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Complete Wordpress/Vbulletin Bridge - Share Users And Postings
Mod Version: 3.05, by Jafo232 (Coder) Jafo232 is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (71 votes - 4.42 average) Installs: 1260
Released: 21 Dec 2006 Last Update: 16 Feb 2011 Downloads: 4381
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DOES NOT WORK FOR Vbulletin 4.x

This version probably no longer works for Wordpress 3.x. I have started developing this product over and have released the NEW version here:

This mod bridges your Vbulletin users over to Wordpress. You can also use Vbulletin as your comment engine instead of the spammy one built into Wordpress. You can display the comments inline in your post. You need not use the comment feature, if your only interested in sharing users.

You can map your Vbulletin Usergroups to Wordpress Usergroups and those users will then be recognized as registered Wordpress users.

For example, user "Joe" registers at your forum and logs in. Joe then clicks on your Wordpress page. Joe is instantly added to the Wordpress user base with the permissions you set for his usergroup. In otherwords, if a user comes over belonging to the "Registered User" group, you can select that he is placed in the Wordpress "Subscriber" usergroup.

If you change a users group from vbulletin, it will automatically change in Wordpress.

  • DOES NOT and WILL NEVER support Wordpress MU.
  • Wordpress and Vbulletin scripts must reside on the same physical server.
  • Wordpress and Vbulletin must use the same domain name.
  • Stable Wordpress Version greater than or equal to 2.5.
  • If your WP login name is the same as your VB username, this user will NOT be ported! If this was the case, you could lose your WP admin rights if there was an error, or if you deactivated the plugin.
  • DOES work for Vbulletin 3.7.
  • Please don't ask if it works for any BETA versions of Vbulletin. I do not know and will not convert this to the latest version of VB (whatever it is at the time you are reading this) until the version is released as non-beta.
  • If you delete a user, you must do so in both Wordpress and Vbulletin.
  • If you are using XMLRPC to post with applications such as Windows Live Writer, you must change the password of the author in the WORDPRESS admin cp, after the user is ported over from VB. If you are not integrating users, then you do not have to.
  • Chances are, this will not work when VB and Wordpress are located in different sub domains. I.E. - Cookie issue.
  • I did the best I could in determining your forums file path with the script. There may be certain script setups that cannot find the file path properly, in which case you may get errors that the script cannot find or open /config.php. If this is the case, please HARDCODE your ABSOLUTE path to the forum in vbridge.php.

    To do this find:

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

    And uncomment the last line, and change the path to your forums path:

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

Common Mistakes When Installing:
  • Using two different host names causes problems. If your forum URL contains, then your wordpress blog URL MUST contain the www. part of also. This goes for any other host name. Browsers are finnecky when it comes to cookies (as they should be).
  • Editors generally EDIT, not write. In Wordpress, editors don't show up in the post author drop down. This has nothing to do with this plugin, that is Wordpress code.
  • Make sure you DO NOT create a subdirectory for this plugin in the wp-content/plugins directory. Just upload it directly there.
  • If the admin username in Vbulletin is the same as the one in Wordpress (i.e. Admin), that user will NOT be able to login to the WP dashboard.
  • If you do not map users before you turn auto-integrate on, the plugin has no idea whether your allowed into the dashboard.
  • If you all of a sudden can't login to the dashboard, see the above two common mistakes.
  • FOLLOW the directions and make a test post first. Being in a rush and not testing will most likely turn out bad for you.
  • When you create a test user in VB to test mapping users, the test user MUST have an email address. If a VB users email address is blank, they will not map.

01/03/2007 - Fixed the unlock_tables() issue on some setups.

01/03/2007 - Fixed a bug in the script that if you used a MySQL database prefix, integration would not work. Please see this post for more information! Special thanks to axisoverdrive for giving me access to his server and letting me troubleshoot the issue!

01/05/2007 - Fixed issue where if a user saved (not published) and published later, the post would not be added to the forum.

01/05/2007 - When a post is edited, it will also be edited in the forum.

01/08/2007 - Modified slightly so when posts are edited, so are the titles (if edited).

