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Thread: vBulletin Suite 4.2.3 PL1 with WinxPortal / JemPortal Customizations

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    vBulletin Suite 4.2.3 PL1 with WinxPortal / JemPortal Customizations

    Title: vBulletin 4.2.3 Patch Level 1 Suite including Keygen (WinxPortal / JemPortal Editions)

    Q: What is This?

    A: This is a re-mastered version of vBulletin Suite 4.2.3 with Patch Level 1 (PL1) included.

    Q: Why Would I want this?

    A: If you're on one of several of the sites owned and operated by my company, this is our spin on vBulletin.

    Q: What's been Modified?

    A: Most of the modifications are asthetic in nature here's a quick list of them:

    --- Modified the copyright footers to WinxPortal/JemPortal version 9.5i/11.0 codename Onyrix/Synergy
    --- Modified log in / log out to sign on and sign off
    --- Modified "remember me?" to "stay signed on?"
    --- Modified the admin/mod panel credits and signature bars
    --- Modified the default forum rules
    --- included replacements for default user and default group icons
    --- included the config.php builder by BOPS
    --- renamed keygen.php to ilicense.php
    --- Modified the default logos for the admin and mod control panels and the front end
    --- Changed the names of all the items by default on the navigation bar on the front end
    --- Modified a few instances of "vBulletin Blog" and "vBulletin CMS" to the appropriate app name with the registered trademark symbol
    --- Modified "vBulletin Options" to WinxPortal/JemPortal Options (depending on which version)

    Q: Do I need to modify anything after installation?

    A: Yes, if you want to get the links for the terms of service working (if you've specified an external terms of service in your vBulletin Options)
    you'll need to modify the phrases "read_agree_abide_by_rules" and "registration_rules_description" with your appropriate URLs but that's about it. (just do a search in the phrases for "URL_here" and you'll find it)

    Q: Does this include any of the modifications like the chat, @mentions, thumbs up/down, etc. of the company websites?

    A: No, at least not baked in to the default installation. If you'd like to install these on your own you can use the files in "additional.ZIP" to custom tailor the software to your needs.

    Q: Do you claim ownership to vbulletin?

    A: No, we just made branding modifications and the like. Writing a big app like vBulletin from the ground up we could never do. Our Admin credits are modified to be consistent with custom branding, but we really don't own it.

    ====

    Q: What's New in v2?
    A: We've implemented the following changes:
    --- better organized the additional.zip file with a structure to better help users find the functionalities they need to more closely mirror our sites
    --- included more modifications in additional.zip to better match features in WinxPortal and JemPortal
    --- modified the JemPortal contributors block,
    --- changed more phrases for the blog system.
    --- given a description of the contents of additional.zip in this thread and more.

    ===

    Q: What's new in v3?
    A: v3 is a minor fix to v2 where more phrases are modified to the appropriate custom branding. No additional mods have been added to additional.ZIP in this release. and the version number of the file has been changed for JemPortal from 11.0 to 11.0J.

    Q: Is it really worth a v3?
    A: In my opinion, yes that way it's easier for me to keep track of my revisions even for bugfix releases. If I really wanted to be technical about it I guess this is more of a v2.1.0 but this is the third time overall I've had to re-upload these files so here they are.

    Q: What's new in v4?
    A: v4 brings some new changes to the WinxPortal and JemPortal platforms as follows:
    1. removed hard-coded links to terms of service and privacy policy pages in the appropriate phrases in favor of using replacement variables so all you need to do is specify your external terms of service and privacy policy URLs in Options > Site Name / URL / Contact Details with the appropriate values and the links built in to the rules on the registration form will function without modification.
    2. Updated the phrase "Privacy Statement" to just the word "Privacy"
    3. Added a quick note about privacy policies in the default rules that appear in the registration page with an appropriate link.
    4. Added DBTech Two-Factor Authentication to /optional in Additional.ZIP
    5. Cleaned up some formatting, grammar, and other mistakes in the phrasing

    Q: Why did it take you until now to change these things?
    A: because I just now thought up the idea to make these changes while I can't sleep.
    ===

    Q: Why v4.1?
    A: v4.1 addresses a minor glitch with the phrase "forum_rules" which was originally supposed to read "terms of service for {X}" but no matter what my team or I did to fix this, it didn't turn out as it should. As a result of this glitch we didn't notice until now, we've just replaced it with the static text "Site Registration Agreements & Notice of Privacy Practices". In addition we fixed some formatting elsewhere. The two changes were so minor it wasn't worth a v5 even by my standards.

