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  1. I see... I'd still give it a go then, my site serves a pretty closed small community at this point so it shouldn't be a problem. I'll keep monitoring my cpanel though just in case. Thanks for the help, Rob!
  2. Same here. I wasn't aware that Mambo could be a resource hog and was in fact planning to start using it on my account here. Could anyone comment?
  3. Rob is right, for earlier version you can already set forum password and usergroups. What is new in the permission system v2.0 is the addition of permission masks and secondary user groups. Let's say we have 4 forums: Biology Physics Law Marketing We can set permission masks to correspond to access to the forums (i.e. Biology mask to give access to Biology forum, as so on.) So now we have 6 permission masks: Biology Mask Physics Mask Law Mask Marketing Mask I can then create some usergroups: Biology Usergroup (uses ONLY Biology Mask, access to Biology Forum) Physics Usergroup (uses ONLY Physics Mask, access to Physics Forum) Business Usergroup (uses BOTH Law Mask and Marketing Mask, giving access to both forums) I can also have multiple usergroups for a member, for example, John might be a Business (both law and marketing) student, but also takes Biology. So I'd set his Primary usergroup to Business and Secondary usergroup to Biology. If he takes Physics as well, I can add that as an additional Secondary usergroup too. Alternatively, I can just set his Primary usergroup, and apply the Biology and Physics permission mask to him as well. Having permission masks within usergroups allow you to finetune the form access better. Having multiple applicable permission masks or usergroups allow you to stack the access levels, allowing for greater forum access control. Bad thing is the price though. It's rather expensive IMO. You can own it for as long as you want if you buy the lifetime licence, but it costs $199. I can't be bothered with spending $275 for the copyright removal though. It's just a small text link anyway. Already quite a number of users are annoyed by the change in their policy, but I guess such things do happen sometimes in business. Can't expect everyone to be like TCH
  4. Guys, IPB 2.0 is no longer free, and a downloadable trial is no longer available for non-customers. There is a 15-day hosted trail on their servers though, I believe. 1) IPB 2.0 is already out, there's also an upgrade to v2.0.1 2) You can set it such that guests are not allowed to view your forums (thereby requiring them to register), you can also set the account validation to be "admin only", meaning only people you approve of will get access. 3) Forum access is controlled by means of usergroups and permission masks (you now can have primary and secondary usergroups and combine them as necessary to customize the level of access each user has) as well as forum specific password protection. 4) I chose IPB for the user permission system, ability for unlimited forums/categories and subforums, clean user interface as well as their lifetime license (lifetime support and upgrades)
  5. Thanks... So regarding the subdomain part... Any TCH techs here can answer that? Or is it that you can't create working sub-domains for the parked domain?
  6. Didn't post this under Pre-Sales 'cos I've been an extremely satisfied customer and part of the TCH family for almost 2 yrs now.. Anyway, was thinking of getting a second domain (shorter and easier to remember, but don't want to lose the existing one) to point to the same website. I've been reading the related posts in the forum, and with reference to this post, would like to verify some points: Assuming my existing domain is domain1.com, and the new domain2.com: 1) They would point to the same web site, and visitors will continue to see the domain they typed in, in the location bar in the browser? 2) www.domain1.com/testpage would show the same page as www.domain2.com/testpage? and thus 3) testpage.domain1.com will also work as testpage.domain2.com? and regarding email: 4) I read in the posts linked above, that emails created for the different domains, unlike the website itself, are separate; that is, john@domain1.com and john@domain2.com are 2 separate accounts, and therefore can be used separately? Hope the questions aren't too confusing. Thanks.
  7. From the Republic of Singapore... And today's our National Day! (gotta work nite shift though...) Yuck!
  8. Hmm... Mine are (in no particular order): Patch Adams Schindler's List The Green Mile The Wedding Singer X-Men Chicken Run
  9. Woohoo! Congratulations! Dance
  10. Thanks! I'll be checking back as soon as I could get my weekends off. Still waiting to find out what "15" was all about...
  11. Going to book into the Singapore Police Academy for my 6-month residential course in two day's time.. Going to miss being able to check into the forum every day to read up on the family.. Been here for more than half a year, love the place. Hope to be back during the weekends soon! TCH Rocks! Rock Sign
  12. Thumbs Up It just keeps getting better! Whoop-dee-doo! Thumbs Up Rock Sign
  13. Nice! Referrals from existing customers only come because you've got the best deal and the best services! Excellent job, TCH! Rock Sign
  14. Hmm.. I'd save it. Maybe you could find a bigger hard drive next time... It's fun to play one of those old games that only runs on Win98 every now and then... Many of them wouldn't run on my new "XP-only" machine...
