Day 30- How to use Joomla! as Forum

So my last article in the series of setting websites with Joomla! in 30 days will end with this article. As in my previous article I have written about Joomla as Blog. Today am going to write on, How we will use joomla as forum , For that we need to instalI one or more extensions from Joomla’s vast repository. You may have to activate the Legacy Plugin in the Plugin Manager menu so that the forum related extensions can work properly.
First I’m taking the example of fireboard, one of the most famous forum extension for Joomla!.

Following are the features of FireBoard :

  • User-defined nesting forum categories
  • As many forums as you want with access rights
  • User profiles and user avatars
  • Upload of files and images for a forum entry

Setting Up a Forum

Here I will explain how to set up forum into joomla.

After the installation of Fireboard software, I will set up a category first, which will act as a container around the forums contained inside. After creating category, I will set up the actual forum, which I can then assign to that category.

Now I have the category and the forum. The forum is still a little indented to the right in order to symbolize the connection. So still I have to explicitly publish the category and the forum.

Am done with the basic tasks for integrating a forum into my website. Let’s take look how to integrate into Website!!

How to Integrate into Website

  • Now after setting up the forum and site an curious to  set up a Forum link in the Joomla! 1.5 menu. To do this, I have clicked  Menu | Joomla 1.5 | New at joomla backend. It take  to me  menu item selection. It now has one more item. I will click on Fireboard Forum as installed earlier.

  • This menu link opens edit screen where I have given title and alias name. Now I will click on save button at top right.
  • Now I will reboot site and I can see Ahaaaaa My new forum!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would also like to share with you name of component and modules used to integrate forum into joomla.Let’s take a look with me.

  • JFusion 1.2.0 Release Candidate has been released. Now get full control over integrating multiple softwares at the same time, with the new master/slave capabilities. JFusion is a free GPL plugin for the award winning Content Management System (CMS) Joomla. JFusion provides universal user integration, by extending the Joomla 1.5 user authentication framework without any core hacks. JFusion does not support every software out-of-the-box, but is designed for people to easily write a plugin to create a bridge, without re-inventing the wheel.
  • Joo!BB stands for Joomla! Bulletin Board. It is a highly customizable, fully Joomla! integrated forum software based on Joo!CM (Joomla! Community Manager).
  • redEVENT is a brand new Joomla 1.5 native MVC event component. Build over the popular but yet limited event component eventlist, the redEVENT fork along with its 100% integration to redFORM has taken the ease and flexibility of creating and managing events and bookings to a whole new level.
  • The Simplest Forum core is kept very simple and very basic so that it is easily installed and used with little effort. The forum is, however, powered by a flexible plugin system which enables standard Joomla! plugins to extend its functionality considerably.
  • Rapid Forum is threaded discussion forum displayed in reverse chronological order. All posts and nested replies filter through a single screen like Twitter or blog.

That’s not the end. We’ll be writing on various aspects of joomla in coming days as well. That all depends upon what we need and what are the problems we encounter during our working with Joomla!. Have a nice time and keep visiting to read new articles enriched with knowledge base of Joomla!.


More articles from the category: 30 Days To Joomla WebSite Setup


The Art Of Joomla

Making usage of Joomla is one of the most enjoyable things for me. In my lat article, I wrote about the “Joomla as Forum” Thanks to the technology, In this article I will write about Joomla and its framework. Who are new to IT or Joomla find this article very useful..

Hmmmmm.. Let’s start with …

Joomla includes several things , I will take you with me tour of Joomla… Am sure you would found it interesting !!!
What is Joomla

Joomla! is an open source content management system platform for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets as well as a Model–view–controller (MVC) Web application framework.I would also like to share features of Joomla with you.

* Free source code

* A large and eager community of users and developers

* Simple workflow system

* Publishing system for contents

* File manager for uploading and administering files

* Content summaries in RSS format

* Trash can for deleted content

* Search-engine-friendly URLs

* Banner management

* Multilingualism for website and administration interface

* Administration interface that is separated from the website

* Macro language for content (plug-ins)

* Caching mechanism to secure fast page creation with popular sites

* Simple installation of additional extensions

* Powerful template system (HTML, CSS, PHP)

* Hierarchical user groups

* Simple visitor statistics

* WYSIWYG editor for content

* Simple polling

* Rating system for content

Hmmm after going through the features of Joomla, Let’s take look at Framework of Joomla!!!!

