vBulletin 5.2.6 Alpha 5 is now available.

vBulletin 5.2.6 Alpha is now available to all vBulletin 5 Download customers with an active license. This version contains fixes and updates to over 180 issues in the software.

The Event Content type has been added to the vBulletin system. You can create events in any channel and control where they are created using the new "Can create event" permission. Events are the successor to the vBulletin 4.X Calendar feature. 5.2.6 includes our first iteration of Events so we are looking forward to your feedback.

Users would create a new event just like any other content. Clicking the New Topic button allows you to create the event. Simply click on the Event icon in the list. You will be asked for a title, some text about the event, start time, end time and location. Once an event is created users will be able to reply and comment on it, subscribe to the event and so forth. Events are automatically searchable as they are part of vBulletin 5's standard content system.

As the Site Administrator, you can place the Upcoming Events module on any page to allow users to find events from your site.

New Permission
"Can Create Events" is new permission has been added to the system. This can be configured in the Usergroup Manager and under Channel Permissions. This will allow Administrators to control who can create events and where they can be created. You can disable Event creation completely by setting this to No for all usergroups.

More information on Events is coming soon.

New Modules
Two new modules have been added in 5.2.6.
Channel Description Module - Previous versions allowed you to show the forum description on a page. This has been implemented in vBulletin 5 as the Channel Description Module. Placing this module on any channel page will show the description at the module's location.
Upcoming Events Module - This is a new type of search module to show your upcoming events. It is designed with infinite scrolling and will automatically load more events as you scroll to the bottom of the module. This can be placed on any page where you want to show your events.

RTL Support
A majority of outstanding RTL issues have been resolved throughout the software. We would like to extend special thanks to our beta testers for their help with this. These fixes enable us to provide better support as we continue to work towards full UTF-8 compliance throughout vBulletin. If you use an RTL language and continue to have problems, please make sure that you are using one of the provided styles without template or CSS edits while testing.

Several obsolete options have been removed from the AdminCP. Either the functionality controlled by these options no longer exists or there better ways to control them. These are:
  • "Use Legacy (Vertical) Postbit Template"
  • "Friends Per Page on Full Friends List"
  • "Show Last Post on Profile Page"
  • "Avatars Per-Page"
  • "Show Forum Descriptions in Forum Listings"
  • "Last Thread Title Maximum Displayed Characters"
  • "Show Moderator Column"
  • "Check Topic Subscription"
  • "Throttle Check Period (minutes)"
  • "Enabled User Profile Features"
  • "Queue Search Updates"

System Requirements
  • Minimum PHP Version: 5.5.0
  • Minimum MySQL Version: 5.1.5

  • Recommended PHP Version: 7.1 or higher
  • Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.0 or higher
  • Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

PHP 5.5.0 Deprecation
PHP 5.5.X has reached its end of life and is no longer supported by the PHP Group. Due to this, we are going to increase the minimum required version of PHP to 5.6.X in a future version of vBulletin.

If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4363123

Current Version Support Schedule:
  • Active Version - 5.2.5
  • Security Patch - 5.2.4
  • Security Patch - 5.2.3
  • No Patch Release - 5.2.2 or earlier.