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This is an updated article on how to create your own vbulletin powered page. It’s only for use with vB4.

This is NOT my work. I’m posting this from another thread where vB Style took the time to write this out. And his work is based on the article by Gary King here – How to create your own vBulletin-powered page! (uses vBtemplates)

Instructions to Create your Own Page: 

1. Create the php page:
– Create a new file, whatever you want to call it (let’s say test.php).
– Open up test.php and add the following (replace TEST with whatever template you want to show):

Code:
<?php

// ####################### SET PHP ENVIRONMENT ###########################
error_reporting(E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE);

// #################### DEFINE IMPORTANT CONSTANTS #######################

define('THIS_SCRIPT', 'test');
define('CSRF_PROTECTION', true);  
// change this depending on your filename

// ################### PRE-CACHE TEMPLATES AND DATA ######################
// get special phrase groups
$phrasegroups = array();

// get special data templates from the datastore
$specialtemplates = array();

// pre-cache templates used by all actions
$globaltemplates = array('TEST',
);

// pre-cache templates used by specific actions
$actiontemplates = array();

// ######################### REQUIRE BACK-END ############################
// if your page is outside of your normal vb forums directory, you should change directories by uncommenting the next line
// chdir ('/path/to/your/forums');
require_once('./global.php');

// #######################################################################
// ######################## START MAIN SCRIPT ############################
// #######################################################################

$navbits = construct_navbits(array('' => 'Test Page'));
$navbar = render_navbar_template($navbits);

// ###### YOUR CUSTOM CODE GOES HERE #####
$pagetitle = 'My Page Title';

// ###### NOW YOUR TEMPLATE IS BEING RENDERED ######

$templater = vB_Template::create('TEST');
$templater->register_page_templates();
$templater->register('navbar', $navbar);
$templater->register('pagetitle', $pagetitle);
print_output($templater->render());

?>

– Be sure to change ‘TEST’ to the actual template name, and change ‘test’ to the filename or a unique name for the page. Also, change ‘Test Page’ and ‘My Page Title’ to whatever you want to show in the navbits, such as ‘Viewing Member Profile’ (just an example).

2. Create the Template:
– If you are in debug mode, create the template in your MASTER STYLE so it shows up in all your styles, otherwise make sure you create the template in the style you are using. If following the page above, call the template TEST with the following content:

HTML Code:
{vb:stylevar htmldoctype}
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="{vb:stylevar textdirection}" lang="{vb:stylevar languagecode}" id="vbulletin_html">
  <head>
    <title>{vb:raw vboptions.bbtitle} - {vb:raw pagetitle}</title>
    {vb:raw headinclude}
    {vb:raw headinclude_bottom}
  </head>
  <body>

    {vb:raw header}

    {vb:raw navbar}

    <div id="pagetitle">
      <h1>{vb:raw pagetitle}</h1>
    </div>

    <h2 class="blockhead">Title</h2>
    <div class="blockbody">
      <div class="blockrow">
        Text
      </div>
    </div>

    {vb:raw footer}
  </body>
</html>

Instructions to Add your Page to the Who’s Online List (WOL):
Create two plugins using the following hooks. Replace mypage and similar with your information.

1. hook location – online_location_process:

Code:
switch ($filename)
{
    case 'test.php':
        $userinfo['activity'] = 'mypage';
        break;
// add more cases here if you have more than one custom page. no need for multiple plugins. one plugin can handle all.
}

2. hook location online_location_unknown:

Code:
switch ($userinfo['activity'])
{
    case 'mypage':
        $userinfo['where'] = '<a href="test.php?'.$vbulletin->session->vars[sessionurl].'">My Page</a>';
        $userinfo['action'] = "Viewing My Page";
        $handled = true;
        break;
// add more cases here if you have more than one custom page. no need for multiple plugins. one plugin can handle all.
}

Resource: vBulletin.org