  15. Neomail is quite okay. Horde is pretty good, extremely full featured. However, it may be slower loading (due to the extensive features provided probably) and only works on port 2095. SquirrelMail's the recommended alternative here. It is quite full-featured, and very easy to install and easy to use. I've installed it on my account but I don't like its user interface that much. (I'm fussy that way ) It should satisfy most people though. There are lots of people that can help you out on the forum if you need further help, give it a try!
  16. For me, I edited the .htaccess file found in my public_html (document root) directory. You could use CPanel's File Manager to access and edit the file. In CPanel, click on File Manager (near top of screen). In the File Manager, click on the picture of the folder beside "public_html". Now look for the ".htaccess" file. Click on the text link of it. On the right side of the screen, there should be some options listed. Click on "Edit File". In the editor area, you should be able to edit the content of the ".htaccess" file. Edit the ErrorDocument entries (if existing) to point to the respective *.PHP error pages, or add in new ones (if empty). When you're done, click on the "Save" button at the bottom of the screen. The file should look something like this: ErrorDocument 400 http://www.******/400.php ErrorDocument 401 http://www.******/401.php ErrorDocument 403 http://www.******/403.php ErrorDocument 404 http://www.******/404.php ErrorDocument 500 http://www.******/500.php Hope this helps. You might want to take note that it might not be the best idea to use PHP for error pages, especially just in case for some strange reason PHP fails, LOL~ Even though I use them myself, for technical reasons, simple standard HTML error pages might be better.
  17. I think its possible, my website uses PHP files for error pages. I simple edited the htaccess file to point to my php files instead of the shtml ones. I experimented with the files because I wanted my error pages to have a consistent look with the rest of the site (same layout, color scheme, etc.), and the best way to do it was to use PHP includes like the rest of my pages. Strangely, however, I haven't been able to get the error 401 one to work. The other errors seems to work alright though.
  18. I second that! With my ASP based project in school, I spent much of my time error hunting. With PHP, on the other hand, I was spending much more time designing and coding custom features.
  19. I borrowed a book from the library... I think it was called "Beginning PHP" from Wrox or something. I also frequented PHP.net, mainly for the helpful users comments. I downloaded the PHP manual in the *.CHM (HTMLHelp) format for handy reference. Downloading and examining other developer's opensource code is also a great way to learn. Last but not least, Practise! Practise! Practise!
  20. PHP, Hands Down! I tinkered with ASP as part of my IT Diploma course, and in the 6 months of effort I put into it I found ASP unnecessarily complicated at times, and much harder to pick up. On the other hand, I managed to pick up the basics of PHP in only a few days, learnt a whole lot more in two weeks, and all that from a single book borrowed from the local library. The open-source nature of PHP also means there are lots of external scripts I could use, look through and learn from. As far as I have experienced, the overall PHP communities are often more friendly and helpful compared to ASP ones. ASP, MS SQL and Windows Server OSes also lose out in the cost section. Linux, Apache, PHP and MySQL are free and easily available. Just my two cents. Oh P.S. I'm NOT a Microsoft hater too... I actually prefer Window's (interface!) over Linux most of the time...
  21. Heh... that's strange... may be just my account then. It forwarded every email I sent from my script to the Junk folder even though I didn't set up any spam filtering...
  22. surefire: just to check with you, when you used PHP's mail() function, did you specify a valid "From:" address in the parameters? My website has a simple RSVP system that I wrote from scratch, and I tested it to send RSVPs to multiple email accounts that I had, one of which was a Hotmail account. At first I too couldn't find the RSVP when I logged in. But then I found that Hotmail has routed it to the "Junk" folder straight away. Adding a valid "From:" address in my scripts cleared up the problem. Now the RSVPs goes to my Hotmail Inbox folder without fail.
  23. For me that is one of the reasons TotalChoice is my preferred web host. As a site administrator I constantly try to upgrade myself and learn more about available technologies. Having switched hosts for many times over the years, I learnt that sometimes we may not yet know about the usefulness of a certain feature, and so do not look for it in a host. But when it is made available to us (even when we did not require it), we will be able to experiment, learn about and eventually put to use the new skill learnt. TCH Rocks
  24. I don't use your tutorials myself, since I've already progressed past the basic stage, but I think you're doing a fine job here! It's always nice to see example codes that we can relate to practical and common usage. These code snippets would have been useful for people who are new to PHP. Thanks, surefire!
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