Frame Work of Joomla!! it shows you how Joomla work and you can design Websites easily or design modules, components.

Day 30- How to use Joomla! as Forum

Am here today to write article on how to use joomla as forum. As in my previous article I have written about Joomla as Blog. Today am going to write How we will use joomla as forum , I would like to install the most popular forum software I have activated the Legacy Plugin in the Plugin Manager menu so this forum software can work properly.

Following are the features of FireBoard :

* User-defined nesting forum categories

* As many forums as you want with access rights

* User profiles and user avatars

* Upload of files and images for a forum entry

Setting Up a Forum

Here I will explain how to set up forum into joomla.

After the installation of Fireboard software, I will set up a category first, which will act as a container around the forums contained inside. After creating category, I will set up the actual forum, which I can then assign to that category.

Day 29- How to use Joomla! as Blog

Am here today to discuss about the How to use JOOMLA as BLOG. Let’s start with difference between blog and joomla.
What is Blog ?

A blog is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
What is Joomla?

Joomla is content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications.

According to above definition , Blog is a type of website or can be part of website but joomla is enriched with the content management system which is used to build web site. Its can not be part of website.
How to use Joomla! as Blog

Blogging is a great way to get more traffic to your site and communicate with the community interested in the same topics as you. Now am going to tell you how you can use joomla as blog for your site.

Following points need to considered for site as a blog :
How to structure Joomla! as a blog

Day 28-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Cache Manager in article Day-27.Today I will write on Purge Expired Cache next to Cache Manager under tools, What is Purge Expired Cache and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of Purge Cache Manager!
What is Purge Expired Cache?

Click on Tools menu at joomla administration backend and you will see Purge Expired Cache in sub menu. Click on this menu. You will see screen as shown below:
This tool will purge all expired cache files from the cache folders. Cache files which are still current are not purged.

* Because this process has to check each cache file individually, it is slower and requires more system resources than the Clean Cache option. However, once the purge process is complete, there should be no loss in speed for users of the site, because all current cache files are still available. In contrast, the Clean Cache option runs more quickly, since it just deletes all of the files in each cache folder. However, the website may be a little slower

Day 27-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Global Check – In in article Day-26. Today I will write on Cache Manager next to Global Check – In  under tools , What is Cache Manager  and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of Cache Manager. What is Cache Manager? Click on Tools menu at backend and you […]

Day 26-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Mass Mail in article Day-25.Today I will write on Global Check – In next to Mass Mail under tools , What is Global Check In and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of Global Check In
What is Global Check In?

Click on Tools menu at backend and you will see global check in sub menu. Click on this menu. The Global Check In screen will cause Joomla! to perform a global check-in of all currently pending or locked items. It then shows the results of the Global Check-in. This is useful, for example, if an Article is locked by a User who opened it for editing and never finished the editing session. In this case, other Users are not able to edit this Article. Performing a Global Check-in releases all such items as shown below in figure.

Day 25-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Write Message in article Day-24.Today I will write on Mass Mail next to Write Message under tools , What is mass mail and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of mass mail.
What is Mass Mail?

Click on Tools menu at backend and you will see mass mail sub menu. Click on this menu. The Mass Mail screen allows Users who are members of the “Super Administrator” group to send an e-mail message to all Users who are members of a specific group as shown in figure.

Day 24-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Joomla Extensions in article Day-23.Today I will write on Write Messages next to Read Message under tools , What are write messages and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of write messages
What are Write Messages?

Click on Tools menu at backend and you will see write messages sub menu. Or click the “New” icon in the toolbar of the Private Messaging screen. You will see screen like this as shown in figure:

Day 23-Working With Joomla Tools Menu

Yesterday I wrote about Joomla Extensions in article Day-22. Today I will write on Read Messages under tools , What are read messages and how it works. Let’s start with the definition of read messages
What are Read Messages?

Click on Tools menu at backend and you will see Read messages sub menu. Click on this menu. This screen allows you to view, reply to, and delete a Private Message as shown in below figure.

