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Posted 22 September 2003 - 07:33 AM

Here at TotalChoice Web Hosting you are given the option to install Invision Power Board
right from your cPanel! All you need to do is login to your cPanel,
go to "Addon Scripts" under CGI-Scripts.
From there you should see the Invision Power Board logo.
Click the link, set your defaults and you're set!

One of our board moderators, TCH-Don, has been kind enough to give us a few pointers
on how to modify your new web hosting boards!

We Will Cover Here:
  • Modify your Invision Power Board Logo
  • Change Forum Logo to a Text Link in Invision Power Board
  • Add to the Upper-Right Forum Menu after 'Help'
  • Check List for Allowing Fourm Uploads for Invision Power Board
  • To Allow Users to Use More Avatars, in Invision Power Board
  • Change the background color of your Invision Power Board
  • To access your forum by IP address, including admin before domain propagation
Modify your Invision Power Board Logo

right click your board logo, select properties to see the path to the 'logo.jpg'
replace it with yours, keeping it the same height.
connect to your site with ftp or cpanels filemanager
navagate to the folder you see when right clicking the logo.
Copy your logo from your computer to that folder
to replace the original logo using the same name 'logo.jpg' or logo.gif.



to change the logo to a link,

first change permissions for
/Skin/s1/skin_global.php
CHMOD to 0777 via FTP or filemanager.
IBF cannot do this for you.

log into your admin CP
goto skins and templates
manage HTML templates
manage HTML
global HTML elements
select Board Header (logo, links, etc) > edit
about 14 lines down you will find the place to modify.
look for
img src='{ibf.vars.img_url}/logo.jpg'

this is what you can change it to.

<td align='left'>
<a href='http://mysite.com/' target="_top" title='Back To My Site'>
<img src='{ibf.vars.img_url}/logo.jpg' border='0'></a>
</td>

then select update in your admin CP
at the bottom of the window

then with ftp again,
CHMOD
/Skin/s1/skin_global.php
back to 644

Change Forum Logo to a Text Link in Invision Power Board

To change the forum logo to a large text link in Invision Power Board:

first change permissions for
/Skin/s1/skin_global.php on your site.
CHMOD to 0777 via FTP.
IBF cannot do this for you.

Then log into your admin control panel
goto skins and templates
manage html templates
manage html
global html elements
select Board Header (logo, links, etc) > edit
look for
<a href='{ibf.script_url}' title='Board Home'>
<img src='{ibf.vars.img_url}/logo.jpg' alt='Home' border='0'></a>

down a few lines.

make your changes like below,
then update in your admin control panel
at the bottom of the window



<!-- global html -->
<script language='JavaScript'>
<!--
function buddy_pop()
{
window.open('index.{ibf.vars.php_ext}?act=buddy&s={ibf.session_id}','BrowserBuddy','width=200,height=450,
resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes');
}
//-->
</script>
<table width='<{tbl_width}>' border='0' align='center'
cellpadding='0' cellspacing='1' bgcolor='<{tbl_border}>'>
<tr>
<td align='left'>

<table width='100%' border='0' cellspacing='0' cellpadding='0' background='{ibf.vars.img_url}/header_tile.gif'>

<tr>

<td align='left'>

<!-- new board header -->

<A HREF='{ibf.script_url}'>
<FONT FACE="Times New Roman, Times, Serif" SIZE="+3" COLOR="#000000">
<B>My Forum</B></FONT></A>

<!-- end new board header -->

<!-- original board header you may delete this part if you wish or comment it out -->
<!--

<a href='{ibf.script_url}' title='Board Home'>
<img src='{ibf.vars.img_url}/logo.jpg' alt='Home' border='0'></a>

-->
<!-- end original board header -->


</td>

Add to the Upper-Right Forum Menu after 'Help'

To add your own menu item to the upper right forum menu before 'help'

first change permissions for
/Skin/s1/skin_global.php on your site,
CHMOD to 0777 via FTP.
IBF cannot do this for you.


