DragonByte Forum Ads

Show custom ads and allow advertisers to buy space on your site.

DragonByte Forum Ads is an advanced advertising solution that allows you to easily show visitors you have advertisements available, offer multiple ad campaign options including banners, keywords and more and maximise the revenue potential of your community. Full PayPal integration and automated features such as deactivating expired ad campaigns allows you to make money without expending extra effort.

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DragonByte Forum Ads is an advanced advertising solution that allows you to easily show visitors you have advertisements available, offer multiple ad campaign options including banners, keywords and more and maximise the revenue potential of your community. Full PayPal integration and automated features such as deactivating expired ad campaigns allows you to make money without expending extra effort.

Fully integrated with vBulletin's "Advertising" page, this mod allows you to make use of vBulletin's powerful advertisement criteria, without having to manually accept payments & manually add the ad code.

DragonByte Forum Ads allows you to offer your ad space on the forums at a price, letting potential advertisers submit their advertisements for consideration before they are asked to pay.
Major Features

Automatic Campaign Handling
When an advertisement campaign is paid for, it's automatically activated. Once its purchased impressions, clicks or days are used up, it's automatically deactivated.

PayPal integration
Supports PayPal for fast and easy transactions, even from credit card users (without the responsibility of storing & processing credit card data).

Powerful Admin Controls
Administrators have complete control over advertisement campaigns, requiring moderation for all campaigns before they are paid for to ensure you agree with all the content being displayed.

Over A Dozen Banner Locations
Archive - Above Content 1, Above Content 2, Below Content
Forum Home - After Forums, Below "What's Going On"
Forum Display - Below Threadlist
Thread Display - First Post Content, Last Post Content
Global - Header 1, Header 2, Below Navbar, Above Footer
Blog Sidebar - Sidebar 1, Sidebar 2, Sidebar 3
Blog Entry - Before Entry, After Entry
Blog List - First Entry

Powerful Keyword System
You can sell keyword replacements, allowing people to convert certain words into links to their sites. This can be especially useful if you're running a site discussing real products, allowing the product owners to quickly convert discussions into potential sales.


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Payment Processors
  • Supports PayPal
  • Configure the description to display to your users when they checkout
  • Configure your Merchant ID (such as PayPal email address)
  • "Sandbox" Mode toggleable via vBulletin Options, for testing purposes


Banner Spaces
  • Integrate with one of vBulletin's built-in advertising locations
  • Configure the dimensions of the banner shown within this space
  • Choose how many rotations are available for this banner space
  • Set multiple banner spaces to the same advertising location to show the banners side-by-side
  • Configurable placeholder image
  • Placeholders and sold ads have anti-adblock code


AdSense Integration
  • Google AdSense code can be used as Placeholder text for each individual banner space
  • Separate inputs for each banner space ensures your ads match your layout
  • Can be used for arbitrary HTML/JS for other advertising networks, not just AdSense


Prices
  • Choose price type (keyword or banner space)
  • Choose the price per X impressions, clicks or days
  • Configure multiple price points for the same banner space or for keywords to encourage bigger purchases
  • Choose what banner space the price point belongs to
  • Configurable display order for display in the front-end shop


Sold Keywords
  • Add new keyword advertisement manually - give advertisement space as a gift!
  • Search sold keywords by active/expired, username, sold date (range), or specific keyword
  • Search results display a paginated list of keywords
  • Edit / Update / delete the keywords
  • Quickly view the transaction for the keyword, if any
  • Support for date-expiring ads even if they are also Clicks/Impressions limited


Sold Banners
  • Add new banner advertisement manually - give advertisement space as a gift!
  • Search sold banners by active/expired, username or sold date (range)
  • Search results display a paginated list of banners
  • Edit / Update / delete the banners
  • Quickly view the transaction for the banner, if any
  • Support for date-expiring ads even if they are also Clicks/Impressions limited


Transactions
  • Search transactions by All, Valid (completed or reversed) Completed, Reversed, Pending or Refunded status, user name, amount spent, date range, ip address
  • Search results display a paginated list of transactions
  • View transaction info including a complete list of information received from the payment processor
  • Quickly view all transactions for the selected user


Maintenance
  • Repair integration with vBulletin advertisements
  • Rebuild keyword database for statistical purposes


Packages
  • Group multiple banner space / keyword configurations together in a handy package
  • Set a new price for the combined Package
  • Allows user to configure each package item individually
  • Visually attractive front-end display while buying


Custom Amounts
  • Ability to set a base price for 1 Click or 1 Impression
  • Allows users to choose how many Clicks or Impressions they wish to purchase
  • User configures and purchases like normal
  • Offers great flexibility in buying advertising


Purchase / Configure Pages
  • The Purchase page has been revamped, with a new tabbed interface!
  • Under the Banner Spaces tab there's now a visual indicator for where each banner will be shown
  • Clicking an ad space on the visual indicator shows only pricing options for that banner space
  • Sold out banner spaces display "SOLD OUT" in red
  • Each pricing option for the same banner space is grouped under the same header


