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How To: Add A "Comment On This News (3 Comments)" to a webpage.
nogerorob
Join Date: Jun 2004
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by nogerorob nogerorob is offline 22 Jul 2004

Hello,

If you have a website that you would like to connect your content directly to discussions on your bulletin board, you might enjoy this little hack. Basically it lets your users get directly into commenting on your content, and see immediatly how many people have commented so far.

It doesn't require any editing of vBulletin, to see it in action, check out my main page.


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First you need to create a forum thread about the web page you have created. It helps to have a short blurb from the article or news item and a link back to the page in the first post.

See here for an example. You can also see how Iíve organized a Forum Section for News, Articles and Davespeak to reflect different content areas on my site.

Iíve attached two files:

commentLine.php goes in some directory on your server. I put mine in a /SharedCode/php/ dir, but anywhere is fine. The only modification needed in this file is the chdir($_SERVER["DOCUMENT_ROOT"]."/forums/"); to whatever your forums directory is. i.e. /boards/ or /forum/.


example_content.php file is an example of how to use the commentLine.php script on one of your html pages.



Here are the changes that need to be made each time you want to place a Comment On This line:
1. Change the /PATH_TO_COMMENTLINE.PHP/ enter the path from the root of your public_html dir to the commentLine.php directory.

i.e.: "/ServerScripts/php/commentLine.php") ?>

2. In the PHP code at the bottom:
A. Change X to the thread ID of the forum you create on your vBulletin forum.

B. Change the URL to the the thread you create in your vBulletin forum.

C. Change "News" to whatever the above content is describing, article, forum, study, etc.
To see how I use this script, check out one of my pages

I don't know if this requires a database query, which might be important if your webpages are getting tons of page views. It is only calling one function from vB.

Rob
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File Type: php example_content.php (568 Bytes, 81 views)

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Old 05 Aug 2004, 05:49
nogerorob nogerorob is offline
 
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So, a fair number of people have checked this out--but no comments. Anyone find a use for this little thing?

It might be worth noting that this has helped get over 300 people registered in the first 9 days of the board.

rob
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Old 05 Aug 2004, 17:15
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I would be *VERY* interested in using this hack, but it misses two vital parts imho .. it would be more clever to insert the blurb of the article (the intro section) as the first post of a new thread in a designated forum and then automatically return the threadid (and any other needed variables) in the commentline.php. This would make THE perfect addition for any news site, without the need for a portal.
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Old 05 Aug 2004, 23:22
MGM MGM is offline
 
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Originally Posted by djr
I would be *VERY* interested in using this hack, but it misses two vital parts imho .. it would be more clever to insert the blurb of the article (the intro section) as the first post of a new thread in a designated forum and then automatically return the threadid (and any other needed variables) in the commentline.php. This would make THE perfect addition for any news site, without the need for a portal.
I agree... I've been looking for something like this for a while *adds thread to favorites* I'll check back and see if it can be done

MGM out
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Old 08 Aug 2004, 10:31
Highlander Highlander is offline
 
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hey that look good .. i use something llike this:
http://spieleplanet.com/board/view.php?pg=gamenews but in this kind of cms attachments and images are not able to show up ..

is yours dynamically?
i just need something what would read out a specific forumid and show up the first posts with the first attachment within posted in the post ..

in you example files i can only specify threadids ..
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Old 08 Aug 2004, 17:10
nogerorob nogerorob is offline
 
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Hey there,

It is dynamic in that the number of replies is updated on the fly. It is not set up to read the most recent reply's subject or attachement if it exists. I could write this though. Could you be a little more clear--you want the last few posts in a specific thread, and their attachements?

rob
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Old 09 Aug 2004, 06:34
shawno shawno is offline
 
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Rob,

Great hack. Just a question though - what happens the first time when no one has created a comment. Is the thread already created? Or does the first person who comes to comment have to enter a title for the thread?

Have to agree with 'DJR''s comments earlier as well.

Good stuff!

Later

Shawno
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Old 09 Aug 2004, 06:40
nogerorob nogerorob is offline
 
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Hey Shawno,

You must create the thread first. On my site i have a special "news" forum where these are located. I disallow general users from creating new threads.

If no one has replied to the thread I've created, it says "Comment on this news (0 comments)"

What I've found is that if someone posts a thread in another forum that I end up developing into a news story, I can move the thread into the news forum, and merge it with the "official" news thread. I had to do this recently, it works like a charm.

Again, check out my main page to see how i'm using it.

r
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Old 09 Aug 2004, 08:00
shawno shawno is offline
 
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Hey Rob,

Thanks for that. I think this little hack could be rather useful. Nice work.

Later

Shawno
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Old 09 Aug 2004, 08:13
nogerorob nogerorob is offline
 
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You're more than welcome. Please post feel free to post a link if you get a chance to implement it.

r
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Old 13 Aug 2004, 01:06
Yanks1343 Yanks1343 is offline
 
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This sounds great, but how do I get it to display the post on the main page?

I'd like to display the 3 newest topics..
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Old 13 Aug 2004, 03:20
nogerorob nogerorob is offline
 
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Let me see if I can figure this out. I'll give it a shot.

rob
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Old 14 Aug 2004, 11:57
Vixion Vixion is offline
 
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Okay, I thought YEAH! But I visited you website, and I noticed the following thing;

The 'news' is still posted in a PHP file, included into the main webpage. Isn't there a way, that you can 'insert' the first post of your forum to the news. So you don't ran into problems with no comments, and creating comment page.
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Old 14 Aug 2004, 16:34
nogerorob nogerorob is offline
 
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I see, so the first comment in the thread would be the content that's inserted into the webpage?

I think this would not be difficult to do, the concern would be making sure that the first post had the proper html/css tags so that when it is inserted into your main page it displays properly.

You can see I am including a php file that contains tables, external style sheet markup and an image. I'm not sure how well this would display in a vB thread. Maybe I'll try it this afternoon.

Would you want the entire contents of the article to be at the head of the thread, or just a summary? In order to refer to a single include from the main page it either has to be complete in the head of the thread.

r
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Old 22 Dec 2004, 04:28
kkiely kkiely is offline
 
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Sorry to jump in the middle of this discussion but Imay be able to clarify. I believe people are looking for the comments to come ON the page of the article. This hack can be done - because I already have about 5 requests for it out (including a $100 reward), here http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=72007.

An example of what I am lookign for is here
http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content...der-review.htm

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE
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