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Old 10-18-2005, 02:05 AM
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I'm currently building a site using vb3.5 w/ vbadvanced. Except for the quote, "Since GARS sits in front of vB, Anything you can do in vB you can do in GARS (user permissions, WYSIWYG editor, BBcode, Subscriptions, attachments, etc...)" on the product download page, I am not able to find any documentation on this site regarding how GARS interacts w/ vb (or something that clarifies what the above quote means exactly). Ideally, I want vb, vbadvanced and GARS to all work together under a unified system (admin, searching, etc...). Is this possible?

Also, the site I am working on is quite large w/ monthly unique hits in the millions and GARS would need to be able to support this kind of traffic. Can it?

And one last thing. How well would something like this operate with www.vbseo.com?

Any input regarding these issues is appreciated. Thanks!

PS: I just noticed that it looks like www.thevbgeek.com uses vbadvanced so maybe this is a good sign...

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GARS and vbA CMPS dont really have anything to do with one another

Basically, GARS gets kick started whenever something tyeing into vB gets called (ie anytime global.php gets included in a file). Therefore any time that vba runs, or any other extension that starts up vB, GARS gets started. However GARS will only get started if the page calling it is forumdipslay or showthread. Otherwise, GARS doesn't get called at all.
If the caller is forumdisplay or showthread AND the forumid is set as a GARS forum, then GARS hooks into vB and transforms the forum/thread according to your settings.

Basically, GARS sits on top of vB and simply changes the way vB would normally show a thread/forum. It also collects some extra data (like image headers and such). That means that you can turn gars off, and all your gars forums essentially show as normal threads. Turn it on, and they turn into GARS.

Hope that makes sense

As far as vbseo, Juan @ vBseo has built GARS support into it. So vbSEO supports GARS right out of the box

Here is a vbSEO + GARS example: http://www.thenailgeek.com/tutorials...l-fortune.html

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