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Username Topic: Managing Files and Polls
Lori
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(Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)

Adding Files and Polls to a Post


FusionBB allows users to append files and polls to their posts to share with other members.




(Please note: the administrator may have one or both of these abilities disabled. If you don't see the 'Manage Files' and/or the 'Manage Polls' links beneath the post reply box, check the site FAQs or contact your administrator for further information.)





To add a poll:


  • Start a new thread or reply to an existing post.

  • In the text editing screen, below the Body section, click the Manage Polls link. Next to this link, you can see how many polls are already added to this post (if any).

  • A pop up box will appear: it will tell you how many polls you are allowed to add. Click the Add a poll button to continue.

  • This screen is where you give the poll a title (ask your question), determine how many choices there will be and what type of responses you can collect. When done, click the Continue button to proceed to the next step.

  • List your options (answers) to the poll. Click the Continue button when done with this step.

  • The next step allows you to determine a start and end date , and how the results are displayed: do not display results until poll ends or hide results from users until they vote. If neither choice is checked, users will be able to click a link at the bottom of the poll and see the results before they vote. Click the Continue button to proceed to the final screen.

  • This screen allows you to add another poll or edit the poll just appended. To remove a poll, simply check the box next to the word Remove in the listing next to the poll. Clicking Update will revise the poll listing (either with the changed poll or by removing the poll you wanted to delete).

  • Click the Finished button to the poll to your post. Once you've completed your post/post reply, Click the Add Post button to upload your new post and poll.


    Please also note: Polls can not be removed or changed except by the administrator (or other persons as designated by the admins). Contact them should you have any changes or concerns.




    To add a file:

  • Start a new thread or start a reply to an existing one.

  • In the text editing screen, below the Body section, click the Manage Files link. Next to this link is the information about allowed file types, maximum file size, and if there are already attachments to the post.


  • This window allows you to add, upload and remove files. To upload a file, click Browse and select the file from your hardrive. Then click Add.

  • Review the files you have added at the bottom of the window. When you are done, click Finished to add the file to your post.

  • From this screen, you can specifically place image files in your post. Please see Moving Images Around in Posts for more information.





Deleting or Adding Additional Files



Deleting files from or adding more files to your posts is easy to do.



Please note : there may be a time limit during which you can delete or add another file. Your administrator also may have disabled editing of posts for your user group and/or site. (If you have any questions regarding this, please check your sites' FAQs or contact your administrator.)



Please also note : Polls can not be removed or changed except by the administrator (or other persons designated by the admins). Contact them should you have any changes or concerns.



To add another file to your post: simply follow the same steps as you did to upload your original file. Please note that your administrator has set a file size limit. This limit can be found near the Manage Files link or in the File pop up box.



To delete your file:

  • Click on the Edit button of your post containing the file you want to change or delete.

  • Scroll down to and click on the Manage Files link.

  • In the box that pops up, scroll down to the file you want to work with and click on the Remove button. (You may have to scroll horizontally to see this button.) This will remove the file and return you to the Manage Files pop up box.

  • If you want to add another file in place of the one you removed, you may do so now.

  • When you are done (or if you don't want to upload another file), click the Finished button to confirm your choice.

    The pop up box will disappear and you will be returned to the edit screen for your post.




Edited by Lori on 07-22-07 05:24 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
Username Topic: Searches: for Posts and Basic & Advanced Seach Tips
Lori
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(Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)

Please note: the site administrator may require users to be logged in to use the search feature or may impose certain limits on the search ability.






Searching for Posts


You can search for a post simply by clicking on the Search tab in the navigation bar at the top of each page. You may search specific forums for keywords or posts by a certain user and may also specify a date range for the search.

If you want to search in just a few of the forums, PC users can choose the specific ones they want by pressing the 'Ctrl' key on their keyboard as they click on each one they want.

If you want to search in just a few of the forums, PC users can choose the specific ones they want by holding down the 'Ctrl' key on their keyboard as they click on each one they want. Apple users can do the same by using the 'Apple'/'Command' key + clicking on the forums they want to search in.



Clicking on the Search tab causes a drop-down menu to appear with the following choices:


  • Advanced Search (Allows you to search specific forums for keywords or posts by a certain user)


  • Active Topics (Displays the most active topics on the forum for the date range specified: 1 Day, 2 Days, 7 Days, or 14 Days. Click on the links given to go to the specific topic, forum, or the profile of the user making the post.)

  • Recent Posts (Displays the most recent posts and active topics for the date range specified. As in the Active Topics search feature, you will find clickable links for the topic, forum, or poster name.)

  • Use the Quick Search feature to enter a keyword to search for a particular post in the messageboard. If you just want to search for a post in the forum you're currently in, put a check mark next to Search only this forum. Clicking on the Search button located below that will begin the search.




Basic Search Tips



  • Entering a single keyword will search for that word.

