Tuesday, August 15, 2006

What Discourages Users :(

Users are a very sensitive part of your forum, but users are the life of your forum. By this I mean to keep your members happy.

Most members get discuraged very easily, when a user gets discuraged they move along and leave your site.

Users get discuraged when they make a support thread in a specific forum, and their topic is flodded away by spam or other post. When a member seeks help in a forum, its mostly because he doesnt know anyone that can help. So if you have a forum (Specially a support forum) when someone asks a question or seeks help, post in their thread and help them with what YOU know about that subject, that will make other people see the thread and post there.

Guest get dicuraged when they cant get to see the index page unless they register. This is a very bad technique in my opinion, because you cant get a member to join if he does not know what the forum offers.

This is just a little tip :)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Setting Up Your PHBBFM Forum

Here is how to set up your PHPBBFM Forum after it is installed Via FTP

Under Forums
In Configuration all should be left as is, unless you want change some default settings, go right ahead, but its not recommended

In Management you would start by creating a new category and all the forums you want to set up. This being PHPBBFM you need to see all that it offers when creating a new forum, like Forum Category which is in what category the new forum will be placed; And if you set up a Money Mod, you should see at the bottom Allow [FORUM MONEY NAME] to be earned in this forum and you can choose if they can earn Forum Money from that specific forum.

In Permissions you can set up the permissions of that forum, to see what permissions are and how to set them up Please read this article

All other things should be left as is, but you need to check them all because most of them is to your liking.

Under General
In Configuration In Site Name Put in the name of your site. Example, Forum Blog. Also under Site Name there is the Site Description and what you put there will appear Under the Site Name.

In the Account Activation its really up to you, if your setting up a private forum then you should set it up to Admin that way you will get an e-mail when a member joins and you manually activate their account. As of User or Disabled its up to you, although I would choose Disabed because most users get discouraged when they have to go to their in-box to activate their account. I know I do.

In Enable Visual Confirmation you should activate it, that streams away Bots like advertising bots which post in several forums about the assinged site, also streams away bots like the Google, Yahoo and MSN Bots, that join the site to more informations out of it, you might say that that is good, but its not, because they don't index you less or more even if they join. So that should be enabled.

Other parts should be left in Default or are up to you.