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Newbie Looking for Advice
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:43:12 pm »
support  Hello,
Firstly I must say, I am an absolute beginner when it comes to forums.  I'm aslo a computer dunce which doesn't help.eg:  I don't even know what an EZ portal is.   
 
I have taken advantage of the Create a Forum free for 45 days (I think it's 45days) in order to teach myself how to set up a forum.  Up until now I've been a member of a forum, but I am determined to set up my own.  I've looked at the Guide/Tudtorials section and I would be grateful if you could link me to a thread which may be able to assist me.
Also, whilst trying out various things, I wanted to see what happens when someone request a basic such as change username.  This message came up:
 
To change this member's username, the forum must also reset their password, which will be emailed to the member with their new username.

I understood that as meaning because I was the one who set up a test forum, the password I used to set up the test forum I then had to change.  Is that correct?  Do I have to do that everytime someone wants a username chage?  Also, the email sent to the person who wanted their username change included their IP no. Is that normal?

The other thing I should like to know and I hope you can help me, is the forum of which I am a member of uses SM2.  When I set up my test forum, the page I was given looks very much like the forum of which I am a member.  Does this mean I do not have to download SM2 and that it comes automatically with Create A Forum?  Or do I have to download SM2 separately?  Can I do it for the test forum in order to learn it.
 
I would apprecaite your assistance in this, but be warned I shall be asking a lot of questions.  support

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Re: Newbie Looking for Advice
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 11:15:19 pm »
It's ad-free for 45 days which means no advertisements on forums for 45 days. Your forum will forever as long as you or someone else continually post in it so that it's not considered inactive. EZPortal is simply a built-in feature that acts as a home page for your forum.
For changing a username, the user can alternatively change his/her display name which will be what people see and the username is what the user types to log in to his/her account. However if you still want to change the username, an administrator must change it for the user and then the forum will make a random password and email new details to the user's email address.
Sending the IP address is normal, it's actually done in case someone is trying to steal someone's elses account.
This service uses SMF 2.0 software and hosts your forum for you (and for free). No you do not have to download the SMF 2.0 software or even download anything at all.
And go ahead and ask all your questions, we'll gobble them up and spit out the answers :P
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Re: Newbie Looking for Advice
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 12:30:15 pm »
 
It's ad-free for 45 days which means no advertisements on forums for 45 days. Your forum will forever as long as you or someone else continually post in it so that it's not considered inactive.

That's great, so that means I only have to pay if I don't want the 'ad's' which I shan't after I have taught myself how to do it.

However if you still want to change the username, an administrator must change it for the user and then the forum will make a random password and email new details to the user's email address.
Does that mean, as I was the one to set up the Test forum and therefore the forum has MY password, I needn't have changed my password?

Sending the IP address is normal, it's actually done in case someone is trying to steal someone's elses account.
But was it the forums IP address which was sent?

This service uses SMF 2.0 software and hosts your forum for you (and for free). No you do not have to download the SMF 2.0 software or even download anything at all.
And go ahead and ask all your questions, we'll gobble them up and spit out the answerssupport
This is better than I thought.  In other words, I am already using the SMF 2.0 software so it's just a question of teaching myself how to use it.
Thank you. support

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Re: Newbie Looking for Advice
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2012, 05:05:10 pm »

It's ad-free for 45 days which means no advertisements on forums for 45 days. Your forum will forever as long as you or someone else continually post in it so that it's not considered inactive.

That's great, so that means I only have to pay if I don't want the 'ad's' which I shan't after I have taught myself how to do it.

Correct, there are also additional paid options as well such as removing the "Create your own free forum at CreateAForum.com" link at the bottom of your forum or stuff like a chatroom system. You can look at all of the paid options here: http://support.createaforum.com/upgrades.php

However if you still want to change the username, an administrator must change it for the user and then the forum will make a random password and email new details to the user's email address.
Does that mean, as I was the one to set up the Test forum and therefore the forum has MY password, I needn't have changed my password?
Sorry I don't think I understood that. If you're changing your username, the forum will email you a new password that you must use. The forum will not accept the old password after changing your username.

Sending the IP address is normal, it's actually done in case someone is trying to steal someone's elses account.
But was it the forums IP address which was sent?

I believe it's the IP address of the user trying to change the username.