02/07/2007 - Major modifications to new version (now 2.05). The list follows:
  • Reworked the code so it uses the $vbulletin object throughout the code especially during the bridging process.
  • Users are bridged whether they checked the "Remember Me" box or not.
  • Removed a couple of SQL calls that became redundant.
  • Addressed a bug where if a user logged out of the dashboard, it only logged them out of VB.
  • Added Inline Comments capability. Comments posted to the forum (using VB for comments) will now appear at the bottom of a WP Post when viewing the post.
  • Author user names can now be linked to their VB profile page if desired.
  • Added option to turn off posting to forum. All this really does is remove the "Select Forum To Post To" option when writing a post. (There you go AxisOverdrive )
  • The $vbulletin object should now be available in all templates and most plugins.
  • Fixed a bug where deactivating any plugin would semi deactivate this plugin.
  • With the reduction in SQL calls, and the removal of now unnecessary variables, speed and memory use should be improved.
  • Fixed problem where upload iframe was a bit mangled.
  • Fixed problem where users had to refresh the dashboard once after logging in.
  • Fixed problem that arose from Wordpress 2.2.1 upgrade that would not allow activation.
  • Fixed logout issue where users would still be logged into Wordpress.
  • When a Wordpress post is deleted, so is the thread it created.
  • Added option to allow thread posted from Wordpress article to be truncated, with a linkback to the article.
  • Fixed issue when user re-activates plugin, and vb_threadid column already exists. Now checks for column first.
  • Removed a stray VB_Init() call.
  • Forums that do not allow threads will not be selectable in the drop down menu when writing a post.
  • Forums are listed out in a parent/child nested pattern.
  • (Note: 367 downloads of version 2.05)
11/29/07 - 3.00
  • Added TABLE_PREFIX throughout the script instead of the get_option('vbb_VBPRX') call. get_option('vbb_VBPRX') is now deprecated.
  • Addressed path issues by establishing $vwd first. If for some reason there are path issues on an install, the path only needs to be manually changed once, at the beginning of the script.
  • Removed call to admin_db.php which seems to no longer be necessary.
  • Changed all queries to the VB database to be handled by the $vbulletin object. This should facilitate multiple database configurations.
  • Added limited XMLRPC support.
  • Had to include a basic copy of the functions_wysiwyg.php file (functions_wysiwyg2.php) with a minor change in the sanitize_url function (now sanitize_vburl) as it conflicts with a new WP function of the same name. Otherwise, this is identical to the VB release. This was necessary to keep formatting somewhat uniform between the two.
  • Removed unnecessary globals.
  • Changed the global.php call so it always loads. $vbulletin should be available throughout the code (via global in functions).
  • Edited some code around wysiwyg functions of VB, and conversions to vbcode.
  • Added "Turn Plugin On" option.
  • Fixed an issue with the forum list on the "Write Post" page. Default forum was not being auto selected in some cases.
  • Modified from BETA so that the new functions_wysiwyg2.php file is loaded using the WP ABSPATH constant. Requires the plugin to stay in the plugins directory.
  • Fix an error message when a post was deleted in VB, then edited in WP.
12/10/07 - 3.01
  • Fixed two <? tags that should have been <?php (pointed out by Amenadiel)
03/31/08 - 3.02
  • Fixed media-upload clash for new version of Wordpress (2.5).
  • Added fix that will now delete threads in VB when the post is deleted in WP and not using Ajax delete.
  • Added code to insert a default email address if VB users email address is blank upon bridging.
  • Fixed a bug in user roles for the new version 2.5.1 of Wordpress.
  • Fixed issue where CSS was munging scrolling text box when selecting a forum during a post
  • Fixed an issue where content encoding was getting screwey between WP and VP creating a lot of unintended characters (only on PHP installs where utf8_decode() exists (most)).
  • Fixed issue where post count of a user did not change
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Special Thanks:

axisoverdrive - Debugging Help, Kyraal - Paypal Donation, Kalina - Paypal Donation, Wildcard27 - Paypal Donation, Shri - Paypal Donation, pspcrazy - Paypal Donation, Tomahoochi - Paypal Donation.

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Old 28 Dec 2007, 17:57
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
Join Date: May 2004
Much of what you guys are recommending is beyond the scope in which I wish to take this plugin. Surely there are ways to do what you want, but due to the limited nature of my time, it just isn't feasible at the moment. As it stands now, you can elect to use VB for comments or not, it is up to you.
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Old 28 Dec 2007, 21:05
LBSources LBSources is offline
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Real name: Lenny
Jafo .. I understand.. Oh well ..

I honestly dont think its too far out of scope to enable this feature though..

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Old 29 Dec 2007, 08:13
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Blackhat Blackhat is offline
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does it work with 3.7.x ?
running vBulletin 4.0.6
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Old 29 Dec 2007, 08:21
wildcard27 wildcard27 is offline
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Originally Posted by wildcard27 View Post
Hi Jafo, I recently moved servers and reinstalled everything (newer versions also). I'm running vB 3.6.8 & WordPress 2.3.1.

Now I constantly get this error when I try to add a new WP article.

I have the following hacks installed:
  • Custom Status Icons Per Forum
  • vBSEO
  • vBSEO :: Sitemap Generator
  • Welcome Headers
Can you please help me out? I saw another guy on page 49 had the same problem, but the solution you gave him didn't work for me.

Please ignore this, I already found out what was going on. I forgot to turn on the plugin on
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Old 30 Dec 2007, 10:14
pspcrazy pspcrazy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Well Jafo your plugin is truly a livesaver for my site IF you ever figure out how to use the avatars from the vbulletin on wordpress that would be even greater.

This is just a major problem i need to figure out. How do i get it from trying to show smilies that are not there on the post page? If I can get rid of those X's from displaying it would be even greater.
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Old 03 Jan 2008, 22:18
Kyderoy Kyderoy is offline
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Will this be updated to 3.7?
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 01:55
HunteRRosE HunteRRosE is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Guys, first post for me. I'm new to vB but I can get around fine.

I installed this plugin successfully on a fresh install of WP and vB but I'm not having that kind of luck with an existing WP install and a fresh install of vB.

Basically what happens is:

I go through all the steps fine and activate the plugin. After I activate it and try and go to "Writing" or "Manage" or "Dashboard", the page loads blank.

Any ideas?
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 02:41
HunteRRosE HunteRRosE is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Ahh well... started reinstalling everything from scratch... must have been a plugin or something...

Also, just so you guys know I've tested this plugin with the latest release 2.3.2 and found no problems.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that when you delete a post from WP it deletes the thread in vB... Nice!!!

Also, after my vB admin account got copied over to WP, I deleted the WP Admin account and am using my vB admin account exclusively... hope that doesn't cause any problems down the road but no problems to speak of yet.

Nice plugin!
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 11:13
Jafo232 Jafo232 is offline
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Could cause issues in the future if the plugin stops working.. You will have to reset the admins password (have it emailed to you), so make sure your admin email address is up to date.
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 23:37
HunteRRosE HunteRRosE is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Jafo, what the heck am I doing wrong? I just tried to write an article and link it to the forums and when I hit "publish" the screen turns blank, and nothing happens.

I 've successfully loaded various other articles this way.

Are there any problems that you know of when you create a forum? Like default settings or permissions?

Also, sometimes I can login to my wordpress admin area and then I'll try and create a post and it will say "no user name specified" when it connects to vBulletin. Then I'll log out of wordpress, login to vBulletin, go to my page in wordpress I want to publish and then it redirects me to a white screen when I publish.

Any ideas?
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Old 05 Jan 2008, 02:40
pspcrazy pspcrazy is offline
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Well jafo does this work on vbulletin 3.7 as of yet?
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Old 05 Jan 2008, 04:47
PennylessZ28 PennylessZ28 is offline
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Real name: Mike
this is a useful must for the pro
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Old 06 Jan 2008, 03:28
LBSources LBSources is offline
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Real name: Lenny
Anyone at all having issues with the $similarthreads using this hack? I'm not sure if this is causing the problem or if something else is.

All threads found to be similar and at the bottom of the current thread lead to the root of the forum, not the similar thread linked.

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Old 07 Jan 2008, 03:16
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DPtheGod DPtheGod is offline
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Hello, I would like to install this but I have no idea where my wordpress folders are. It says do not create the sub-directory, but I do not have a wp-content directory. Am I supposed to create it? Sorry for noob question lole
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Old 07 Jan 2008, 06:45
Wings69 Wings69 is offline
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Mine was working smoothly - anyway I had to move to a new server. Everything copied over okay, but on the wordpress page I get:

Fatal error: Undefined class name 'vbulletinhook' in /home/scotsman/public_html/nopantsprovided/forum/includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2405

And I've tried define('DISABLE_HOOKS', true); uncommented.
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