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Welcome headers - Improve community registration rates
Mod Version: 4.2, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (162 votes - 4.86 average) Installs: 2439
Released: 24 Jun 2006 Last Update: 20 Jun 2007 Downloads: 10428
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Attention vB 3.7 users: Please see the 3.7 version of this add-on.

The out of the box vBulletin style does not have a robust method of informing users about their current activity status or user level. As a result, guests entering on a page other than the homepage (which is most often the case) have no idea what a forum is about or that they may need to register. Additionally, there are no visible status indicators, making it confusing for unconfirmed, unapproved or new members to know what to do or where to begin.

To help solve these problems, the welcome headers plugin creates a 5-part set of conditionals to better introduce members to your community while pushing them to register, activate or post. The default templates are just that, default – I highly encourage you to tweak the language and functions to meet the needs of your actual community environment.

Modifications/ Instructions:
Template edits: 2
Plugins: 1 (adds 1 template and several settings)

This template hack should take under 5 minutes to implement and customize.

What’s new in 4.2
The 4.2 version of this addon functions in the same way as previous versions but with modifications to the backend code. The addon is now designed to independently review conditional statements to make it easier to add new messages. If you are upgrading from a previous version and have changed the template welcome_headers, this version will revert your changes. There is no new functionality in this upgrade and it is optional.

Install Instructions:
Full install instructions can be found in the attached file. This addon requires adding a plugin and modifying one template.

Customizing the content / messages
To customize which messages appear or what they say, go to vBulletin options, select the "Welcome Header System" group and configure the options as desired. Each phase can be modified by adding translation text.

Details on how it all works:
Step One: Turning lurkers into Members
For most forums, upwards of 50% of traffic comes through search engines or deep links to threads, profiles and categories. Out of the box, vBulletin only displays a welcome message on the forum-homepage, meaning someone who enters through any other page does not have the benefit of seeing an explanation of the site or welcome message. The guest welcome header is used to explain the purpose of your site, sell users on the benefits of joining the community and push them to proactively register.

Step Two: Making Users Confirm their Account
Many vBulletin sites require email confirmation prior to being able to post or access an account. However, activation emails are often misdirected to spam folders, ignored or simply deleted, leaving unconfirmed users with little access rights and no explanation as to what is wrong with their account. The unconfirmed welcome header is used to inform unconfirmed members of their account status and to direct them to automatically resend their activation email, or to contact the webmaster for support.

Step Three: Get non-posting users to post
Another chronic problem faced by many forums is insuring users post after registering. Many new visitors register in order to access certain features with the intent of posting, but never do so. The never posted welcome header is used to encourage users to post for their first time and should ideally be linked directly to an introductions or new member forum to help users "break the ice".

Step Four: Getting inactive users to become more active
Many members start out as lurkers, register, post once or twice and then go back to being lurkers. Often time these members are not actively thinking about participating in topics or are still shy about interacting. The inactivity welcome header reminds members to make a post after a predetermined amount of time as specified by the forum administrator.

Step Five: General Announcements
Unfortunately the standard announcements are often overlooked or never even seen by members who use the "new posts feature". As a result, urgent notices may be missed by users causing problems and high volumes of support requests. The global announcement welcome header creates a message shown to all members who do not fall into the other welcome header groups (guest, unconfirmed, never posted, inactive). Whether it be a scheduled outage/ upgrade, an important request or the need to display an advertisement in a prominent spot, global announcements allow an administrator to effectively and quickly display messages in a way that is certain to be read.

Optional: One-View Messages
Some forums find that users grow tired of seeing the messages thus there is an option to show the welcome messages only once per browser session as determined by using a cookie.

Optional: Custom Messages
Welcome Headers addresses 5 common needs, your forum probably has more. I highly encourage you to add messages based on profile fields, user states and other criteria that may impact your users.

The results:
At first glance this system may seem a bit superfluous, however, the numbers rarely lie, nor does the feedback. On ScubaBoard.Com, the site the system was originally tested on, posting rates increased by over 100%; new user registration rates by over 60%; user activity by 50% and the welcome/ intro & greets forum has exploded over 400%. If you browse through the pages of this thread you will find even more real life testimonials and experiences from the thousands of people using the system.

vbSEO Add-ons
Some forums have found that after adding welcome headers, the welcome message shows up in their search descriptions. To address this issue, user's at vbSEO have recommended turning the guest welcome header into an image -- this way there's no duplicate content for the bots to spider. To learn more click here. My recommendation is that you test this option if you are allowing bots to spider your front-end pages.