  • Entering two or more words will search for each word as if there were an OR operator between them. For example, entering peanut butter will search for posts that contain peanut AND butter. (Posts WILL NOT necessarily contain both words.)

  • Entering two or more words with PLUS SIGNS will search with an AND operator on each word. Entering +peanut+butter will search for posts that contain peanut AND butter, but they do NOT have to appear together.

  • Entering two or more words in QUOTE MARKS will search for the phrase. Entering "peanut butter" will search for the PHRASE peanut butter and will not return a post in the results if it contains only one of the words. (Words searched in quotes must appear together in the post.)

  • The asterisk * is a wildcard. Searching for apple* would return post results containing apple, apples, applesauce, or applet.

  • FusionBB doesn't allow for searches involving words that are three letters or less in length. If you need to search for a word that is only three letters long, simply use a wildcard. (For example, to search a site for RSS, put RSS* into the search term box.)






Advanced Search Tips


  • Entering "peanut butter"+jelly-dance would return posts containing the PHRASE peanut butter and containing the word jelly but NOT containing the word dance.

  • Using < and > controls a words relevance value that is assigned to each result. The > operator INCREASES the relevance and the < operator DECREASES it.

  • Parenthesis ( ) are used to group words into sub-expressions. Parenthesized groups can be nested.

  • A leading tilde ~ acts as a negation operator, causing the words contribution to the row relevance to be negative. It's useful for marking noise words, meaning posts which contain that word would be lower in relevance but wouldn't be excluded from the search as it would have been if you had used the minus sign.



You can mix and match search operators. For example:



  • Entering "peanut butter"-jelly would return all posts contianing the PHRASE peanut butter and NOT containing the word jelly.

  • Entering +peanut butter would return all posts containing the word peanut but would rank the result higher if the post also contained the word butter.

  • Entering +apple+(>turnover) would find posts that contain the words apple AND turnover OR apple AND strudel (in any order), but rank apple turnover higher than apple strudel.






Edited by Lori on 07-22-07 05:02 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
Username Topic: Posts: Making a New Topic, Replying to, and Editing Posts
Lori
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(Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)


Making a New Topic

Please note: the site administrator may require users to be logged in to post a new topic.





After choosing the section of the messageboard where you want to start a new topic, click the Add Topic icon located below the navigation tabs on the left-hand side. This will open a page with a section to input the subject and the body of your new post. In this latter section, you may also add links, images, change the font color and emphasis (bold or italic), and more.





Located below the text-entering area are the Manage Polls and Manage Files links which allow you to design and add a poll or upload files that will be appended to your post. (Please see the Managing Files and Polls topic for more information.)





Using the Preview button near the bottom of the page allows you to preview your post without actually posting it to the forum. If you want to edit your post more, click the Edit More button; elsewise, use the Add Post button to post your topic to the forum.





There may be a time limit on how long you have to edit your post or this feature may have been disabled entirely.
(In this case, you will have to contact the site administrator or a moderator to have them make any changes for you.)





Making a Reply

Please note: that the site administrator may require users to be logged in to the forum in order to reply to posts.



If you wish to post a reply to another member's message in a topic, click on the Reply button in the lower right-hand section of their post. This will take you to a page where you may choose a post smilie icon and input your reply. In this latter section, you can add images, polls, change the font color, and much more.





Use the Click to Review other posts in this topic link to see previous replies to the topic. (This feature link is located near the bottom above the Preview and Add Post buttons.)


The Preview button allows you to review your post without actually posting it to the forum. You may also edit the post more or add it to the forum.


Using the Add Post button (rather than the Preview) posts your reply directly to the messageboard forum.


After you've posted a reply, you may have a limited amount of time in which to edit that post OR this feature may have been disabled by the site administrator.
If this is the case, you will need to contact the administrator or a moderator to make any changes for you.



* As of FusionBB version 2.1 *
If your administrator allows it, you are able to change the topic subject line of the thread when you make a reply--even though you did not start the topic.





Editing Your Post



The forum administrator may not allow users to edit their posts or may impose an editing time limit. If that time limit has passed or you are not allowed to edit posts then a moderator or the administrator will need to make any changes for you.



If this feature is enabled, click the Edit button in the lower right-hand corner of your post. This will take you to a page which allows to you make any changes.




Below the text area is a place where you may put a reason for the edit or put a check mark in the box next to Don't mark this post as edited. Your reason will be appended to the bottom of your post along with the time the change was made as well as your username. If you don't check the box and don't put a reason, the change will be noted at the bottom of your post with the reason being 'no reason given'.

When you've completed the changes to your post, clicking the Preview button near the bottom will allow you to review your changed post without actually posting it to the forum. Use the Submit Change button to post your revised reply to the messageboard.




Edited by Lori on 07-22-07 04:51 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
Username Topic: Images: Moving Images Around in Posts
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(Applies to: versions 2.0 and newer of FusionBB)



When you add the image files, in the popup where you add them, you'll see a preview of the image. There's an icon next to the preview (in the popup) which when clicked, will transfer the appropriate url code into your post. Then it can be positioned where you wish.

