settings for enabling and disabling the two columns. As these work independently of each other, you can have the left column turned on, the right column turned on, or both turned on. If you need to turn them off for any reason, you can also turn them off here. Also, if you need to disable plugins for any reason, the code is completely disabled meaning that no unsightly white gaps are left on your pages.

Next, we have the width settings for the two columns. If you find that your columns are too wide, or too narrow, then they can be adjusted independently here.

The display pages settings allow you to control where your columns are displayed. These are pretty straightforward, with the exception of the setting adsense appropriate. This option stops the column from being displayed on the following pages in line with the adsense TOS:
- search
- search results
- registration
- contact us
- usercp
This is correct as of todays date. Any changes in the TOS for adsense will only be reflected in any updates as appropriate.

Next are the settings for the content of the left column, followed by the content of the right column. Both sections are prefixed by a blank setting. This is by design and there is not a bug with the code or anything missing.


Adding More Blocks

By design there are five (5) blocks per column. Some people may require more than this. To allow for this, comments have been added to both the usc_sidecolumn_left and usc_sidecolumn_right templates. The comments include a commented out section of code to use as a template for additional blocks. There are also some warning comments present in both templates. Take heed of these as editing other than the places indicated will result in the templates being malformed and the USC system not working correctly.


Support

Support for this modification is extremely limited. However, as everything apart from the two small template edits is controlled directly through the vBulletin options and not through template editing, issues should be minimal.

If you have any other combinations of pages that you would like to see available for the column options, please post them in the support thread ensuring that you add the title "USC Page Combination Request" to your post, or use this as the first line of your post ensuring that it is in bold text. This is very specific as due to the limited nature of support and time, the support thread will only be quickly skimmed through and therefore requests may be missed if it is not clear what they are.


The screenshots attached to this post and the next one show a range of pages with a range of column combinations. They are not labeled but they are pretty self explanatory.

Enjoy the USC system.

Kerry-Anne




PLEASE NOTE: This modification is unsupported. You may not receive a reply right after posting. Please try and help each other out. I do not support custom styles. If this does not work in your style, and you can confirm that it does not work in the default style (with a link and screenshot) then you will need to resolve the problem yourself. I also do not support any versions earlier than 3.6.5 in any way, shape or form. If you are using it on a version prior to 3.6.5 then no support at all will be provided.



Version 2.0 information


Version 2.0 has been released and can be found here:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=175181

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  #256  
Old 14 Aug 2007, 16:39
WoodiE WoodiE is offline
 
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I have this installed on a forum that also has photopost installed, how can I make it so it doesn't display at www.domain.com/gallery ?
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  #257  
Old 15 Aug 2007, 01:11
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Is there a way to get this to only show to certain usergroups or membergroups?

Or maybe to NOT show to certain usergroups or membergroups?

Thank you for any help

BTW... I'm running vB ver 3.6.8 and the script is working great. I just need to have it only appear for a certain group (usergroup number 9)
I've tried a conditional statement in the header ( < if condition="$bbuserinfo['usergroupid'] = 9" > ) but that really messes up the formatting of the page for some reason.
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  #258  
Old 15 Aug 2007, 14:57
RaceJunkie RaceJunkie is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ohiosweetheart View Post
I also must say that I don't understand the reasoning behind releasing hacks that aren't supported? It's great IF there are others who can support it and help others out, but only the hack author knows what she/he did to code this hack, so really he/she should be the one supporting it.
Could not agree more, if you got the time to make it then support it, if not then keep it to yourself..
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  #259  
Old 18 Aug 2007, 19:22
detordiggei detordiggei is offline
 
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it works fine even if i have an older version thanks!
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  #260  
Old 18 Aug 2007, 19:28
detordiggei detordiggei is offline
 
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it works fine even if i have an older version thanks!
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  #261  
Old 19 Aug 2007, 11:47
thenetbox thenetbox is offline
 
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Thank you very much.

It would have been even better if it didn't ignore phrases and variables. I would have liked to use cyb's advanced stats in the side bar.