Limited Guest Viewing compatibility
The Welcome Headers System is designed to work with the Limited Guest Viewing without any conflict. To insure that welcome header messages do not show up at the same time as the limited guest viewing message, please be sure you are running welcome headers version 4.1.3 or greater and have enabled the suppression option.

Support
Please post any enhancement or technical questions you may have and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner. Please note: I can not guarantee an immediate response and am unable to assist with integrating this addon with other addons or with HTML related questions.

Updates
4.2.1 - Fixed bug with global message
4.2.0 - Changed template conditionals to simplify customizations
4.1.9 - Added ability to disable messages if using Limited Guest Viewing system
4.1.3 - Added support for Limited Guest Viewing system

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  #181  
Old 04 Sep 2006, 17:01
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Well, looks like I was wrong about the ? being the problem. Everything works fine when testing from the forum home page. Unfortunately, it does not include the /forum/ directory when testing from my CMPS home page on the domain root. I had to hard code the URLs in all the phrases.
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 21:40
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Originally Posted by Smitty
Just as important, why can't vbseo handle a header addition?
vbSEO can handle the welcome headers just fine. The change is a an SEO recommendation (from the vbseo team) to help optimize your site, it is not to make the system work with vbseo, vbseo will work with it either way.
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 21:41
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Originally Posted by Loco.M
I'd like to kno whow to change the backgroud color too ? Body tag doesn't do anything
The body tag is used to change the attributes of your entire page, not a specific part of it. You need to modify the actual table cell the header message is in (<td ...>). If you are new to html and css please check www.w3schools.com
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 21:42
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Originally Posted by VViper
I am getting it hanging during install, are their any changes required to write permissions on the directories?
Nope.
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 21:44
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Originally Posted by adwade
So, is this how it should act per the code? I'd prefer when I do step #2 above that the Welcome Headers would show up once, as I hit the forum page.(coming from my vBa page) Is that possible somehow? Thanxx.
The show one time system will show the message on the first page you visit and no subsequent pages during that user session; if however you have disabled the headers from showing on certain pages, or do not have it setup to work with vba, they won't show at all. That's outside of the scope of this hack however.
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 23:48
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Installed this one on 3.6.0 and works great! Many thanks!
And <clicked> installed.
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Old 05 Sep 2006, 00:41
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Originally Posted by Ted S
The body tag is used to change the attributes of your entire page, not a specific part of it. You need to modify the actual table cell the header message is in (<td ...>). If you are new to html and css please check www.w3schools.com
thanks, I was trying this the night I posted.. Maybe I was missing a line.. thx
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Old 05 Sep 2006, 08:03
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In my admincp it says it is version 4.1.1 after just upgrading now.
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Old 05 Sep 2006, 15:12
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I just installed vBadvanced, and now the welcomeheaders aren't showing up on the main portal. Is there a way to fix this?
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Old 05 Sep 2006, 20:15
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^^^ see posts 113-115
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Old 05 Sep 2006, 20:37
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Ah coolness! It works.

Thanks for your reply!!
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Old 06 Sep 2006, 17:09
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4.1.2 displays as 4.1.1 in the admin control panel.


FYI,

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Old 06 Sep 2006, 23:10
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Install guide not updated ???

I just down loaded this and was wondering if the install guide was not updated for vb3.6

the reason i ask is because the code that is listed in the guide to remove from the FORUMHOME template does not match what is actually in the v3.6 template.

the block to remove is easy to spot just different code. thought i would ask before i tear it up.

thanks
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Old 07 Sep 2006, 00:47
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I have 3.6 and had a look at the begin and end lines and they were exactly the same as in the guide.
This is exactly the same, start from here:
<if condition="$show['guest']">
<!-- guest welcome message -->
<tr>

And remove everything there with the below things as last lines:
<!-- / guest welcome message -->
</if>
That matches exactly the 3.6 template. So just remove in 3.6 the complete "if" condition of the guest welcome message from <if> till </if>, that should do the trick and worked fine on my 3.6 gold forum.
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Old 07 Sep 2006, 18:28
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Ok i just installed this on my v. 3.6.0 and i have different styles...
for some reason it messed up the header on some styles...

anybody had this problem? how can i fix it? (the weird thing is that i didnt even change anythig in the header, i used the navbar template)

works great on most styles tho!

Go here and change the style to Retro Look.....so you can see wats happening..
http://www.mzhonduras.com/forums/
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