When your post is uploaded (after you click the Finished button), your image should be where you placed your cursor. Note that the file(s) will be listed at the bottom of the post.

Using the [float] code tags will allow you to place the image to the left or right and will allow the text to wrap around the image. You will have to input these tags in by hand, such as:


Code:

 [float:left] (Image file code) [/float









or






Code:

 [float:right] (Image file code)[/float













(Please note: there is no

Code:

 [float:center



-- if no [float] tag used, the image will be placed in the section you choose to place it at and will be in the center, by default.




A word of caution when using the[float] tags: If you're using more than one set of [float] tags in your post, be sure to Preview your post before posting to make sure that the images are placed as you want. (This will save you from having to go back and edit it once it's been posted to the messageboard. )


  • If you do not use the icon in the file upload preview to place your image, it will default to the top of the post.

  • The "double boxes" around two of the examples above only show up if you happen to be using the 'code' tags also--and 'floating' those left or right. In posting regular images, it shouldn't happen.




 
Username Topic: Particle Boxes: Adding 'Photopost Recent Photos' Content
Lori
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(Applies to: version 1.0 of FusionBB)


Adding the following code will allow you to create a particle box for Photopost Recent Photos (as well as some code to add the Recent Photos to the Forum Index page, as an alternative).


Disclaimer: Please backup every file you intend to modify. If the modification modifies the database, it's a good idea to backup your database before doing so.



Note: If you choose to modify your FusionBB code, you may be giving up your right for "official" support from InteractivePHP,Inc. If you need official support, you'll need to restore unmodified files.



*This code works under FusionBB 1.0*



Files Altered:

/templates/fusionbb/board _details.php

/fusionbb.php




This coding will add three Recent Photos above your "Icon Legend" box at the bottom of the Forum Index. (Any specific URLs and other information below is included just for demonstration purposes. You will need to substitute information specific to your boards.)



1) Open /templates/fusionbb/board _details.php

FIND

return <<<EOF

ADD below it

{$skin['tableopen']}
<table border='0' cellpadding='3'
cellspacing='{$skin['cell spacing']}' width='100%'>
<tr>
<th class='theader' align='left' width='100%' colspan='3'>
Recent PhotoPosts
</th>
</tr>
<tr>

<!--PHOTOPOST-->

</tr>
</table> {$skin['tableclose']}



2) Open /fusionbb.php

FIND

$template->loadTemplat e("board_details");

ADD below it (*Substitute your specific files/information for the ones used in the example*)




// ------------------------- ------------------------- --------
// PHOTOPOST RECENT PHOTOS ADD

$pp_host="localhost";
$pp_database="medar_db";
$pp_mysql_user="medar";
$pp_mysql_password="medar _pw";
$pp_url="http://www.bladekeep.com/gallery";
$pp_limit=3;

//End Config

$pp_link = mysql_connect("$pp_host:3 306", "$pp_mysql_user",
"$pp_mysql_password") or die ('I cannot connect to the PhotoPost
database.[$php_errormsg]');
mysql_select_db ("$pp_database",$pp_link) or die("Could not connect
to
PhotoPost database". mysql_error() );

$sql = "SELECT id,title,cat,date,bigimag e
FROM $pp_database.photos
WHERE bigimage!=''
AND approved='1'
ORDER BY date DESC
LIMIT $pp_limit"
;

if(!$results=$db-> ;executeQuery($sql)) {

dieHere(1,$lang_str ['BAD_QUERY'],__LINE__,__ FILE__,$sql);

}

$pp_data['results']= $db->fetchArray($resul ts);

$db->clearResults($res ults);

$pp_string = '';
$sizeofpp = sizeof($pp_data['results' ]);
for ($i=0;$i<$sizeofpp;$i+ +) {
$pp_string .= "<td align='center' valign='middle'
class='color1'>";
$pp_string .= "<a href=\"$pp_url/showphoto.php/photo/" .

$pp_data['results'][$i][' id'] . "/limit/recent\">
$pp_string .= "<a href=\"$pp_url/showphoto.php?photo=" .

$pp_data['results'][$i][' id'] . "\">
<img border=\"0\" src=\"$pp_url/data/" .

$pp_data['results'][$i][' cat'] . "/thumbs/" .
$pp_data['results'][$i][' bigimage'] . "\" alt=\"" .
$pp_data['results'][$i][' title'] .

"\"/></a><br/ ><span class='mini'>"$pp_data ['results'][$i]['title'].
"</span>";
$pp_string .= "</td>";
}
if ($i == 0) {
$pp_string .= "<td align='left' valign='top'
class='color1'>";
$pp_string .= "• " . $lang_str['NO_PICTURES_FO UND'];
$pp_string .= "</td>";
}
$pp_data = null;

$template->setTemp lateVar("PHOTOPOST",$pp_s tring);

// ------------------------- ------------------------- --------
// PHOTOPOST RECENT PHOTOS END







(Credit for this modification goes to Medar, CT, and Dave (all members of FusionBB) as well to the unknown designer
of the original 'Photopost Recent Photos' hack for Threads, upon which this modification is based on.)
 
