thompsone, thank you. I actually have both portals installed. Unreal is just the visible one right now. When I get home tonight I intend on trying the what Mike John suggested. I basically want a forum topic to display as the news rather than latest posts. If anything, I apologize to everyone as you can imagine I'm simply frustrated that IPB doesn't come up with a home page solution. I even went as far as purchasing IP Content and completely gave up afterwards. Anyway, thanks again guys. -MT
Mike thanks for your response, I might give it a try. To be honest I think myself and many users out there are looking for a simple solution in terms of an all in one type of package for a home page. I feel that if you were to develop one it would be a huge break through for many users out there and speaking for myself I wouldn't mind paying for something that is supported by an active author and works great. Ultimately, it would be nice to have a portal with a news system built within it and have the ability to easily add custom blocks based on what the user needs. I mean not just pull from the IPB software itself but like include social icons, youtube videos, graphics, etc to make a home page complete and customizable. When it comes to blocks, a lot of people do not know how to code. I myself have a hard time.
I really hate to do this however to give you a better idea check out the Unreal Portal. It seems to suit my needs better for the most part in terms of a portal and news system together. However going by what I see, I wish it had better support with a more active author such as yourself. What I like and makes it easy for users for example with the unreal portal it has the ability to position the layout using graphical blocks and arrows. I guess what I'm trying to say is if we can simplify the process for users then it would be a great tool and more would use it. In addition, I feel that your portal/news system has elments that I wish the unreal portal had such as the social media icons at the bottom on each news post.
I am more than willing to continue sharing ideas and help out in any way that I can if it will ultimately result in a one package home page solution.
Thanks again for your time and efforts, it is greatly appreciated.
Hi, I hope someone can help me, I'm not an IPB Pro but can find my way around. I purchased IP Content and gave up. I'm inlove with the portal and the ability to select the customized blocks, very simple. I found out about the portal after purchasing the news system that Mike John developed. To be honest, my original intentions of the news system was both something along the lines of the portal and news system. I basically need a home page and the portal seems to do just that from what I can see. Here is what I'm hoping to ultimately achieve...
In short, topics created in a specifc category/forum to be posted as news. Post/replies to the topic to be added as a comments button.
Rather than displaying every recent post/topic. Could I establish a designated category/topic in the forum, i.e. News and have those new topics display on the portal? I would have used the news system however I can't seem to wrap my head of how moderators or designated members would be able to post news without providing them admin access. I'm hoping to instead achieve this using the portal or if possible somehow combine the two?
Greatly appreciate any help, thanks in advance.
My test site... www.fightersevolution.com/forumstest
Doesn't seem that way, the app works now properly, thanks guys.
However, I encountered one minor problem or question rather. For some reason I can't seem to position the blocks anyway I desire, any suggestions? For example, "Recent Topics" is always below the custom block. When I toggle the setting to set it below, it does nothing and remains on top of all blocks. Any suggestions?
Ok, I have my test forum up now and tried uploading the plugin again. It returned with the following error that's listed below. All I did was upload the admin folder. The strange part is that if I go to applications, I see it there and can install it. The last time I did that, it crashed my board. Please advise, thank you.
Hey Eric, I hope you can help. It looks as though after installing the plugin it crashed my board with a driver error.
During the upload it appears to have not uploaded the xml files based off what I found when I reviewed FTP logs. The strange part and why I had proceeded with the install was because I did see the plugin within the applications portion in the admin panel. I proceeded with the install until it came up with the driver error.
My mistake, I didn't backup the directory nor the database.
Please advise, I'm running version 3.3.4 using Max Skin v9.
I was also wondering if you could help me with this... I've been trying to scale down an image I would like to use for "t_unread.png" and "t_read.png" However, it won't work so I'm wondering if I could make so the picture is within the grid / box? Again, thank you for all your help.