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phpBB Support Forum / Forums ACP erorr
« on: September 23, 2012, 01:32:51 pm »
Hi ForumMate

Since the forums have returned I notice there is an erorr with accessing the APC in the normal way

I have found a way to get into the ACP by clicking on a users name > administrate user
This seems to be the only way that I can get access to the ACP and everything works fine from there except for clicking on the General tab, then the debug notice reappears. 

phpBB3 Manuals and Guides / [MOD] Precise Similar Topics II
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:05:11 pm »
phpBB3 members,

Tanduy has installed  Precise Similar Topics II on our phpBB3.Forums

You will need to do the last part of the install yourself if you wish to have this on your forum.

Go to ACP > .MODS

click on precise similar topics > in the green box click on click here to install

on the next page click submit > Install Precise Similar Topics II ..Are you ready to install Precise Similar Topics II? > click yes

Precise Similar Topics II - Success

click admin index

.MODS > click on precise similar topics >
Enable Similar Topics: = YES

Load Settings

it is not recommended you add to many Number of Similar Topics to display:...5 is default loading more will slow down your forum

Forum Settings

only change this if you do not want to display similar topics in certain forums

once you have altered the settings to your requirements click submit.

When you click on a topic you will now see similar topics displayed at the foot of the page

General Discussion / To All Members
« on: April 15, 2012, 03:38:51 am »
I don't want to sound like a killjoy but I have noticed just recently there are lots of requests for new mods and styles.

We do have one of the best pre-modded free forums with over 200 styles and we alway's like to fulfil members requests to add more...however I think we should hold off from requesting new mods and styles being added/customised, etc for the time being while we are having problems with the 504 error.

I think (and hope you agree) that tanduy's time would be better spent looking into what causes this and finding a solution to end it once and for all.

phpBB3 Manuals and Guides / How to add arcade (guide)
« on: March 29, 2012, 05:36:55 am »

You will see a green box and with in it click here to install....once you click this you will see this

click on install

The next page will be Installation compatibility page

click start install

After a short wait You should now see this page

After returning to the ACP you will need to click on the ARCADE tab
You will see the manage settings page, all settings on this page should not need changing at this stage.

Next click on manage will now see this page where you need to add a category for the games you want to install as an example I just typed in games but you may want to add categories such as

once you have made the category click create new category

Once again this page should not need altering so click submit

The success box will show, in the geen section click add permissions

select the groups from the add group box (click on administrator and on your keyboard hold down Ctrl and Alt to select the other groups  

here you can add the appropriate permissions  

once you have done that you can click on add games (left of page)
again click on the first and use the keyboards Ctrl and Alt to add more

scroll to the bottom and click submit you will get the success message of installed games in that category

go to your index page click arcade tab (in most styles under the main logo)
you should now see the games :dance:  

Once you have several categories for games you can install more to any of the categories
so all you need to do is repeat the add games stage but before clicking submit you will see a drop down box with category list the category you want to add to then click submit

Earlier I said a couple of pages did not need to be changed
This was for keeping the tutorial as simple to follow, if you do require to make changes on those pages then that is fine to do so.

Hope this was helpful

phpBB3 Manuals and Guides / Adding portal
« on: March 28, 2012, 06:24:55 am »
Here is a simple guide to adding the portal to your forum.

Your index page currently looks similar to this

scroll to the foot of the page and click admin cp


find the stargate portal info and click yes > press submit

now go to the STARGATE PORTAL tab

click enable block > submit

you will notice in the top right Admin index Portal Forum

click on portal should now see  

in the site navigator box you can click on should now see

If that worked you have successfully added the portal :smiley-cool:

You can now manage the blocks and how they display to suit your needs

ACP > STARGATE PORTAL > Blocks / manage blocks

Click on the green edit icon to make edits
It is advised you DO NOT delete these blocks, if you don't want them showing click on No where it say's block is active

If you want to change the welcome message to your own check out this guide

phpBB3 Manuals and Guides / How to set up your categories and forums
« on: March 27, 2012, 12:44:42 pm »
When you first get your forum you will want to set up categories and forums
this simple to follow guide should help.

Once you are logged in scroll to  the foot of the page and click on admin cp

you will be taken to another log in page to log into your Administrators control panel (ACP)

This is the first may look scary at first but once you get used to it you will have no problems

you will now want to click on the FORUMS tab

This is what you will see
in the box at the bottom type in the name of the category.....(for this example I have called it forum category) click submit.

the next page you will need to change some of the choices using the drop down box's
Forum type wants to be ....category
Parent forum ....No parent
Scroll to the foot of the page and click submit.

on the next page you will see click set permissions with in the green box

You will know need to add the user groups so permissions can be made
click on the first group name, using your keyboard press ctrl and Alt, and click on the remaining groups you want to give permissions to

Using the drop down box by each name to give pre-set permissions
at some point you may need to give advanced permissions but for this guide we won't go there at the moment
Click apply all permissions

now click on the FORUMS tab

you will now see this

click on the category name you just created

phpBB3 Manuals and Guides / Calendar mod install and use.
« on: February 07, 2012, 01:48:54 pm »
To install the Calendar mod go to APC > .Mods

After clicking install this page will appear

click submit > you will then be asked to confirm the installation

This page will appear

Next step is to change the usergroups permissions

Global permissions  > group permissions

After selecting the user group in the dropdown box > click advanced permissions

click calendar and click the desired permissions > submit

You will need to do this for each usergroup you have created.

