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    by Published on 07-20-2011 04:30 PM
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    This guide is designed to help members make the transition from Vanilla Forums to vBulletin.

    What are the differences between vBulletin and Vanilla Forums?
    1. HTML vs. bbCode
    - Vanilla uses HTML, whereas vBulletin has bbCode as default. This means you no longer need to use "<>" tags, but instead "[]". A quick bbCode guide is below this section.

    2. Aggregate vs. Segmented
    - Vanilla aggregates, or collects, all posts from all topics onto one page. While this is convenient because it allows you to get updated from the entire website, it is also messy due to the lack of a filter. In vBulletin, you can find this aggregation feature under "New Posts", at the top left of the screen.

    3. Home Page is actually relevant and useful
    - Partially my fault, the Vanilla homepage was rarely updated and was more of a blogging tool vs. a clan tool. In the Vanilla forums, our homepage ran on Wordpress and our forums ran on Vanilla; your account were not linked together. In vBulletin, forum information is directly linked with the homepage; thus, you no longer need to log-in specifically to the home page to comment. Finally, the Home page also features the most recent forum posts and articles. All articles will contain tags that will help you find a specific document easier.

    4. A powerful word-editor
    - Posting now comes with a default editor, provided by the website. For many of the functions that you do with HTML, you no longer need to memorize the code yourself; there are nice pretty buttons to show you what to do. More in the quick guide of commands used in bbCode.

    5. Calendar
    - One of the most important features is the addition of a Calendar. Whenever we announced time-based events, such as clan scrimmages or events, we will have the absolute official date and time on calendar. Now, you no longer have to check what day certain events are on, etc... in addition, we will be implementing several more clan events, many which overlap each other. The calendar will be a great tool for you to use when you want to find out when and where you need to be.

    6. Friends, Contacts, Facebook, and More
    - You now have a reason to go to your profile page. Here, you can click links to find all the posts you have written, as well as an option to "subscribe" to threads. You can do this by going to a topic, and then using "Forum Tools -> Subscribe to this Thread". You can also rate threads based on quality and such; we may use this as a way to figure out what we want to sink and what we want to keep. There is a facebook integration; for now, it seems it allows you to "like" threads and posts what you post here, on your facebook. You can add other members as friends or contacts, especially useful if you are looking to network.

    Also, your profile page can be edited to your heart's content. View mine to see how I tested it (and how I will need to change it ASAP). You can upload pictures into albums, and decide on whether to show it publicly or privately. Please do not use the website as image storage; use photobucket or flickr for that.

    7. Much, much more potential
    - Vanilla is nice and all, but as far as forums go it is near the minimum. Very simple and clean, but organization is a huge and horrid mess. vBulletin is the same software used on Steam Forums, Mustangforums, Mangastream... it is what the big boys use. vBulletin is designed for large audiences, usually in the thousands; we don't have a thousand members, but it is nice to know that if we ever do get that many, our website can hold it's own.

    8. The Arcade
    - nothing to say but get in there and have some fun and see what it's all about.

    Quick bbCode Guide
    BBCode was devised to provide a safer, easier and more limited way of allowing users to format their messages. Previously, many message boards allowed the users to include HTML formatting, a side effect of which was that malformed HTML could disrupt the page's layout, or HTML could be used to run JavaScript leading to XSS attacks. Some implementations of BBCode have suffered problems related to the way they translate the BBCode into HTML, which could negate the security that was intended to be given by BBCode. An alternative is a properly written HTML filter (many of which are freely available).

    Taken from Wikipedia

    Sometimes you'll notice when you post pictures or video in html, it modifies the entire webpage. You'll have extremely large windows due to one person posting a 1920 x 1280 page, or video exceeding window size. bbCode is designed to keep everything intact and clean.

    Many of the commands in HTML are the same in bbCode. You will also notice that they are featured in the word editor. Note: bbCode uses [] tags
    1. Bolding text: Use b and /b. You can also bold text by highlighting it and pressing the B button on the word editor, or use "Ctrl+b"

    2. Italicizing text: Use i and /i. You can also italicize text by highlighting it and pressing the I button on the word editor, or use "Ctrl+i"

    3. Underline text: Use u and /u. You can also underline text by highlighting it and pressing the U button on the word editor, or use "Ctrl+u".

    4. Inserting Images: Use img and /img. There is also an image insertion tool in the word editor.

    5. Inserting Video: Use video and /video. There is also a video insertion tool in the word editor. Simply post the URL.

    6. Quote: Use the quote tool, it is much easier. You can also quote others by going to their post, and looking at the "quote" icon.

    The majority of all the word editing functions you'll ever need are in the word editor. Not all bbcode you find online will work; we have to install those specific plugins. Therefore, strikethrough and others don't have any function.

    Check this out for more info: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/misc.php?do=bbcode
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