    ===

    Q: Why are the version numbers of the files lesser than those displayed on the footers?
    A: Because the file versions are counting only public releases and NOT counting the internal releases that have been floating around my job for the last about 3 years.

    ===


    Q: What's New in v5?
    A: v5 includes the following changes:
    -- Added Custom "JemPortal Social Intranet Platform" logos for the frontend and the admin/mod panels in the JemPortal release.
    -- Defaulted the Text of Settings > Options > Site Name / URL / Contact Information> Copyright Text to "Copyright 2001-corrent year" to where all you need to do is modify the 2001 to whatever year you'd like and place your site name after the script and your copyright year will update automatically. I've also added text that describes this option better in the option.
    -- Added a link to a free privacy policy policy generator in the description text of the Privacy Statement URL option in the above location.
    -- modified text in some of the mods included in additional.zip
    -- Added more mods including Super PMs (PRO), user name change, a calendar attendees system.
    -- Changed the external linking for terms of service and privacy policies in the appropriate phrases to the method used in v1 (search in the phrase text for 'URL_here") to find exactly what to modify to put the appropriate links and get them working right.

    1. Installation Instructions


    To Install this on your server, it's a pretty standard vBulletin installation, but I've made things easier for you. Please take the following steps.

    1. download your selected version
    2. extract the ZIP
    3. upload the files in the /upload folder
    4. point your browser at install.php and fill it out with the information for your database, table prefix, and optionally the names of your admincp directory and/or modcp directory
    4.1 if you specified a different name for your admincp directory you're going to have to physically rename that on the server since the install.php won't do it)
    5. check your entries and if all looks good, click the button at the bottom.
    6. once the config generates STOP and proceed to step 7 in a new tab.
    7. open a new tab and point your browser to ilicense.php and if all looks correct choose the yellow link and wait for the customer number to generate.
    7.1 once it generates COPY IT AND SAVE IT IN A NOTEPAD or WRITE IT DOWN IN A SAFE PLACE in case you need it in very rare circumstances as once you close the keygen there's no getting it back.
    8. on the config.php builder tab, click the link labeled "link" and when the install loads up paste the customer number and do a standard vBulletin install
    9. once it's all done, remove ilicense.php AND the /install directory and enjoy
    10. (optional) Install your choice of provided mods from additional.zip (or any mod or skin compatible with vb4)
    11. (optional) modify the copyright footer by searching in the phrases for "social intranet" and change the word intranet to whatever you'd like to match the purpose of your site. Examples include "Social Fandom & Collaboration...", "Social Support & Collaboration...", "Social Awareness & Collaboration...". You could go in and modify those texts to whatever you'd like but we encourage you to at least change the part "Social Intranet..." to match your site (since not everyone's running a private site that serves as their company's intranet.
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    Last edited by cfleischmann; 10th May 2018 at 08:56. Reason: uploaded v3 of the base apps
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    Q: What Additional Functionality is included in Additional.ZIP
    A: Additional.ZIP includes a set of add-ons and products that are commonly deployed with WinxPortal and/or JemPortal to give it that extra flare. They are classified into a folder structure to allow a user to replicate the exact feature set of both applications but because these are add-ons you can mix and match these along with the base WinxPortal and JemPortal apps to custom tailor the solution to your needs.

    • The /Common folder contains add-ons that are common across both WinxPortal and JemPortal sites to give them the recognized feature set.
    • The /JemPortal folder contains those add-ons which are only deployed with a new JemPortal Installation and are never deployed with WinxPortal
    • the Optional folder contains add-ons which are deployed on either platform.


    Note that our specifications are just how we deploy these features but you can choose some, all, or none of them to deploy with your site but here's the list of the mods to make the exact clone of our sites.

