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Ease of installation/configuration

   
5:05 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is the "phpBB" forum software good and is it easy for someone like me, ie a complete novice, to get up and running?

I can produce webpages and upload via htp but I have NO idea what to do with 'php'.

?

AC

6:42 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If you have PHP and MySQL on your server, setting up phpBB should be quite straightforward. I set one up some months ago, and I don't recall any particular difficulties. You'll probably need to know the database name, username, and password for MySQL. (If there's no existing database, you'll have to create one. Depending on your host, you can do this from your control panel or by requesting the host to do it.)

phpBB doesn't have tech support, but their forum is quite active and you should be able to get answers to questions fairly quickly.

5:11 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi, thanks for that.

I know my current webhost offers what you mention and as an experiment I created a database via the control panel, so it seems I have what I need, other than the phb thingy.

I'm building a new website so will wai..w... hold up.. Mmm. As my existing site already gets around 4k visitors PM and the topics are semi-related.. I may have a bash at setting it up on my existing site actually, then link through from the new one.

At the moment I'm using a free host ('Proforums') which is nice enough but offers no link back to my site and besides, I prefer the Phb design.

I just hope it's easy to set up regarding site title, links and so on? and gives email notifications etc etc.

OK, I'm just babbling, thank you for the speedy response, I shall dive in with both feet and see if I get wet!

Alan

7:49 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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PHPbb is easy to install.. If you have any difficulties they are always willing to help on the phpbb forums.
10:02 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well it's installed, is up and running. Seems OK but again, no link to the main site. I shall indeed sniff around their forums and see if anyone knows how to do such things.

Thx

AC

6:21 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Seems OK but again, no link to the main site. I shall indeed sniff around their forums and see if anyone knows how to do such things.

I just replaced the phpBB logo on the top left with our main page logo, and switched the url to point to my main page.

I was in the same boat as you though, not a bit of experience with PHP, but the phpBB forum is pretty good, and if someone says "Replace X with Y," doesn't really matter if it's PHP

:)

6:40 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've managed to replace the logo but am lost trying to find the url. The article the nice lady posted earlier is great - except it mentions the edited section is in red, and all the text is in green..

AC

7:41 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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/templates/subSilver/overall_header.tpl

Since i've changed it, not sure what the original text was to find the link, but it's directly above this:

<td align="center" width="100%" valign="middle"><span class="maintitle">{SITENAME}</span><br /><span class="gen">{SITE_DESCRIPTION}<br />&nbsp;
5:28 am on Jul 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi, what I have directly above that is:

<!-- BEGIN switch_enable_pm_popup -->
<script language="Javascript" type="text/javascript">
<!--
if ( {PRIVATE_MESSAGE_NEW_FLAG} )
{
window.open('{U_PRIVATEMSGS_POPUP}', '_phpbbprivmsg', 'HEIGHT=225,resizable=yes,WIDTH=400');;
}
//-->
</script>
<!-- END switch_enable_pm_popup -->
</head>
<body bgcolor="{T_BODY_BGCOLOR}" text="{T_BODY_TEXT}" link="{T_BODY_LINK}" vlink="{T_BODY_VLINK}">

<a name="top"></a>

<table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" border="0" align="center">
<tr>
<td class="bodyline"><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0">
<tr>
<td><a href="{U_INDEX}"><img src="templates/subSilver/images/logo_phpBB.gif" border="0" alt="{L_INDEX}" vspace="1" /></a></td>


I don't see any urls there? As the logo goes back to the main index of the message-board itself, I'm guessing it has something to do with the "U_INDEX" or "L_INDEX" or something but could you or someone please confirm just what, or where I'd put the url? And in what format? with the 'http://' thingy or just WWW...?

It doesn't help that the main site is not on the same server (or wont be) so 'index.html' wont be enough. I'm hoping for the logo to link to the other site.

Why another site? A few reasons, including the fact I already have a large, high-bandwidth site that has plenty of spare capacity, plus I want to use that traffic to build the forum, see what my visitor to sales ratio is like without counting forum visitors etc.

:)

3:15 pm on Jul 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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As the logo goes back to the main index of the message-board itself, I'm guessing it has something to do with the "U_INDEX" or "L_INDEX"

Before doing anything, make sure and back up that file.

You're right though, if you replace the "{U_INDEX}" (leaving the quotes) with "http://www.yoursite.com" it should work. You can also replace the {L_INDEX} with whatever alt text you want by doing the same thing. Make sure to leave the quotes again.

We've replaced the phpBB with our main site logo, and our link also goes to a completely different site, so you should have no problems!

:)

4:28 pm on Jul 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It works!

:oD

I'm not too sure what you mean by the 'alt text'? If the mouse hovers over the logo text pops up claiming it will go to the forum index..

Heck it's good enough for me, thanks for your help!

[edited by: rogerd at 4:32 pm (utc) on July 23, 2004]
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