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    More Open Graph Images [og:image] Pro by BOP5

    This mod is free with your existing subscription to More Share Options TNG.
    More Share Options in not required to use this mod but is helpful as described below.
    This mod is only for VB 4.x.

    Facebook and other social networking sites use "Open Graph" meta tags to retrieve information about your site and the page you are sharing.

    vBulletin will automatically provide many of these "og" tags when you have the Facebook Platform enabled, however a major limitation is that vBulletin always only provided a single image and worse, it was always the same image you specified in Facebook Options which was irrelevant to the actual content of the page you were sharing.

    The purpose of this mod is to supply multiple more relevant images as "og" tags. An example source code for this thread thread is below:

    Click image for larger version. 

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    As you can see 4 additional images (taken from the first two posts in the thread) have been added to the source code, and the original vBulletin default image remains as well.

    In theory this will allow users to select multiple images from Facebook when liking or sharing your page.

    It is important to note this mod "promises" to add multiple og:image tags to your source page. It does not guarantee Facebook will use or show them.

    It is seemingly impossible to force Facebook to show images and there could be any number of reasons why it doesn't. For one the first time a page is shared or liked Facebook caches the available images. If more images are added later in additional posts they won't be available until the cache expires which seems to be many days.

    Another reason is the size and shape of images. If Facebook finds one or more larger, squarer images it may not show smaller, less square images at all even if they would be valid choices on another page.

    Finally the file type is important too. Facebook only seems to accept actual image files that end in jpg, gif, or png. Even if enabled and put into og:image tags they will skip over vbulletin attachments which are really links to attachment.php rather than an actual image file.

    All those issue aside however I am confident using this modification will enhance your Facebook sharing experiences.

    I have noticed the mod works better if you use the older style Facebook Share button rather than the Facebook Like button, this is an easy change to make with my More Share Options mod.

    The bottom line is, if you want your site's pages shared on Facebook and the other big social networks, you want something like this installed. It will improve the shared images, but to what degree will vary with usage.

    This mod will include all of the following as possible og images (each set can be enabled or disabled in settings.)

    1) Images embedded via the [IMG] BB Code.
    2) YouTube video thumbnails from embedded YouTube Videos.
    3) vBulletin Image Attachments or Attachment Thumbnails (which do not work on Facebook.)

    To download this file you must purchase a "More Share Options Gold" subscription in Subscriptions.
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    -Joe

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    More Open Graph Images Readme File 1.0.2 (Included in .zip)

    Code:
    Mod Title: More Open Graph Images (Pro or Free) by BOP5
    
    
    Author: BirdOPrey5 (BOP5)
    
    
    Pro Mod Download:
    http://www.qapla.com/mods/showthread.php/1037-More-Open-Graph-Images-ogimage-Pro-by-BOP5
    
    
    Free Mod URL(s)
    Qapla.com:     http://www.qapla.com/mods/misc.php?do=producthelp&pid=moreogimagesbop5
    vBulletin.org: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/misc.php?do=producthelp&pid=moreogimagesbop5
    Product ID: moreogimagesbop5
    
    
    For more Premium, Free, and EXQLUSIVE (TM) vB Mods visit: www.qapla.com/mods/
    Qapla.com Forums by BOP5 Featuring:
    Mods and Support by BirdOPrey5 and Styles by DRE
    
    
    DONATIONS ALWAYS APPRECIATED: paypal@qapla.com or donate directly on Qapla.com.
    
    
    Current Version: 1.0.2
    
    
    Version History:
    1.0.0 - Initial Release
    1.0.1 - Added better compatibility for older VB4 versions
    1.0.2 - Facebook Platform no longer needs to be enabled for mod to work
    
    
    Live Demo: http://www.qapla.com/mods/showthread.php/1004-Testing-some-images (View source code in browser)
    
    
    ========== PURPOSE / ABOUT ==========
    
    
    The purpose of this mod is to dynamically add images used in threads (blog entries and CMS articles in pro version) to the list of available open graph images that Facebook and other social networking type sites can use when people share your content.
    
    
    IMPORTANT NOTE - This mod only promises to list images in the open graph image format. It does not promise Facebook will always use or show them- Facebook makes those determinations based on image size, image shape, number of other images, file name extension, number of likes, and various other criteria they don't publish.
    
    
    You can test to make sure the mod is working by using the Facebook Debugger here: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug
    
    
    The free version of this mod is limited to threads. The Pro version works on CMS Articles and Blog entries as well. Otherwise they work the same.
    
    
    The mod will find ANY images used with the [IMG] BB Code and list them as available og:image images.
    The mod will find all embedded YoTube videos and use thei thumbnail image as available og:image images.
    The mod will find any image attachments (full size or thumbnail) and use as available og:images HOWEVER at this time Facebook will not recognize these images because they are not true images but links to attachment.php. Other social networks may not have this limitation.
    
    
    In addition if you have specified an Image URL in the Facebook options in vBulletin that image will be the final possible image.
    
    
    This mod will use the correct og:image tag for both regular http images and secure https images.
    
    
    I have found the mod works best with the older "Facebook Share" button rather than the "Facebook Like" button. The Facebook Share button is an option on both the Free and Pro versions of my "More Share Options" mod, the Pro (Gold) version of which is bundled with the Pro version of this mod. (You get both mods for the price of one.) See http://www.qapla.com/mods/forumdisplay.php/26-More-Share-Options-Gold-TNG-25 for more details.
    
    
    
    
    =========== COMPATIBILITY ===========
    
    
    Should work on all versions of VB 4.x.x, tested on 4.0.7 to 4.2.1. Will not work on VB 3.x or 5.x at this time.
    
    
    ========= BACKUP / WARNING ==========
    
    
    This mod does NOT alter your database however it is always good practice to keep regular backups and you should backup before installing ANY new mod.
    
    
    As always mods are USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. I will try to help if I can but no guarantee is offered or implied.
    
    
    
    
    ========= INSTALL or UPGRADE ========
    
    
    To Install: 
    In Admin CP go to Plugins & Products -> Manage Products -> Add/Import Product
    Click on "Choose File" and browse to the product xml file that was packaged in the .zip file.
    Click "Import"
    
    
    To Upgrade:
    In Admin CP go to Plugins & Products -> Manage Products -> Add/Import Product
    Click on "Choose File" and browse to the product xml file that was packaged in the .zip file.
    Change "Allow Overwrite" to YES
    Click "Import"
    
    
    You MUST set your settings to enable the mod. 
    Admin CP -> Settings -> Options -> More Open Graph Images by BOP5
    Each setting has an explanation of its use and example settings if applicable.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    =====PLEASE DO NOT REDISTRIBUTE=====
    
    
    This mod is available on www.qapla.com. Some mods may also be available on www.vbulletin.org. No other sites may redistribute this mod. If you find this mod at any site besides the above please contact me at qapla.com@gmail.com. 
    
    
    If this is a Gold/Premium Mod you must purchase a license to run this software from Qapla.com. Each license comes with 1 year of free updates. After 1 year you may continue to run the latest version you have downloaded previously.
    
    
    Original code is Copyright (C) 2012 by BirdOPrey5 / Qapla.com.
    -Joe

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