Part Twenty - Forum

 

20.0 Forum

20.1 Overview

To set up your forum you need to go to the control panel and click on the 'Forum' link.

The first time you access your forum you will see there is already a default category set up with a forum within it.

You can replace the default text by editing the category and each forum. You can also add more forums to this category and even add new categories if you wish.

20.2 General administration:

This section allows you to enter welcome text that sits above the forum, this is optional and you can delete the existing text if you desire.

Additional general settings are:

Use these to:

  • Set the number of topics shown on a page
  • Number of posts on a page within each topic.
  • Number of minutes in which someone can return to edit their post.

Click ‘Save’ once you have updated this section.

20.3 Categories

Categories are used to hold the mini forums, it is unlikely that you will need to use more than one or two categories.

To edit the default category you need to click on the green edit button next to the category title:

Alternatively you can create a new category by clicking on the 'Create new category' button:

20.3.1 Editing a category

When editing the category you can update the title and the short description that is displayed.

If you are going to create more than one category you can order them using the order field.

NOTE: Give a category an order of '1' for it to appear at the top of the page.

Click save (or 'create category' when creating a new category) and you will see your changes have been made.

20.3.2 Delete a category

To delete a category, you need to click to edit the category and click on the 'delete category' button. You will be asked to confirm this action.

NOTE: Before you can delete a category you must delete or move any forums that are assigned to it.

20.4 Forums

Forums are grouped within categories, on your site there will be a default forum already created.

20.4.1 Forum set up

To edit the default category you need to click on the green edit button next to the forum title:

Alternatively you can create a new forum by clicking on the 'Create new forum' button:

There are several options available when setting up a forum:

Title and description

Give your forum a title and short description, which will be displayed in the category it is assigned to:

Access

You can restrict access to the forum and each forum will show an icon dependent on who it is accessible to:

Private (Administrators only)

The forum will only be visible to a logged in administrator

Members only – Only logged in members can read and post in the forum

Limit by member group - If you select 'limit by member group' your existing member groups will appear and you can select the groups that you want to access this particular forum.

Public Access – Anyone can read and post in the forum

Assign to category

The default forum will already have been assigned to the default category 'This is a forum category'.

Any new categories that you create will appear in this drop down list.

Order

As you will be creating more than one forum within a category it is likely that you will want the control to order them.

Enter a number in the order field to determine where the forum appears in your category.

The higher the number the lower down the forum will appear.

Highlight admin posts?

As an administrator you may want to highlight whenever you post in the forum.

To do this you need to set the option to 'Yes':

You then need to choose what colour you want your posts to be highlighted with:

Now whenever you post in the forum your posts will be highlighted in this color:

Click save and your changes will have been made.

20.4.2 Delete a forum

To delete a forum, you need to click to edit the forum and click on the 'delete forum' button.

You will be asked to confirm this action:

NOTE: If you delete a forum you will also delete any posts made in that forum, it is possible to move posts before deleting a forum.

20.4.3 Start a forum topic

The visitors who have access to your forum will be able to start a topic within a forum and then others can post within the topic.

NOTE: When your site launches it is a good idea to have a topic started in each forum.

To start a topic you need to click on the title of the forum you wish to start a topic in:

Click on the 'Start A New Topic' button:

Give your topic a title:

Enter your body of the topic into the 'Message' field:

You can format your topic using the buttons, each button has a different function, these are:

Make text bold

  • Highlight the text you wish to be bold
  • Click the button
  • The text in the message field should look like this: [b]text[/b]

Make text italic

  • Highlight the text you wish to be italic
  • Click the button
  • The text in the message field should look like this: [i]text[/i]

Make text underlined

  • Highlight the text you wish to underline
  • Click the button
  • The text in the message field should like this: [u]text[/u]

Add a border to text so it represents a quote

  • Highlight the text you wish to appear as a quote
  • Click the button
  • The text in the message field should like this: [quote]text[/quote]
  • Paste in code (such as HTML)
  • Click the button once
  • Copy in the HTML code or similar that you wish to display
  • Click the button a second time
  • The text in the message field may look like this:

Format your text in a list

  • Click the button once
  • Enter the text in the first line of your list
  • Click the button a second time
  • Click the button a third time
  • Enter the text in the second line of your list
  • Click the button a fourth time
  • Do this for each line in your list
  • The text in the message field will look like this:
  • [list]text[/list][list]text[/list][list]text[/list][list]text[/list]

Insert an image in your post

  • Right click on the image you want to insert
  • Select 'copy image location'
  • Click the button once
  • Paste in the image location
  • Click the button a second time
  • The text in the message field will look like this:

Insert a link within your post

  • Make sure you have the destination URL you wish to link to
  • Click the button once
  • Paste in the destination URL
  • Click the button a second time
  • The text in the message field will look like this: [url]http://www.subhub.com[/url]

Make a text link within your post

  • Make sure you have the destination URL you wish to link to
  • Click the button once
  • Delete the last bracket and add an equal sign, so it looks like this [url=
  • Paste in the destination URL
  • Add a close bracket to the end of the URL, so it looks like this: [url=http://www.subhub.com]
  • Write the text that you want to act as a link
  • Click the button a second time
  • The text in the message field should look like this: [url=http://www.subhub.com]text[/url]

Change the color of text

  • Highlight the text you want to change color
  • From the 'font color' drop down select the color you want
  • The text in the message field will look like this: [color=red]test[/color]

Close tags

Once you preview or submit you may find that your formatting is not appearing the way you want. Try editing your post and clicking on the 'close tags' link.

Click 'add' and you can see your topic has been created and your post has been saved.

As an administrator you will see additional options above the 'post reply' button.

Options available are:

  • Edit the title of a topic
  • Move a topic into another forum,
  • Delete a topic
  • Lock a topic, which means no-one else can post in that topic
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