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  1. Der erste Release-Candidate für WordPress 5.3 ist verfügbar.

    Release-Candidate (RC) bedeutet, dass die Version für den Release fertig sein sollte. Bei dem großen Ökosystem an Themes und Plugins kann es aber natürlich sein, dass etwas übersehen wurde. Wenn ihr die Entwicklungs-Versionen von WordPress 5.3 bisher nicht getestet habt, ist jetzt die Zeit dafür, damit der finale Release wie geplant am 12. November veröffentlicht werden kann.

    Es gibt zwei Möglichkeiten, 5.3 RC zu testen:

    Was gibt es Neues in WordPress 5.3?

    WordPress 5.3 kommt mit neuen Blöcken für den Block-Editor und macht die Bedienung intuitiver sowie zugänglicher. Neue Funktionen im Editor bringen mehr Freiheiten beim Gestalten, so gibt es neue Layout-Optionen und Style-Variationen, um Designern mehr Kontrolle über das Aussehen der Site zu geben.

    Die neue Version kommt außerdem mit dem Theme Twenty Twenty, um dem User mehr Design-Freiheiten und eine tiefere Integration mit dem Block-Editor zu bieten.

    Darüber hinaus bringt WordPress 5.3 Funktionen mit, die es Entwicklern erlauben, verlässlicher mit Daten und Zeitzonen zu arbeiten. Zudem wird die Version mit PHP 7.4 kompatibel sein, das ebenfalls im November veröffentlicht werden soll.

    Plugin- und Theme-Devs

    Bitte testet eure Plugins und Themes mit WordPress 5.3 und aktualisiert die »Tested up to«-Version in der Readme entsprechend. Wenn ihr Probleme bei der Kompatibilität findet, schreibt sie in die Support-Foren, damit die Core-Devs sich das vor dem finalen Release anschauen können.

    In Kürze wird auf dem Make/Core-Blog ein Field-Guide mit detaillierteren Informationen zu den größten Änderungen veröffentlicht werden.

    Wie ihr helfen könnt

    Helft mit, WordPress in mehr als 100 Sprachen zu übersetzen. Dieser RC-Release markiert den Hard String Freeze für 5.3.

    Wenn ihr meint, einen Bug gefunden zu haben, schreibt ihn in den Alpha-/Beta-Bereich des Forums. Wenn ihr euch damit auskennt, einen reproduzierbaren Bug-Report zu schreiben, könnt ihr das im WordPress Trac tun. Dort gibt es auch eine Liste mit allen bekannten Problemen.

    WordPress-Banner für Twitter

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  2. WordPress 5.2.4 ist jetzt verfügbar und behebt 6 Sicherheitslücken. Die WordPress-Versionen 5.2.3 und früher sind von diesen Schwachstellen betroffen, die mit der Version 5.2.4 behoben wurden. Aktualisierte Versionen von WordPress 5.1 und früher sind ebenfalls für alle Benutzer verfügbar, die noch nicht auf 5.2 aktualisiert haben.

    Danke an die Menschen, die folgende Probleme gefunden und offengelegt haben:

    • Evan Ricafort: Problem, bei dem gespeichertes XSS (Cross-Site-Scripting) über den Customizer hinzugefügt werden kann.
    • J.D. Grimes: Methode zum Anzeigen nicht authentifizierter Beiträge.
    • Weston Ruter: Ein Weg, gespeichertes XSS zu erstellen, um Javascript in Style-Tags einzubauen.
    • David Newman: Hervorhebung einer Methode zur Beschädigung des Caches von JSON GET-Requests über den Vary: Origin Header.
    • Eugene Kolodenker: Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) bei der URL-Validierung.
    • Ben Bidner vom WordPress Security Team: Probleme im Zusammenhang mit der Referrer-Validierung im Admin.

    Danke an alle, die diese Sicherheitslücken verantwortungsvoll gemäß dem responsible disclosure gemeldet haben.

    Du kannst die vollständige Liste der Änderungen auf Trac oder der 5.2.4-Dokumentations-Seite einsehen.

    WordPress 5.2.4 ist ein kurzzyklisches Sicherheits-Release. Die nächste Hauptversion wird WordPress 5.3 sein.

    Lade WordPress 5.2.4 herunter oder gehe zu Dashboard → Aktualisierungen und klicke auf „Jetzt aktualisieren“. Websites, die automatische Hintergrund-Updates unterstützen, beginnen bereits automatisch zu aktualisieren.

    Danke auch an diejenigen, die neben den oben genannten, zur Entwicklung von WordPress 5.2.4 beigetragen haben:

    Aaron D. CampbelldarthhexxDavid BinovecJonathan DesrosiersIan DunnJeff PaulNick DaughertyKonstantin ObenlandPeter WilsonSergey BiryukovStanimir StoyanovGarth MortensenvortfuWeston RuterJake Spurlock und Alex Concha.

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  3. Vor Kurzem wurde WordPress 5.3 Beta 3 veröffentlicht. Dabei handelt es sich um eine Entwicklungsversion, daher wie immer der Hinweis, dass sie nicht für den Einsatz auf Live-Websites gedacht ist.

    Wenn ihr die Version in einer Testumgebung ausprobieren möchtet, könnt ihr wie folgt vorgehen:

    WordPress 5.3 soll am 12. November veröffentlicht werden, und das Team braucht eure Hilfe, um das zu schaffen.

    Durch die von Testern gemeldeten Fehler aus Beta 1 und Beta 2 konnten in der letzten Woche 61 Tickets geschlossen werden.

