New free mod, vBOptimise Updated, vBMail updated, MOTM & more
by, 2nd March 2013 at 00:01 (3573 Views)
A number of news items this week! First up, product releases!
We are happy to announce the release of a new, free mod from @Ozzy47. It is called vBPhrases and is designed to make it easier for you to translate mods & parts of your forum into different languages, or simply to customise the wording of various features to better suit your site. You can read all about it here.
vBOptimise has received a micro-update to v2.5.1 adding a requested feature: finer usergroup control permissions. Basically this lets you set which staff members can administer vBOptimise more precisely. Read more here.
vBMail has also received an update, albeit a slightly larger one, taking it to v1.1.8. This update makes various changes to help with compliance to Google Mails bulk-sending policies. If you use vBMail for newsletters you should update ASAP to help ensure your mails don't get flagged as spam by Gmail. More details here.
In other news @Ozzy47 is still looking for more Closed Beta testers for his vBSuperPMs mod. If a mod making the default vBulletin PM system 10 times better sounds good to you, PM him or comment below to let him know you're interested in being a tester!
Discount: To 'celebrate' the release of updates for vBMail and vBOptimise they are both available at 25% off for one week only. To receive the discount simply enter OptiMail into the coupon box. If you purchased vBMail or vBOptimise licenses in the past few days let us know and we'll make sure you get that 25% refunded in DBTech points
Site Improvement Blogs: This weeks Site Improvement Blog was all about vBMail to improve your site, and how to do some things with it you may not have known were possible! You can read the blog here. Let us know if you like the format and if there is anything you feel we should do to make them more appealing and useful.
MOTM: A big thank you to everyone who voted for our mods in February's Mod of the Month contest over at vbulletin.org - we lost by 3 votes. Ouch!
We are nominated again this month for our free ACP Shortcuts mod and are up against some stiff competition! As always we encourage you guys to go and use your vote - even if it's for another mod. Lots of tiny little bits and bytes sacrificed themselves so you could vote If you have 5 spare seconds to click a button and make a coder feel good about themselves you can cast your vote here.
Site Directory: Our Site Directory is growing slowly but surely, but we're still looking for more people! If you want your site linked to on one of the US's top 40,000 ranked sites according to Alexa.com then what are you waiting for!?
Not only that, but those sites on the directory who use our stats mod will also be eligible for access into special draws for free mods and DBTech Dollars!
You can apply here. Remember, DBTech wants YOU!
What's Going On
@Belazor is working on vBDownloads v2
@Dylan is working on Thread Ratings v2 including a vB5 version
@Darkwaltz4 is continuing work on vBArcade for #vB5
@Ozzy47 is working on vBSuper PM's
@bszopi is on a general leave of absence
@Mokonzi is working on a vB5 port of one of his mods
@the-danzor is starting work on vB5 skins
Gallery-complementing mod in the next few months
vBDonate vB5 Gold in the next few weeks
vBDownloads v2 Gold in the next few weeks
vBDownloads for vB5 in the next month or so
vBSuper PM's from @Ozzy47
More Focus Group Surveys & Prizes
Several more vB5 Ports in the coming months
Now that the second "Improve your site" blog has been released, what do you guys think of them? I'm considering a few options to do for the more generalised posts about how to improve your site in general terms- here are the ideas I have in mind:
Who to Hire as a Moderator
Keeping your community active
Content Content Content
Which one of those would you guys like to see most?
Oh and for those of you who read this far down - i'm thinking about doing our own Advertising mod soon. It would let you sell ads quickly and easily from your site, with positionable banners linking to a purchase page letting you quickly and easily sell ads directly to potential advertisers. Do you guys have any thoughts/opinions on that?
Thanks for reading, and we look forward to your responses in the comments,
Iain & The DBTech Team
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