Username Topic: Particle Boxes: Removing Particle Boxes (FBB Ver. 2.1 and earlier)
Lori
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(Applies to: versions 2.1 and earlier of FusionBB)


You can remove the new user and calendar particle boxes by editing the following templates and removing the related keys:



Templates: header_left.php and header_both.php



Keys: <!--PARTICLE_NEW_MEMBE R--> and <--!PARTICLE_CALENDAR- >



Save the changes and upload the files to your server.




Edited by Lori on 09-30-07 12:12 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
Username Topic: Particle Boxes: Moving Particle Boxes (FBB Ver. 2.1 and earlier)
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(Applies to: versions 2.1 and earlier of FusionBB)


Moving the 'generic' particle box from the Main page to the footer_right



(This box the one that says: "FusionBB features particle boxes. Particle boxes are boxes of content from your forum. You can even have custom particle boxes (like this one) containing whatever you want!" )


  • This is actually part of the template, so you'll need to remove the following code from header_both.php:

    {$skin['tableopen']}

    <table border='0' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='{$skin[cells pacing]}' width='100%'>

    <tr>

    <th class='theader' align='left'>

    Particle Box

    </th>

    </tr>

    <tr>

    <td align='left' valign='top' class='color1'>

    FusionBB Features particle boxes. Particle boxes are boxes of content from your forum. You can even have custom particle boxes (like this one) containing whatever you want!

    </td>

    </tr>

    </table>

    {$skin['tableclose']}

  • and place it into the footer_right.php template above, below, or between these lines:

    (These lines are template keys that are replaced with the dynamic particle boxes.)


    <!--PARTICLE_ONLINE--& gt;

    <!--PARTICLE_HOT_TOPIC -->

    <!--PARTICLE_QUOTE--&g t;

    <!--PARTICLE_SHOUTBOX- ->

    <!--PARTICLE_CURRENT_P OLL-->

    <!--PARTICLE_RECENT_TO PICS-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_1-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_2-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_3-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_4-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_5-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_6-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_7-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_8-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_9-->

    <!--RSS_FEED_10-->


  • Save and upload all files to your server.




Edited by Lori on 09-30-07 12:11 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
Username Topic: Particle Boxes: Creating Particle Boxes (FBB Ver. 2.1 and earlier)
Lori
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(Applies to: versions 2.1 and earlier of FusionBB)



You can customize your site by creating your own particle boxes.


These can be used for quotes, statistics, or even content such as Google's Add Sense. Just by changing a few things, you could create just about any particle box you want...



BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS, BACK UP THE FOLLOWING FILES:


includes/common.php
language/*/common.php
templates/fusionbb/header _left.php
templates/fusionbb/ footer_both.php
templates/fusionbb/ footer_right.php




  • Create a title for your referral particle box:

    Open your language/*/common.php file and, toward the end before the ?> , add the following line:

    $lang_str['REFERRAL']= 'Referrals';

  • Create a template var called PARTICLE_REFERRAL.

    Open your includes/common.php file.

    Look for:

    $template->setTemplate Var("PARTICLE_RECENT_PICT URES",$particle->creat eThumbPicBox());

    Then below that add:

    $template->setTemplate Var("PARTICLE_REFERRAL",$ particle->createReferr alBox());

    Note:You'll have to do that step twice (once for the send header function, and once for the send footer function).

  • Now create a function called createReferralBox.


    Find:

    } $cache_data=null; return $this->particlebox['TH UMBPICS']; }

    And below that add:

    function createReferralBox() { global $session,$conf,$FBB_SESS, $template,$lang_str,$skin ;

    $referral = @implode('',@file(FBB_ROO T . "/custompb/referral_box.php"));

    $this->particlebox['RE FERRAL'] = str_replace("<!--BLANK _TITLE-->",$lang_str[' REFERRAL'],$this->part iclebox['BLANK']); $this->particlebox['RE FERRAL'] = str_replace("<!--BLANK _CONTENT-->",$referral ,$this->particlebox['R EFERRAL']);

    return $this->particlebox['RE FERRAL'];

    }


    Note: Take a close look at the lines starting with $this. The first line uses the particlebox['BLANK'] array. This is what the contents of that array look like:

    {$skin['tableopen']} <table border='0' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='{$skin['cell spacing']}' width='100%'> <tr> <th class='theader' align='left'> <!--BLANK_TITLE--> </th> </tr> <tr> <td align='left' valign='top' class='color1'>

    <!--BLANK_CONTENT--> ; <!--BLANK_EXTRA-->

    </td> </tr> </table> {$skin['tableclose']}


    The first command that starts with $this replaces the <!--BLANK_TITLE--> in the array with our language string , but at the same time it creates a new table in the particlebox array called particlebox['REFERRAL']. Now particlebox['REFERRAL'] looks like this:

    {$skin['tableopen']} <table border='0' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='{$skin['cell spacing']}' width='100%'> <tr> <th class='theader' align='left'> Referral </th> </tr> <tr> <td align='left' valign='top' class='color1'>

    <!--BLANK_CONTENT--> ; <!--BLANK_EXTRA-->

    </td> </tr> </table> {$skin['tableclose']}


    Then the second $this does another string replace, but this time it's on the particlebox['REFERRAL'] array that was created with the first $this command line.