    Ein paar Highlights

    • Fehlerbehebungen und Verbesserungen an den Änderungen der Admin-Oberfläche, die in den vorherigen Beta-Versionen gemacht wurden.
    • Umformulierte Fehlermeldungen auf der Login-Seite (#43037). 
    • Verbesserte Zugänglichkeit im Modal für den Medien-Upload (#47149).
    • Anpassungen bei der neuen Art der Fehlerbehandlung beim Upload von Bildern (#48200).
    • MediaElement.js wurde von 4.2.6 auf 4.2.13 aktualisiert und wird wieder im Footer geladen. Dadurch wird eine Regression gelöst, die vor zwei Jahren aufgetreten ist (#44484).
    • Änderungen am media-REST-Endpunkt, sodass er den Fall handhaben kann, wenn nach dem Upload eines Bildes, beim Erstellen der kleineren Größen, ein fataler Fehler auftritt (#47987).

    Zusätzlich enthält die dritte Beta eine Anzahl weiterer Anpassungen an der REST-API, unter anderem eine Verbesserung der Berechtigungsprüfung bei der Bearbeitung eines Kommentars und die Möglichkeit, über den _embed-Parameter Zugriff auf alle Beitrags-Daten im /wp/v2/search-Endpunkt zu bekommen.

    Dev-Notizen

    WordPress 5.3 bringt viele Änderungen mit, um die Entwicklungs-Erfahrung zu verbessern. Um auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben, abonniert das Blog Make WordPress Core mit besonderer Beachtung der Beiträge mit dem dev-notes-Tag für Änderungen, die eure Produkte betreffen könnten.

    Wie ihr helfen könnt

    Helft mit, WordPress in über 100 Sprachen zu übersetzen!

    Wenn ihr meint, einen Bug gefunden zu haben, meldet ihn im Alpha-/Beta-Bereich des Support-Forums. Falls ihr euch mit der Erstellung eines reproduzierbaren Bug-Reports auskennt, könnt ihr einen im WordPress Trac erstellen. Dort gibt es auch eine Liste der bereits bekannten Probleme.

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  4. Die WoltLab Suite 5.2 ist der nächste Meilenstein in der Geschichte der Community- und Foren-Lösungen, probieren Sie unverbindlich den Nachfolger der überaus erfolgreichen WoltLab Suite 3 aus.


    Systemvoraussetzungen

    Für die Installation und Nutzung von WoltLab Suite 5.2 müssen die folgenden Voraussetzungen erfüllt sein:

    • Webserver mit PHP 7.0.22 oder neuer (PHP 7.3+ empfohlen)
    • MySQL 5.5.35 (oder neuer) / MariaDB 5.5.47 (oder neuer) / MariaDB 10.0.22 (oder neuer)
    • 20 MB Festplattenspeicher
    • Aktueller Webbrowser (Chrome 76+, Firefox 68+, Safari 12+, Microsoft Edge 44+ [EdgeHTML 18+])

    Installationsanleitung

    1. Laden Sie das Installations-Archiv auf Ihren Computer herunter.
    2. Entpacken Sie das Archiv.
    3. Laden Sie die Dateien install.php, test.php und WCFSetup.tar.gz auf Ihren Webserver hoch.
    4. Starten Sie die Installation, indem Sie die Datei test.php in Ihrem Webbrowser aufrufen.

    Aktualisierung von früheren Versionen

    Diese Beta-Version unterstützt keine Aktualisierung von früheren Versionen von WoltLab Suite 3.x, die Update-Funktionalität wird erst mit nachfolgenden Versionen ermöglicht.

    Nutzung & Support

    Es handelt sich um eine Testversion, die nicht für den produktiven Einsatz gedacht ist. Die Nutzung in einer Produktivumgebung erfolgt auf eigene Gefahr. Ein Update von WoltLab Suite 5.2 Beta 2 auf zukünftige Versionen wird nicht garantiert. Die Nutzungsdauer der Betaversion ist auf den 06. Dezember 2019 begrenzt, danach ist eine weitere Nutzung nur mit einer gültigen Lizenz gestattet.


    Fragen und Anregungen zu der neuen Version können direkt hier im Forum hinterlassen werden; Im Falle von Probleme oder Unstimmigkeiten bitten wir um eine kurze Rückmeldung im entsprechenden Bereich, damit wir uns dessen annehmen können.

    Anpassung der Versionsnummern

    Die Forum App nutzte aus historischen Gründen eine höhere Versionsnummer, wodurch es zu einigen Unklarheiten kam. Ab dieser Version laufen alle Produkte unter der einheitlichen Versionsnummer 5.2.



    Download WoltLab Suite Forum 5.2 Beta 2

    Download WoltLab Suite Blog 5.2 Beta 2

    Download WoltLab Suite Calendar 5.2 Beta 2

    Download WoltLab Suite Gallery 5.2 Beta 2

    Download WoltLab Suite Filebase 5.2 Beta 2

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  5. XenForo Importers 1.2.4 is now available for all licensed customers to download. If you have already successfully completed your import, you will not need to upgrade.

    Download XenForo Importers 1.2.4
    or
    Upgrade directly from within your control panel


    Some of the changes in XFI 1.2.4 include:
    • When rewriting embedded attachments...

