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How to run Ikonboard
getting your online forum started

Now that you've had Ikonboard installed, you'd probably like to get your online community started. Ikonboard has tons of cool options and features, but there are only a few that you need to get it started and keep it running. We've outlined the most important instructions below. For more advanced features, check out the Ikonboard Support Forums.

If you haven't had Ikonboard installed and would like us to set it up for you, check out this page for more details.

Adding a category or Forum
To create a category:

  1. Log into your board.
  2. Click on the Admin CP link below the board logo. You may need to re-enter your username and password to gain access to the Admin Control panel.
  3. Click on the Category Control link on the left hand side of the screen, then click on "Add New"
  4. Enter the category name and description in the appropriate boxes on the right hand side of the screen.
  5. Click on the Update Category button.

To create a forum:

  1. Log into your board.
  2. Click on the Admin CP link below the board logo. You may need to re-enter your username and password to gain access to the Admin Control panel.
  3. Click on the Forum Control link on the left hand side of the screen, then click on "Add New"
  4. Enter a name and description for your new forum.
  5. Select the catagory you want the forum to appear in from the Parent Catagory drop down list.
  6. Click on the Update Forum Info button.

Deleting a Catagory or Forum
When you no longer need a catagory or forum, the best way to get rid of it is to simply delete it.


To delete a catagory:

  1. Log into your Admin CP.
  2. Click on the Manage Catagories link on the left side of the screen.
  3. Find the catagory you no longer want and click the Delete link inside of the Delete column.
  4. Click on the Delete Catagory confirmation link that appears.

To delete a forum:

  1. Log into your Admin CP.
  2. Click on the Manage Forum link on the left side of the screen.
  3. Find the forum you no longer want and click the Delete link inside of the Delete column.
  4. Click on the Delete Forum confirmation link that appears.

Deleting A Post
A board Administrator or Moderator can edit any post they feel should be changed for one reason or another. And if the board Administrator has enabled it, a user can edit their own posts if they make a mistake they want to correct.

To edit a post:

  1. Log into your board.
  2. Find the post you wish to edit.
  3. Click on the Edit link at the bottom of the post.
  4. Make the changes you want to be made.
  5. Click on the Update Post button.

Moderators
Moderators are people who can help the an administrator watch over their board. They are generally given permission to edit and delete posts in a forum. They have a higher level of access than your regular members. When adding a moderator, make sure you trust the person with having some control over your board.

To add a moderator:

  1. Log in to your Admin CP.
  2. Click on the Edit Users link on the left hand side of the screen.
  3. Select the user you wish to make a moderator. Click on the Edit link.
  4. Click on the Add To user group for Moderators and what other user group you want to give them permissions for.
  5. Click on the Update User button.
  6. Click on the Manage Forum link on the left hand side of the screen.
  7. Choose the forum you wish to add the moderator to and click on the Add link for it.
  8. Type in the username of the person you would like to give Moderator status to.
  9. Click on the Add Moderator button to confirm your selection.
  10. Click on the Moderator Permission link to set what permissions you want moderators in that forum to have permission to do.
  11. Click on the Update Permissions button to confirm the permissions you set.

User Groups
User groups allow you to control who has access to each individual forums and what permissions they have in posting on those forums.

To create a new user group:

  1. Log into your Admin CP.
  2. Click on the Edit Groups link on the left hand side of the screen.
  3. Click on the Create New Group link on the top right hand side of the screen.
  4. Enter a name and description of your new group.
  5. Choose a precedence. The higher the number, the higher they rank over other groups.
  6. Click on the Update Group link.
    Note: If you have forums already created, you will need to edit their permissions to give your new group access to them.

To edit an existing user group:

  1. Log into your Admin CP.
  2. Click on the Edit Groups link on the left hand side of the screen.
  3. Choose the group you wish to edit on the right and click on the Edit link.
  4. Make the changes to the name, description, and/or precedence.
  5. Click on the Update Group button.

To edit permissions and access on an individual user group:

  1. Log into your Admin CP.
  2. Click on the Manage Forum link on the left hand side of the screen.
  3. Choose the catagory you want to change a user group permission for.
  4. Click on the Permissions link.
  5. Change your permissions.
  6. Click on the Update Permissions link.


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