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Complete IPB Guide

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SadJoker    17

Hello everyone and welcome to my complete IPB guide. I have put a lot of work into this so please give me credit if you would like to use it on another site. ;)

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, etc. post 'em or shoot me a PM. :)

Q: How do I install a skin on my forum?

A: Open your FTP client or file manager and navigate to your forum's root directory. Upload the two .xml files that should have come with the skin. Then go into your ACP and go to Skins & Templates -> Skin Import/Export -> Importing... -> Import Skin Templates. Type in the filename (including .xml) in the box that says "OR enter the filename of the XML Template Set" and hit the IMPORT button. Do the same thing with the "Import Skin Images." Now go to the Skin Manger and click on the newly uploaded skin. Edit Settings -> Image Options and change it to match your skin.

Q: Where can I find skins?

Invisionize

eXtremepixels

Transverse Styles

InvisionSkins

etc.

Q: I don't like the (Powered by Invision Power Board) in the title of my page. Can I remove it?

A: Yes! Open your FTP client or file manager and navigate to sources/. Open "boards.php" and find "$cp = " (Powered by Invision Power Board)";" You can remove the text or change it to whatever you want.

Q: How do I make an "announcement"?

A: My Controls -> Moderator Tools -> Manage Announcements. This is only if you have permission to create Announcements.

Q: How do I make different member groups have different colors in there names?

A: ACP -> Users and Groups -> Manage User Groups -> Edit Group -> Basic Group Settings -> Online List Format [Prefix]. If you would like the name to be red, you would put "<span style='color:red'>" replacing red with whatever color you want. Then in the Online List Format [suffix], you need to put "</span>".

Q: How do I add rules to a forum?

A: ACP -> Forum Control -> Manage Forums -> Settings -> Edit Forum Rules (at the top of the page).

Q: How do I make a paid subscription thing like Neowin?

A: ACP -> Subscriptions -> Subscription Manager -> Add New Subscription Package. If you need more help on this, PM me.

Q: What are mods and where can I get them?

A: Mods are things that affect the forum. Some are unnoticable but others affect the whole forum. You can get them at Invisionize.

Q: How do I get the "latest news" thing?

A: ACP -> System Settings -> View All General Settings -> News Set-up. Just pick the forum and you're done! :)

Q: How do I add a copyright notice at the bottom of every forum page?

A: ACP -> Skin Manager -> Your Skin -> Edit Root Skin Board Header & Footer Wrapper. Under <% COPYRIGHT %> but before </div>, add your copyright notice.

Q: I want to move my IPB from one host to the other. Can I do this without losing my topics, posts, members, etc.?

A: Yes! Go into your ACP to SQL Management -> SQL Toolbox. You should export all of those but the important ones are: ibf_announcements, ibf_attachments, ibf_attachments_type, ibf_banfilters, ibf_calendar_events, ibf_forum_perms, ibf_forums, ibf_groups, ibf_members, ibf_moderators, ibf_polls, ibf_posts, ibf_titles, and ibf_topics. I am still trying to figure out this part. If you have any info, please post it or PM me.

Q: Are there any books that can help me with IPB?

A: Yes! As a matter of fact, Invision Power Services has released a book dedicated to IPB! It's called Invision Power Board: A User Guide and you can pick it up for around 20 bucks or so. Plus, if you're an IPS customer, you get an additional discount!

Here's a link you might find useful: http://www.duggyd.co.uk/css/

Please ask me more questions so I can add them and help other people! :D

P.S. Ok, maybe it isn't really complete, but I hope you find this useful anyway. ;)

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Tomi    0

Nicely done, SadJoker. :)

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SadJoker    17
CSS Guide

Board Index

Forum Index

Topic View

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Whoa, that's awesome! :cool:

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jakej    0

Well done! (Y) I always have loved IPB and recommended it - now when people ask me these types of questions I can refer them here.

:p

Radical

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SadJoker    17

Thanks. :)

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caerma    6

Thanks a lot. sure it will be helpful.

