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  • How do I set up User Levels?
  • I've just moved a pre-existing board here, should i resubmit it to search engines now that its on Best Boards?
  • How do I assign flood protection immunity?
  • Do you have Domain Name Support if I want to use my existing Domain Name for my board?
  • Can I see who hasen't read an announcement?
  • What are Topic Images?
  • What is the "Adopt A Forum" feature?
  • How do you get the Subforum's Last Post & the number of forums in the Parent Forum to show on the main board page?
  • I think I've spotted a bug in the system, how do I go about reporting it?
  • How do I use the Random Image/Banner feature?
  • What is FillText and how do I use it?
  • What is the built in Snowflake Effect?
  • How do I use the "File Hosting" feature?
  • What is the Board Maintenance Mode and how do I use it?
  • How do I disable the auto-hover help bar on post pages?
  • How is bandwidth calculated for my board?
  • How do I duplicate a forum?
  • How do I set posting restrictions in a forum?
  • What is Dynamic Registration, Dynamic Profiles, and Auto-Member and how do they work?
  • What is the Quick Reply and how do I enable and use this feature?
  • How do I edit the maximum personal pic/photo sizes?
  • How do I use the User Level Images feature?
  • How do I edit a forum-specific template?
  • How do I set private forum access for users?
  • How can I easily submit my board to search engines?
  • How do I combine two forums?
  • How do I use Mod/Admin only emoticons?
  • How do I disable the Notify option?
  • What is the Who is Online script for a website all about?
  • What is the "Auto-cron" feature?
  • What are Subforums and how do I use them?
  • How can I disable the Active in Forum/Thread feature?
  • Why do I see strange things on the who's online?
  • What is the difference between Choice and Rating polls?
  • What is the Rainbow Link Effect and how do I use it on my board?
  • Are there any tutorials available to help me learn about using Best Boards?
  • What are "Custom BbCodes"?
  • How do I assign a user as an admin?
  • I can't get to my board anymore. I see LOCKED at the top and the Best Boards home page where my board should be. Why?
  • Can I remove the BbBoard logo from the top of my board?
  • What is the differences between the different settings for Processing Screens?
  • Can I delete my BbBoard?
  • How do I delete a forum?
  • How do I disable linking to profiles on who's online?
  • How do you set up and use the Posting by Email feature for Fixed and Variable BbBoards?
  • How do I move/disable the who's online box?
  • Can I disable some of the BbCodes?
  • How do I disable a specific user's signature?
  • What is the One Time Poster Clearout feature?
  • What are Invisible Emoticons and how do we use them?
  • What does the trashcan do?
  • How do I make a welcome page?
  • How do I add a forum?
  • What is a Admin Password and how it is used?
  • How do I disable posticons, personal icons/pics or sigs in a forum?
  • Do you have a spellchecker on BbBoard?
  • What are the different styles of Subforums?
  • How do I edit user levels?
  • What are these Forum Control Links on my forum pages?
  • How does the profanity filter work?
  • How do I Adopt a Forum?
  • How do I delete an announcement?
  • How do I limit signature length?
  • What is the "Membership Screening" feature?
  • How does flood control work? Is it safe against guest posters?
  • How do I set the maximum file attachment size, or disable attachments?
  • What is Move Notification and how do I enable and use this feature?
  • I want to have Adult (X-Rated) Content on my boards, is that against your TOU?
  • How do I edit the board template?
  • What is the Advert Forum Preference and how do I use it?
  • How do I edit the board's custom emoticons (smileys)?
  • What is the Quick Reply and how do I enable and use this feature?
  • My mods cannot get into our private staff forum-what's wrong?
  • Any advice on where to host images if we run out of space in our paid hosting?
  • What's the BbRing?
  • How do I reverse the post order?
  • How do I make an announcement? What sort?
  • How do I set up the "Welcome Email" feature?
  • How can I view how much bandwidth I've used if I'm on the variable plan?
  • How do I revert a forum-specific template to the default board template?
  • How do I ban/unban a user from my board?
  • How do I disable thread bumping?
  • What is the Last Five Threads script for and how do I use it?
  • How do I assign a moderator to a forum, and select their powers?
  • How do I edit the board's custom posticons?
  • How do I set my BbBoard's time?
  • How do I change the images on my board?
  • How do I backup/restore my board?
  • How do I assign custom titles to user(s)?
  • How can I limit the number of emoticons or images in people's posts on my board?
  • How do I back up my board?
  • How do I delete all posts in a forum without deleting the forum?
  • How do I bulk e-mail users?
  • How do I use the multi-post feature?
  • Can I adjust how many posts per page appear on my threads for my board?
  • How do I ban a user from just a specific forum?
  • What is the difference between Post Mood and Mood Now?
  • Can I see/edit my board member's password or profiles?
  • What is Edit Text and what use is it?


