Building Online Communities with phpBB


Building Online Communities with phpBB
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  • Simple, practical steps to build and customize your own phpBB-powered online community
  • Learn from experienced phpBB administrators and enthusiasts to get the most from phpBB
  • Full coverage of powerful features including customization, administration and developing your own modifications

 

Chapter 4 - Customizing Your Forum

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 360 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : May 2005
ISBN : 1904811132
ISBN 13 : 9781904811138
Author(s) : Jeremy Rogers, Mike Lothar, Stoyan Stefanov
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Free eBooks, Open Source
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Jeremy Rogers

Jeremy Rogers has been developing web-based applications in PHP and other languages for a little more than six years. Shortly after discovering phpBB in early 2002 and deploying it on a video-game website, he began tinkering with and learning about the internal workings of the software. Since then, he has authored dozens of expansions and tutorials related to phpBB.

Jeremy currently serves the phpBB community as a phpBBHacks.com Support Team member, a capacity in which he has answered thousands of questions regarding the software, its applications, and related topics.


Mike Lothar

Mike Lothar has been around as a web designer for several years, both as a freelance artist working for some of the major Danish advertising companies, and as a co-founder of an independent web company. His interest in phpBB and its templates came fairly late. At the time of this book's release, his templates had gained a wide recognition, used by a variety of sites ranging from those of US presidential candidates to those of artists and bands.

Mike supports modification and personalization of phpBB skins at his community forum, http://www.mikelothar.com.


Stoyan Stefanov

Stoyan Stefanov is a Facebook engineer, author, and speaker. He talks regularly about web development topics at conferences and his blog www.phpied.com, and also runs a number of other sites, including JSPatterns.com—a site dedicated to exploring JavaScript patterns. Previously at Yahoo!, Stoyan was the architect of YSlow 2.0 and creator of the image optimization tool Smush.it.

A "citizen of the world", Stoyan was born and raised in Bulgaria, but is also a Canadian citizen, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. In his offline moments, he enjoys playing the guitar, taking flying lessons, and spending time at the Santa Monica beaches with his family.

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What you will learn from this book

This book will give you the skills to setup your own phpBB-powered discussion forum and online community. You will learn how to create, customize, and manage your own phpBB-powered community.

  • Install and configure phpBB
  • Learn the basics of working with phpBB forums
  • Manage topics, postings, smilies and users
  • Understand phpBB themes and styles
  • Customize the look of your phpBB site
  • Master forum permissions to protect your community
  • Create a phpBB theme from scratch
  • Creating a phpBB modification
  • Packaging and making your modification available to others
  • Custom programming of phpBB

 

In Detail

phpBB is a free, open source Internet community application, with outstanding discussion forums and membership management. Written in the PHP scripting language, and making use of the popular MySQL database, phpBB is a standard among web hosting companies throughout the world, and is one of the most widely-used bulletin board packages in the world. phpBB short-circuits the need for you to be a web development master in order to create and manage massive online communities.
phpBB handles sites of all sizes, the largest known phpBB-powered site on the Internet handles over 1.5 million members and has 191 million posts to the forums!
The book begins with the initial installation and configuration of phpBB on your system, with troubleshooting tips to help you through. You will then go on a tour of phpBB and its features, stepping you through the basic tasks, growing your understanding and familiarizing you with the power of phpBB.
Everybody wants their community to look special, and customizing your forum is the next stop in the book. Beginning with a detailed rundown of styles and themes, you will then see how to customize your forum by first modifying existing styles, adding new elements, and even creating a new style from scratch.
The book then goes onto cover further administration of your community, creating hacks or "modifications" for phpBB, custom PHP programming with phpBB, and reference appendices with more phpBB resources, the phpBB file and directory structure, guides to the BBCode and permission systems, and the phpBB database structure round off this book.

This book gives you the power to use phpBB to set up and run your own online discussion forums with ease, and develop your own Internet community. It takes you through the whole process of setting up your phpBB site, and helps you create, customize and manage your own online community with phpBB. Written by experienced phpBB administrators and enthusiasts, the emphasis is on simple, and practical guidance for you to get the most from phpBB.

Sample Chapter: Read Part 1 from Chapter 4 "Customizing Your Forum"
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Approach

This book takes a practical, hands-on approach to phpBB. Packed with sections stepping you through tasks, this book is the ideal guide to learning phpBB. Reference appendices make this a really comprehensive source.

Who this book is for

This book is written by phpBB enthusiasts for new and intermediate users. It's ideal if you are just starting with online communities and want a powerful and free tool, or if you've already started with phpBB and want to take it further. Anyone with a basic knowledge of HTML and a willingness to learn about phpBB will benefit from this book.

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