ConfigurationAdmin Panel - General Admin - Configuration
This is really the nerve center of your forum so please be careful.
I will try and explain from top to bottom.
This is where you can change your site name only not the URL
What appears on the forum list
If you wish to disable your board for what ever reason this is where you do it and vice versa. Everyone that visits your site will see a message saying this board is unavailable.
Enable account activation
This is where you can decide to control who joins your forum
None = they sign up and can post straight away
User = they will be sent an email to the email address they used to set up the account and will have to click on the link in their email to be able to join.
Admin= The admin will be sent an email with a link to follow to enable the new members account
Enable Visual Confirmation
Simply means they will have to type in the letters or numbers they see to join this helps to stop rouge bots from joining mass sites.
User email via board
Members can click on other members email button and send them an email via the forum. alot of forums keep this option.
Limits the time that people can post. For example if it is set at 15 seconds people can not post more than one post every 15 seconds, this helps to stop mass spamming.
Allowed login attempts
Limits the amount of times users can try and login in with the wrong details.
Login lock time
After they have failed to login with the correct details this is how long they have to wait to try again. (depending on what you have set the above to be login attempts to be so after say 5 attempts of wrong details they will have to wait 30 Min's or again depending on what you have set the amount to be).
Topics Per Page
Sets the amount of topics to be shown on one page before moving on too page two.
Posts Per Page
Sets the amount of post that will be shown on the first page before moving them too page two.
Posts for Popular Threshold
Sets the amount of replies to a topic before it becomes a popular thread.
This sets the template that normal users will see.
Override user style
Set this to yes then even if a user changes template in their profile it will override It and they Will see the default one.
Sets the default language of the forum.
Just as it says really you decide how the date is displayed.
Sets the default time zone for the forum, users may wish to change it in their profile for their own use only.
Enable Forum Pruning
Turns off auto pruning if you have set up an area with auto pruning on.
Post Edit time
The time (in minutes) a user has to edit their posts. Setting this value to 0, allows unlimited editing.
Session length [ seconds ]
Determines how long it is before the user becomes idol and thus not appearing to be on line on your forum.
Minutes used when showing people online
This determines how long your forum logs the people in the whos on line section at the foot of your forum.
Setting this value to say 15 mins will arguably give a more accurate reflection of how busy your forum is, setting it lower than the default 5 minutes will give a more accurate reflection of who is there at any precise moment.
Disable or enable the ability of your users to send private messages, Note this is the default one for the forum, you can decide to turn off a members ability to use this by going to their profile and disabling it there, you will have to do this via the admin panel then user list.
User and Forum Basic Settings
Max number of poll options
Sets how many different options they can post while using a poll
This enables you to turn off or on the use of HTML codes, remember if you wish to use chat boxes radios and fancy HTML codes this must be set to enable.
Allowed HTML tags
This were you allow what codes you wish to be used on your forum.
For eg, if you wish to use the <center> tag then center must be entered in that box, also a very popular one is <embed> which allows you to play videos or radio on the forum, again embed must be entered in this box.
Also please remember to separate each code with a comma for eg.
Also please remember that each user must have the allow html code ticked in their profile or they will not be able to see them.
Allow Username changes
No need to explain on these really it does what it says.
Enable gallery avatars
This enables the user to see the default gallery
Enable remote avatars
Allows or disallows users to link to a website to display their picture
Enable avatar uploading
Allows or disallows the uploading of avatars
Maximum Avatar File Size (no more than 12000 bytes)
This allows you to control the size of avatars that are uploaded via your forum. Note this does not effect the uploading of a avatar form a file host like photo bucket.
Maximum Avatar Dimensions
Limits the size of the avatar, to bigger avatars can look horrible and can cause major slow downs to dial up users.
This is self explanatory
This where the admin can change the email address used by the forum and attach a Sig