• Edit Boards
• Modifying The Template
• Modify Your YaBB Settings And Colors
From this menu you are able to edit "Categories". Categories are the
upper-level topics for a forum. For example, if you had a wide-ranging
site that offered information on "Sports", Cars" and "Music", these
would be the top-level Categories you'd create. Under each of these
categories you'd likely want to create hierarchal "sub-categories,"
or "Boards" for topics within each. Here's a small example:
- Sports -
- Baseball - A board under the category of "Sports"
- Football - A board under the category of "Sports"
Categories allow you to break down the board into broad topics ("Cars, Sports"), and the "Boards" under them are the actual topics under which members can post. In the above example, a user interested in Pinto's would post a message under "Cars->Pinto". Categories allow people to quickly find what their interests are: Instead of a "Store" you have "Hardware" and "Clothing" stores you can go to. This simplifies your search for "joint compound" because you can go to the Hardware Store "category" instead of the Clothing Store (where you're unlikely to find pipe joint compound).
In this menu you can create, reorder, or remove the boards under the
categories discussed above. It's a simple hierarchy, with this structure:
- ... etc ...
As noted above, a Board is a key topic underneath a broad category.
If you want to discuss "Pintos" you'd go to the "Auto" category and
jump into the "Pinto" board to post your thoughts in that board.
Administrative functions for this menu item are to create new boards under each category, to reorder them (put "Pinto" under "Chevy"), or to delete the board entirely.
This brings up a simple editor for the HTML of your template code. The "template" (in your "cgi-bin/yabb" directory, as you set it up), defines the look-and-feel for your pages. It is an HTML-only file. You can modify the template here, or use some other HTML editing software to edit template.html to put the look and feel of your site on your forum!
Modify Your YaBB Settings and Colors
This is one of the more "exciting" menu options. In here you are able
to set the following parameters:
- Check the box to disable the boards while you change/update your BB. Users will be rejected while in maintenance mode.
Language pack name
- English is default, select the other available languages you want to support
- Set this box to whatever you want to name your board.
- Set this to the URL for the BB. Ex: http://www.myboard.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl
Length for login cookies to last (in minutes & > 5)
- Set this for a default time for cookies to last, in minutes (e.g., 360=6 hrs)
Name - Username
- Default: "YaBBusername" This is simply the name of the cookie that will be stored on user's pc when they log in (and contains their username).
Name - Password
- Default: "YaBBpassword" This is simply the name of the cookie that will be stored on user's pc when they log in (and contains their password).
of Sendmail Program
- Directory of host "sendmail" program. Default is: /usr/sbin/sendmail
- The name of your SMTP server (email send server). Only valid if the following is set to use SMTP.
Mails using: sendmail | SMTP
- Set to "sendmail" if your host uses sendmail, or use SMTP if your host uses this protocol.
- Email address for the webmaster of the BB.
time between two postings from the same IP
- The time in seconds to delay repeated postings from one user/IP address.
- Default is "." This could also be the absolute server path to your YaBB folder (such as /usr/home/account/cgi-bin/yabb).
- Default is "./Messages". Contains messages sent from members in your YaBB board. Relative to YaBB default directory above.
- Default is "./Members". Contains the members for your YaBB board. Relative to YaBB default directory above.
- Default is "./Members". Contains the boards created for YaBB. Relative to YaBB default directory above.
- Default is "./Sources". Contains the source files for YaBB. Relative to YaBB default directory above.
- Default is "./Members". Contains all updates to the structure of YaBB (new members, new boards). Relative to YaBB default directory above.
- Default is: http://www.mysite.com/yabbimages/avatars. Set this to the URL you chose to place your avatar images. (I.e., replace "mysite.com" with your host name).
- This is an "absolute" or "relative". It is not a URL. Set it relative to your host directory (e.g., home/yabbimages/avatars)
- http://www.mysite.com/yabbimages. Again, set this to the directory you chose to set up "yabbimages", relative to your URL.
- The URL location of the help file. Default is: http://www.mysite.com/yabbhelp/index.html. Set this to the correct URL for your installation.