    XenForo Importers 1.2.4 Released

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  6. <p>A security update with respect to custom avatars has been made by vBulletin in the following security patch.</p>
    <p>You can download the patch for your version in the <a href="http://members.vbulletin.com/patches.php">Member's Area</a></p>
    <p>We have made patches available for the following versions of vBulletin Connect:</p>
    <ul>
    <li>5.5.4 Patch Level 2</li>
    <li>5.5.3 Patch Level 2</li>
    <li>5.5.2 Patch Level 2</li>
    </ul>
    <h2>Installing the Patch</h2>
    <ol>
    <li>Download the appropriate files for your version of vBulletin 5.5.X</li>
    <li>Upload all files found within the zip file. Make sure to overwrite the existing files on your server.</li>
    </ol>
    <h2>Older Versions</h2>
    <p>If you are using a version of vBulletin 5 Connect prior to 5.5.2, it is imperative that you upgrade as soon as possible. For more information on upgrading please see <a href="https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4391346">Quick Overview: Upgrading vBulletin Connect</a> in the support forums.</p>
    <h2>vBulletin Cloud</h2>
    <p>This security patch has already been applied to all vBulletin Cloud sites.</p>

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  7. Chevereto v3.13.4
    Released on October 2nd 2019
    • Added support for Akismet spam protection (user generated content)
    • Added support for StopForumSpam spam protection (user signup)
    • Added optional "Powered by Chevereto" link
    • Added ID encoded tag to embed codes [11361]
    • Added IP tools for user registration IP
    • Added page number to listing document title
    • Added language to document title for lang URLs...

    Chevereto v3.13.4

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  8. <h1>vBulletin 5.5.5 Changes and Updates</h1>
    <blockquote>
    <p>A preview release of vBulletin 5.5.5 is now available for download. This version should be used for internal testing. We do not recommend using preview releases on a live site.</p>
    </blockquote>
    <h2>Front End Changes</h2>
    <h3>New Landing Pages</h3>
    <p>We have added two new page layouts that users can select from when using Site Builder's Quick Setup. These new Home Pages allow you to change the focus of your site with a few clicks. They include:</p>
    <ol>
    <li><strong>Standard</strong>: This is the default home page and the same as the one used in previous vBulletin 5.X versions. This is a 70/30 layout with the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On located in the left column and various search modules in the Right Column. The activity stream defaults to the Forums tab.</li>
    <li><strong>Classic</strong>: Provides a home page similar to older versions of vBulletin. This layout only contains the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On module in a single full width column. The Activity Stream defaults to the Forums tab.</li>
    <li><strong>Community</strong>: An end user oriented Home Page. This includes a 30/70 layout. The left column includes the Channel Navigation Module, Friend's Activity, and Birthdays at 30% width. The Right column includes the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On module. The Activity Stream defaults to the Latest Activity tab in this view.</li>
    </ol>
    <p>You can try these new pages out on your site by clicking on Quick Setup from the Site Builder menu and choosing the page you would like to be your site's home page. Your selection will take effect immediately.</p>
    <p>