    How do I set up User Levels?
    Here is a link to the User Level set up in our newest online Tutorial: User Level Set up

    I've just moved a pre-existing board here, should i resubmit it to search engines now that its on Best Boards?
    It would be a good idea to resubmit your board to the search engines and you can easily do that in your Admin Board Control Panel with the click of a button, it will submit your board to 10 major search engines.

    How do I assign flood protection immunity?
    You can assign certain users of your choice, immunity from flood protection. Meaning that they will not be limited to a certain time interval (that you set for everyone else) between posts.

    To give someone flood protection immunity, click on "Edit Users" in your admin center. Then, put a check in the box next to the user(s) you wish to immune. Select "Assign Flood Protection Immunity".

    You may want to immune yourself and your moderators to begin with.

    Do you have Domain Name Support if I want to use my existing Domain Name for my board?
    Yes you can associate a domain name (or subdomain) with your board. This will allow total integration (not just a frame or redirect), and will make it look like you're the one hosting the board.


    For example, you could have www.yourdomain.com bring up your board with us. Or, if you have the ability to edit DNS records for your domain, you could have something like forum.yourdomain.com .


    Please note that as we would be hosting DNS for your domain, there is a small $2/month fee for this service.

    Can I see who hasen't read an announcement?
    Yes, if it's a popup announcement. Click on "View Announcements" in your admin center, and it will list the users who have yet to read the announcement.

    What are Topic Images?
    These are easy to change-in the Admin Center Edit Images will take you to where you can now input your own images for Thread Pinned, Poll Indicator, Read Protected, Thread Locked and Important.

    Hot Thread Image

    What is the "Adopt A Forum" feature?
    The "Adopt A Forum" feature allows one board to display a completely different board's forum on their own board (With permission from the admin of the other board, of course).

    To adopt a forum from another board, you must first request the adoption from the admin of the other board. To do so, click "Adopt A Forum" in your admin center, and select a board from your BbRing, or enter a board ID. Then enter the number of the forum you wish to adopt. To find out the number of the forum you wish to adopt, visit the board that houses the forum, and hover your mouse over the link to enter the forum. You will see an URL like:

    http://bb.bbboy.net/boardid-viewforum?forum=4

    You can see from this URL that the number of the forum is 4. Enter this number in the "forum number" box. You can include a message to the admin of the board if you wish.

    The admin of the board you wish to adopt a forum from will then recieve a notification, and will either accept or deny your proposal to adopt the forum. If it is acepted, the adopted forum will appear on your main board page.

    How do you get the Subforum's Last Post & the number of forums in the Parent Forum to show on the main board page?
    In the Parent Forum's Settings you will see several options you can enable. There will be a Parent Totals which will show the total forums and posts within the Parent Forum itself. Parent Last Post which will show the last post made in either the Parent Forum itself or any of its Subforums inside. Parent New Post will show the Unread/New indicator and if you are using Soft Subforums style the link on the main board page will become Italic also indicating new post were made. The final option for Parent Forums is the No Posting option which will prevent any posts from being made in the Parent forum itself which is nice if you have a lot of subforums inside.