    There is a <!--BLANK_EXTRA--> string in that template, but there wasn't any need for it in this mod. You can reuse that particlebox['BLANK'] array as many times as you like, just be sure an give your new array a unique name...

  • To customize the particlebox for Google Add Sense: open the referral_box.php script and replace the example referral code with the one that you get from Google's Add Sense site.

    Create a directory under your FusionBB directory called custompb and upload your referral_box.php file there.

    To make the referral particle box show up on your pages: Go to your templates directory and open your header_left.php file.

    Look for:

    <!--PARTICLE_ONLINE--& gt;


    And above that add:


    <!--PARTICLE_REFERRAL- ->


    Open your footer_both.php file. Look for:


    <!--PARTICLE_ONLINE--& gt;


    And above that add:


    <!--PARTICLE_REFERRAL- ->


    Open your


    footer_right.php file.


    Look for:


    <!--PARTICLE_ONLINE--& gt;


    And above that add:


    <!--PARTICLE_REFERRAL- ->



  • Save and upload all files to your server.



Note: This is what the referral_box.php file looks like (it's just the referral code that you get form Google's Add Sense web site):

//
<div align="center">
<script type="text/javascript"> ;<!--
google_ad_client = "pub-4282358225994806";
google_ad_width = 125;
google_ad_height = 125;
google_ad_format = "125x125_as_rimg";
google_cpa_choice = "CAAQweaZzgEaCA2ZyYC_NXeA KK2293M";
//--></script>
<script type="text/javascript"
src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js">
</script>
</div>





(Thanks to Dalantech (www.dalantech.com) for this 'How To' guide!)




Edited by Lori on 09-30-07 12:09 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
Username Topic: MySQL: Minimum Permission-level for FusionBB MySQL Users
Lori
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If you allow others to access and utilize the FusionBB database table on your MySQL server, be sure to double-check the following:



  • To ensure the upmost security, do not provide root-level (Admin) rights to the MySQL database.


  • The minimum privilege settings that FusionBB requires for MySQL access and nominal functionality are:

    o select
    o insert
    o update
    o delete
    o file
    o create
    o alter
    o drop





(Thanks to FusionBB Developer Josh Pettit and FusionBB member Ted_G for this topic information!)





Edited by Lori on 08-19-07 07:34 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
Username Topic: MyPaymentPal: Set-up
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(Applies to: version 2.0 and newer of FusionBB)


Seting Up MyPaymentPal.



  • First make sure you have the correct permissions. These settings can be found at:


    Admin >> Permissions >> Control Panel



  • Be sure you have permission for "Can manage subscriptions".


  • Configure MyPaymentPal:


    Admin >> Subscriptions >> Settings >> All Settings



  • Most of these settings will be pretty self-explanatory via the help popup. What's very important here is the PayPal settings. Where it says "Email" put the email address of your PayPal account. For example ours is payments@fusionbb.com. You also need to make sure that Use Payment Method is checked in the PayPal section.


  • Next you will see the setting for IPN Location and the default URL listed below it. Copy this URL (which should begin with http and end with .php). Paste it into the IPN Location box and Update your settings.




    Configuring PayPal to Use IPN (Instant Payment Notification)



    This step is critical to make things work. You must configure your PayPal account to send an IPN (Instant Payment Notification) to FusionBB. This is important because PayPal triggers all MyPaymentPal action.


  • Go to your PayPal account and login.


  • Click on ''My Account/Profile'' at the top.


  • Click on Instant Payment Notification settings.


  • Click Edit and then check the Checkbox to activate IPN, then paste the URL you copied from the step above into the Notification URL field and then click Save.




    Add a Custom Group to FusionBB




    If you haven't created a group yet, you need to do so now. This is a group that a paying user will be added into. You may wish to edit site permissions and forum permissions so that this group gets better access than the "user" group alone. This way paying members can get additional functionality. For instance, you might allow this custom group to have access to avatars, or post without limitation, or have access to special or private forums.



    To create a group:

  • Go to:


    Admin >> Groups >> Create


    Set this group up and configure all your permissions appropriately.





Create the Subscription



  • Now you're ready to setup the Subscription. Go to:


    Admin >> Subscriptions >> Create



  • Give this subscription a name, and in the pull-down menu, choose the usergroup that you'd like them to be added to when they pay. Most likely this is the group you just created. This allows you to define costs based on periods.