This service uses SMF 2.0 software and hosts your forum for you (and for free). No you do not have to download the SMF 2.0 software or even download anything at all.
And go ahead and ask all your questions, we'll gobble them up and spit out the answerssupport
This is better than I thought.  In other words, I am already using the SMF 2.0 software so it's just a question of teaching myself how to use it.
Thank you. support

Exactly, plus when there's an update available, you don't have to do anything, the creator of this service updates everything for you.
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Re: Newbie Looking for Advice
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012, 07:50:58 pm »
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Sorry I don't think I understood that. If you're changing your username, the forum will email you a new password that you must use. The forum will not accept the old password after changing your username.

Oops!  Sorry.  The penny has finally dropped.  I did warn you I'm a computer illiterate. support

Sorry, I also have another question I would most like to ask  and this is the one which caused me to think if I could set up my own forum in the first place and it is this;

I got so ticked off with the divisions on the forum of which I am a member, I wondered if it is possible to keep them apart?

eg:  Say I was setting up a forum about music, and the Pro-Country Music fans and Anti-Country Music fans were continuously at loggerheads and I want to keep them apart, is it possible to create 2 boards.  1) Pro-Country & 2) Anti-Country?  If so how would I go about it?  I've already tweaked around with the Membergroups and that's not working unless of course I'm doing something wrong.

What I should like is to prevent one group of members posting in a boards which I would prefer them not to.  I thought this was what membergroups were for, but it isn't.  Unless of course once again I am doing something wrong. 

Can you please help?       

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Re: Newbie Looking for Advice
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2012, 09:10:53 pm »
You'll need to create a new board and set who can post in it.
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Re: Newbie Looking for Advice
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 10:57:35 pm »
I've worked out how to set up membergroups.  But how do I get rid of this?  http://s1049.photobucket.com/albums/s388/RMGallery/Queries/?action=view&current=portal.jpg  I know it has something to do with the ex portal.

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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 11:10:07 pm »
Configuation > Layout Settings > Theme Settings > Set "Number of recent posts to display on board index" to 0
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Re: Newbie Looking for Advice
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2012, 10:43:37 am »
xboi209  so very, very much.

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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2012, 12:47:34 pm »
Ooops sorry, back again. Look, please allow me to clarify once again,  although I have been a member of forums, I've never before attempted to set my own one up and I have made many errors. By the way, using the Create A Forum for free, I did previously did experiment with two others and I'm hoping that with no one posting on them they shall be eventually deleted that is unless I can delete them.
 Meanwhile this is the forum I'm keeping and I am almost there:
 http://s1049.photobucket.com/albums/s388/RMGallery/Queries/?action=view&current=forum1.jpg]Screenshot 1
 http://s1049.photobucket.com/albums/s388/RMGallery/Queries/?action=view&current=forum2.jpg]Screenshot 2.   It still needs tweaking, but I'm almost there.
 I've now become unstuck regarding the gallery. I've surfed this support forum and have taught myself how to download a gallery. I think I have it right: Gallery = Add a Category = Sub Category. Parent Category is the Tudors. Title, name of subject then the Gallery Icon url. Incidentally, I'm using my photobucket account. Hope that is alright?
 This is what it looks like: http://s1049.photobucket.com/albums/s388/RMGallery/Queries/?action=view&current=gallery1.jpg]Main Category
 http://s1049.photobucket.com/albums/s388/RMGallery/Queries/?action=view&current=Sub-groupgallery.jpg]then sub category:
 The object of this gallery is to enable members  to pick an avatar from the gallery if they so choose. However, the pics I've already downloaded are not showing up in the http://s1049.photobucket.com/albums/s388/RMGallery/Queries/?action=view&current=avatargallery.jpg]Avatar Gallery. Why is that?
 
The object of the gallery is not to have members add to it.
 
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Re: Newbie Looking for Advice
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2012, 05:56:52 pm »
I don't quite understand what is happenning now, but I cannot even upload an avatar to my profile whereas before I could.
This is one of the pics:   http://i1049.photobucket.com/albums/s388/RMGallery/My%20Faves/henry8afterholbein1.jpg, can't upload it to my profile and yet it is still viewable in the Gallery.  Why?  Please help.

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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2012, 07:38:53 pm »
 :)   Thank heavens, at least I managed to solve my profile pic problem.  So far  ::)  Fingers crossed.  ;D
 
Just the gallery to sort out.

 

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