Integrated Index Page (IIP) 5.1.1 Q:
What is it? A:
It's an addon for UBB.threads 6.1
and UBB.threads 6.1.1
that will pull various information out of the forum for display as your main home page. Q:
What are the features? A:
The following information is displayed: 1.
News Display - A configurable number of news/article posts and from different boards can be displayed down the center in the same fassion as the popular *nuke portals. Past news/articles can also be displayed along the right hand column (only). note:
the options to turn off who posted the article and the article date have been added back to the configure panel. 2.
Current Poll - This will display the most recent poll posted or may be set to pull a random poll out of the forum. This can be set to use a specific board also. Results will be displayed if the viewer has already voted for the poll. (based on username or ip address) 3.
Top Rated Posts - This will display a list of X number of top rated posts in the past 24 hours. 4.
Current Threads - This will display a list of new threads posted in the past 24 hours. 5.
Top Posters - This will display a list of the top X number of posters. 6.
Last Seen - This will display a list of members who have visited the forum most recently. This is not completely accurate because depending on what they are doing at the site their 'laston' information isn't always recorded. 7.
Short Stats - This will display various statistical information such as Total Users, Total Posts and New Users in the last 24hrs, 7days, 31 days.
Short Stats will also display "max online" information including how many and when. 8.
Profile Spotlight - This will display a random profile listing username, location, hobbies and bio with a link to the full profile.
Username has replaced Name (real name) in previous versions. 9.
Quick Search - This will display a seach box that will allow for a quick search of the forums using the standard search default values. 10.
Login/Status - This will display a login box or your current status including the number of private messages stored and links to edit your profile and display properties and email subscripitons. Unregistered or users not logged in will see the login box. Logged in users will see their status box. 11.
Online - This box displays the number of registered and unregistered users online in the last 10 minutes. It will also list the usernames of the registered users.
You can set a maximum number of names to display and once that limit is reached a link to the "Who's Online" page will be included so users can view the full list. 12.
Hot Topic - When a post reaches X number of replies it is displayed in this box with a flaming .gif 13.
Menu - This box has various links to other features of IIP. 14.
View More Polls - This generates a list of X number of poll posts per page with links to the post and board. 15.
File Attachments - This generates a list of X number of file attachments per page. There are also sorting options to display only the files specified such as .txt or .zip files.
An attachment specific search feature has been added allowing the search for specific words or from specific boards. 16.
New Member - This will display a message welcoming the most recent member. This will only be displayed for X number of days. 17.
Member Sites - This will display a list of X number of members and their home page links. Only those with this field filled in in their profile will be displayed. 18.
Recommend Us - This will display a short form for visitors to fill out and recommend the site to their friends.
Mail sent includes an updated header to ensure acceptance by your host. This header includes using the sender's name and email in the "from" section. When the email is recieved by the recipient the sender's name appears in the "from" area and not their email address. (hope that made sense) 18.
Call Us Home - IE specific, will not (or should not) display for browsers other than IE. This will allow visitors to set the site as their home page. 19.
Add to Favorites - IE specific, will not (and again should not) display for browsers other than IE. This will allow visitors to add the site to their favorites folder. Netscape users will see the "Press CNTRL-D to Bookmark" notice. 20.
Shout Box - This displays "shouts" (quick, small postings) from guests or members in the order they were made. Admins can easily delete shouts that are offensive. The shout box does use the .threads nickname/language filters also to suppress such postings. 21.
Profile Index - This displays members profiles in a sorted list. The profiles are searchable. Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) and wildcard * searches are allowed. This makes finding specific members easier than ever. 22.
Cache Table - Information can be automaticly stored and updated in intervals to increase page generation times. Depending on setup, this can cut the number of queries used to generate a page by as much as 50% and large sites will see a considerable speed increase with generation times. 23.
Configure Panel - IIP settings can be controlled via browser and allow for easy setup and managment of the features listed above. 24.
Standards Compliant - IIP is XHTML 1.0 Transitional compliant and should render well in standards compliant browsers. This basicly means that the display should look the same from one standards compliant browser to the next. New Features: 25.
Template based "table wrappers" added to allow for easy customized design of pal boxes. A wrapper for AllenAyres' port of the Blam Ice templates by Bookie for .classic has been included in the wrapper template. More can be created, just follow the same layout as the ones listed in the template. 26.
Custom pal boxes have been added. You can edit the boxes and include what ever content and code you want to display and then manage their placement and display from IIP's configure panel. Notes:
Information displayed is based on group access. If the viewer doesn't have access to your "staff" board IIP will not pull information from that board to generate the display. Larger sites can use the option "force public" to make IIP display only public viewable information which allows for more of IIP's features to use cache to speed page generation times up.
The more features you use the longer it takes to generate the page. If you don't need or want a specific feature, turn it off.
As the size of a database grows, the speed of the pages generated decreases. It's that simple. There are some things that have been done to help IIP's page generation times for this version and some that haven't. These include creating various table idexes and simplifying queries.
As time goes on, IIP gets better. Instructions:
Download the attached file and unzip to a location of your choice. Follow the instructions (SETUP.txt) located inside the "pals" folder that was contained in the zip file. Since this is a switch to a partially templated system most all files have been changed. Also, pay close attention to the "news" configure box section of the configure panel as there will be some blanks that need a 1 or a 0. I have also noted this in the SETUP.txt file as well.
[:"red"]Note: IIP's versioin check has been updated to allow it to work with UBB.threads 6.1 and 6.1.1[/]
This is new but I guess it's a good idea for me to start documenting any changes
I make so everyone knows what needs to be uploaded when I fix something.. lol
Sunday, November 10, 2002:
Modified newspal.php to include the posting options at the bottom of each news post when
"force public" is in use. These options may or may not work depending on the viewer's access
when they try and use them such as making a reply to a news post.
Files modified: newspal.php
Saturday, November 16, 2002:
Fixed a bug in profilepal.php which caused the "alt" for user's pictures to contain
the highlighted username. Thanks Gardener for finding that.
Modified newspal.php to include a "View" link with the other post options and information
located at the bottom of each news post. This was suggested by Brewskie and 2nd by Gardener.
Personally I thought the link in the title/subject was enough but hey I'm just one person... lol
Files modified: profilepal.php, newspal.php, languagepal.php
Saturday, November 16, 2002, (later):
Fixed a bug that would cause board titles to not be displayed on forums that where group
specific when viewing a list of polls. Thanks goes to Gardener for finding this one.
Added a modified profilepal.php script and languagepal.php script provided by Gardener. He has moved
the text from profilepal into the language file. Thanks bunches on that one.
Files modified: polllistpal.php, profilepal.php, languagepal.php
Sunday, November 17, 2002
Fixed a bug that may throw Short Stats off in the user count if your site is aproving new signups.
Files modified: index.php