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pdstein
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:23 pm    Post subject: Discuss How to Develop Your Own Forums Reply with quote

March is Forums month at OurChurch.Com, so we're initiating this discussion to help OCC webmasters start or improve their own forums or message boards.

- Anyone have any questions about forums or message boards?

- Anyone have forums on their site and have some advise as to how to foster good discussion on them?


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stang165
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Bronze account and would be interested in starting a Forum page. What would be the first step? And, how complicated is it to set up? Smile
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pdstein
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi stang165,

Great question! Bronze accounts (as well as platinum, gold, and silver) have a great feature called Fantastico. Fantastico can be used to install about 50 different popular, free website applications. There are two forums available. I recommend phpBB2. That's what we use to run these forums.

So, if you log into your cPanel control panel, click the Fantastic option, and then click phpBB2, it will help you install and configure forums in just a few very quick and easy steps.

If you run into any problems or have any other questions, just let us know.

- Paul
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stang165
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:03 pm    Post subject: Thanks! Reply with quote

Thanks Paul, that makes it sound easy enough. You have been a great help. Reuben
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pdstein
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome. I hope you'll report back and let us know how it goes.

Installing and configuring the forums is just the first step. The real challenge comes in stimulating conversation and getting that critical mass of participants to make the conversation interesting.

- Paul
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:44 am    Post subject: Forum spam Reply with quote

Hello
I have a PHP forum on my site, but everyday I get new members posting weblinks to pornagraphic sites. How can I stop this.

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pdstein
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: Forum spam Reply with quote

multistream wrote:
Hello
I have a PHP forum on my site, but everyday I get new members posting weblinks to pornagraphic sites. How can I stop this.


Hi Multistream,

There are several things you can do to combat spam.

1) Make sure the permissions are set on all your forums so that only registered users can post messages.

2) In the main configuration of your forums set "Enable account activation" to "user." With this setting, when a user registers they will be sent a confirmation email and be required to click a link in that email to activate their accoutn before they can post a message.

3) If you're still getting spam after doing #1 and #2, you might have to consider setting "Enable account activation" to "admin." If you do this, then a newly registered user won't be able to post a message until you approve their registration.

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Paul Steinbrueck
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SPIRITSONG
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the difference between the two types of Forums?
How much customization can be done in either?






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BuffaloGal2
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wonderin' the same thing SPIRITSONG is. Would someone from OCC elaborate on these questions? Sure would appreciate!!
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kookielee
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a forum. WWW.crossrevival.com. We have just started it and it is in this format. None of us have a clue how to upload icons. smilies, change the header etc. Can anybody help us? Scrolling topics etc please please help if you can.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:32 am    Post subject: Fantastico; forum Reply with quote

pdstein wrote:
Hi stang165,

Great question! Bronze accounts (as well as platinum, gold, and silver) have a great feature called Fantastico. Fantastico can be used to install about 50 different popular, free website applications. There are two forums available. I recommend phpBB2. That's what we use to run these forums.

So, if you log into your cPanel control panel, click the Fantastic option, and then click phpBB2, it will help you install and configure forums in just a few very quick and easy steps.

If you run into any problems or have any other questions, just let us know.

- Paul


Hi Paul..

I have a Bronze account at present. Can I install phpBB2 also?

Jojo
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OCCForums
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jojo,

Since many of the hosting packages have changed since this last post, our Bronze package no longer includes the forum capabilities. However, our Silver and Gold hosting packages do.
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