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Invision Power Board 2: A User Guide

David Mytton

Configure, manage and maintain a copy of Invision Power Board 2 on your own website to power an online discussion forum
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811381
Paperback192 pages

About This Book

  • Get your own forum up and running quickly
  • Extensive coverage of the Administration Control Panel to put you on the right track for managing your board
  • Learn the secrets of a successful forum from other forum administrators

Who This Book Is For

This book is written for new and intermediate users of Invision Power Board, who want to manage and maintain an Invision Power Board discussion forum as easily as possible. No experience of web programming is required.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Invision Power Board
What Is Invision Power Board?
What is New in IPB2?
The IPB Advantage
Example Websites
Chapter 2: Installation and Configuration
Minimum Requirements
Purchasing and the Client Area
Other Downloads
Chapter 3: Tour: User Front End
The Index Page
Viewing Forums
Creating a New Topic
Add Reply
User Control Panel/My Controls
Private Messaging
Chapter 4: Administration Panel Tour: Settings
Admin CP
System Settings
Chapter 5: Admin Panel Tour: Forum Control
New Forum
Manage Forums
Permission Masks
Chapter 6: Admin Panel Tour: Users, Groups & Other Features
Users and Groups
The Post Office
Chapter 7: Forum Maintenance and Administration
Hints and Tips
Chapter 8: Skins and Templates
Common Tasks
Skin Manager
Skin Tools
Search and Replace
Skin Import/Export
Chapter 9: First Steps A Guide
Initial Configuration
User Groups
Skins and Templates
Other Modifications
Managing Your Forum

What You Will Learn

  • How to Install and configure IPB
  • Learn the basics of working with IPB forums
  • Find your way round the Administration Control Panel
  • Create and manage forums and permissions
  • Maintain users and user groups
  • Get to grips with IPB skins to customize your site
  • Discover under-explored features such as the IPB post office, subscriptions, and filters
  • Learn from other administrators the secrets of making a successful forum


In Detail

Written specifically to allow you to create a discussion forum, Invision Power Board (IPB) 2, provides all of the tools, features and functionality for you to set up and develop a vibrant community. Because it specializes in this one aspect of your website, all the features are geared towards this goal, and you can leave the improvement and additions to the Invision Power Services developers while you get on with managing the rest of your website.

If you are either already running a community forum based on Invision Power Board, or are planning on establishing one, then this is the book for you. This book will guide you through installing, configuring, managing and maintaining an Invision Power Board discussion forum on your own website.

The book begins with the initial installation and configuration of IPB on your system. You will then go on a tour of IPB and its features, for both users and administrators. This will grow your understanding and familiarise you with the power and possibilities of IPB.

IPB's Administration Control Panel is where you can control every aspect of your board. From users, forums and word filters to skins, templates and maintenance, everything can be done through the web-based control panel. The book devotes significant sections to covering these, getting you up to speed on the options available to you, and offering advice to help you make the right choices with your board administration.

To make your forums stand out from the rest, we cover skins and templates to take your first steps in customising your forum.


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