Day 22-Working With Joomla Extension Menu

Yesterday, I have written about install/uninstall under the extension menu in article Day – 22 Today, I am going to discuss about the next extension menu component, Module, Plugins, Language and Template extension.
Components Screen

Module Screes

Plugins Screen

Day 21-Working With Joomla Extension Menu

In my previous articles “Day -12” to “Day – 20” , I wrote about the components menu. Today, will write about the next menu Extension. Under Extensions there are several sub menus, I will start with the install/uninstall menu. How we can install and uninstall modules, components, plugins, templates.

Extensions are add-ons that expand the functionality of Joomla. Extensions are used to add capabilities to Joomla that do not exist in the standard package. Hundreds of Extensions are available for Joomla, with more being developed all of the time.
Extensions are categorized into five types, as follows:
• A Component is a mini-application that renders the main body of the page. Examples of Components are Contacts, the Front Page, and News Feeds.
• A Module is a smaller Extension typically used for rendering a small element that displays across multiple pages. Examples of Modules include Menus and Related Items.
• A Plugin is a section of code that runs when a pre-defined event happens within Joomla. For example, editors are Plugins that run when an edit session is opened.

Day 20-Working With Joomla Components Menu- Web Links

In my previous article “Day – 19” , I have written about the Web Links Manager. Today I will write about the next component menu under Web links – Web Link Category Manager. Let start with the definition of web link category manager.
What is Web Link Category Manager?

The Web Links Category Manager is where you can edit existing Web Links Categories and create new ones. Note that Web Links Categories are separate from other Categories, such as for Articles, Banners, News Feeds, and Contacts. From this screen, you can also navigate to the Web Links Manager screen.
How to Access

Select Components → Web Links → Categories from the drop-down menu on the Back-end of your Joomla installation, or select the “Categories” link at the Web Links Manager screen.

Day 19-Working With Joomla Components Menu- Web Links

In my previous article, I have discussed about Polls components menu Day – 18 Today am going to telling you about the next component menu item “Web Links”. Under Web Link there are two sub items – Web Links , Web Link Category Manager. Let’s start with the Web Links.
What is Web Link Manager?

The Web Links Manager allows you to add links to other web sites at your Joomla web site. You can add links to these sites by creating Web Link layouts in the Menu Item Manager – New/Edit.
How to Access

Select Components → Web Links → Links from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation. Or select the ‘Links’ link from the Web Links Category Manager.

Day 18-Working With Joomla Components Menu-Polls

Yesterday I wrote about the News Feeds in article “Day – 17” . Today I will write about next component menu “Polls”.Lets start with the definition of Polls nd how to access it?
What is Poll?

The Poll Component allows you to create poll questions for your site. Site visitors can then respond to the poll questions. This Component allows you to place up to 12 questions, or ‘options’, in each poll question.You can place a Poll on a web page using either a Poll Module (in the Modules Site – Poll) or a Poll Layout Menu Item (in the Menu Item Manager – New/Edit – Internal Link – Polls).

Day 17-Working With Joomla Components Menu-News Feeds!

Yesterday I have written in article “” about the Feeds under News Feeds. Today I will start with the next “Category” under News Feeds. I will not write about the list filters and toolbars in this article as they are same mentioned in previous article.
What is News Feeds Category?

News Feed Categories allow you to categorize different website feeds entering your site for better organization. You can also create menu items specific to certain News Feed Categories for a better Front-end user experience.
How to Access

Select Components → News Feeds → Categories from the drop-down menu at the Back-end of your Joomla installation. You can also select the ‘Categories’ link from the Feeds Manager.

Day 16-Working With Joomla Components Menu-News Feeds

In my previous articles Day – 15, I have written about contacts under components menu. Today I am going to write next component menu “News Feeds”. There are two sub menus under News Feeds – Feeds and Categories. Lets start with Feeds under News Feeds components menu.
What is News Feeds ?

The News Feed Manager screen allows you to add News Feeds from other sites to your Joomla site. You can add links to these feeds for users by creating News Feed layouts in Menu Item Manager – New/Edit.
How to Access
Select Components → News Feeds → Feeds from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla installation, or select the “Feeds” link from the News Feeds Manager Categories.

Day 15-Working With Joomla Components Menu-Contacts!

