Administering and Creating Forums

Creating forum topics is a task that is generally left to midlevel administrators. Administering forums is usually a task for a webmaster. You start from Administer, Content Management, Forums:

1. Create a container. If you want to use a container, create one, as shown in Figure 10.9. As is always the case in a taxonomy-based structure, the parent setting is key. This container is at the highest level, the root.

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By grouping related or similar Forums, containers help organize Forums. For example, may hold two forums named "Fruit" and "Vegetables", respectively.

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Remember that you do not need a container; you can place your forums inside the root level itself rather than inside a container. Using a container may make future expansion easier.

2. Create a forum. You can add a forum either to the root level or to a container, as shown in Figure 10.10.

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3. Review your list of forums and containers. You can use the four-headed arrows to move items up and down and from one container to another, as shown in Figure 10.11.

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"Ttiis page displays a list of existing forums and containers. Containers (optionally) hold forums, and forums hold forum topics inside other containers and forums. To rearrange forums and containers, grab a drag-and-drop handle under the Name column and drag the forum or container to a new location in the list. (Grab a handle by clicking and holding the mouse while hovering over a handle icon.) Remember that your changes will not be saved until you click the Save button at the bottom of the page.

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4. Adjust forum topic settings. Use the Settings button shown in Figure 10.12 to adjust the settings. They apply to all forums.

Set forum content types. Use the link to the forum vocabulary page in the text at the top of Figure 10.12 to set content types for the forum, as shown in Figure 10.13. Forum topics are selected by default; in most cases, that is the only type of content you will use in the forum, so you can usually skip this step.

After the forum has been created and set up, anyone with permission to create a topic can do so by clicking Create Content and selecting Forum Topic. The entry page is shown in Figure 10.14. Double-check that comments are enabled so discussions can start.

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Adjust forum settings.

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These settings allow you to adjust the display of your forum topics. The content types available for u: forum may be selected by editing the Content types on the forum vocabulary page.

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