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    </p>
    <h3>Forum Status Icons</h3>
    <p>Forum Status icons are now larger and display at 32 X 32 pixels by default. This size can be reverted with a style variable.</p>
    <p>Administrators can apply custom icons to individual forum channels. These will have their opacity reduced via CSS if a forum has been read. In addition to this, we have added &quot;OnHover&quot; events that will tell the user if the channel has been read or not.</p>
    <p>Custom icons will have their background filled in with a prominent color similar to Group Icons. For information on configuring custom icons, see <a href="#custom-status-icons">Custom Status Icons</a> below.</p>
    <p>
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    </p>
    <h3>Tagging</h3>
    <p>We have added an interface to allow users with permission of &quot;Can Tag Other's Topics&quot; to add tags. Users with this permission will be able to select &quot;Tags&quot; in the Topic Starter to add new tags. If the user owns the Topic and has permission to modify Tags, they can delete tags added by others.</p>
    <h3>Inline Moderation</h3>
    <p>We have resolved a number of issues with Inline Moderation functionality. These updates will allow the following functions to behave as expected:</p>
    <ul>
    <li>Moving multiple nodes now allows for redirects to be created.</li>
    <li>Posts with Attachments can now be properly selected from the Inline Moderation menu.</li>
    <li>Thread Redirects can now have their titles changed by double-clicking in the title area.</li>
    <li>When selecting &quot;View Topics&quot; or &quot;View Posts&quot; when nothing is selected, an inline message is shown instead of redirecting to the search results page.</li>
    <li>An updated message is displayed if you attempt to move a topic into a Category that doesn't accept posts.</li>
    <li>Redirects are now deleted when the original node is deleted.</li>
    <li>Blog Entries can now be selected for inline moderation if only Sticky Topics are displayed.</li>
    <li>Channel Pagination should be calculated properly if you move nodes with redirects.</li>
    </ul>
    <hr>
    <h2>Back End / AdminCP Changes</h2>
    <h3><a name="custom-status-icons"></a>Custom Status Icons</h3>
    <p>Administrators can now upload custom icons for individual forum channels. Icon upload is available within the AdminCP under Channel Management -&gt; Channel Manager. Custom channel icons will be displayed at 50% opacity via CSS if the channel has been read by that user.</p>
    <p>
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    </p>
    <p>The display size of your channel icons is controlled by the value specified in the <code>icon_size_forum_icon</code> style variable. The default value is 32 X 32 pixels. A style variable was chosen so administrators can vary the value per style if necessary.</p>
    <h3>Date Range for Notices</h3>
    <p>The display date for Notices has been expanded to enable a range of dates to display them. Using the date range, the notice will automatically turn off at the end of the range.</p>
    <h3>File Scanning API</h3>
    <p>We have added new API routines to scan files when they are uploaded. The most common use of file scanning would be to check attachments for malware before saving them to disk. In order to demonstrate this functionality, we have provided a package that would enable scanning files via ClamAV. ClamAV is a popular command line tool used for malware detection. You can find information on installing ClamAV on their <a href="https://www.clamav.net/documents/installing-clamav">website</a>.</p>
    <p>If you wish to build your own file scanner, there is a sample package in the <code>do_not_upload\development</code> directory of your download package. The API is available in the vB_Utility_Filescanner class. The file for which is located at <code>core\vb\utility\filescanner.php</code>.</p>
    <h3>Image EXIF Information</h3>
    <p>We have added a configuration option to preserve image EXIF information on uploads. EXIF information contains data on color profiles, cameras, location, and more. Sometimes, EXIF information can be used to exploit either users or systems. Due to this we have previously stripped this information.</p>
    <p>This functionality requires the use of the imagick or imagemagick image processing libraries. It will not work with the GD library. We <strong>strongly recommend</strong> that you install and configure ClamAV as well.</p>
    <p>To enable this feature you must add a line to your config.php:</p>
    <p><code>$config['Misc']['preserve_exif'] = true;</code></p>
    <blockquote>
    <p>Note: This feature is not currently available for vBulletin Cloud customers at this time.</p>
    </blockquote>
    <h3>User Management</h3>
    <p>We have added a function to strip all tag associations created by a user. To accomplish this, edit the user within the AdminCP and select &quot;Strip Tags&quot; from the Quick User Tools drop down.</p>
    <h3>XML Sitemap Handling</h3>
    <p>You can now exclude Pages from being included in the XML Sitemap that is generated for search engine indexing. This is accomplished in the AdminCP under <code>XML Sitemap -&gt; Manage Content Priority</code>. Set the priority for Pages to &quot;Exclude&quot; in order to prevent them from being listing in the generated XML Sitemap.</p>
    <p>The Registration page has been removed from the XML Sitemap.</p>
    <h3>Refactored URL Class Handling</h3>
    <p>Handling and retrieving external URLs has been refactored in order to make the system more reliable and secure. Examples of where this is used include ReCaptcha, Facebook, and attachment uploads. Where necessary, we have merged the vB_Url class with the vB_Utility_Url class. After this, vB_Url has been removed from the system. This change will simplify code maintenance and improve security over time.</p>
    <p>If you have third-party packages that rely on vB_Url, they will need to be updated to use the vB_Utility_Url class. Code for this class is located in <code>\core\vb\utility\url.php</code>.</p>
    <p>For security purposes make sure the <code>/core/vb/vurl.php</code> file and <code>/core/vb/vurl</code> directories are deleted from your server. See <a href="#file-cleanup">File Cleanup</a> below.</p>
    <h3>Security Patch</h3>
    <p>The code from the security patch has been applied to vBulletin 5.5.5.</p>
    <hr>
    <h2>Deprecated</h2>
    <h3>Announcements</h3>
    <p>We are currently in the process of merging Announcement and Notice functionality. After this is completed, we will remove Announcements from the system in an upcoming version . Merging these similar features will simplify code maintenance and allow us to provide more features to the Notice system over time.</p>
    <h3>ImageMagick</h3>
    <p>Calling the ImageMagick executable directly has been deprecated in favor of using the imagick PECL library. We will remove direct support for ImageMagick in a future release. The imagick library functionality was added in vBulletin 5.5.4. We suggest updating your PHP installation to support imagick. You can find instructions on doing this in the <a href="https://www.php.net/manual/en/imagick.installation.php">PHP Documentation</a>.</p>
    <h3>Internet Explorer Code</h3>
    <p>Internet Explorer 11 is currently supported but should be considered deprecated. Previous versions of Internet Explorer are not supported. We have removed some code specific to Internet Explorer from the system. This code had been added to support older versions of Internet Explorer. After upgrading, please make sure to follow the steps for <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346">File Cleanup</a>. For more information on supported browsers please see the vBulletin <a href="https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4387853">System Requirements</a>.</p>
    <p>Users that access your site with IE should be encouraged to upgrade to the beta version of <a href="https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/">Microsoft's Edge Browser</a> based on Chromium. This new browser is available for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and MacOS.</p>
    <hr>
    <h2>Additional Information</h2>
    <h3>Install / Upgrade</h3>
    <p>Please see the forum topics below for the latest information on installing or upgrading vBulletin 5 communities.</p>
    <ul>
    <li><a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391348">Installation Instructions</a></li>
    <li><a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346">Upgrade Instructions</a></li>
    </ul>
    <h3><a name="file-cleamup"></a>File Cleanup</h3>
    <p>After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. In order to cleanup obsolete PHP files in the /core/ directory, please run the Suspect File Diagnostic in the AdminCP under Maintenance -&gt; Diagnostics. It will list the files that need to be deleted as &quot;Not part of vBulletin.&quot; Delete these files from your server.</p>
    <p>You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do complete a file cleanup in this <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346"><strong>topic</strong></a> in the vBulletin 5 Installs &amp; Upgrades forum.</p>
    <h3>System Requirements</h3>
    <p>Minimum System Requirements</p>
    <ul>
    <li>PHP Version: 7.1.0</li>
    <li>MySQL Version: 5.6.10</li>
    <li>MariaDB Version: 10.0.0</li>
    </ul>
    <p>Recommended System Requirements</p>
    <ul>
    <li>PHP Version: 7.3 or higher</li>
    <li>MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher</li>
    <li>MariaDB Version: 10.3+</li>
    </ul>
    <p>For more information see <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391344">vBulletin Connect System Requirements</a>.</p>
    <h4>PHP 7.1 End of Life</h4>
    <p>PHP 7.1.X will reach end of life on December 1st, 2019. It is recommended to upgrade to a minimum version of PHP 7.2 before this happens. In early 2020, we will increase the minimum required version of PHP to 7.2.0.</p>
    <h3>Current Version Support Schedule</h3>
    <ul>
    <li>Active Version - 5.5.5</li>
    <li>Security Patch - 5.5.4</li>
    <li>Security Patch - 5.5.3</li>
    <li>No Patch Release - 5.5.2 or earlier.</li>
    </ul>
    <h3>Discussion</h3>
    <p>If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4423284</p>
    <p>If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our <a href="https://tracker.vbulletin.com">tracker</a>.</p>
    <p>In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/">community forums</a>.</p>

