Composr Supplementary: Setting Up a New Composr Forum
Written by Steve Jarvis, Sponsored by Arvixe hosting
Composr forums include many of the common forum features found within other well-known forum systems such as phpBB, SMF and vBulletin. Like most forums, Composr forums utilise a tree structure. A huge benefit of Composr's forum is the complete integrated nature of the forum and the main website software.
Unlike many other forums or CMS which can either have a content management system- like software tacked on, or a forum module added to the main CMS, you can be sure that both CMS and Forum seamlessly flows from one to the other on a Composr website. Composr forums have a comprehensive set of options.
This is a 'how to' tutorial for some of the most common forum administration tasks.
Adding a new forum category ("grouping")
To add a new forum, navigate your way to the forum admin screen which can be found at Admin Zone > Structure > Forums. From here click "Add forum grouping" and fill in the online form which includes the name of the grouping and a description. You can also choose whether the grouping is expanded by default. Once you have added the grouping, the software will take you to a follow-up admin screen comprising of many of the most common tasks such as adding a new forum to your new grouping.
Adding a new forumYou can add a new forum from Admin Zone > Structure > Forums > Add forum. The Add new forum form is split into three sections. There is a general section which you need to complete, an advanced section and a permissions section.
The General section includes options such as the Name of the forum and a description. You also need to choose in which grouping the forum will appear, and if the forum is a sub-forum of another forum you have already created. If the forum is not a sub-forum choose the "Forum home" as the parent.
The Advanced section can be left unedited or you can edit this section as required. The advanced section includes options to:
- Turn off the normal incremental adding to the users post count in this section
- Make the sub-forums order alphabetically if you do not want to do this manually
- Set an introduction question and answer to make sure the user has read the forum rules
- Choose how the topics are ordered and whether you want to use a tree structure to the topics
The Permissions section allows you to give various usergroups different permissions within this forum such as making member of a usergroup a moderator of this forum. By default this will use the standard forum permissions set.
Once this is complete you can click on the "Add forum" button.
Re-ordering your forumsTo re-order your forums, go to Admin Zone > Structure > Forums > Edit forum. From here you can access the edit screen for each forum and also re-order your forum groups and individual forums.
To re-order the grouping so a new grouping appears at the top, you can change the numbers which appear on the blue bar next to each forum grouping name. To re-order the forums within a grouping, simply change the numbers in the drop-downs as required next to each forum that you want to re-order.
Once you have the forums ordered as you like click "Re-order forums".
Performing basic moderation tasks
- Pinning or unpinning the topics
- Marking topics read or unread
- Moving or deleting topics
- Opening and closing topics
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