VBulletin public forum plus private forums?

Discussion in 'Setting-up protection' started by amcdermott, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. amcdermott

    amcdermott aMember Pro Customer

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    This is probably a fairly simple one - trying to get my head around it and getting lost.

    I have a private forum in VBulletin and a private page in WordPress. I have an Amember product that allows access to both (all configured and working).

    I want to be able to allow members of the public access to a public forum on VBulletin (but not the private one obviously).

    Do I create another product? Or if they try register in VBulletin will they get a free AMember account that has no products associated (or am I overthinking this?)?

    Appreciate any suggestions on how to do it right.
  2. alex

    alex Administrator Staff Member

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    aMember's integration idea is that registration/profile management in third-party scripts must be disabled. These links must lead to amember signup/profile editing pages. It is done in different ways for different scripts, but that is the goal. If you enable aMember integration plugin for vBulletin, it will work that way.

    So to solve your problem:
    - create a new "free" product in aMember, say "Free Forum Access" with price = 0 and lifetime period;
    - go to "aMember Cp -> Protect Content -> Integrations" and add record: "free" product => "Registered" usergroup in vBulletin.

    This way new item will appear in your signup form, so peoples will be able to choose free or paid subscription on signup. If that is not desirable, you can create a new form at aMember CP -> Forms Editor, and put your free product here, disabling it in the default signup form. Do you know how to configure products list for signup form? When you are in forms editor, click "configure..." on "Products" brick and you will be able to choose products list and behaviour.
  3. amcdermott

    amcdermott aMember Pro Customer

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    Hi Alex, thanks for the reply, much appreciated. Now I have another question :)

    I have 3 membership levels and 2 forums:
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Free Forum Access
    Forum 1: Private for Gold members only (Silver can NOT access)
    Forum 2: Free forum (anyone from Gold, Silver or Free Forum Access can enter)

    I see the option in Products:

    Code:
    vBulletin3 access
    "users ordered this product will be automatically registered in vBulletin3 and assigned to the following 'group'"
    How do I setup these Gold and Silver protection levels (groups) in VBulletin so that I end up with the forums like I want them?

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