    JemPortal is a superset of the features in WinxPortal so that's why the folder is called "common" rather than "WinxPortal"


    [List of Common Addons]

    • AJAX Live Search 4.0.6
    • DBTech Default Staff Signature 1.0.2
    • DBTech Follow User 1.5.0
    • DBTech Advanced User Tagging 3.2.5 PL2 (PRO*)
    • DBTech Cookie Control 1.0.0 PL1 (PRO*)
    • DBTech vBShout v6.2.17 (PRO*)
    • DBTech Redirect Banned Users 1.1.0 (PRO*)
    • Global Threads VB4 - BOP5-v202
    • Quick Account Switch 2.0.11
    • User Self-Delete
    • DBTech Advanced Post Thanks/Likes 3.4.1 (PRO)
    • VSa - Login To User Account v3.0.6
    • Ultimate Usergroup Markup
    • Registration Rules timer
    • auto-check remember me checkbox
    • Calendar Attendees system


    * the BF key for the PRO DBTech Addons is vbwarez.net

    [JemPortal Addons]

    • DBTech vBAnswers 2.0 (PRO*)
    • DBTech User Spotlight 1.6.6
    • DBTech Forum Live Feed & User Wall v1.2.6pl1 (PRO*)


    * the BF key for the PRO DBTech Addons is vbwarez.net

    [Optional Features]

    • DBTech Thread/Post Bookmarking 1.1.3
    • DBTech User Status & Moods 1.3.6pl2
    • DBTech Threadmins and Group Moderators v2.0.10 (PRO*)
    • DBTech vBAvatars v2.0.1 (PRO*)
    • DBTech vBQuiz v2.0.1 (PRO*)


    * the BF key for the PRO DBTech Addons is vbwarez.net

    Q: Am I Absolutely bound by your company's definitions of the features in WinxPortal and/or JemPortal?
    A: Nope! Go ahead and mix and match the edition with the features you need we don't care!

    Q: Why are you giving away the PRO versions of the mods that make up the "secret sauce" of your custom web Apps?
    A: because those were the only versions we had in the file collection at work AND to be a true clone of our corporate sites some features rely on the PRO versions. Another reason is that we wanted to stick it to vBulletin and Co. plus vbwarez is out of business anyway so who cares if we redistribute their pro content without their permission

    Q: Can I use addons for vBulletin 4.x.x with WinxPortal and/or JemPortal?
    A: Yes! All we did was just a bunch of re-branding otherwise it's just vBulletin Suite as usual.

    Q: I downloaded your original version 1 and don't have some of these things!!
    A: re-download the latest versions and re-install if you really want updated phrases. If you're just looking for the additional functionality, please just redownload additional.zip

    Q: My question/concern isn't answered here...
    A: put it in the comments below and I'l do my best to answer it.
    Last edited by cfleischmann; 20th Apr 2018 at 06:28.
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    Great News!

    Additional.ZIP v3 is going live! Additional.ZIP v3 includes DBTech Advanced Post Thanks/Likes (PRO) as I have been forgetting to put that in the feature pack for the last 2 releases and it's one of the core features of the WinxPortal and JemPortal platforms. the files will he updated within the next 24 hours. Sorry that I left out such a core component . 1-800-MY-BAD!
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    *** End-of-Support Announcement for WinxPortal and JemPortal version 3 and older ***

    Note: This only applies to the custom versions of vBulletin available from this thread and no other product.


    While it seems that my team and I have been churning out a new version every other day for the past week or so, it has come time to cease support for versions of WinxPortal 9.5i and JemPortal 11.0 (Revision J.) v3 and older. This decision comes after we realized how difficult it would be to support 4 different versions of the same products all at the exact same time. As a result of all of this, we are focusing our attention on the current versions of these web apps (v4 as of time of this writing). We highly encourage all users of v3 and older to upgrade to v4 to maintain support and compatibility. While our releases are just cosmetic tweaks to vBulletin Suite, we feel it would be a disservice to the community to devote substantial resources to supporting older releases. We will still offer support for vBulletin without our modifications (where possible), but effective 4/22/18 we are ending support for any release v3 and older of our web apps. For those who have used v3 and older thanks for your continued support.
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    Some Might be asking Why on earth do you and your team put so much work into these custom web apps? Why not just use stock vb4 suite?

    Well the answer is with the number of sites that I'm now in charge of mainly through my job growing, it gets frustrating to re-customize everything every time. Our custom branding is just another one of those personal touches that comes out so it looks like just one custom web app rather than just off-the-shelf software. I'm thinking about asking my job if they're willing to let me create a site specifically for WinxPortal and JemPortal that serves as the central news source for the custom versions and a central place to download them along with getting support for these customized versions.
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