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  9. <h1>vBulletin 5.5.5 Changes and Updates</h1>
    <blockquote>
    <p>A preview release of vBulletin 5.5.5 is now available for download. This version should be used for internal testing. We do not recommend using preview releases on a live site.</p>
    </blockquote>
    <h2>Front End Changes</h2>
    <h3>New Landing Pages</h3>
    <p>We have added two new page layouts that users can select from when using Site Builder's Quick Setup. These new Home Pages allow you to change the focus of your site with a few clicks. They include:</p>
    <ol>
    <li><strong>Standard</strong>: This is the default home page and the same as the one used in previous vBulletin 5.X versions. This is a 70/30 layout with the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On located in the left column and various search modules in the Right Column. The activity stream defaults to the Forums tab.</li>
    <li><strong>Classic</strong>: Provides a home page similar to older versions of vBulletin. This layout only contains the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On module in a single full width column. The Activity Stream defaults to the Forums tab.</li>
    <li><strong>Community</strong>: An end user oriented Home Page. This includes a 30/70 layout. The left column includes the Channel Navigation Module, Friend's Activity, and Birthdays at 30% width. The Right column includes the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On module. The Activity Stream defaults to the Latest Activity tab in this view.</li>
    </ol>
    <p>You can try these new pages out on your site by clicking on Quick Setup from the Site Builder menu and choosing the page you would like to be your site's home page. Your selection will take effect immediately.</p>
    <p>

