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  • How to Setup Your Forum

    Introduction
    Congratulations, you’ve just successfully installed the vBulletin suite! But what do you do next? Like most of us, you just want to set up your forum and start getting users in to make posts and start discussions. It’s easy to do and we’ll show you how!

    Step 1: Create a Category
    The first step is to set up a category. A category is like a folder where you put your forums. It shows up as a header on your forum display page. Users can not post in a category. You start by logging in to the Admin Control Panel with the username and password you created on installation.

    Click on the link in the menu to the left beneath the vBulletin “Forums & Moderators”

    In the form that opens in the frame to the right, fill out the title you want for your Category and scroll down to the “Posting Options” section above the “Enable/Disable Features” section. To the right of the “Act as Forum” option at the top of the section, select the “No” radio button before clicking the button.


    Step 2: Creating Forums
    Now that you’ve create a category, you can move on to making forums for the category. It’s simple. You start with exactly the same form you used to create a category. Instead of changing the “Act as a Forum” option, you leave it alone and fill out the “Title” text field before clicking the button at the bottom of the form.

    And there you have a forum!


    Step 3: Creating Subforums
    A subforum is a forum nestled within a forum or a category. A forum can have as many subforums as you like. You can create a forum in the same way that you create a forum.

    Once you have all the fields filled out to your specifications, make sure to select a parent forum from the “Parent Forum” dropdown list. The forum or category you select is where your subforum will go.


    Step 4: Creating User Groups

    Now that you have your forums and content manager set up, you will want to start adding users. But! If you’re thinking of organizing your users into individual groups, you should create the user groups first. That way, you can add a user to the user group when you first create them rather then having to go in to every user entry to add new groups.

    What you want to do is go down to the “Usergroups” menu in the ACP and click on the “Add New Usergroup” option. This opens a form to the right.

    In the form, fill in the title text field with the name of the group. From there you can use the form to give or take away permissions for members in this group. Once you’re done configuring the permissions, scroll down to the bottom of the form and hit .
    And that’s it! You now have a new group.


    Step 5: Inviting Users to Your Forum
    Okay, you have everything organized like you want. Now, it’s time to let some users in! You can choose to just give people the address of your forum and have them register on their own or you can send out invites. If you send someone an invite, you can immediately add them to a group and set other details for them ahead of time.

    In order to do this, you’ll need the new user’s email address before you log in to your ACP again.

    In the left hand column menu, click on the “Users” section and then click on the “Add New User” link.

    This opens the user creation form to the right. You’ll want to fill in their username, password and email address of the new user before clicking button at the bottom of the form.
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