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Creating a new forum

  1. On the left panel, click: “Forum Control”
  2. Then click: “New Forum”
  3. In the right panel at the top titled “Basic Settings” you'll see: “Add to which parent?”, Use the dropdown menu to select where the forum goes. (Whether it is a parent forum in a category or a forum set inside another forum. aka subforum.)
  4. Then under the heading: “Forum Settings” you'll see: “Forum Name” enter the name for this specific forum here.
  5. In the box below the name, (the one called: “Forum Description”) give it a brief description. (Note you can use HTML here.)
  6. Now, the most important part… Set the permissions. These are who can see, post, start topics and upload things to the forum in that section. (For a more detailed explanation, please read: About the Permission masks.) Check the boxes by admin for every forum you create as you want the admin to see everything. It's a good idea to never tick the boxes for the banned mask, you don't want banned members seeing anything.
  7. When you're done, click “Create this forum” at the bottom.

Modifying an existing forum

This allows you to change the options on an existing forum. Which is useful if you want to rename it and/or move it to another category.

  1. On the left panel, click: “Forum Control”
  2. Then click: “Manage Forums”
  3. In the right panel at the top, beside the forum you want to edit, click either:
    1. “Settings” (which will take you to a page much like the one used to create the forum where you can rename, move, edit it's description or that sort of thing.) or;
    2. “Permissions” (if you only want to change which permission masks can see the forum.)
  4. Make the changes.
  5. Then at the bottom of the page click “Edit this forum” to put them into effect.

Adding/Editing Forum Rules

This allows you to have a small box display above the sub-forum/topic list displaying rules or information (often specific to that forum). The process to add or edit the forum rules are the exact same.

  1. On the left panel, click: “Forum Control”
  2. Then click: “Manage Forums”
  3. In the right panel at the top, beside the forum you want to add the forum rules to you will see a small yellow triangle with a brown exclamation mark in it (the first icon after the “Settings | Permissions” links), click this.
  4. You will be taken to a new page with:
    1. A dropdown beside Display Method (This lets you decide whether to display: no rules, the full forum rules right there “Show full rules” or as their own independent page “Show Link Only”. See note 2)
    2. Rules Title (See note 3)
    3. Rules Text (See note 3)
  5. Enter whatever information you want here and click the “Edit forum rules” button.

Notes:

  1. This must be configured for every forum. (So if it has been set up for showforum=4, it will not show up in showforum=5.)
  2. If you select you can access them by adding: act=SR&f=#
  3. You can use HTML here to style this part (or add your own CSS class).

Setting Skin per forum

This option allows you to choose to set a skin for one forum that's different from the main/default skin. For example if you set the skin in forum ID 4, when they go to showforum=4 they'll see whatever skin you've set for that forum and showforum=5 could be yet another skin entirely.

This setting overrides whatever skin users have set which allows you to enforce that a certain skin will be used in a specific section regardless of what users choose. So whenever they visit that forum it will always show that skin even if they have selected to see another. (This doesn't change their skin settings otherwise. So when they view other sections their selected skin will still appear.)

On a new forum

If you're creating a new forum, you have the option to do this by selecting the skin beside the dropdown marked: “Apply forum-specific skin?” (This option will be under “Forum Settings” heading. )

On an existing forum

  1. On the left panel, click: “Forum Control”
  2. Then click: “Manage Forums”
  3. In the right panel at the top, beside the forum you want to change the default skin you'll see a pencil-like icon (the second icon after the “Settings | Permissions” links), click that.
  4. You'll be taken to a new page with a dropdown menu. Use that to select from a list of available skins.
  5. Then click the “Edit forum skin options” button.

Setting up a new category

  1. On the left panel, click: “Forum Control”
  2. Then click: “New Category”
  3. In the right panel at the top, name the category.
  4. Then in the dropdown menu, choose the state of the category. Available states are:
    1. Visible - Visible so long as there are visible forums inside it.
    2. Disabled - Completely invisible, regardless of whether their are forums inside/their visibilities.
    3. Hidden from home list - Accessible by url and forum jump list
    4. Hidden from home list - Accessible by url. - Can only be accessed if the user knows the URL for the category.
  5. Click: “Create this forum” at the bottom.

Notes -

  • Visible categories won't appear unless there is a forum set inside that category. So if you don't see a newly created category appear on the index right away this is likely why.
  • If the forum set inside a category is set to invisible, the category won't appear on the index. (Trying to access it by URL will only show an error message.)

Moving a category

  1. On the left panel, click: “Forum Control”
  2. Then click: “Re-Order Categories”
  3. In the right panel, change the drop down boxes by the categories to reflect the order you want them to go in. (1 is at the top. 2 is under 1 and so forth.)
  4. Click: “Adjust Category ordering” at the bottom.

Notes -

  • This same process can be done for forums as well, just choose “Re-Order Forums” in step 2.
  • Whenever you add a new category/forum it will automatically be added to the bottom of the list, BUT it will be assigned the number 1 in the category/forum's Re-order dropdown menu. So if you have added multiple categories/forums be sure to set all of their orders before clicking the button to adjust the order.
 
jfb-managing-forums.txt · Last modified: 2013/03/25 17:29 by viruszero