log into your admin CP
goto skins and templates
manage html templates
manage html
global html elements

select
Board Header (logo, links, etc) ver 1.1
or
+--Navigation End (ver 1.1.2)

then edit


find the area for the navagation for
help |search | members ......
to add a menu item


</td>
<td align='right' valign='middle' nowrap>
<table cellpadding='5' cellspacing='0' border='0' style='border:1px solid <{tbl_border}>' class='row2'>
<tr>
<td nowrap>

<!-- new section -->
<A HREF="http://mysite.com/" TARGET="_self">home</A>
<span style='color:<{tbl_border}>'>|</span>

<!-- end new section -->

<a href='{ibf.script_url}&act=Help'>{ibf.lang.tb_help}</a>
<span style='color:<{tbl_border}>'>|</span> <a href='{ibf.script_url}&act=Search&f={$ibforums->input['f']}'>{ibf.lang.tb_search}</a>
<span style='color:<{tbl_border}>'>|</span> <a href='{ibf.script_url}&act=Members'>{ibf.lang.tb_mlist}</a>
<span style='color:<{tbl_border}>'>|</span> <a href='{ibf.script_url}&act=calendar'>{ibf.lang.tb_calendar}</a>
<!--IBF.CHATLINK-->

</td>
</tr>
</table>


then update in your admin control panel
at the bottom of the window

then with ftp again,
CHMOD
/Skin/s1/skin_global.php
back to 644

Check List for Allowing Fourm Uploads for Invision Power Board

if you have trouble uploading users avatars or posting images:

in your admin control panel, check:

Board settings > Security and Privacy > Allow images to be posted? YES


forum control, edit permissions for each forum, allow upload checked.


users and groups > manage user groups >
edit group, Max upload file size (in KB)= reasonable size
(disable this groups upload by entering 0 into this field.
This will turn off the multi-part form the uploads use. )
(default is 0, I use 100 )


users and groups > manage user groups >
edit forum access, allow upload for each forum.

with ftp, Folder Uploads permissions set to 777

To Allow Users to Use More Avatars, in Invision Power Board

Older forum 1.1
goto your forum/images/avatars folder
and create a folder gallery/
inside of gallery create a folder for each type of avatar
such as smiles/ or animals/
change permissions of each folder you create to 755

newer forum 1.1.2
goto forum/html/avatars/
change permissions of folder to 755

now upload your avatars to the folder.
now when your user selects edit avatar settings in their CP
and selects Pre-installed avatars,
they will see all the uploaded avatars in all the folders you created.

Change the background color of your Invision Power Board

In your admin control panel,
goto skins, select Manage Board Wrappers,
and you will see

<html> <head> <title> <% TITLE %> </title> <% GENERATOR %> <% CSS %> <% JAVASCRIPT %> </head>
<body bgcolor='#FFFFFF' leftmargin="0" topmargin="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" alink='#000000' vlink='#000000'>
<% BOARD HEADER %><% NAVIGATION %><% BOARD %><% STATS %><% COPYRIGHT %></body></html>


change bgcolor='#FFFFFF' to your color value

and update by selecting edit wrapper at the bottom of the page.



To access your forum by IP address, including admin before domain propagation

copy conf_global.php from your forum folder to your computer.
save on your computer twice
once as conf_global.php
and the second as conf_global.php_original

in the conf_global.php
replace http://www.domain.com/
with http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xx/~user/ get the ip from your welcome e-mail



examples

// line 27
// original version $INFO['board_url'] = 'http://www.domain.com/forum';
$INFO['board_url'] = 'http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xx/~user/forum';

// line 68
// original version $INFO['html_url'] = 'http://www.domain.com/forum/html';
$INFO['html_url'] = 'http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xx/~user/forum/html';

// line 130
// original version $INFO['upload_url'] = 'http://www.domain.com/forum/uploads';
$INFO['upload_url'] = 'http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xx/~user/forum/uploads';

After propagation
copy the conf_global.php_original back to your forum folder as conf_global.php

Edited by TCH-Don, 02 June 2006 - 04:47 PM.





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