Software update: vBulletin 3.0.0 beta 5

Many websites have a forum where the users can discuss with each other. This requires a handy piece of software so that you can assign different rights so that the forum can be managed. One of the better forum packages is vBulletin, which is developed for a web server with a PHP environment and a MySQL database. Since two days a new version is available with 3.0.0 beta 5 as the number. The release notes let us know the following:

We are now proud to release vBulletin 3.0.0 Beta 5 to our customers. This release is mainly an exercise in bug-fixing, although there has been some major work on the language system.

Language System
A lot of work has been put into re-phrasing a lot of the control panel text, following reports of problems relating to gender and plurality in non-english languages. As a result many phrases that existed in Beta 4 no longer exist, and many new phrases have been created.

We now encourage those people who intend to translate their boards into non-english languages ​​to attempt to translate the control panel text, as available in the admin control panel language manager, and to report back if they experience any problems that we should look into.

Bug Fix Examples
There have been over 150 bugs fixed for this release, here are a few examples:

  • CSS color picker now shows colors properly in Safari / Konqueror browsers
  • CSS color picker HTML table overflow problem in Mozilla / Opera fixed
  • Inability to edit Forum Jump Depth 0 items fixed (you can now also edit depth 4 items)
  • Unreadable button labels when using system color scheme of white text on black background resolved
  • Bad colors for moderator color key and access mask color key re-done for better legibility
  • String length problems when using unicode characters resolved
  • Javascript error resulting in 100% CPU usage when posting resolved
  • User agent update for WOL fixed
  • Admin Control Panel javascript timeout issues remedied
  • Many bug fxes related to unicode text, such as string length being incorrectly reported for unicode characters

Many more bugs have been fixed, for a more complete list, see this list

New Features

  • User activation emails and lost password emails will not use the mailqueue, resulting in instant delivery
  • Ability to disable the mailqueue system completely (useful for boards with small amounts of traffic)
  • New COPPA system which requires date of birth to be entered and the appropriate page shown, this will cut down on under 13 registrations into a non COPPA group.
  • vCard download (must be enabled in users’ control panels) to allow the user profile to be placed into the address book
  • Improved unicode support regarding strings

Tarball Download Available
We have had a lot of requests of a .tar.gz version of the vBulletin 3 zip file. This is now available as an option in the members’ area.

Upgrade Instructions
To upgrade your board, upload all files from the ‘upload’ folder in the zip file with the exception of install/install.php, then point your browser at install/upgrade.php. You should be automatically redirected to the appropriate upgrade script (upgrade1.php for people upgrading from vBulletin 2, upgrade2.php for people upgrading from vBulletin 3 Beta 3 and upgrade3.php for people upgrading from vBulletin 3 Beta 4).

Installation Instructions
To install vBulletin 3.0.0 Beta 5, follow the instructions in the vb3_beta5_readme.html file in the zip file from the members’ area.

To discuss this release, please go here

Version number 3.0.0 beta 5
Operating systems Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, Linux x86
Website vBulletin Community Forum
License type Shareware