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This short entry is geared towards giving you some basic pointers on editing custom islands; this covers a couple very common issues that people have (either accidently removing portions of the stock code to make the island not work, or by placing their code in the wrong places, or issues in referencing php code in the html area).

Your stock custom island looks like this:

$body =
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(GD and ImageMagick only effect the Captcha and Gallery; if you use neither of these then you don't really have to worry about what is right for you as you don't use either of them anyway)

Many users have asked what is better; well, that's up to you to decide really (though IM is more scalable and looks much cleaner :hint:) Well, I'm going to go a level more and visit Operating System support (with IM s GD).

In Windows, to run IM you MUST open CMD.EXE access to your web server software, wh
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Spider List

March 12th, 2008
This is by far not a complete list of spiders; that would be most impossible to accomplish. Instead, this is a list of popular spiders that I have come across over several communities.

I will be updating this list from time to time so please check back often. I'll be sure to put the date of the *latest* update under the list.

This page is located on the UBB.Wiki as well.

The Spider Listing can be added to your forums by going to:
Control Panel > Display Options > General > Primary >
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Errors and Solutions

July 31st, 2007
This thread will take on various possible error messages and their solutions on a case basis.

Database only viewable by forum administrator
This error generally is only shown to "non admin's", as the admin's should always see the full error (hence the error message); if for whatever reason you're getting this error and are an admin (perhaps you're logged out) there are a couple of options.

If you have CP Access and Error Logging Enabled
CP -> Tools & Info -> Logs -> View SQL Errors Tab

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Attachments 101

July 30th, 2007
There are several areas that you'll need to visit to setup attachments; we'll cover them all here, including inline embedding of graphics.

The Configuration
First, you'll need to create a new directory on your server, and make it fully writable by the webserver (chmod 777 in *nix), we'll assume this is named "uploads" under your ubb install directory. (forums/uploads).

Secondly, you'll need to know the full filesystem path (the "relative" path will not work here) to this directory, it sho
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Introduced in UBB.Threads 7.2, Gallery Forums allow you to designate forums to allow users to post images which appear in a "photo gallery like" display, where there is a central image, and several secondary images for discussion.

Setting Up
A gallery forum is just like any other forum, only it's designated as a photo gallery, it can be in a subforum, or even BE a subforum itself You can have "Sub-Galleries" if you like as well.

To setup a Gallery Forum:
1. Go to the "Gallery Settings"
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Well, I know this says it's documenting undocumented bbcode, but I figure I'll just do a basic "what is" on each one and some basic syntax.

Be sure that you "nest" your bbcode properly; an example:
This will have multiple elements.

This will have multiple elements.

You need to terminate the tag as it is called, in the closest order.

Lists - Allows you to create a list, each level of a list will have a bullet which you can change on each list by defining the list tag as
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How do I backup my forums?

July 14th, 2007
The recommended method is listed below; this is not the only method but it's what tends to go the fastest (especially with larger forums). We only recommend using the built in "backup database" tool as a last resort as it'll take forever to run on even a moderately small forum.

Please Note: MySQL File Creation times, Compression Times, Extraction Times, and Download Times will vary based on Server Resources, Database and Archive size, and Internet Connection Speed.

MySQL Backup in Unix or
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Navigate to the Avatars Configuration (CP -> Membership -> Profile Settings -> Avatars Tab) and select the options you wish to have enabled:

[*]Allow Remote Avatars? - Do you want users to be able to link to avatars from "off-site" locations (their own site, other peoples sites, free image hosts, etc)?
[*]Allow Stock Avatars? - Do you want users to be able to utilize the "pre-installed" avatars on your server (Generally located in image/avatars/)?
[*]Allow Uploaded Avatars? Do you want user
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One quick and easy trick in Apache to block users from leaching your images (or other files) from your web space is with mod_rewrite; the rule I'm going to share with you today will block image leachers and file leachers from raiding your bandwidth.

Each site you wish to add will have its own line, and will be prefixed by "RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !"

Blocking Image Hotlinkers .htaccess entry:
# Start UGN Specific Hosts #
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ! [NC]
RewriteCond %{HT
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