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IP.Board v3.1 Getting Started - Front End

Welcome to IP.Board! Whether you've installed the software yourself, or had it installed for you by our Support Department, the screen below is typical of what you'll see when you log in for the first time as the System Administrator, or “Admin”. This section will give you an overview of how IP.Board looks and works. The numbered tags will be briefly explained in order, and give you a good starting point from which to begin exploring your Community in detail. IP.Board has two main parts. The front end (or Main Index Page) below, which your Community members will see, and the Administrator Control Panel (or Admin CP), used by the Administrators and assigned Moderators to perform system administrative tasks. The Main Index Page is accessed by entering your community's URL in your browser, for example http://www.my-domain.com/forum , with the Admin CP in this example accessed by entering http://www.my-domain.com/forum/admin .

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After logging in with the Administrator name and password you created, or had supplied to you via a Support ticket, the screenshot above is what you'll first see.

[doctitle](1) Moderator Controls[/doctitle]
These are at the top left, usable by both Admins and Moderators. These links lead to the IP Lookup tools, Announcements tools, and the Report Center.

[doctitle](2) Admin Control Panel (Admin CP)[/doctitle]
By default this link opens in the same browser tab as the Main Index Page. But if you wish to open it in another tab of your browser, simply hold down the Control key as you left-click on it. Full documentation for the Admin CP is found in another section.

[doctitle](3) User Controls[/doctitle]
With these you can adjust all personal preferences for your member account. Also in the same area are links to Logout of your community and to access the Help sections of the software, as well as the Notifications menu. There are many options you can set with the User Controls.

[doctitle](4) Search Bar[/doctitle]
Underneath the User Controls is the Search Bar, used to find content within your community.

[doctitle](5) View New Content[/doctitle]
This feature will give you a list of all new content since your last visit. Clicking the linked phrase will produce a list of that content, with newest content at the top.

[doctitle](6) Sidebar and Hooks[/doctitle] is explained in detail in another section, but are basically “information windows” that allow you to add additional features to your community.

[doctitle](7) Navigation Tabs[/doctitle]
The Navigation Tabs are the controls that will be most-often used by you and your Members as they explore your Community.
Forums Tab The Forums tab opens the example page above, if you're in another section of the Board.
Members Tab The Members tab opens the Members list, and allows you to search it.
Calendar Tab The Calendar Tab opens the Community Calendar, where you can add Single, Recurring, or Ranged Events.
IP.Chat The IP.Chat Tab takes you to the Chatroom page. If this tab is not present on your install, contact the Sales Department for more information about acquiring this feature.

The last four tabs are the Addon Applications that are either included with your Community (when hosted by IPS) or are available for purchase separately. Please contact the Sales Department for more information about purchasing them.
IP.Content IP.Content, by default named "Pages" on its tab, is an application which makes it easy to build community data-driven websites, pulling in myriad information from your community applications automatically. The tab can be renamed, to suit your needs, in the Admin CP.
IP.Blog The Blog tab opens the Community Blog list.
IP.Gallery The Gallery tab leads to the picture and media Gallery.
IP.Downloads The Downloads tab links to the available Downloads that you are offering to the Community.

[doctitle](8 and 9) Forums List[/doctitle]
When freshly installed, your IP.Board is configured with one Category (8) “A Test Category” and one Forum (9) “A Test Forum”. To the right of each Forum Name are the stats showing number of Topics and Replies, as well as the last Post (Reply), with the Topic Name and Poster's name.
A Category can be thought of as a drawer in a filing cabinet, in which you have individual Forums, similar to file folders within that drawer. Like the individual file folders, the Forums will contain the Topics and Replies that are relevant to that Forum. It's up to you to decide how your Categories and Forums will be organized, and there's almost no limit to the ways in which you can organize them. New Categories and Forums are created in the Admin CP. You can also create Sub-Categories and Sub-Forums, allowing you to define your forum's structure even further, and those functions are detailed in another section.
To the left of each forum entry is an icon which indicates whether there are posts contained within it, that have been added since your last visit.
A dark blue icon Attached Image: f_unread.png indicates there are unread posts in that forum, or a sub-forum of it.
A light blue-gray icon Attached Image: f_read.png indicates that there are no unread posts.
If you left-click a dark blue icon, that mouse action will mark all topics and replies in that forum, and its sub-forums, as having been read.

[doctitle](10) Board Index Links[/doctitle]
Today's Active Content displays all posts made in the 24 hours previous to your visit. Note the difference between this and (5) View New Content, which displays a list of all new Posts made since your last visit to the Community.
The Moderating Team link produces a list of the Board's Admins and Moderators, the forums they Moderate, the forum or page they're currently viewing, and icon links to view that Member's Blog or Gallery, add them as a Friend, or send them a Personal Message.
Today's Top 20 Posters - a list of the top posters for the last 24 hours.
Overall Top Posters - the Member List sorted by Post count in descending order.

[doctitle](11) Board Statistics Area[/doctitle]
The blue-shaded area surrounding marker #11 contains the Board Statistics. Each of these statistics can be turned off and/or configured in the Admin CP, to save CPU, SQL, and memory resource usage. By default, these are statistics are shown:
Active Users – A count of the users currently active in the last X minutes, broken down as Guests, Members from all Groups, and those logged in anonymously. Also here are links to display these users sorted by their Last Click or sorted by Member Name.
Members active in live chat – Members who are using the IP.Chat application will be displayed here, and that count will also be reflected in the white-circled number next to the Navigation Tab for Chat.
Upcoming Calendar Events – Upcoming calendar events are displayed here, both in total number, and for the look-ahead period, configured in the Admin CP.
Today's Birthdays – Members who have chosen to enter their full or partial birth date, in their User Controls, are displayed here.
Our Board Statistics – A summary of Total Posts, Total Members, the name of the Newest Member, and the “Online At Once Record” for your board, with its date and time.

[doctitle](12) Skin and Language Choosers[/doctitle]
There are 2 drop-down menus here by default, for choosing your preferred skin and language. The skin chooser can be disabled in the Admin CP (LINK) if you have a skin that you want everyone to use. Additional Skins and Languages can be easily added to your Board via the Admin CP and a number of skins, both free and sold, are readily available from a variety of sites including our own Resources Area.

[doctitle](13-17) Footer Links[/doctitle]
(13) Back to Top – This link takes you to the top of the current page. Useful when browsing a long post or forum list, and saves having to scroll with the mouse-wheel or using keyboard commands to return to the page top.
(14) Forum Home – This link returns you to the Main Index Page, just like clicking the Forums tab on the Navigation Tabs bar.
(15) Delete My Cookies – This link clears all your cookies for the Board. This action will log you out when it's clicked, and is also sometimes needed when your browser cookies have become corrupt in some way. Occasionally, Tech Support will ask you to “clear your cookies” for the Board, and this link will normally accomplish that.
(16) Mark Board As Read – This link will mark all Topics and Posts as having been read, and toggles all the dark blue forum icons to light blue. You may wish to use this link in order to save time, instead of having to click each individual icon in the main forum list.
(17) Board Copyright and other Stats – The Board Copyright is a link to our main website's page about IP.Board and its associated products, http://www.invisionp.../products/board where you can see our product information page for IP.Board version 3.
Also in this area is the current data and time in the Time Zone you've chosen in your User Controls, as well as the date and time of your last visit to this community.

You may next wish to view the Introduction to the Admin Control Panel (Admin CP), or view the documentation for Blog, Chat, Content, Gallery, or Downloads.

The next section explains Forum Navigation, and be accessed HERE


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