In my previous article I have discussed about the Banner under Components Menu in articles “Day – 12 “.and ” Day – 13.”, “Day – 14″.
Today, We will start with next components menu “Contacts”. When u click on Contacts under components menu there are two more sub menus – “Contacts Manager” and “Category Manager” . Am going to write about only “Contacts Manager” as “Category Manager ” is same as mentioned under “Banner” . So let’s start with the “Contact Manager”…..
What Is Contact Manager ?

The Contact Manager screen allows you to add contact information to your Joomla site. You can enter information such as name, address, phone and e-mail. You can also link contacts to registered users. Afterwards, you can use the Menu Manager to create front-end links to the contacts. See below contact manager in figure. I have highlighted the column header, toolbars and contact manager header with blue . Let’s discuss about these in detail.

Day 14-Working With Joomla Components Menu – Banner!

In my yesterday article , I have written about the “Joomla Components Menu – Banner.” . Today I am continuing with the next Catagory Manager under Banner. I will omit the toolbars and list filter detail in this article because its same as mentioned in the previous article “Joomla Components Menu – Banner.”
What is Category Manager

The Banner Category Manager is where you can edit existing Banner Categories and create new ones. Note that Banner Categories are separate from other Categories, such as for Articles, Contacts, News Feeds, and Web Links.
How to Access

Select Components → Banner → Categories from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla installation. You can also select the “Categories” link from either the Banner Manager or the Banner Client Manager.

Day 13-Working With Joomla Components Menu – Banner!

In my yesterday article , I have written about the “Joomla Components Menu – Banner.” . Today I am continuing with the next Client Manager under Banner.
What is Client Manager

The Banner Client Manager is where you can edit existing Banner Clients and create new ones. Note that you must have at least one Banner Client and one Banner Category defined before you can add your first Banner.

Day 12-Introduction And Working With Joomla Components Menu – Banner!

Welcome to the Day 12 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Components Menu. I’ll be discussing all of the items of the components menu in one by one.

What is Component ?

Component is usually a program or a piece of programming code that contains business logic, that can be accessed over defined interfaces, and that may possibly also have a user interface.
The Components Menu

The components menu contains

* Banner

* Categories

* News Feeds

* Polls

* Search Statistics

* Web Links

Today we will discuss firstly about “Banner” . Banner consists of Banners, Clients and Categories as shown in below figure.

Banner

The Banner Manager is where you can edit existing Banners and create new ones. You can also navigate to the Banner Client Manager and the Banner Category Manager. You must add at least one Banner Client and Banner Category before you can add a Banner.

Day 11-Working With Joomla Front Page Manager!

Welcome to the Day 11 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Front Page Manager. Now, we’ll discuss Front Page Manager. Almost all of the options available for Front Manager are same as those in Article Manager and except the few. So, I’ll be omitting those from this discussion and discuss only the ones which are new.

What is Front Page Manager

The Front Page Manager controls the Content Items that are set to appear in the Front Page (Home Page) of the web site. Individual Content Items are identified for publication here in the Content Item itself where the Show on Front Page check box is checked.

Day 10-Working With Joomla Article Manager-I

Welcome to the Day 10 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Article Manager. All content in Joomla website is created as articles. Now, we’ll discuss Article Manager. Almost all of the options available for Article Manager are same as those in Category Manager and Section Manager except the few. So, I’ll be omitting those from this discussion and discuss only the ones which are new…

Day 09-Working With Joomla Category Manager

Welcome to the Day 9 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Category Manager. All articles in Joomla website are created under categories and all sections have categories. Now, we’ll discuss Category Manager. Almost all of the options available for Category Manager are same as Section Manager except the few. So, I’ll be omitting those from this discussion and discuss only the ones which are new.

Day 08-Working With Joomla Section Manager

Welcome to the Day 8 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am going to discuss how to work on sections in Joomla Section Manager. There are various operations which can be done on Sections in Joomla. Like creating new section, editing a section, copying a section etc. All these are coming to you one by one in today’s tutorials.

Day 07-Introduction To Joomla Section Manager!

Welcome to the Day 7 of your Joomla Website Setup series. Today I am introducing you to Joomla Section Manager. Any content which is created in Joomla is in the form of articles. So if you create articles in Joomla, we say we are building content of the website.

What is Section Manager

Sections are the topmost entities in the grouping of the Joomla website content…

Free Blog Directory