Terminology


We use a lot of different terms throughout the software. Here are the definitions for some of the.

Add-on
Third-party extension of vBulletin's functionality. Synonomous with addon. See Product.
Administrator Control Panel
Also called the AdminCP. Area of a vBulletin installation where the administrator sets up and manages the site. This is a tool where you can control how your site works. Only administrators have access to the AdminCP.
Administrator
Administrators are a user role which can manage users, content and the overall systems of a vBulletin site.
Announcement
Specialized module that allows administrators and/or moderators to relay information to the end users. Announcements appear on the appropriate page under the breadcrumbs.
Attachment
External file that is uploaded to become part of a topic or post. These files can be images or other documents.
Avatar
A small image that users can include in their profile and that is displayed on their posts or comments.
BB Code
Tags used in place of HTML tags when formatting text in posts. Can be used to create complex text formatting in an easy to understand manner.
Blog
A web page on your site that is updated by one or more users.
Bulletin Board
A software package designed to allow users to carry on conversations via the Internet. Unlike chat software, the threads and messages are stored on the server and can be accessed by users until the board administrator deletes them, allowing the conversations to continue over long periods of time.
Category
A special channel used to group forums or social groups that are similar in content or theme.
Channel
Channels are content containers. They can hold any content including other channels. Channels are provied to build forums, articles, blogs, social groups, private messages, visitor messages, user albums, and flagged (reported) content. Channels can have special users assigned to them.
Channel Owner
The Channel Owner is the user that has ownership of a particular channel. Owners control what happens in the channel.
Channel Moderator
Channel Moderators are users appointed by the channel owner to moderate a particular channel.
Command Line Upgrade
A method of running the upgrade scripts via the command line interface of your webserver. Often referred to as a CLI Upgrade.
Customer Number
A unique number allocated to everyone who purchases a vBulletin license. The customer number, along with a password, is required to access the vBulletin Members' Area in order to submit support requests or download the software.
Discussion
A synonym for Topic.
Facebook Connect
The ability to register and log in to a vBulletin site using Facebook's API.
Forum
A type of channel primarily used to group topics that are similar in content or theme.
Guest
A visitor to a site who is not logged in as a member. This could be because they have not yet registered on the site, or because they are a registered member who has logged out.
Infraction
Warning sent by the administrator or moderators for violating rules established for the site. Infractions can be configured to automatically punish users if they receive too many of them.
Inline Moderation
Functionality that allows administrators and moderators to moderate the threads and posts in forums using without having to log in to AdminCP or ModCP.
Member
A registered user on a vBulletin website.
Members’ Area
A private part of the vBulletin.com site for registered licensed customers. The area is security protected and requires members to enter their customer number and password to get access. From the Members’ Area you can download vBulletin releases and updates as well as gain access to documentation and resources not publicly available.
Message
Messages can be posts sent from one user to another. They can be private or visitor messages. Visitor messages are public and will be shown on the user's profile.
Messenger
Live chat feature allowing users to send Private Messages in real time.
Moderator
A user appointed by the site administrator who is put in charge of maintaining one or more channels. Moderators are usually appointed by Administrators to maintain the Forum channels specifically. Moderator duties include tasks like deleting offensive or inappropriate posts, pruning old threads, and banning users from their particular forum(s).
Moderator Control CP (ModCP)
An area of your vBulletin installation where moderators can do administrative tasks for which they have the relevant permissions.
Module
Modules are the building blocks of pages. You can use Modules in the Page Editor provided by Site Builder. Modules allow you to apply predefined pieces of code to your pages.
Notice
Similar to Announcements, Notices allow Administrators to create information blocks that appear under the header. They can be triggered to show when specific conditions are met and users can dismiss them.
Notification
Notifications are alerts telling users that content they are interested in has been added to the site. Users can opt-in to receive email notifications as well as notifications on site. They can receive notifications for new private messages, replies to subscribe topics and more.
Page
Pages are what build your site. They are controlled through Site Builder. Administrators with the appropriate permission can edit existing pages or create new custom pages.
Paid Subscription
The vBulletin Paid Subscriptions system allows you to charge your visitors for access to specific site areas and services that you offer.
Patch
One or more files that fix bugs and issues for your site. Patches are released to close security vulnerabilities and to resolve other critical issues.
Permission
Permissions are various access rights granted to users or usergroups. vBulletin organizes permissions for various functions with a usergroup or role system. Default usergroups include Administrators, Super Moderators, Moderators, Registered Users and Guests. You can use the Usergroup Manager to edit the various permissions for each group, and to add new usergroups to create a permissions system unique to your site.
Phrase
A bit of language used to build the output of the site along with templates. All the text except that contained within posts are phrases.
Poll
A type of topic which allows users to ask a question and provide pre-determined options for voting. Other users can vote on the question as well as post with replies and/or comments.
Post
An individual message entered by a user, making up a part of a topic or article. Posts can create topics or act as replies and comments.
Post Icon
A small image file that appears next to a post title and in the post icon column of the main forum page. An administrator can allow or disallow the use of post icons for posts or private messages.