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    </p>
    <h3>Forum Status Icons</h3>
    <p>Forum Status icons are now larger and display at 32 X 32 pixels by default. This size can be reverted with a style variable.</p>
    <p>Administrators can apply custom icons to individual forum channels. These will have their opacity reduced via CSS if a forum has been read. In addition to this, we have added &quot;OnHover&quot; events that will tell the user if the channel has been read or not.</p>
    <p>Custom icons will have their background filled in with a prominent color similar to Group Icons. For information on configuring custom icons, see <a href="#custom-status-icons">Custom Status Icons</a> below.</p>
    <p>
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    </p>
    <h3>Tagging</h3>
    <p>We have added an interface to allow users with permission of &quot;Can Tag Other's Topics&quot; to add tags. Users with this permission will be able to select &quot;Tags&quot; in the Topic Starter to add new tags. If the user owns the Topic and has permission to modify Tags, they can delete tags added by others.</p>
    <h3>Inline Moderation</h3>
    <p>We have resolved a number of issues with Inline Moderation functionality. These updates will allow the following functions to behave as expected:</p>
    <ul>
    <li>Moving multiple nodes now allows for redirects to be created.</li>
    <li>Posts with Attachments can now be properly selected from the Inline Moderation menu.</li>
    <li>Thread Redirects can now have their titles changed by double-clicking in the title area.</li>
    <li>When selecting &quot;View Topics&quot; or &quot;View Posts&quot; when nothing is selected, an inline message is shown instead of redirecting to the search results page.</li>
    <li>An updated message is displayed if you attempt to move a topic into a Category that doesn't accept posts.</li>
    <li>Redirects are now deleted when the original node is deleted.</li>
    <li>Blog Entries can now be selected for inline moderation if only Sticky Topics are displayed.</li>
    <li>Channel Pagination should be calculated properly if you move nodes with redirects.</li>
    </ul>
    <hr>
    <h2>Back End / AdminCP Changes</h2>
    <h3><a name="custom-status-icons"></a>Custom Status Icons</h3>
    <p>Administrators can now upload custom icons for individual forum channels. Icon upload is available within the AdminCP under Channel Management -&gt; Channel Manager. Custom channel icons will be displayed at 50% opacity via CSS if the channel has been read by that user.</p>
    <p>
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    </p>
    <p>The display size of your channel icons is controlled by the value specified in the <code>icon_size_forum_icon</code> style variable. The default value is 32 X 32 pixels. A style variable was chosen so administrators can vary the value per style if necessary.</p>
    <h3>Date Range for Notices</h3>
    <p>The display date for Notices has been expanded to enable a range of dates to display them. Using the date range, the notice will automatically turn off at the end of the range.</p>
    <h3>File Scanning API</h3>
    <p>We have added new API routines to scan files when they are uploaded. The most common use of file scanning would be to check attachments for malware before saving them to disk. In order to demonstrate this functionality, we have provided a package that would enable scanning files via ClamAV. ClamAV is a popular command line tool used for malware detection. You can find information on installing ClamAV on their <a href="https://www.clamav.net/documents/installing-clamav">website</a>.</p>
    <p>If you wish to build your own file scanner, there is a sample package in the <code>do_not_upload\development</code> directory of your download package. The API is available in the vB_Utility_Filescanner class. The file for which is located at <code>core\vb\utility\filescanner.php</code>.</p>
    <h3>Image EXIF Information</h3>
    <p>We have added a configuration option to preserve image EXIF information on uploads. EXIF information contains data on color profiles, cameras, location, and more. Sometimes, EXIF information can be used to exploit either users or systems. Due to this we have previously stripped this information.</p>
    <p>This functionality requires the use of the imagick or imagemagick image processing libraries. It will not work with the GD library. We <strong>strongly recommend</strong> that you install and configure ClamAV as well.</p>
    <p>To enable this feature you must add a line to your config.php:</p>
    <p><code>$config['Misc']['preserve_exif'] = true;</code></p>
    <blockquote>
    <p>Note: This feature is not currently available for vBulletin Cloud customers at this time.</p>
    </blockquote>
    <h3>User Management</h3>
    <p>We have added a function to strip all tag associations created by a user. To accomplish this, edit the user within the AdminCP and select &quot;Strip Tags&quot; from the Quick User Tools drop down.</p>
    <h3>XML Sitemap Handling</h3>
    <p>You can now exclude Pages from being included in the XML Sitemap that is generated for search engine indexing. This is accomplished in the AdminCP under <code>XML Sitemap -&gt; Manage Content Priority</code>. Set the priority for Pages to &quot;Exclude&quot; in order to prevent them from being listing in the generated XML Sitemap.</p>
    <p>The Registration page has been removed from the XML Sitemap.</p>
    <h3>Refactored URL Class Handling</h3>
    <p>Handling and retrieving external URLs has been refactored in order to make the system more reliable and secure. Examples of where this is used include ReCaptcha, Facebook, and attachment uploads. Where necessary, we have merged the vB_Url class with the vB_Utility_Url class. After this, vB_Url has been removed from the system. This change will simplify code maintenance and improve security over time.</p>
    <p>If you have third-party packages that rely on vB_Url, they will need to be updated to use the vB_Utility_Url class. Code for this class is located in <code>\core\vb\utility\url.php</code>.</p>
    <p>For security purposes make sure the <code>/core/vb/vurl.php</code> file and <code>/core/vb/vurl</code> directories are deleted from your server. See <a href="#file-cleanup">File Cleanup</a> below.</p>
    <h3>Security Patch</h3>
    <p>The code from the security patch has been applied to vBulletin 5.5.5.</p>
    <hr>
    <h2>Deprecated</h2>
    <h3>Announcements</h3>
    <p>We are currently in the process of merging Announcement and Notice functionality. After this is completed, we will remove Announcements from the system in an upcoming version . Merging these similar features will simplify code maintenance and allow us to provide more features to the Notice system over time.</p>
    <h3>ImageMagick</h3>
    <p>Calling the ImageMagick executable directly has been deprecated in favor of using the imagick PECL library. We will remove direct support for ImageMagick in a future release. The imagick library functionality was added in vBulletin 5.5.4. We suggest updating your PHP installation to support imagick. You can find instructions on doing this in the <a href="https://www.php.net/manual/en/imagick.installation.php">PHP Documentation</a>.</p>
    <h3>Internet Explorer Code</h3>
    <p>Internet Explorer 11 is currently supported but should be considered deprecated. Previous versions of Internet Explorer are not supported. We have removed some code specific to Internet Explorer from the system. This code had been added to support older versions of Internet Explorer. After upgrading, please make sure to follow the steps for <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346">File Cleanup</a>. For more information on supported browsers please see the vBulletin <a href="https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4387853">System Requirements</a>.</p>
    <p>Users that access your site with IE should be encouraged to upgrade to the beta version of <a href="https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/">Microsoft's Edge Browser</a> based on Chromium. This new browser is available for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and MacOS.</p>
    <hr>
    <h2>Additional Information</h2>
    <h3>Install / Upgrade</h3>
    <p>Please see the forum topics below for the latest information on installing or upgrading vBulletin 5 communities.</p>
    <ul>
    <li><a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391348">Installation Instructions</a></li>
    <li><a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346">Upgrade Instructions</a></li>
    </ul>
    <h3><a name="file-cleamup"></a>File Cleanup</h3>
    <p>After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. In order to cleanup obsolete PHP files in the /core/ directory, please run the Suspect File Diagnostic in the AdminCP under Maintenance -&gt; Diagnostics. It will list the files that need to be deleted as &quot;Not part of vBulletin.&quot; Delete these files from your server.</p>
    <p>You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do complete a file cleanup in this <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346"><strong>topic</strong></a> in the vBulletin 5 Installs &amp; Upgrades forum.</p>
    <h3>System Requirements</h3>
    <p>Minimum System Requirements</p>
    <ul>
    <li>PHP Version: 7.1.0</li>
    <li>MySQL Version: 5.6.10</li>
    <li>MariaDB Version: 10.0.0</li>
    </ul>
    <p>Recommended System Requirements</p>
    <ul>
    <li>PHP Version: 7.3 or higher</li>
    <li>MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher</li>
    <li>MariaDB Version: 10.3+</li>
    </ul>
    <p>For more information see <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391344">vBulletin Connect System Requirements</a>.</p>
    <h4>PHP 7.1 End of Life</h4>
    <p>PHP 7.1.X will reach end of life on December 1st, 2019. It is recommended to upgrade to a minimum version of PHP 7.2 before this happens. In early 2020, we will increase the minimum required version of PHP to 7.2.0.</p>
    <h3>Current Version Support Schedule</h3>
    <ul>
    <li>Active Version - 5.5.5</li>
    <li>Security Patch - 5.5.4</li>
    <li>Security Patch - 5.5.3</li>
    <li>No Patch Release - 5.5.2 or earlier.</li>
    </ul>
    <h3>Discussion</h3>
    <p>If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4423284</p>
    <p>If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our <a href="https://tracker.vbulletin.com">tracker</a>.</p>
    <p>In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/">community forums</a>.</p>