Originally Posted by dizzy100 View Post
rss feeds from your forum is possible

Heres one for pulling the latest threads from your vbulletin board (make sure you have Vbulletin Options > External Data Provider > Enable External Javascript enabled)


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Substitute YOUWEBSITEADDRESS with the full url to your forum (assumes using ther default theme).

Its not phrased because this mod seems to ignore them This is a shame as stats, banner etc can't be used through internal vbulletin options. However javascript seems to work well.
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  #262  
Old 19 Aug 2007, 14:40
thenetbox thenetbox is offline
 
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Ah thank you! This works perfectly! Integration.

Originally Posted by BrettMo View Post
I have replaced this functionality with CMPS now. The upgraded version 3.0 is fantastic: http://www.vbadvanced.com/products.p...roductinfo&p=4
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  #263  
Old 20 Aug 2007, 17:58
kholland kholland is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Hi,

This mod is great. Have a couple of questions I hope someone might be able to help me with:

How do I make the sidebars NOT collapsable....and how do I make the 'inner section' (the rest besides the sidebar) collapse? My VB install collapsed before I installed this but now only the sidebars collapse which is the opposite of what I want.

Thanks!

Kenneth
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  #264  
Old 20 Aug 2007, 18:04
RaceJunkie RaceJunkie is offline
 
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Originally Posted by kholland View Post
Hi,

This mod is great. Have a couple of questions I hope someone might be able to help me with:

How do I make the sidebars NOT collapsable....and how do I make the 'inner section' (the rest besides the sidebar) collapse? My VB install collapsed before I installed this but now only the sidebars collapse which is the opposite of what I want.

Thanks!

Kenneth
The default install of this mod does not have collapsible boxes?
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  #265  
Old 20 Aug 2007, 18:27
kholland kholland is offline
 
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Hi RaceJunkie,

When I installed the mod they collapsed. But, I just figured out how to fix it...I found the Ultimate Sidebar templates in the template manager in VB and changed the table value from 100% to 160 (pixels). I hope that's ok to do...not an expert in coding.

Now (and maybe you can help me), where do I find the template that controls the main section (or table) so I can change the value on that since it will not collapse (it is fixed).

Thanks!

K
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  #266  
Old 20 Aug 2007, 18:49
RaceJunkie RaceJunkie is offline
 
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Originally Posted by kholland View Post
Hi RaceJunkie,

When I installed the mod they collapsed. But, I just figured out how to fix it...I found the Ultimate Sidebar templates in the template manager in VB and changed the table value from 100% to 160 (pixels). I hope that's ok to do...not an expert in coding.

Now (and maybe you can help me), where do I find the template that controls the main section (or table) so I can change the value on that since it will not collapse (it is fixed).

Thanks!

K
The only things you can edit are the usc_sidecolumn_left & usc_sidecolumn_right templates and the settings in the vB options under Ultimate Side Columns Options
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  #267  
Old 20 Aug 2007, 18:50
kholland kholland is offline
 
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Well I found how to adjust the Forum width in the StyleVars section but changing the forum width doesn't seem to have an effect. I wonder if this mod interferes with that or maybe I am missing something.

Any help?
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  #268  
Old 20 Aug 2007, 18:52
kholland kholland is offline
 
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RaceJunkie,

I figured that out (what I can edit with USC) but the basic forum editing I'm having trouble with.
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  #269  
Old 20 Aug 2007, 18:53
remlle remlle is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
I love this mod. Im having an issue though.
when I have it enabled it is causing a refresh on the site after it is done loading once.
it will load one time then reload then fine. but its causeing extra wear on the server plus agervating customers.
any ideas?
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  #270  
Old 20 Aug 2007, 18:57
RaceJunkie RaceJunkie is offline
 
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Originally Posted by kholland View Post
Well I found how to adjust the Forum width in the StyleVars section but changing the forum width doesn't seem to have an effect. I wonder if this mod interferes with that or maybe I am missing something.

Any help?
I use full width on my site and I did not have to change anything regarding the forums width, I'm not sure what width you are using but I don't think this hack bothers either. I do know that you can completely edit the templates to your liking. Here is a How to About Collapsable Tables maybe that will help you. If you can leave a link to your site maybe I can help you better.
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