    Since this is quite complex, here are some examples:




  • If you want to allow a 5 day free trial followed by a $10 per month subscription, you would check the Offer Free Trial box, then down next to regular rate, put $10 and under Regular Billing Cycle choose 1 Month. Then set Recurring Basis to Yes. The user will gain access to the group for free for 5 days. If they cancel during that time, their access is removed. After the free trial, their PayPal account is charged $10. It's a recurring subscription which means that it will charge them $10 every month until they cancel the subscription through PayPal. When they do, PayPal will send an IPN signal to remove their access.


  • If you want a one-time $20 for one year, you would put $20 next to Regular Rate, then set the Regular Billing Cycle to 1 Year. Leave Recurring set to No. The user will be charged $20 immediately and at the end of the year, their access will be removed.


  • If you want to charge someone $10 per month for four-months, you would put $10 next to Regular Rate, set the Regular Billing Cycle for 1 Month, set Recurring to Yes and set the Recurring Times option to 4. They will be charged $10 per month for four months. At the end of that period, their access is removed.


  • If you want to charge $2.00 for a five day trial, then $14.99 for the first month, then $9.99 each month after that recurring, you would put $2.00 next to Trial Amount 1, and set Trial Period 1 for 5 days. Then put $14.99 next to Trial Amount 2, and set Trial Period 2 for 1 Month, then put $9.99 next to Regular Rate and set Regular Billing Cycle for 1 Month and change Recurring Basis to Yes.



    When you are finished configuring all options, click Create.





    Setup the teaser forum



    Now we recommend at this point that you configure private forums which require payment to access be configured so that your user group Can See forum in forum list but not read posts. This will allow them to see it on the Main index, but when they click to try and view it, they will be presented with the subscription options and will be able to purchase form here. Once they make payment on the PayPal website, they will be returned to your site and their usergroup will be updated giving them access.


    Manually Add a User



    Should you wish to manually add a user, or you receive a payment via snail mail or some other method, you can manually add a subscription.



    If you simply want to give a user access - for example, you want to grant Joe, free access for one month, go to:


    Admin >> Subscriptions >> Add User

    Enter their ID number and time period as well as group name, then click Submit.



  • If you receive a snail mail payment, that subscription is already stored in the database, and it simply needs to be activated. When they arrange to pay via snail mail, it presents them with an invoice that they can print and include with their payment.


    To activate them, go to:

    Admin >> Subscriptions >> Activate User

    and enter the invoice number.



    Users may review their active subscription groups and invoices from their Control Panel.





    (Thanks to FBB Developer Josh Pettit for these instructions!)





    Edited by Lori on 08-19-07 07:33 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
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    (Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)


    If you want to have special group icons/status flags for certain members of your site, follow these three steps:



    1) Upload your group icon/status flag to the /public_html/fusionbb/ima ges/statusflags file.


    2) Make sure it's active by checking here:


    Admin >> Images >> Manage Status flags


    • Make sure it's checked and click Proceed, this is what builds the "index" file that makes the graphic visible.


      3) Assign the flag to a group by going here:


      Admin >> Groups >> Status Flags



    • Assign the flag to the appropriate group, and click Procced.



    Users can then choose whatever flag they wish (if any), from the flags that their group allows them access to by editing their public profile.


    If a user is a member of more than one group, they get to choose what flag to display. Likewise you can have admins or mods who don't have a flag and are thus incognito.



    In version 2.1 of FusionBB, administrators have the ability to mass update a particular flag to a group of users.





    (Thanks to FBB member octony and FBB Developer Josh Pettit for this information!)


    Edited by Lori on 08-19-07 07:31 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     
    Username Topic: Favicon: Customizing for Your Site
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    (Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)



    .ico files are used for pictures on shortcuts/bookmarks in browsers and are displayed when on the actual web page.




    If you would like to have your own custom icon show up in your visitors' browsers instead of the default FusionBB one, it's very easy to make the change.



    Simply upload your .ico file to the /images directory. Clearing your browser cache will allow you to see the changed icon.







    (Thanks to FBB members Excelsior and Dave Lozier for this topic!)





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    Username Topic: Gallery Set-Up
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    (Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)


    Follow these directions to set up the Gallery on your FusionBB-based messageboard:





    • To ensure that a forum is set up as a gallery, make sure that the Is Gallery box is checked. (This is located in the Admin CP, under the Edit Settings for the forum you want to make a gallery.) Once this is checked, instead of a list of posts in the forum, users will be able to view a list of thumbnail images.




    • Other settings to consider include the Make Medium-Sized Images and Make Thumbnails checkboxes, located on the same settings page. These will allow medium-sized and thumbnail images to be displayed in the list of forum topics.



    o If a "Thumbnail not available" message is showing up instead of the image in the gallery topic list, check to make sure that you are using ImageMagick or GD library. One of those will need to be installed to generate thumbnails. If it's ImageMagick, then the path to mogrify needs to be defined in the config file.... if you're using the GD library instead, then the path can be left blank.


    o By default - GD is usually part of PHP - particularly if you are using Cpanel or one of the other big control panels. But not always.