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  10. <h1>vBulletin 5.5.5 Changes and Updates</h1>
    <blockquote>
    <p>A preview release of vBulletin 5.5.5 is now available for download. This version should be used for internal testing. We do not recommend using preview releases on a live site.</p>
    </blockquote>
    <h2>Front End Changes</h2>
    <h3>New Landing Pages</h3>
    <p>We have added two new page layouts that users can select from when using Site Builder's Quick Setup. These new Home Pages allow you to change the focus of your site with a few clicks. They include:</p>
    <ol>
    <li><strong>Standard</strong>: This is the default home page and the same as the one used in previous vBulletin 5.X versions. This is a 70/30 layout with the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On located in the left column and various search modules in the Right Column. The activity stream defaults to the Forums tab.</li>
    <li><strong>Classic</strong>: Provides a home page similar to older versions of vBulletin. This layout only contains the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On module in a single full width column. The Activity Stream defaults to the Forums tab.</li>
    <li><strong>Community</strong>: An end user oriented Home Page. This includes a 30/70 layout. The left column includes the Channel Navigation Module, Friend's Activity, and Birthdays at 30% width. The Right column includes the Activity Stream, Statistics, and What's Going On module. The Activity Stream defaults to the Latest Activity tab in this view.</li>
    </ol>
    <p>You can try these new pages out on your site by clicking on Quick Setup from the Site Builder menu and choosing the page you would like to be your site's home page. Your selection will take effect immediately.</p>
    <p>

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    </p>
    <h3>Forum Status Icons</h3>
    <p>Forum Status icons are now larger and display at 32 X 32 pixels by default. This size can be reverted with a style variable.</p>
    <p>Administrators can apply custom icons to individual forum channels. These will have their opacity reduced via CSS if a forum has been read. In addition to this, we have added &quot;OnHover&quot; events that will tell the user if the channel has been read or not.</p>
    <p>Custom icons will have their background filled in with a prominent color similar to Group Icons. For information on configuring custom icons, see <a href="#custom-status-icons">Custom Status Icons</a> below.</p>
    <p>
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    </p>
    <h3>Tagging</h3>
    <p>We have added an interface to allow users with permission of &quot;Can Tag Other's Topics&quot; to add tags. Users with this permission will be able to select &quot;Tags&quot; in the Topic Starter to add new tags. If the user owns the Topic and has permission to modify Tags, they can delete tags added by others.</p>
    <h3>Inline Moderation</h3>
    <p>We have resolved a number of issues with Inline Moderation functionality. These updates will allow the following functions to behave as expected:</p>
    <ul>
    <li>Moving multiple nodes now allows for redirects to be created.</li>
    <li>Posts with Attachments can now be properly selected from the Inline Moderation menu.</li>
    <li>Thread Redirects can now have their titles changed by double-clicking in the title area.</li>
    <li>When selecting &quot;View Topics&quot; or &quot;View Posts&quot; when nothing is selected, an inline message is shown instead of redirecting to the search results page.</li>
    <li>An updated message is displayed if you attempt to move a topic into a Category that doesn't accept posts.</li>
    <li>Redirects are now deleted when the original node is deleted.</li>
    <li>Blog Entries can now be selected for inline moderation if only Sticky Topics are displayed.</li>
    <li>Channel Pagination should be calculated properly if you move nodes with redirects.</li>
    </ul>
    <hr>
    <h2>Back End / AdminCP Changes</h2>
    <h3><a name="custom-status-icons"></a>Custom Status Icons</h3>
    <p>Administrators can now upload custom icons for individual forum channels. Icon upload is available within the AdminCP under Channel Management -&gt; Channel Manager. Custom channel icons will be displayed at 50% opacity via CSS if the channel has been read by that user.</p>
    <p>
    Click image for larger version  Name: admincp_seticon.png Views: 0 Size: 19.7 KB ID: 4423395