On your main index page click calendar

To add an event click the little star on the date in the calendar

you will then see a page to add the event

after adding the event and desired options click submit

back on the calendar page you will now see the added event...the event is a clickable link

after clicking the link you will see the message for the event

General Discussion / Before starting threads
« on: December 01, 2011, 10:58:10 am »
Just a polite message to ask if you have already started a thread to show off your forum there is no need to start a fresh one when reminding us of your forum if it is the same.

Use the old thread you started to tell us of any changes etc

Thank you

General Discussion / Warning ! Inappropriate Posts.
« on: November 10, 2011, 01:57:49 pm »
There are some Inappropriate posts made by Estigocropcor who has now been Permanently Banned, unfortunately I am unable to remove these posts, but they will be removed as soon as possible.

We are sorry if you have been subjected to these posts and would like you to know we are a family friendly forum host and do not condone these sort of posts.

Apologies from myself and the forumate team if you have been offended by viewing its content.

Please remember this is a family friendly forum and such posts will result in a ban.

Relaxing Lounge / I won't be around as much
« on: August 29, 2011, 07:07:35 am »
unfortunately I won't be around as much as I would like due to work commitments.
A big problem arose last week which now needs my full attention over the next month which means internet activity will be limited.

I will try my best to get on here if and when I can to help out, I hope you understand.

This will also mean the styles board I am working on will be delayed, I have all the styles now as thumbnails but won't have time to sort out.

See you when i can.

phpBB Support Forum / Mod requests
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:02:05 pm »
Just a couple of mods that I think will benefit our forum owners

The first is Forum background, which allows forum Admins to put a back ground image on each forum.
This mod would make all our forums look  unique from the normal boring styles.
phpBB • Forum Background for phpBB3 - Contribution Details

The next one is Moderator Needed

phpBB • Moderator Needed - Contribution Details

General Discussion / Polite message.
« on: August 14, 2011, 08:52:33 am »
Please would all members replying to posts please keep it on topic.
When a member makes a post asking for support they are looking for support NOT off topic replies.

It only confuses matters when a subject does go off topic not only for the member trying to get support but also for staff members and members who are trying to help out.

We don't want to discourage any one from making a reply if they feel they are able to help, as all help and sharing of knowledge is appreciated.

phpBB3 Manuals and Guides / Forum tips for starting out.
« on: August 13, 2011, 09:20:35 am »
When we make a new forum most of us will

1/ want new members to join
2/ want members to be active making regular posts
3/ will want our forums to be successful

All of the above does not happen straight away, it may take a couple of weeks, a month or even several months before this happens, it all depends on the type of forum you are hosting and what you put into it.

Making too many categories, and sub forums to start with is also a mistake if you don't add enough posts, this just makes your forum look empty, to start with make no more than 6 categoies and sub forums, once your forum starts to get busy you can then add more and move posts about into the right place.

Once you have made the categories and sub forums make sure that you add something to each one, this needs to be something that will get a reply rather than a bit of information people read where a reply isn't essential.

If you don't make any new posts then others won't make any, this illustrates to your members that your expecting them to do all the work while you sit back and watch it happen.

Try and visit your forum regularly each day and respond to posts that have been made even if it just means using the thanks button, letting members know you appreciate their efforts will encourage them to continue making new posts.

Take a look at other forums that are similar to yours and see what gets replies and what members like but don't steal or copy what they have wrote as they may join your forum and tell others what you are up to.

This may sound an odd thing to do but I have done this several times and it works, create a couple of imaginary members to (1) reply to your posts, (2)make new posts from these users and you reply to them yourself, this will make it look as if you have members posting and will then encourage people to do the same.

To make an imaginary member or two go to the ACP > General > users registration settings > Allow e-mail address re-use: > yes .........(remember to change back to No once you have registered again) log out of the forum and register again using a different name, unless you tell anyone (which I wouldn't do) no one will know its you.:smile:

General Discussion / Is it just me
« on: August 08, 2011, 10:07:23 am »
Is it just me or do people start to annoy you ?

I'm going to stop banging my head as the wall seems to be winning.

phpBB3 Manuals and Guides / Support for your forum
« on: August 07, 2011, 04:50:34 am »
I would like to inform all forum admins new & old  that the only support or help you need for your forum can be found here.

Recently I mentioned an e-mail going around offering help on all phpbb forums, these e-mails where sent to people on free hosts such as this one which suggests it is a scam to get user information and e-mail address's.

A new support forum has now appeared which offers giving 12 months free help on the condition they are made admin of your forum......No phpbb support will ever ask of this !

Sites like this should be avoided


If you are reading this as a guest and own your forum I suggest using an official phpbb support forum that has built up a good reputation over time.

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