Guide to the ProBoards ACP Part 1 (Forum Settings)
While most of Forum Promotion's members use phpBB, myBB, and XenForo forum software, some of us use ProBoards (PB). ProBoards is one of the leading free forum hosts on the Web today. This guide has been designed to help new and/or returning PB users navigate and understand the V5 Hydra Admin Control Panel (ACP) of ProBoards forum software. This is the first part of an eight part series.
GETTING STARTEDIf you already have a ProBoards hosted forum, you will need to login to your forum's "admin" account. Then, you can proceed to the ACP by way of the Admin on your navigation bar. If you do not have a ProBoards hosted forum, you will need to create one. You can do so by following the steps below.
- Goto http://proboards.com.
- Fill out the forum on the main page.
- Desired forum name
- Forum Category
THE INITIAL LOOK AT THE ACPClick on the image above to enlarge. As you can tell, the PB ACP is very user-friendly. You can access the different Admin areas by way of the ACP navigation bar, or the ACP Admin Home page. Each section has different options for modify and customizing your PB forum. There are four ways to view the ACP. You can view the ACP "Overview", which lists each admin category:
FORUM SETTINGSOn the Overview page mode, select the "Settings" option. Then, select the "Forum Settings" category. While I'm unable to screenshot the entire "Forum" tab, the basic Forum Settings layout looks like this: As you can see the first tab open is the Forum tab. This tab give you the ability to change the name of your forum, set your homepage, set up access to the info centers, put the forum into maintenance mode and much much more. The second tab is dedicated for the forum settings involving the Login and Registration options for your forum. Here, you can change the colors of your login page, make it a requirement for guests to login to your forum, disable or restrict registration, set up a redirect after registration, and set up a registration welcome PM. The next tab, the third tab, grants you access to the Navigation options. This is where you can set up your forum's menu. You can opt to hide or show specific menu items on desktop and/or mobile. You can even set up custom links to appear in your menu. This is an excellent option if you decide to add custom pages to your forum, but, we'll discuss that later. The fourth tab contains the forum's Calendar settings. In this section you can opt to enable or disable the menu, include birthdays and display them on the forum's calendar, as well as set the options for who can view and/or create events within the forum's calendar. The Social Media tab, which is the next option, allows you to set options that will enable your members to be able to share forum content via different social media platforms. Currently, ProBoards allows for sharing to the following networks: