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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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Miscellaneous Hacks Ultimate Side Columns 2.2 peterska2 vBulletin 3.7 Add-ons 837 19 Dec 2012 13:45

  #361  
Old 21 Nov 2007, 16:35
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xcingix xcingix is offline
 
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Originally Posted by justchecking View Post
I would like to put stats in the left column, has anyone done this.

thanks.
jc
That's what I'm trying to do, but haven't gotten a response yet about putting recent posts (not threads) there.
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  #362  
Old 21 Nov 2007, 16:49
Mr Chris Mr Chris is offline
 
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Originally Posted by o0Hubba0o View Post
Hey Mr Chris, I'm not using this yet, but what I think is causing that is your top stats mod. Does it look alright on any screen that doesn't have that mod?

If you can get it to start below that I'm thinking you might be alright, how to do that I'm not sure but I would look in that direction.

Hot Damm I disabled that MOD and it now works perfectly!!!!

Thank you Thank Yo Thank You !!!
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  #363  
Old 21 Nov 2007, 17:17
Mr Chris Mr Chris is offline
 
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Originally Posted by xcingix View Post
That's what I'm trying to do, but haven't gotten a response yet about putting recent posts (not threads) there.
I would like to know this as well. I am now with a top stats mod. .. It would also be nice to put a poll in the side column.
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  #364  
Old 22 Nov 2007, 04:27
swashbuckle swashbuckle is offline
 
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does any one know how i can add PHP code into the ultimate columns?

please refer to this link -> http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...70#post1387270

thanks!
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Old 22 Nov 2007, 13:19
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xcingix xcingix is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Mr Chris View Post
I would like to know this as well. I am now with a top stats mod. .. It would also be nice to put a poll in the side column.
you're about the thousandth person.
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  #366  
Old 22 Nov 2007, 22:42
Trickster303 Trickster303 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Installed and works perfectly in my forum.
At this point I am not planning on putting any php or anything in other than text.
Thanks
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  #367  
Old 25 Nov 2007, 16:10
edward hamilton edward hamilton is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Thanks for this mod. I found it easy to install and modify for my site
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  #368  
Old 25 Nov 2007, 23:21
expatdirectory expatdirectory is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Question

This is a great mod. i am also trying to get php elements of vb to run out of the columns but currently with littlle success. running a javascript mod seems to work ok but I ended up with a screwed up forum when I tried (and failed) to force a php function through the column. Hoping to resolve this as I really want to modify the layout of the forum.... (move the login element, include some statistical stuff etc). i wonder if this will be in vb3.7.

wonderng whether to make a new seperate php template with the stats I want and then use an inlcude page html setting... have a play and I will let you all know if it works. If you hear a bang or smell smoke, I probably failed

Anyway,

I have removed most of the formatting in the left hand column (prefer to intergrate a seemless column) but still have a white edge on the outer extremity of the individual box. Anyone know how I can get rid of this??

example is here

Thanks in advance for any kicks in the right direction.

BTW, top mod - Clicked install. voted MOTD

Last edited by expatdirectory; 25 Nov 2007 at 23:21. Reason: because I cant spell.
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  #369  
Old 02 Dec 2007, 10:04
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ocktra ocktra is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Great mod, one problem.

I would like the sidebar to only appear on every page except for my vBadvanced CMPS front page.

Is there any way to set custom variables for what pages the sidebar appears on?
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  #370  
Old 21 Dec 2007, 19:42
deep_blue deep_blue is offline
 
Join Date: May 2006
problem after uploading Ultimate side columbs

Hi

After adding this product to my site, the site becomes slow and main page loads after a gap of 6 seconds. Helppppppppppppppppp
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  #371  
Old 23 Dec 2007, 21:54
LewisAinslie LewisAinslie is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Real name: Scott Robertson
Works fine in vbulletin 3.7.x
Great mod, just what i was after!

Demo: http://forum.xzorbix.com/
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  #372  
Old 24 Dec 2007, 08:45
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xcingix xcingix is offline
 
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Real name: Daniel Michel
Is there an update for 3.7.0.
They tell me that one of the plugins on my forum is preventing "Rebuild Custom Avatars" from working and this is one of the only 3 mods I have installed.
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  #373  
Old 24 Dec 2007, 12:36
LewisAinslie LewisAinslie is offline
 
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Real name: Scott Robertson
It works fine for me on 3.7.x i installed it, its just inactive whilst i add content to it.
You can see it here: http://forum.xzorbix.com/ (as posted above)
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  #374  
Old 25 Dec 2007, 03:20
DuitFX DuitFX is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
add 2 title at left column

hi,

i'm newbie here. i still confuse how to make 2 left column. Each column has 1 title.

currently by default there is 1 left column provided and you can add block inside it.

Is there any way to do add another 1 or 2 more column at left side.

Tq.
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  #375  
Old 25 Dec 2007, 14:58
kronnos kronnos is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Ok, got everything working just the way I want it to with just one last tiny problem that cant seem to fix. When viewing site on a big/wide screen the spacing between the left column and the rest of the site is great. As soon as i shrink the viewing area to about less then half, the left column colapses to the rest of forum without any space in between. I added style="padding-right:5px; to the TD width but that only helped a little. Now it only collapses to the 5px and not completely but the gap at full screen became bigger then before. Any ideas?
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