Statistics
  • Clicks & Impressions has a dedicated Statistics page per-banner / per-keyword
  • Summary of clicks or impressions stats above the Search form in the Customer area
  • Displays total clicks or impressions, unique IP addresses, date of first click or impression, date of last click or impression
  • Ability to click a button to receive an email report of the statistics
  • Displays the country of origin for users who clicked / viewed each content type
  • Fully browsable with pagination


StyleVars
  • "Checkmark" image in the Packages / Discounts display
  • Border around the ads & placeholders
  • Padding around the ads & placeholders
  • Background of the ads & placeholders
  • "Please Don't Use An Ad-blocker" image
  • "Your Ad Here" placeholder image


User / Usergroup Options
  • Usergroup permission: automatically approve keywords
  • Usergroup permission: automatically approve banners
  • Usergroup permission: automatically approve bids
  • User flag: automatically approve keywords
  • User flag: automatically approve banners
  • User flag: automatically approve bids



Pro

Multiple Currencies
  • Show prices in multiple currencies
  • Set a tax rate for purchases in currencies other than your home currency
  • Configurable exchange rate
  • Choose a "Primary Currency" that your prices will be based on


Price Bidding
  • Ability to make a price point up for bidding
  • Allows users to enter a bid and submit it for acceptance
  • Admin can accept or reject the bid from a link in an email
  • User receives email when their bid has been accepted or rejected
  • Rest of purchase process proceeds as normal


Discounts
  • Group multiple package / banner space / keyword configurations together and provide a discount
  • Discount can be flat rate or % of the total price
  • Allows user to configure each package item individually
  • Visually attractive front-end display while buying
This mod displays a copyright notification in the footer of all pages, which includes:
  • 1 Link to DragonByte Technologies homepage
  • 1 Link to Product Description page of this modification
  • v2.1.1 - 19th April 2016, 00:58
    Changed Features:
    • jQuery is now only loaded if an existing library is not found
    • JavaScript has been moved to the footer for improved page load speed and performance
  • 2.1.0 Patch Level 3 - 19th January 2016, 18:57
    Bug Fixes:
    • PayPal 2016 Security Update compliance
  • 2.1.0 Patch Level 2 - 1st June 2015, 21:24
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where the Exchange Rate scheduled task would not work as intended
  • v2.1.0pl1 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue preventing both instances of the cart button from updating when you add a new item to the cart
    • Fixed an issue where removing one quantity of a certain item from the cart would incorrectly hide all instances of that item
  • v2.1.0 - 16th February 2015, 22:33
    Changes To Existing Features:

    Main Page
    • Ad Locator images are only shown for sections with actual advertisement slots available
    • Blocks within the Ad Locator images now makes a clearer distinction whether advertisement slots are available or not
    • The shopping cart system has received a few rewordings and minor design updates to make it easier to use


    Customer Area
    • The check marks showing the process of an advertisement have been changed so the wording no longer changes based on status
    • The status formerly known as "Active" has been renamed to "Submitted"
    • A new "Active" status has been added in the bottom, which only shows as a check mark if the advertisement is being displayed (e.g. is not expired, is fully paid up, etc).
  • v2.0.2 - 16th December 2014, 00:08
    Changes To Existing Features:

    Prices
    • Decimal prices would not display correctly in the AdminCP
    • The price configuration will now also display on the Overview page
  • v2.0.1 - 8th December 2014, 23:46
    New Features:

    Banner Spaces / Placeholders / Google AdSense
    • Ability to define a new set of rotations, exclusively for placeholders
    • Enables you to fine-tune the %age your sold ads will show up vs. Google AdSense or your other placeholder advertisement
  • 2.0.0 Gold - 2nd December 2014, 00:03
    Changes To Existing Features:
    • The main advertisement page is now accessible to guests


    Bug Fixes:
    • "Customer Area" should now be displayed in the navigation area on vBulletin 4.1.x and lower
  • 2.0.0 Beta 2 - 14th July 2014, 19:27
    Bug Fixes:
    • This mod will no longer run on CMS pages, to avoid an issue with poisoning the Meta Keywords and Meta Descriptions
  • 2.0.0 Beta 1 - 9th June 2014, 23:25
    New Features

    vB Payment API Support
    • Now supports all payment methods vBulletin does
    • Also works with 3rd party payment methods
    • Does not clutter up your "Paid Subscriptions" area
    • Will be added to other DBTech PayPal integrated mods in the future
  • 1.0.2 Patch Level 1 - 3rd March 2014, 22:24
    Bug Fixes And Issue Fixes:
    • Searching for countries in the customer area should now once again be working
    • Ads in the Archive should now show up as intended
  • v1.0.2 - 17th February 2014, 04:03
    New Features Added

