Tutorial

Forum Admin Area

The Discussion Forum area of your site allows for commnication between your members. The Discussion area can be broken down into specific conferences which can contain forums of like subjects or topics. 

For example, a conference called 'Red' could contain forums called 'Apples' (Discuss everything about apples), 'Firetrucks' (Discuss everthing about firetrucks), and 'Bricks' (Discuss everything about bricks). A second Conference might be called 'Yellow' and can include forums about 'Suns', 'Bananas' and 'Golden Straw'.

 

Click on each tab for intructions.

Discussion Forum Admin

Click on each section to expand for an overview of the Discussion Forum Admin area

1. Under 'Discussion Forums' choose 'Edit Forums'
Edit Forum

Under 'Discussion Forums' choose 'Edit Forums'

 
2. The menu to manage the forum and its settings can be found on the left side.

The menu to manage the forum and its settings can be found on the left side.

 
3. The top three otions help you to navigate to other parts of the site.

The top three otions help you to navigate to other parts of the site.

(1) Forum Home - clicking this will redirect you to the forum home page

(2) Admin Home- clicking will take you to the main forum admin page

(3) MG Control Panel - clicking will take you to the main control panel on your site

4. Under 'General Settings' the 'Settings' option allows you to manage the overall settings of the forum.

Under 'General Settings' the 'Settings' option allows you to manage the overall settings of the forum. You can enable forum suggestions, allow avatars, connect the Member Profiles to their forum accounts, set colors for suggestion etc.

5. Choose the look and feel of the forum using the 'Theme Settings' option.

In 'Settings' --> if the theme is set to 'MemberGate', a new option will appear under 'General Settings' called 'Theme Settings'. This allows you to set custom colors for your forum.

6. Under 'General Settings' the 'Forum Points' option allows you to manage the forum points.

Under 'General Settings' the 'Forum Points' option allows you to manage the forum points. Points can be awarded to members when posting among other ways.

7. Settings Under Forum 'Administration'

 

Under Forum 'Administration':

 (1) Conferences - set up and manage conferences

 (2) Forums - set up and manage Forums

 (3) Threads - manage specific threads (delete, edit etc)

 (4) Messages - manage specific messages  (delete or edit)

 
8. Under 'Users' you can manage 'Forum Notifications'

Under 'Users' you can manage 'Forum Notifications'

9. Under 'Reporting' there are reports so you can see various reported stats on the forum use

Under 'Reporting' there are reports so you can see various reported stats on the forum use

 

Conferences Versus Forums

How to Add a Conference

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1. Under 'Discussion Forums' choose 'Edit Forums'
Edit Forum

Under 'Discussion Forums' choose 'Edit Forums'

 
2. From the side menu under 'Forum Administration' choose 'Conferences'

From the side menu under 'Forum Administration' choose 'Conferences'

 
3. Choose 'Add Conference'

Choose 'Add Conference'

 
4. Fill in the name of the conference, the description, and the conference empty message message (optional).

Fill in the name of the conference, the description, and the conference empty message message (optional). Set the 'active box' to yes. Press the 'save' button.

How to Add a Forum

Click on each section to expand further details

1. Under 'Discussion Forums' choose 'Edit Forums'
Edit Forum

Under 'Discussion Forums' choose 'Edit Forums'

 
2. From the side menu under 'Forum Administration' choose 'Forums'

 From the side menu under 'Forum Administration' choose 'Forums'

 
3. Choose 'Add Forum'

Choose 'Add Forum'

 
4. Fill Out the boxes

Forum Name: This is the name of the forum
Conference: Choose which conference this forum will be displayed under on the forum page
Description: Use keywords to describe the topic of conversation for this forum.
Forum Rules: Describe the type of behavior expected when using this forum. These rules can be seen on the main forum page.
Read Only: Set the posting ability. No: all members that have access to that forum can post in the forum. Yes:  only forum admin and moderators can post in the forum. Members who have access to the forum would only be able to read what the admin or moderator has posted. They would not be able to respond.
Active: Yes: forum will be live No: Forum will not show
Forum Access: Set the restrictive access based on member plan. Choose the plans from the box who should have access to this forum. Select multiple plans by pressing the ctrl key.