Configure, manage and maintain a copy of Invision Power Board 2 on your own website to power an online discussion forum
Get your own forum up and running quickly
Extensive coverage of the Administration Control Panel to put you on the right track for managing your board
Learn the secrets of a successful forum from other forum administrators
In Detail Technology
Written specifically to allow you to create a discussion forum, Invision Power Board (IPB) 2, provides all of the tools, features and functionality for you to set up and develop a vibrant community. Because it specializes in this one aspect of your website, all the features are geared towards this goal, and you can leave the improvement and additions to the Invision Power Services developers while you get on with managing the rest of your website.
If you are either already running a community forum based on Invision Power Board, or are planning on establishing one, then this is the book for you. This book will guide you through installing, configuring, managing and maintaining an Invision Power Board discussion forum on your own website.
The book begins with the initial installation and configuration of IPB on your system. You will then go on a tour of IPB and its features, for both users and administrators. This will grow your understanding and familiarise you with the power and possibilities of IPB.
IPB's Administration Control Panel is where you can control every aspect of your board. From users, forums and word filters to skins, templates and maintenance, everything can be done through the web-based control panel. The book devotes significant sections to covering these, getting you up to speed on the options available to you, and offering advice to help you make the right choices with your board administration.
To make your forums stand out from the rest, we cover skins and templates to take your first steps in customising your forum.
What you will learn from this book
How to Install and configure IPB
Learn the basics of working with IPB forums
Find your way round the Administration Control Panel
Create and manage forums and permissions
Maintain users and user groups
Get to grips with IPB skins to customize your site
Discover under-explored features such as the IPB post office, subscriptions, and filters
Learn from other administrators the secrets of making a successful forum
Approach This book is a fast-paced guide to the most important features of Invision Power Board, and how to make best use of these features to power your forum.
Who this book is written for This book is written for new and intermediate users of Invision Power Board, who want to manage and maintain an Invision Power Board discussion forum as easily as possible. No experience of web programming is required.
Author(s) David Mytton
David is a young web developer based in the UK. Although he spends much of his time programming for the web, he is also a keen writer having written articles for web development resource SitePoint.com and International PHP Magazine, as well as his own website. These articles have also included interviews of famous personalities such as Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski (PHP architects & Zend Founders), Matthew Mecham (Invision Power Services CEO & Lead Developer) and Nick Lindridge (ionCube Founder). In-between running his software development company, Olate Ltd (www.olate.co.uk), he enjoys scuba diving and fencing.