    AdSense Integration
    • Google AdSense code can be used as Placeholder text for each individual banner space
    • Separate inputs for each banner space ensures your ads match your layout
    • Can be used for arbitrary HTML/JS for other advertising networks, not just AdSense
  • 1.0.1 Patch Level 1 - 30th December 2013, 14:43
    Fix: Keywords would sometimes not replace correctly, or would overwrite links if keywords were found inside links
  • v1.0.1 - 21st June 2013, 22:15
    Change: The "Banner Space Locator" image display is now fluid, and supports less or more than 2 images per line depending on forum / browser width
  • v1.0.0 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    New Purchase Metric: Time
    • Ads can now remain valid for X days
    • Existing ads can be edited to set a new expiry date
    • Existing ads can be set to have no expiry date, effectively allowing for indefinite display
    • Time-based ads still track Clicks and Impressions


    Banners / Keyword Titles
    • New configuration item: Site Title
    • Displays on mouse over of banners or keywords
    • HTML safe


    Banner Spaces
    • Configure placeholder image
    • Overrides stylevar image
    • Allows different images in different locations


    Statistics
    • Summary of clicks or impressions stats above the Search form in the Customer area
    • Displays total clicks or impressions, unique IP addresses, date of first click or impression, date of last click or impression
    • Ability to click a button to receive an email report of the statistics


    CSS Improvements
    • Existing ads now have additional CSS to make adblockers less effective
    • CSS can now be customised for placeholders and normal ads via a new CSS template
    • Colours / backgrounds can be customised per-style via StyleVars (see below)


    StyleVars
    • "Checkmark" image in the Packages / Discounts display
    • Border around the ads & placeholders
    • Padding around the ads & placeholders
    • Background of the ads & placeholders
    • "Please Don't Use An Ad-blocker" image
    • "Your Ad Here" placeholder image


    General / Other
    • The Purchase boxes are now placed above the chart representing banner space locations
    • The chart representing banner space locations is now collapsible
    • The Configuration screen now shows the price of each individual item
    • The Configuration screen now allows you to remove individual items from the cart without reloading the page
    • Prices and Packages no longer references "Rotations" as valid purchase metrics
  • v1.0.0b2 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    Packages
    • Group multiple banner space / keyword configurations together in a handy package
    • Set a new price for the combined Package
    • Allows user to configure each package item individually
    • Visually attractive front-end display while buying


    Discounts
    • Group multiple package / banner space / keyword configurations together and provide a discount
    • Discount can be flat rate or % of the total price
    • Allows user to configure each package item individually
    • Visually attractive front-end display while buying


    Price Bidding
    • Ability to make a price point up for bidding
    • Allows users to enter a bid and submit it for acceptance
    • Admin can accept or reject the bid from a link in an email
    • User receives email when their bid has been accepted or rejected
    • Rest of purchase process proceeds as normal


    Custom Amounts
    • Ability to set a base price for 1 Click or 1 Impression
    • Allows users to choose how many Clicks or Impressions they wish to purchase
    • User configures and purchases like normal
    • Offers great flexibility in buying advertising


    Purchase / Configure Pages
    • The Purchase page has been revamped, with a new tabbed interface!
    • Under the Banner Spaces tab there's now a visual indicator for where each banner will be shown
    • Clicking an ad space on the visual indicator shows only pricing options for that banner space
    • Sold out banner spaces display "SOLD OUT" in red
    • Each pricing option for the same banner space is grouped under the same header


    Statistics
    • Clicks & Impressions has a dedicated Statistics page per-banner / per-keyword
    • Displays the country of origin for users who clicked / viewed each content type
    • Fully browsable with pagination


    User / Usergroup Options
    • Usergroup permission: automatically approve keywords
    • Usergroup permission: automatically approve banners
    • Usergroup permission: automatically approve bids
    • User flag: automatically approve keywords
    • User flag: automatically approve banners
    • User flag: automatically approve bids


    General / Other
    • The "Your Ad Here" placeholders should now only appear if the ad space is purchasable
    • Clicking on the banner spaces on the visual purchase indicator displays available prices for that particular space
    • Prices in the AdminCP are now grouped by Ad Type (Banner Space / Keyword) and by Banner Space
    • Banner Spaces in the AdminCP are now grouped by Position
    • Transaction Viewer in the AdminCP should now correctly display table header phrase
    • Transaction Viewer in the AdminCP no longer has a detached table border in the bottom
    • Transaction Viewer in the AdminCP now shows the cart item correctly
    • Attempting to buy a banner space under certain circumstances will no longer incorrectly state there's too many banners there
    • Reworked the method with which to determine how to pay to avoid problems with Packages and Discounts
    • It is now possible to browse Pending transactions as soon as someone submits an advertisement for validation (or auto-validates)
    • The guideline price on the Configure screen is now formatted

At a glance

Supports: vBulletin 4.x.x

Version: v2.1.1
Release date: 19th April 2016

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