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    Official - Paid Display First Post on All Pages in a Multi-page Thread

    This mod enables the first post to stay at the top of all pages in a multi-page thread. There are a couple of mods for this for vBulletin 4 but nothing for vBulletin 5 until now.

    There are a couple of use cases wherein you would want to always display the first post in all pages:
    1. To minimize off-topic replies and comments that are not related to the first post. This makes moderating the posts for moderators and administrators easier.
    2. To make the ad in the first post always visible to the users.
    In vB5, pagination of threads is using AJAX to navigate through pages in a thread and there's no option to disable it. This means that when you navigate to previous or next pages, the web page does not reload. There are issues with this current implementation:
    1. If you have an ad in the first and/or last posts, it will not render when navigating to that page upon clicking the previous, next or page number button or upon entering a number in the page number field and pressing the Enter key.
    2. If you have an ad outside the thread (in the header, footer or anywhere on the page), it will not reload the ads when navigating to the pages in a thread, thus user would see the same ad and they would likely ignore it resulting in low click-through rates.
    This mod fixes those issues by disabling the AJAX pagination while at the same time displaying the first post on all pages. This means that your first post ad will display all the time while users are reading the thread. Optionally, you could also move the ad from inside the first post to in between the first and second post (or succeeding post for page 2 and above) by installing the How to put ads after first post in a thread on vB5 without using plugins free mod.

    Notes:
    1. This mod requires editing an existing vBulletin template. This change is unavoidable because the existing conversation template lacks hook locations to be able to insert the first post at. Since we can't use template hooks and we are editing an existing template, there may be template merge conflicts in future upgrades and you would have to resolve them after every upgrade if that happens. The code changes in the template are minimal and the likelihood of having merge conflicts during an upgrade is low. But in any case, applying the template changes is easy.
    2. See William's note in post #3.

    Instructions:
    Please refer to the installation document included in the file.

    Screenshots:

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    Last edited by glennrocksvb; 12-30-2017, 02:54 PM.

    #2
    Added screenshots...

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      #3
      If you store css style sheets as files and cache templates as files be sure to disable those features and then reenable them. The changes will not display until this is done.
      Christian Forums
      Yamaha Vmax Motorcycles

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      • glennrocksvb
        glennrocksvb commented
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        Thanks for the helpful note. But isn't it only for cached templates? I don't think CSS stored as files would matter.

      • William
        William commented
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        Probably, my personal habit is to disable them both and reenable them at the same time. Awesome mod Glenn. This should definitely help members and especially moderation keeping the threads from being derailed.

      • glennrocksvb
        glennrocksvb commented
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        Thanks for supporting my mods!

      #4
      I had very positive feed back on this addition to my site. Topics are staying on topic to a greater degree, with respect to the Original Post.
      Christian Forums
      Yamaha Vmax Motorcycles

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      • glennrocksvb
        glennrocksvb commented
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        Thanks for providing actual proof of effectiveness of this mod to your site in regards to minimizing off-topic replies.

      • gcombe74
        gcombe74 commented
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        that is good info.... people tend to go off topic quick...

      #5
      ...and the next nice mod that i have installed - this function was a wish of member from my forum

      I have to take out a loan if this continues with the good mods

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        #6
        Thanks! lol

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          #7
          What to do with the file - widget_conversationdisplay ?

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            #8
            Did you follow the instructions in the readme file?

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              #9
              Glenn, I need your help with the installation of this mod.

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                #10
                Found an issue that Kevin Sours resolved and it was due to one of the edits here in the conversation widget: http://tracker.vbulletin.com/browse/VBV-17300

                Perhaps you can look into this, Glenn, and see if this was actually due to this Mod?

                Enjoy,
                William

                Christian Forums
                Yamaha Vmax Motorcycles

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                • glennrocksvb
                  glennrocksvb commented
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                  I'll take a look.

                #11
                William, if you restore the edits except the allowHistory part, does this mod work without affecting the hash in the URLs?

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