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(IM) Custom Forum Blocks

Vince G.

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File Name: (IM) Custom Forum Blocks

File Submitter: Vince G.

File Submitted: 26 Dec 2012

File Category: Content Management

Supported Versions: IP.Board 3.2.x, IP.Board 3.3.x, IP.Board 3.4.x

Important Announcement:
This modification was updated on Feb 03 2014 see change log for info.

With this modification you will be able to add custom blocks that will display certain information in them that you will decide. Each block will have it's own title and content, You will be able to set which groups can see each block, What place you would like to place the block (Top, Right, Left, Bottom), In what pages you would like And/Or wouldn't like to display the block, The ordering of the blocks that will be displayed to the user.

What kind of template the block will use (Blank, Category Template, Hook Template), Turning each block on/off, Being able to parse both PHP & JS code inside the content of the block along with regular HTML, Or using the IPB full editor (or mixing between the two), Being able to set the width of each column (Middle, Left, Right).

Which columns will be displayed, If members can hide the left and right columns (using JS) and what groups of members if that setting is allowed, Importing & Exporting of all blocks or just some of them, Automatically get notified when ever there is an update available for the modification.
tool is also available to help you solve SEO urls into regular $_GET['...'] variables to add them into the include/exclude block exceptions area, Previewing the block from the ACP before actually putting it online and Drag & Drop reordering.

There are no file edits required to install and use this modification.

Features Included:

  • Turn block on/off
  • Drag & Drop ordering
  • Split blocks into columns around the entire forum layout
  • Display blocks any were in the board
  • Group visibility per block
  • Select the block position in the page (Top, Left, Right, Bottom)
  • Block template style (Blank, Category, Hook)
  • Include block in certain pages
  • Exclude block in certain pages
  • Parse PHP inside block
  • Parse JS inside block
  • Switch between simple editor and IPB full editor
  • Preview block from ACP
  • Import blocks
  • Export blocks
  • hide certain blocks as a setting
  • Change the width of each block and the middle layout of the forum
  • Allow certain groups to toggle the visibilty of the left and right columns
  • JS based toggle right and left columns visibility
  • Link resolver - From SEO links to a sanitized links to use in the block include/exclude exceptions
  • Ability to show the old sidebar on the board index page

Please Read Carefully Before Purchasing:
  • All sales are final. There will be no refunds after the mod was shipped.
  • I can't promise that every single feature request will be added to the next release so keep that in mind. But i will try to do my best.
  • If you bought a modification from be before you will get the product in less then 24 hours (usually less then that). If you are a premium member here you will also get it in less then 24 hours. If you are a new customer and a regular member you will need to wait for at least 48 hours before receiving the modification. That's just a precaution i have to take in order to reduce the fraud to as low as i can.
  • If more then 48 hours have passed and you did not receive anything yet then PM me with your email addressed you used when purchasing it and i will look into your case.
  • Since this is a premium modification redistribution and transfers are not allowed! If you would like to resell the modifications then contact me by a PM and we will see what we can do.
  • Each purchase represents a license, Each licenses is valid for one domain so if you need this modification on several sites you will need to purchase several licenses for the usage or purchase a multi license at a lower cost.

here to download this file

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I looked at your demo board, but was unable to ascertain what this does, or how it looks. Do you have a demo of it running?

I'm afraid i don't have an online demo i can show it. But this basically allows you to create custom side bar blocks (like the one that you have on the right when viewing the board index) but offers a lot of features such as adding the block on the left,right, top,bottom of the board, selecting who can see which blocks, selecting where the blocks going to show (index view, specific forum, specific topic(s), member profile , certain application page etc... )

You can put any content in the custom blocks including HTML and PHP so you can pretty much do what ever.

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You should get this:

Vince, that link just brings me back to this same product. Are you saying it works with 3.2.3 ?

Also, my main interest is adding top blocks *below* my shoutbox. You can view it here --> hockeyforums.net. Would that be possible with this mod?

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havent tested this with 3.2 so i'll have to try it out, i'm pretty sure it does.

Regarding the placement of the blocks looking at the placement of the shoutbox the top blocks will appear above the shoutbox.

Hope that helps.

That does help thanks. After you test with 3.2 please let me know. I'd like to not spend money on it if it doesn't work.

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This modification is compatible with IPB 3.2.x as well.

Tested on IPB 3.2.3

Vince -

Thanks a lot for testing. I actually upgraded to 3.3.3. I bought, uploaded and got a error:

The error message is: incorrect_furl

EDIT - I rebuild my FURL cache and noticed you updated the file yesterday so I downloaded that.

Seems to have installed fine now. Testing it now.


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This has a lot more features such as:

- Allows you to set PHP/JS/HTML code within blocks

- Position the blocks in 4 different places (top, bottom, left, right)

- Allows you to display blocks for certain user groups

- Allows you to display blocks only in certain pages/applications

This is a more robust sidebar blocks application.

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Hey, what is the difference between this and the (DP33) Global Sidebars?

I have tried them all and this one is simply the best. You can place a block or category in any particular forum or topic - and the block can be on the top, bottom, left or right. You can have as many as you want and arrange them the way that you like.

A marketer's dream app really.


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Mod updated to 2.0.1

- 2.0.1 - Fixed include/exclude pages bug, added {boards} to represent the board index page in the include/exclude pages

Robert after downloading the new version. In the 'include' text box enter: {boards} no spaces and no new lines.


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