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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: 5744
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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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Old 13 Apr 2010, 23:32
insidedesign insidedesign is offline
 
Join Date: May 2007
I believe this MOD is causing problems with Google's spider. I logged into Webmaster Tools and noticed I had 14,000 'Not followed' errors within my /forum section of the website. Just about all of them said 'Redirect URL too long'

More information on this error here:
http://www.google.com/support/webmas...n&answer=35156


I think this is due to the plugin tracking via sessions. right?
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Old 14 Apr 2010, 06:38
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by insidedesign View Post
I believe this MOD is causing problems with Google's spider. I logged into Webmaster Tools and noticed I had 14,000 'Not followed' errors within my /forum section of the website. Just about all of them said 'Redirect URL too long'

More information on this error here:
http://www.google.com/support/webmas...n&answer=35156


I think this is due to the plugin tracking via sessions. right?
The plugin tracks via cookies or ip address depending on your settings. It also checks the user agent to try and avoid spiders. If Google or another engine wishes to spoof and use cookies there's little more I can do.

Google has generally been ok with this approach on sites provided that people can see the content at times. For example, many news sites show Google the full article and paid members. This isn't 'tricking' google as the content is really there for people, you just have to be logged in.

As I say in the main thread, I do NOT suggest setting this to 1 or 0 views.
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Old 14 Apr 2010, 06:42
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mmacrypt mmacrypt is offline
 
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This looks very good Ted, I will be installing on my Xampp side tomorrow then up live it I do everything right the first time
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Old 16 Apr 2010, 00:01
insidedesign insidedesign is offline
 
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Bunny!

Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
The plugin tracks via cookies or ip address depending on your settings. It also checks the user agent to try and avoid spiders. If Google or another engine wishes to spoof and use cookies there's little more I can do.

Google has generally been ok with this approach on sites provided that people can see the content at times. For example, many news sites show Google the full article and paid members. This isn't 'tricking' google as the content is really there for people, you just have to be logged in.

As I say in the main thread, I do NOT suggest setting this to 1 or 0 views.
Alright, so it sounds like this plug-in is NOT the issue then. This error is referring to session urls or something else that would cause the URL to be very long. Does not seem to be related to cookies or other tracking methods your plug-in uses.

hmm... maybe vbseo then. Ill check over there.
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Old 30 Apr 2010, 16:13
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EDIT:

Working now

Last edited by Red Spider; 30 Apr 2010 at 16:21.
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Old 04 May 2010, 00:04
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Hey can I get this for 3.8.5?
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Old 04 May 2010, 05:11
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by lycheepassion View Post
Hey can I get this for 3.8.5?
you could go to the 3.8 forum and download it there...
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Old 14 May 2010, 10:20
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its not working at all in my testing forum !
i use vb 4.0.3
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Old 14 May 2010, 18:10
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by samiro View Post
its not working at all in my testing forum !
i use vb 4.0.3
How is it not working?
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  #145  
Old 15 May 2010, 02:55
kmohamed kmohamed is offline
 
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another great mod by mr. ted
thanx is it possible to intgrate this into the blogs or cms
great job installed
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i use the cookies option is friendly to seo and also to my forum i just want to motivate those who visit my site daily to register

all thanx to ted
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  #146  
Old 16 May 2010, 12:28
Danny M Danny M is offline
 
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Do we need to upload the 'hooks_limited_guest_viewing4.xml' file, or not?
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Old 16 May 2010, 18:27
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Danny M View Post
Do we need to upload the 'hooks_limited_guest_viewing4.xml' file, or not?

Yes you do.
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Old 19 May 2010, 20:47
BobbyBig BobbyBig is offline
 
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Originally Posted by samiro View Post
its not working at all in my testing forum !
i use vb 4.0.3
Same here, not working for our 4.0.3.
It is activated and enabled. No message or read denied occours.

EDIT: ok working now, i thought option1 is the forcing-register, but it was option2.

Last edited by BobbyBig; 19 May 2010 at 21:40.
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Old 19 May 2010, 23:06
Tize. Tize. is offline
 
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Hello, its work in 4.0.3 ?
I am downloading in my forum not work.,
Please help.

Pd. My forum is 4.0.3
Thanks.

Last edited by Tize.; 19 May 2010 at 23:11.
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Old 19 May 2010, 23:17
Tize. Tize. is offline
 
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Originally Posted by BobbyBig View Post
Same here, not working for our 4.0.3.
It is activated and enabled. No message or read denied occours.

EDIT: ok working now, i thought option1 is the forcing-register, but it was option2.
Hello! please can you put a picture of your configuration to see how you have it and put it as equal?
Thanks.

This is my configuration.

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