- ----- Note these colors are also reflected in the CSS tag of template.html (so change them to the SAME colors) -----
- The background color of the title text. This color is used mostly on table header text.
- The color of the title text.
- The background color of one of the two alternating "panels" in yabb. A usage example is when yo view messages, they are colored row by row. This is the first "row" or message. It is used throughout YaBB.
BG Color #2
- The background color of the second "row".
- The background color of category table rows on the Board Index and used in a few other places.
- This color is actually used as a table "background" color, but the way the tables are rendered, this makes border lines between table rows and columns be this color.
text menu instead of images?
- This option replaces graphics for certain menu items with text. E.g., the "Logoff" graphic is replaced by the more simple "Logoff" text string.
choose your Timeformat-Settings
- Set your preferred time-format settings
- This is the number of hours to add/subtract to make the time display in your local time. For example, if it is 8:52pm on your server (look at the displayed time on your board) and it is 7:52pm where you live, then set this number to -1. This will be for guests mainly, because users also have the option to set their own time offset.
of Top Posters
- Set this to allow users to display the "Top 'n'" users, the number of users who have most posted to this forum.
Per Page in Member List-All
- Set this to the maximum number of member names to display in each page.
Topics to Display
- Set this to display the maximum numer of "Topics" for each page.
Messages to Display
- Set this to display the maximum number of private messages to display
entries from user logs after XX days
- The user logs are files named username.log (where username is the name of one of your members). Each member has one of these files; it keeps track of what boards and messages they have visited and when. This is how *new* is determined for each user. Setting this number will clear their log after that many days, so that all posts and boards will show new for them (if they haven't visited that board/post for however many days you have set).
Allowed Characters in a Posts (required <= 5000)
- Set a limit on the size of a users post, in "characters".
Original Message in Replies?
- When a user replies to a thread, provide the option to include the original posters text for reference.
Bulletin Board Code?
- This is rarely ever turned off.... Setting this option to 0 will disable rendering YaBBC tags (such as [b] which creates bold.. etc.). It will affect ALL of YaBB, including Recent Posts, Search, Messages.. etc. All it does is leave the tags as text and not turn them into the code (if you turn this option OFF).
- If you wish to display news on your board via the "news fader" or the <yabb news> tag (in the template), this option must be turned on!
- Allow people who have not registered with the board to post comments.
- If this option is turned on, it will allow users to choose if they wish to be notified by email when a message has been replied to.
Latest Member on Board Index?
- Display the newest member to register on the Board Index.
Recent Posts Bar on BoardIndex?
- Show the most recentmember posts on the Board Index page
Members List Bar on BoardIndex?
- Show a link to display the Members of the board
Modification Date on Modified Posts?
- When users modify their posts, provide the option to display their modification time and date.
User Pics in Message View?
- Option to display members' profile pictures in the posts.
User Text in Message View?
- Option to display members' personal text in the posts.
Gender Image in Message View?
- Option to display the gender (male/female) image in the posts.
News Fader on Board Index?
- When users first logon, show the sequenced "news" items. See the Admin functions for explanations on "news" items.
Fader Title Color
- This is the News Fader Title color for the News Fader (if you have it turned on).
Fader News Color
- This is the News color for the News Fader (if you have it turned on).
to News Fader file (fader.js)
- Default is
- Path to UBBC file (ubbc.js)
Width (0 = disable limit)
- This sets a limit to the width of a user-supplied image. It is generally a good idea to ensure that user pictures are not overly large.
Height (0 = disable limit)
- This sets a limit to the height of a user-supplied image. It is generally a good idea to ensure that user pictures are not overly large.
To Describe The Limits
- Describe to your users what the limits are to their personal pics. e.g. Please use only gif images, your images will be resized.
to use it and what type of file-locking to use. This locks files
while they are being written to (for safety). The options are:
- No File-Locking - Use for systems that don't provide a file-locking mechanism.
- Unix/Linux File-Locking - Use for this OS.
- Windows File-Locking - Use for this OS.
- Whether to use it and what type of file-locking to use. This locks files while they are being written to (for safety). The options are:
- Lock EX:
- For advanced users. We suggest you leave this alone.
- Lock UN:
- For advanced users. We suggest you leave this alone.