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SadJoker    17

Thanks. Thinking of some stuff to add.

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caerma    6

How do I add those icons...

search - members - help...?

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SadJoker    17

Are you using the default IPB skin? The Search, Members, Help, and Calendar should be there by default, but if you want those specific icons here's how:

A: ACP -> Skins & Templates -> Skin Manager -> Skin -> Edit Root Skin Template HTML -> All Global HTML -> global_board_header.

&lt;a href="{ipb.script_url}act=Help"&gt;{ipb.lang['tb_help']}&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="{ipb.script_url}act=Search&amp;f={ipb.input['f']}"&gt;{ipb.lang['tb_search']}&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="{ipb.script_url}act=Members"&gt;{ipb.lang['tb_mlist']}&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="{ipb.script_url}act=calendar"&gt;{ipb.lang['tb_calendar']}&lt;/a&gt;

You will need to edit that code. If you want the 'Help' to instead say 'F.A.Q.' replace '{ipb.lang['tb_help']}' with 'F.A.Q.'

I've seen a mod where you can add 'act=' pages and I'm trying to look for it, one sec.

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Tomi    0

Phil Mossop made a moderation guide.

http://forums.invisionpower.com/index.php?showtopic=174278 [must be an ips customer]

The guide goes through various moderation functions like pin, close, split, merge etc. and also shows how to use the inline moderation.

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JC1o1    0

Thanks .. quite useful guide. :)

-- JC1o1 --

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fuBar.    0

List all the FREE skins. :)

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SadJoker    17

Thanks for the comments. :)

@ foobar: Click the Plausible Pixels link in my sig. ;)

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Tech Star    254

Can you tell us how to ad ad's to our forum? like on the top of the page?

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SadJoker    17

Well, on my forums I have another box under "Board Statistics" that says "Sponsored Links" and I have a Google AdSense banner in there. Here's how:

A: ACP -> Skins & Templates -> Skin Manager -> Skin -> Edit Root Skin Template HTML -> Board Index -> ShowStats. Add under all the text:

&lt;tr&gt;
  &lt;td class="formsubtitle" colspan="2"&gt;Sponsored Links&lt;/td&gt;
 &lt;/tr&gt;
 &lt;tr&gt;
  &lt;td class="row1" width="1%"&gt;&lt;{F_STATS}&gt;&lt;/td&gt;
  &lt;td class="row2"&gt;

&lt;/td&gt;
&lt;/tr&gt;

And in between the <td class="row2"> and the </td>, put your Google AdSense code (or anything else). :)

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Tech Star    254

Can it be an HTML code?

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Tech Star    254

ok thank you when I get IPB installed I will put it up...!

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Tomi    0

Yes.

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Tech Star    254

How can I get the ad on the top of the page without scrolling down to see it?

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THE BAT    0

Useful Guide

thanks

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Danellis    0

Excellent guide there (Y). Can I ask... did you make that plausible pixels skin? It's amazing!

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SadJoker    17

No, but I have to agree it is amazing. :)

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chconline    162

I dont think you are allowed to remove the "Powered by invision..." thing at the top. I read the licence :p

Anyway dont you have to have a licenced IPB to have subscription manager...?

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Danellis    0

Here's a couple of questions I would really appreciate being answered...

1) How can you make the background a gradient?

2) How can you remove the "catend" like on neowin?

Thanks very much! (Y)

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Tomi    0
I dont think you are allowed to remove the "Powered by invision..." thing at the top. I read the licence :p

Anyway dont you have to have a licenced IPB to have subscription manager...?

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You're allowed to remove the "Powered by Invision Power Board" tag. The only thing you're not allowed to remove is the copyright at the footer, everything else is ok to remove. ... And I know this is true as it's been vertified by Matt.

You haven't read the license clearly nuff. ;)

The subscription manager comes with all downloads of IPB [2.0 and on, if I remember correctly] licensed, or unlicensed, doesn't matter.

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