    </p>
    <p>The display size of your channel icons is controlled by the value specified in the <code>icon_size_forum_icon</code> style variable. The default value is 32 X 32 pixels. A style variable was chosen so administrators can vary the value per style if necessary.</p>
    <h3>Date Range for Notices</h3>
    <p>The display date for Notices has been expanded to enable a range of dates to display them. Using the date range, the notice will automatically turn off at the end of the range.</p>
    <h3>File Scanning API</h3>
    <p>We have added new API routines to scan files when they are uploaded. The most common use of file scanning would be to check attachments for malware before saving them to disk. In order to demonstrate this functionality, we have provided a package that would enable scanning files via ClamAV. ClamAV is a popular command line tool used for malware detection. You can find information on installing ClamAV on their <a href="https://www.clamav.net/documents/installing-clamav">website</a>.</p>
    <p>If you wish to build your own file scanner, there is a sample package in the <code>do_not_upload\development</code> directory of your download package. The API is available in the vB_Utility_Filescanner class. The file for which is located at <code>core\vb\utility\filescanner.php</code>.</p>
    <h3>Image EXIF Information</h3>
    <p>We have added a configuration option to preserve image EXIF information on uploads. EXIF information contains data on color profiles, cameras, location, and more. Sometimes, EXIF information can be used to exploit either users or systems. Due to this we have previously stripped this information.</p>
    <p>This functionality requires the use of the imagick or imagemagick image processing libraries. It will not work with the GD library. We <strong>strongly recommend</strong> that you install and configure ClamAV as well.</p>
    <p>To enable this feature you must add a line to your config.php:</p>
    <p><code>$config['Misc']['preserve_exif'] = true;</code></p>
    <blockquote>
    <p>Note: This feature is not currently available for vBulletin Cloud customers at this time.</p>
    </blockquote>
    <h3>User Management</h3>
    <p>We have added a function to strip all tag associations created by a user. To accomplish this, edit the user within the AdminCP and select &quot;Strip Tags&quot; from the Quick User Tools drop down.</p>
    <h3>XML Sitemap Handling</h3>
    <p>You can now exclude Pages from being included in the XML Sitemap that is generated for search engine indexing. This is accomplished in the AdminCP under <code>XML Sitemap -&gt; Manage Content Priority</code>. Set the priority for Pages to &quot;Exclude&quot; in order to prevent them from being listing in the generated XML Sitemap.</p>
    <p>The Registration page has been removed from the XML Sitemap.</p>
    <h3>Refactored URL Class Handling</h3>
    <p>Handling and retrieving external URLs has been refactored in order to make the system more reliable and secure. Examples of where this is used include ReCaptcha, Facebook, and attachment uploads. Where necessary, we have merged the vB_Url class with the vB_Utility_Url class. After this, vB_Url has been removed from the system. This change will simplify code maintenance and improve security over time.</p>
    <p>If you have third-party packages that rely on vB_Url, they will need to be updated to use the vB_Utility_Url class. Code for this class is located in <code>\core\vb\utility\url.php</code>.</p>
    <p>For security purposes make sure the <code>/core/vb/vurl.php</code> file and <code>/core/vb/vurl</code> directories are deleted from your server. See <a href="#file-cleanup">File Cleanup</a> below.</p>
    <h3>Security Patch</h3>
    <p>The code from the security patch has been applied to vBulletin 5.5.5.</p>
    <hr>
    <h2>Deprecated</h2>
    <h3>Announcements</h3>
    <p>We are currently in the process of merging Announcement and Notice functionality. After this is completed, we will remove Announcements from the system in an upcoming version . Merging these similar features will simplify code maintenance and allow us to provide more features to the Notice system over time.</p>
    <h3>ImageMagick</h3>
    <p>Calling the ImageMagick executable directly has been deprecated in favor of using the imagick PECL library. We will remove direct support for ImageMagick in a future release. The imagick library functionality was added in vBulletin 5.5.4. We suggest updating your PHP installation to support imagick. You can find instructions on doing this in the <a href="https://www.php.net/manual/en/imagick.installation.php">PHP Documentation</a>.</p>
    <h3>Internet Explorer Code</h3>
    <p>Internet Explorer 11 is currently supported but should be considered deprecated. Previous versions of Internet Explorer are not supported. We have removed some code specific to Internet Explorer from the system. This code had been added to support older versions of Internet Explorer. After upgrading, please make sure to follow the steps for <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346">File Cleanup</a>. For more information on supported browsers please see the vBulletin <a href="https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4387853">System Requirements</a>.</p>
    <p>Users that access your site with IE should be encouraged to upgrade to the beta version of <a href="https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/">Microsoft's Edge Browser</a> based on Chromium. This new browser is available for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and MacOS.</p>
    <hr>
    <h2>Additional Information</h2>
    <h3>Install / Upgrade</h3>
    <p>Please see the forum topics below for the latest information on installing or upgrading vBulletin 5 communities.</p>
    <ul>
    <li><a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391348">Installation Instructions</a></li>
    <li><a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346">Upgrade Instructions</a></li>
    </ul>
    <h3><a name="file-cleamup"></a>File Cleanup</h3>
    <p>After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. In order to cleanup obsolete PHP files in the /core/ directory, please run the Suspect File Diagnostic in the AdminCP under Maintenance -&gt; Diagnostics. It will list the files that need to be deleted as &quot;Not part of vBulletin.&quot; Delete these files from your server.</p>
    <p>You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do complete a file cleanup in this <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346"><strong>topic</strong></a> in the vBulletin 5 Installs &amp; Upgrades forum.</p>
    <h3>System Requirements</h3>
    <p>Minimum System Requirements</p>
    <ul>
    <li>PHP Version: 7.1.0</li>
    <li>MySQL Version: 5.6.10</li>
    <li>MariaDB Version: 10.0.0</li>
    </ul>
    <p>Recommended System Requirements</p>
    <ul>
    <li>PHP Version: 7.3 or higher</li>
    <li>MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher</li>
    <li>MariaDB Version: 10.3+</li>
    </ul>
    <p>For more information see <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391344">vBulletin Connect System Requirements</a>.</p>
    <h4>PHP 7.1 End of Life</h4>
    <p>PHP 7.1.X will reach end of life on December 1st, 2019. It is recommended to upgrade to a minimum version of PHP 7.2 before this happens. In early 2020, we will increase the minimum required version of PHP to 7.2.0.</p>
    <h3>Current Version Support Schedule</h3>
    <ul>
    <li>Active Version - 5.5.5</li>
    <li>Security Patch - 5.5.4</li>
    <li>Security Patch - 5.5.3</li>
    <li>No Patch Release - 5.5.2 or earlier.</li>
    </ul>
    <h3>Discussion</h3>
    <p>If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://forum.vbulletin.com/node/4423284</p>
    <p>If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our <a href="https://tracker.vbulletin.com">tracker</a>.</p>
    <p>In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our <a href="https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/">community forums</a>.</p>

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