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Invision Power Board 2: A User Guide

Book Description

Configure, manage and maintain a copy of Invision Power Board 2 on your own website to power an online discussion forum

  • Get your own forum up and running quickly

  • Extensive coverage of the Administration Control Panel to put you on the right track for managing your board

  • Learn the secrets of a successful forum from other forum administrators

  • In Detail

    Written specifically to allow you to create a discussion forum, Invision Power Board (IPB) 2, provides all of the tools, features and functionality for you to set up and develop a vibrant community. Because it specializes in this one aspect of your website, all the features are geared towards this goal, and you can leave the improvement and additions to the Invision Power Services developers while you get on with managing the rest of your website.

    If you are either already running a community forum based on Invision Power Board, or are planning on establishing one, then this is the book for you. This book will guide you through installing, configuring, managing and maintaining an Invision Power Board discussion forum on your own website.

    The book begins with the initial installation and configuration of IPB on your system. You will then go on a tour of IPB and its features, for both users and administrators. This will grow your understanding and familiarise you with the power and possibilities of IPB.

    IPB's Administration Control Panel is where you can control every aspect of your board. From users, forums and word filters to skins, templates and maintenance, everything can be done through the web-based control panel. The book devotes significant sections to covering these, getting you up to speed on the options available to you, and offering advice to help you make the right choices with your board administration.

    To make your forums stand out from the rest, we cover skins and templates to take your first steps in customising your forum.

    This book is your guide to configuring, managing and maintaining a copy of Invision Power Board 2 on your own website to power an online discussion forum. Written for people who want to get their forums up and running as quickly as possible, this book will show you how to execute the full power of Invision Power Board

