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SiteNet BBS Documentation Chapter 3

3. Getting Started

3.1 How to Create Forums
3.2 Forum Settings & Options explained
3.3 How to Create Moderators (Super Users) For Your Forums
3.4 Global Settings & Options Explained
3.5 How to add your own custom smiley icons
3.6 How to use and add your own user images/graphics.

 



3.1 How to create forums

After you have installed SiteNet BBS you will naturally want to add forums and moderators.

To add Forums, click the Forum Manager button when in the control panel.

First, add a category that will house forums by clicking on the ‘Add Forum Category’ button – You can create as many categories as you need.

Once the category has been created, there will be a URL link called ‘Add Forum To This Category’. Click on this link to add a new forum to the category.

Once a forum has been created you may at any stage edit its settings by clicking the ‘Forum Settings’ link next to each forum when in the ‘Forum Manager’.

 

 

3.2 Forum settings & options explained

When you create a forum you will need to supply some settings and information. Below is an overview of the settings you need to provide.

Forum name: The name of the forum you are about to create.

Forum description: The description of the Forum you are about to create.

Forum moderators: This is the moderator’s that will manage and moderate the forum. Separate the moderator names via comma. Don’t worry if the forum moderator users are not present in the user database at this stage. You can create moderator users by following the steps explained in How to Create Moderators (Super Users) For Your Forums

Who may post messages: Set this to 'Registered Users' if you want registered users and moderators to be able to post in the forum. Set it to 'Only Moderators' if you only want moderators to be able to post messages and not registered users.

Allow users to post polls: This will enabled or disable the ability of users to post voting polls.

Allow HTML in messages: Forum users will be able to include HTML tags in their messages when this is enabled.

Is the forum moderated: This option enables you to moderate forums. When enabled all messages that is posted needs to be approved by a moderator before it can be displayed in the forum. The ‘Moderation’ link in the ‘Forum Manager’ enables you to approve messages posted – when moderation is enabled. There is also a ‘Moderators’ button in all forums where moderators can login to approve moderated messages. The ‘Moderator Admin Control Panel’ also comes with other moderator features.

Graphic to use: This is the forum graphic/image that is to be used. You can upload/copy your own graphic/image for each or any forum and specify the name of the graphic/image to be used. Place the graphic/image in the 'html' directory. The 'html' directory is explained in the installation instructions.

Do you want to password protect the forum?: This enables you to password protect forums with a global password.

May messages be posted in the forum? If this is set to ‘No’ the forum will be ‘read only’ and no messages can be posted in it.

The above options can also be changed when clicking 'Forum Settings' next to each forum in the 'Forum Manager'.

 

 

3.3 How to Create Moderators (Super Users) For Your Forums

To assign moderator status to yourself or other users click the ‘User Manager’ button in the control panel. Then click the ‘Add a Moderator, Administrator or User’ link. After you have created a moderator user, you will need to assign the moderator user to a forum or forums.

Go to the forum manager and click the ‘Forum Settings’ link next to any forum. Specify the moderator names separated via comma’s in the ‘Forum Moderators Field’.

Moderators have many privileges to manage forums.

You can also at any time change a standard forum user’s status to a moderator.

Remember that a user will only be able to become a moderator if he/she has moderator status assigned to a forum or forums.

 

3.4 Global Settings & Options Explained

To set the global forum options click on the ‘Settings’ tab in the control panel. Below is an explanation of the global options:

Forum Name: This is the name of your forums.

Email Address: This email address will be used by SiteNet BBS when sending email.

Move topics to top when replies are posted: When a topic receives a reply it will be moved to the top of the topic thread, if enabled.

Default Logo Graphic: This graphic will be displayed as a logo inside your Forums.

Max images size in kilobytes: This is the maximum allowable size in kilobytes of images/graphics that may be uploaded by users. Users can upload their own graphics/images when editing their profiles. The graphics/images are displayed in messages that has been posted by users.

 

3.5 How to use and add your own custom smiley icons.

You can easily add you own smiley icons by just copying/transferring image icons (.gif format) to the html/icons’ directory. SiteNet BBS will recognize the extra icon images and make them available for selection when users post messages.

The ‘html’ directory is explained in the installation instructions.

You are also free to edit any existing icon images by replacing the existing icon images in the ‘html/icons’ directory.


 

3.6 How to use and add your own user images/graphics.


User images/graphics are here referred to as the images or graphics that is displayed next to user names when reading/viewing messages.

Users can choose images/graphics when editing their profiles. A standard set of graphics/images comes with SiteNet BBS that users can select from to use as their user graphic/image.

You can add extra images/graphics to the selectable image/graphic list. To add extra images/graphics to the list copy/transfer the extra images to the ‘html/user_images’ directory.

The ‘html’ directory is explained in the installation instructions.

SiteNet BBS will automatically recognize the new images/graphics and add them to the list of selectable user images/graphics.

You may also delete the standard graphics/images and add your own.

 

 

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