    If GD is enabled, the following script will show you all the PHP settings:


    <?
    phpinfo();
    ?>








    (Thanks to FBB member KhunSanuk, Developer Josh Pettit & Admin Chris Peterson for the information!)






    Edited by Lori on 08-15-07 06:12 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     
    Username Topic: Calendar Components/Forum with a Calendar
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    (Applies to: versions 2.0 and newer of FusionBB)


    The calendar is a dynamic aspect of the FusionBB software.


    It allows the site admin (and others who have the correct permission set) to post events that are important to their membership as well as noting the birthdays of those members who choose to share their birthdates.



    The calendar feature of FusionBB can be accessed via the Calendar tab at the top of the page or through the Forum with a Calendar section on the Forum Index page. Each section will give you a different view of the calendar.


    Clicking the Calendar tab will take you to the daily calendar where you can change the view to see different months as well as the type of calendar you view ('Public Events', 'Public Birthdays', or the option to Jump To the 'Forum With a Calendar').



    Calendar Buttons


    Once at the calendar page, you will see the following buttons/drop-down boxes.
    (You may or may not be able to access or use some of the buttons depending on the permission set you have.)


    • Month/Year drop-down boxes allow you to move backward and forward (by month and/or by year) in the calendar, keeping the settings you currently have.

    • < and > buttons allow you to move backward and forward in the calendar, keeping the current session settings you have. (For instance, if you are viewing the August, 2007 'Birthday Events' calendar: clicking the < button will take you to the July, 2007 'Birthday Events' view, while clicking the > button will take you back to the August, 2007 view.)


      For more information about the forum calendar, please see the 'Forum With a Calendar' section below.

    • Add button: If you have the correct permissions, this button will take you to the page where you can add new events or edit current ones.



      After clicking the Add button, you will be taken to a page where you will find the following areas:

    • Drop-down menus for:

      o Start month/day/year and hour/min/AM or PM


      o End month/day/year and hour/min/AM or PM

    • You will also find a subject box and Description section. These are similar to what is seen when making a post. The Description box has buttons allowing you to add bold, italics, url links, etc., as well as change the color of the text.


      o Below the Description section is the area where you designate if the event is 'Recurring'. Simply click the radio button to the left of the description of your event: Never recurring, or recurring Weekly, Monthly, Monthly(end of), or Yearly. There is also a box you can check if the event is an All Day one.

      o After entering in information about the event, click the Add Event button to upload your event.

    • Once the event has been added to the calendar, clicking on the day of that event will take you to a 'day planner' view showing the event and the start/end times. If you click on the event in this view, it will expand out and show any other information about that event you may have included.


      o Note: Each event must have a start and end date & time, even if the event is only happening for one day. If these (or any other necessary sections) aren't filled in, the page will refresh and show the errors to be corrected.

    • Below the calendar (or the Description box, if you're adding an event), are the current month's calendar as well as smaller calendars for each month of the current year. A smaller version of the current month's calendar is also automatically loaded into the sidebar--unless sidebars have been disabled by the Administrator.





    Forum With a Calendar


    This calendar view is accessed via the Forum Index and is a view very similar to a daily planner: showing the upcoming events. Below the upcoming events is an area where topics can be started or replied to.


    Please Note: The forum calendar is permissions-based and won't be displayed in the public (viewed by everyone) calendar. Any events that are added to the forum calendar will not show up in the public calendar. If you want an event to show up in both places, you will have to add that information to both calendars.)




    • When starting or replying to a topic, the familiar subject/body text box will have the Manage Files and Manage Polls links below it, as well as a link that will allow the user to Manage the Event. Clicking this link will pop up a box with the drop-down choices for Start and End date & time, Recurring options, a box to designate the event as an All Day event, and a box to delete the event.

    • Clicking the Update Event button will upload the event to the calendar.

    • Once uploaded, the new post will have the event start and end date/times listed at the upper right-hand side of it. This event won't be added to the main site calendar unless it is added to the main calendar by the site administrator or another person with the correct permissions.

    • Please note: This ability to add/update events is permissions-based. Only users with the correct permissions will be able to add events. All others will only be able to view the calendar events and start/reply to topics in the Calendar Forum.



    (Thanks to FBB Developer Josh Pettit and FBB member Dave Lozier, as well as many others for information regarding this topic!)







     
    Username Topic: Verification Email is Blank
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    (Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)



    When new users register, they automatically receive a welcome email. When the email verification box is checked under configuration settings, they also receive a verification email.



    If these automatically generated letters are being sent but the body of the email is blank, check these settings:



    1.) Go to:

    Admin >> Edit >> Configuation Settings >> Path & URL Settings >> Mail Templates



    2.) If you have installed in a standard manner, make sure that field is blank (FBB will default to the standard template setting).