    Table of Contents

    1. Invision Power Board 2: A User Guide
      1. Invision Power Board 2: A User Guide
      2. Credits
      3. Foreword
      4. About the Author
      5. Introduction
        1. What This Book Covers
        2. What You Need for Using This Book
        3. Conventions
        4. Reader Feedback
        5. Customer Support
          1. Downloading the Example Code for the Book
          2. Errata
          3. Questions
      6. 1. Invision Power Board
        1. What Is Invision Power Board?
        2. History
        3. Development
        4. What is New in IPB2?
        5. The IPB Advantage
          1. Performance
          2. Customizability
          3. Maintenance Ease
          4. Versatility
        6. Example Websites
      7. 2. Installation and Configuration
        1. Minimum Requirements
        2. Licenses
        3. Purchasing and the Client Area
        4. Installation
          1. Step 1: Uploading and Setting Permissions
          2. Step 2: Web-Based Installer
            1. Your Server Environment
            2. Your Database Environment
            3. Your Administrator Account
          3. Step 3: Post-Installation
        5. Conversion
        6. Other Downloads
        7. Summary
      8. 3. Tour: User Front End
        1. The Index Page
          1. The Member Bar
          2. Forums and Categories
          3. The Footer Bar
            1. Lo-Fi Version
        2. Viewing Forums
        3. Topics
        4. Creating a New Topic
          1. BBCode and Smilies
          2. Post Options
          3. Attachments
          4. Post New Topic/Preview Post
        5. Add Reply
          1. Fast Reply
        6. User Control Panel/My Controls
          1. Control Panel Index
          2. Messenger
          3. Subscriptions
          4. Personal Profile
            1. Edit Profile Info
            2. Edit Signature
            3. Edit Avatar Settings
            4. Change Personal Photo
          5. Options
            1. Manage Your Attachments
            2. Manage Ignored Users
            3. E-Mail Settings
            4. Board Settings
            5. Change E-Mail Address/Password
          6. Moderator Tools
        7. Searching
        8. Private Messaging
          1. Compose New Message
          2. Message Folders (Inbox, Sent Items, and Saved)
            1. Edit Storage Folders
            2. Empty PM Folders
          3. PM Buddies/Block List
          4. Message Tracker
        9. Calendar
        10. Moderation
        11. Summary
      9. 4. Administration Panel Tour: Settings
        1. Admin CP
          1. The Menu
          2. ACP Home
        2. System Settings
          1. Important Settings
          2. Settings: Board Guidelines
          3. Settings: Board Offline/Online
          4. Settings: Calendar and Birthdays
          5. Settings: Converge Set Up
          6. Settings: Cookies
          7. Settings: COPPA Setup
          8. Settings: CPU Saving and Optimization
          9. Settings: Date and Time Formats
          10. Settings: E-Mail Setup
          11. Settings: Full Text Search Setup
          12. Settings: General Configuration
          13. Settings: News Setup
          14. Settings: Personal Message Setup
          15. Settings: Search Engine Spiders
          16. Settings: Security and Privacy
          17. Settings: Topics, Posts and Polls
          18. Settings: The Trashcan Setup
          19. Settings: User Profiles
          20. Settings: Warn Setup
        3. Summary
      10. 5. Admin Panel Tour: Forum Control
        1. New Forum
          1. Quick Setup
          2. Basic Settings
          3. Forum Redirect Options
          4. Permission Settings
          5. Postable Forum Settings
            1. Allow HTML to be Posted?
            2. Allow BBCode to be Posted?
            3. Turn on the Quick Reply Box?
            4. Allow Polls and Vote Bumping?
            5. Posts in this Forum Increase Member’s Cumulative Post Count?
            6. Moderation
            7. Password Protection
            8. Sorting
          6. Permission Access Levels
          7. Create this Forum
        2. Manage Forums
          1. Categories
            1. New Forum
            2. Permissions, Edit, and Delete
            3. Ordering
          2. Forums
            1. Settings
            2. Permissions
            3. Forum Rules
            4. Skin Options
            5. Resynchronize
            6. Delete and Empty Forum
            7. Ordering
        3. Permission Masks
          1. Create New Mask
          2. Edit
          3. Preview
        4. Moderators
            1. Add Moderator
        5. Multi-Moderation
        6. Summary
      11. 6. Admin Panel Tour: Users, Groups & Other Features
        1. Users and Groups
          1. Manage Members
            1. Edit Member’s Profile
              1. Member Security Settings
              2. Member Group Options
              3. Posting and Access Restrictions
              4. Board Settings
              5. Contact Information
              6. Other Information
            2. Change Member’s Name
            3. Change/Reset Password
            4. Suspend Member
            5. Delete Member
          2. Add New Member
          3. Manage Ranks
            1. Add a Member Rank
            2. Edit/Delete Rank
          4. Manage Usergroups
            1. Add a New Member Group
              1. Global Settings
              2. Upload Permissions
              3. Global Permissions
              4. Posting Permissions
              5. Moderation Permissions
              6. Group Promotion
            2. Edit Group
            3. Delete
          5. Manage Validating
          6. Custom Profile Fields
            1. Add New Field
            2. Editing
            3. Deleting
          7. IP Member Tools
          8. Member Settings
        2. The Post Office
          1. Creating an E-Mail
            1. Filters
            2. Sending
          2. Manage Bulk Mail
          3. View E-Mail/Error Logs
        3. Subscriptions
          1. Payment Gateways
            1. Gateway Configuration
          2. Subscription Packages
            1. Add New Subscription Package
            2. Currency Setup
          3. Transaction Searching
        4. Languages
        5. BBCode
          1. Add New BBCode
        6. Filters
          1. Bad Word Filters
          2. Ban Filters
        7. Statistics
        8. Summary
      12. 7. Forum Maintenance and Administration
        1. Hints and Tips
          1. Your Forum/Website
          2. Members
          3. Moderation and Problems
          4. IPB Moderation Tools
            1. Inline Moderation
            2. Multi-Moderation
              1. Add a New Multi-Moderation Action
              2. Using the Multi-Moderation
              3. Edit/Remove
            3. Prune/Mass Move
          5. Maintenance
          6. Backups
          7. Summary
      13. 8. Skins and Templates
        1. Common Tasks
          1. Changing the Logo
          2. Change the Default Font Type, Font Size, and Font Color
        2. Skin Manager
          1. Skin Menu
          2. The Board Wrapper
          3. Templates
          4. Template Bits
            1. Editing a Template Bit
          5. CSS Editing in Easy Mode
          6. CSS Editing in Advanced Mode
          7. Replacement Macros
            1. Adding/Editing
          8. Edit Skin Settings
            1. Basics
            2. CSS Options
            3. Image Options
            4. Set Author
        3. Skin Tools
          1. Rebuild Master Templates
          2. Rebuild Skin Set Cache
          3. Update Members Skin Choice
        4. Search and Replace
        5. Skin Import/Export
          1. Export
          2. Import
        6. Summary
      14. 9. First Steps A Guide
        1. Initial Configuration
          1. Licensing
        2. User Groups
          1. Adding a Moderator User Group
            1. Adding a Member to the New Moderators Group
        3. Forums
        4. Tweaks
          1. Ranks
          2. Profile Fields
          3. Bad Word Filters
        5. Skins and Templates
        6. Modifications
          1. Robots.txt
          2. Bot List
          3. Securing Uploads
        7. Other Modifications
        8. Promotion
        9. Managing Your Forum
        10. Summary
      15. A. Files and Directories
        1. Directories
        2. Files
      16. B. Further Resources
        1. PHP/MySQL Resources