Adding Forums

Log in to the Administration panel, click Management under Forum Admin in the navigation pane, and take a look at the screen. Chances are it resembles Figure 8-8.

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From this panel you can add, delete, edit, re-order and re-synchronise categories and forums

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When you installed phpBB, it created a sample category and forum for you. You can feel free to delete those if you wish. They were intended only as a brief demonstration that, in fact, your board works.

Since you know your board works, it's time to get started creating categories. At the very bottom of the form, you'll see a text box with a button next to it labeled Create new category. Fill the text box with the title of the category you wish to create. I'll call mine Forum Announcements, but feel free to call yours whatever you like. Click the Create new category button, and you will get a confirmation message, saying that the "forum and category information was updated successfully." Click the first link to return to the Forum Administration panel, and your categories list should now look something like Figure 8-9.

Figure 8-9. The Forum Administration panel, featuring the newly created category

If you don't like the position of your category, feel free to use the links to move it up and down. You can use the Edit link to change the title, or if you decide that you don't want that category, you can delete it.

At the end of each category, you see a text box with a Create new forum button next to it. As you've guessed, that's how you create a new forum within that category. Fill in the title of the forum you wish to create, and then click the Create new forum button. You'll see a form requesting additional information about the forum you wish to create, as shown in Figure 8-10.

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The form below will allow you to customize all the general board options. For User and Forum configurations use the related links on the left hand side

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Figure 8-10. The form for additional information about your new forum This form contains the following fields:

Forum name: This field is filled in for you. You gave the forum a name on the previous page, and that information is carried over to this page. If you decide that you don't like the name of your forum, you can change it at this point.

Description: You'll need to add a brief description of what the forum entails for your users.

Category: If you have second thoughts about which category you wish to put this forum in, you can change that in the Category drop-down menu.

Forum status: In most cases, you will wish to leave the forum unlocked, unless you are creating a forum for archival purposes that you don't want anyone posting in.

Auto-pruning: Leave auto-pruning, a feature that automatically removes dead topics on a schedule you specify, off for now, as this feature is far from ideal for fledgling boards.

Naturally, you can always return to this form and change any of these settings. Click the Create new forum button, and you'll see the familiar success screen. Return to the Forum Administration panel, and your new forum should appear in its proper category, as shown in Figure 8-11.

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Figure 8-11. Your new forum in all its glory

Figure 8-11. Your new forum in all its glory

The rest is pretty straightforward. Repeat these steps to add your forums until you are satisfied with your changes. Feel free to edit and delete at will. I recommend using the Preview Forum link in the navigation pane to see the changes from the user's perspective, as discussed shortly. Once you are satisfied with all your changes, you'll want to set permissions on your forums.

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