    3.) If you specified a path, be sure it is writeable and available. Also, make sure that the necessary files have been moved there. These include the relevant *_html.php and *_text.php files normally found in /templates/fusionbb/ directory.


    4.) The actual content of the strings within these emails are found in /common.php in your language directory.


     
    Username Topic: Status Flags Not Showing Up
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    (Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)


    Problem: I've specified status flags for some of my user groups, but the flags aren't showing up!



    This is an easy problem to fix: the members of those user groups will need to go into their profile and select their status flag before the flag will be visible to other users.



    This setting is located in their Public Profile section. If they are able to have status flags, they will see a drop down menu next to the Status Flags option. (This will give them the choice of displaying their flag or 'None', to not display it.)



    Once they've made their selection, they will need to click the Proceed button to confirm their choice.



     
    Username Topic: Smilies Don't Show Up in Posts
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    (Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)


    Problem: Members report that when they type in the punctuation code to make a smilie, the smilies sometimes show up and sometimes don't.



    This problem has to do with how the software 'sees' the punctuation. If a member types : and P (a colon followed by a capital P) to make a 'tongue' smilie, the software sometimes misinterpets this as regular punctuation and a letter in a sentence and won't change it into the wanted smilie.



    The best way to remedy this is to have members user the smilie box to the left of the text box (when they're adding or editing a post). They may also type in the code for that smilie if they're not in the editing section. (For instance, typing
    Code:

     :crazy



    will give you one type of smilie [ ], while
    Code:

     :surprised



    will give another. [ ])



    If your members use smilies a lot in their posts, they can choose the More Smilies option while making a post and then minimize the resulting smilie box. They can then use it as a resource when they want to add a particular smilie to their posts. (This 'More Smilies' pop up is independent of the post and can stay minimized in their browser for as long as they need it-- even after they've uploaded their post.)



     
    Username Topic: Fixing 'Who's Online' Display Information
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    (Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)



    When looking at the Online tab page details, you might notice that some of the displayed information is missing a space.




    The results might display as follows:



    Registered users active in the past 30 minutes2

    Unregistered users active in the past 30 minutes73



    instead of:


    Registered users active in the past 30 minutes 2

    Unregistered users active in the past 30 minutes 73


    (with a space before the final information of '2' and '73', in our example).


    • This is easy to fix. You will need to edit your online.php file in your languages directory.

    • The language strings you will need to fix are:

      A_ON_NOW

      R_ON_NOW

    • Change your language strings to match the following (or copy/paste these over the ones in your file):


      $lang_str['R_ON_NOW'] = "Registered users active in the past %s minutes: ";


      $lang_str['A_ON_NOW'] = "Unregistered users active in the past %s minutes: ";

    • Save your changes. This should restore the space in the display information.





    (Thanks to FBB member kestral and FBB Admin Chris Peterson for the information in this topic!)



     
    Username Topic: Registration Emails Not Being Sent Out
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    (Applies to: all versions of FusionBB)



    If your installation of FusionBB doesn't seem to be sending out registration, 'Contact Us' (and etc.) emails--please check the following:



    • Make sure that you don't have the settings set to send to a forum, rather than directly.

    • Under the Users section in the Admin CP, check to make sure that you have yourself listed under Staff Mail Recipients. If you're not listed there, none of the information will reach you.



      To add yourself (or other recipients) to those lists, simply open up your user account under the Admin Panel and you will see a menu option to add to staff email. In there you can set what emails you want to receive just by checking the appropriate boxes.

    • Save your changes.






    Edited by Lori on 01-17-08 12:35 PM. Reason for edit: tweaked title
     
    Username Topic: Instant Emails Not Being Sent
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    (Applies to: versions 1.0 and 2.0+ of FusionBB)

    This has been an issue with Instant Subscriptions in version 1.0 and has been resolved in version 2.0.


    As a work around for 1.0, try the following:


    • From the Admin area: (do all of the steps below. This is also known as Rutto's 'Click it all' tactic ;) )

      o Permissions >> Site check the Can subscribe to topics settings

      o Permissions >> Permissions Time Stamp check Update settings

      o Database >> Re-sync Data >> Permission Matrix

    • Save your changes.



      If you have tried the above-mentioned recommendations, but the instant emails are still not going out as expected:

    • There is one specific cron script for subscribed topics (This script sends the emails out.) Make sure that you have this script added to the management area.


      o To add this cron script, go to:


      Admin CP >> Cron Scheduler >> Add Cron Task

    • Once there, fill in the information such as the name you want for your cron script, the settings for when you want the cron to run, and whether you want a log file or not.

    • Under the Script to run: setting, click the drop-down menu and choose the
      topic_subscriptions.php option. Then click Proceed.

    • Your newly-added cron will begin running as scheduled.





    (Thanks to Geffro, Rutto, Ted_G, Dave, & FusionBB Developer Josh Pettit for the info about the cron script addition. )





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