    I think I've spotted a bug in the system, how do I go about reporting it?
    You can post in our Suggestions and Bug Reports forum, making sure you include detailed information about what you think you're seeing that you think is not working correctly. We like to troubleshoot and fix any bugs as quickly as we can and the best way to help us do that is to post one link to a example that we can go check out.


    Using the Custom Fields we've set up that forum for what Browser, including the Version along with what Operating System you've using can be beneficial too, because sometimes things are only found to be affecting a certain browser version and type. We appreciate the time it takes you to make a bug report and any information you can give us about the issue will help us resolve it quicker.

    How do I use the Random Image/Banner feature?
    In the Board Admin Center you will find Set Random Image under the File Hosting buttons. Click that and in this screen to set up the Random Image you would input the URLs to the desired banner images-one URL per line in the input text box. Then in the board template you would have to input this http://bb.bbboy.net/yourboardname-randomimage? as the URL to your banner and each time a page is loaded a different image appears.

    What is FillText and how do I use it?
    It's handy feature which allows you to give your fingers a break and post a entire reply with one click. For example you might get a lot of the same questions asked which require a detailed reply and using this allows you to be able to answer your members faster and saves wear and tear on not only your keyboard, but your hands too. Click on FillText in the Board Admin center, name a entry and then add the text you will want to show when that entry is selected from a FillText menu offered to you in the add reply pages, Only Admins and Mods can use the Fills and only Admins can make a FillText entry.

    What is the built in Snowflake Effect?
    It is a optional board effect that you can use seasonally for more then just snowflakes. You would go into your Admin Center and there under Effects is the button to get into the Snowflake Effect set-up screen. In there you can tell it how many 'flakes' you desire to have cascading down your board and the URL to the desired image.

    How do I use the "File Hosting" feature?
    To access your file hosting administration, click on "File Hosting" in your admin center.

    To upload a new file, click on the "browse" button, and select the file you wish to upload.

    To delete a file, click the "delete" button next to the filename.

    To get the URL to use for a file, click on "Copy URL" next to the filename. This will copy the URL to use for that file to your clipboard, where you can paste it to where it's needed.

    Please note that you are assigned a maximum of 1MB of space for hosted files.

    What is the Board Maintenance Mode and how do I use it?
    You can now put your board in "Maintenance Mode", when you're busy working on changes to it. This will allow only admins and mods to see the board - regular users won't be able to view it until you turn Maintenance Mode off. You can also have forum-specific Maintenance Mode, so that only one forum is inaccessible.

    How do I disable the auto-hover help bar on post pages?
    To disable the auto-hover help bar, click on "Edit Forums", and select "Edit Settings" from the pull-down menu next to the forum you wish to change. On the next screen, you will see the option to disable the auto-hover help bar.

    How is bandwidth calculated for my board?
    Bandwidth is the amount of data which is transferred from the server to the user's browser. Every page load, the page is sent to the user. So let's say a page is 5KB - that 5KB is the amount of bandwidth that's used up by that page load. Images hosted in the file hosting also take up bandwidth every time they're loaded. So the more their viewed, the more bandwidth is used.

    How do I duplicate a forum?
    To duplicate the settings and (optionally) the posts in a forum, click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center, then choose "Duplicate Forum" from the pull-down menu next to the forum you wish to duplicate.

    How do I set posting restrictions in a forum?
    To set posting restrictions in a forum, click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center, and select "Edit Settings" next to the forum you wish to edit. On the next screen, you will be able to set posting restrictions for that forum.

    What is Dynamic Registration, Dynamic Profiles, and Auto-Member and how do they work?
    When you have Dynamic Registration enabled it allows the user to see the user sign up page inset into your board template. You can also check the box at the top of this graphic for Auto-Member On Registration feature, which makes anyone who registered off of your board's register link a member of your board regardless of whether or not they've posted. Dynamic Profiles work so that whenever someone views a member profile from your board, they will see it inset into your board template.

    What is the Quick Reply and how do I enable and use this feature?
    To enable Quick Reply feature, click on "Edit Board Settings" in your admin center and check the box to enable it under Post Options. Using this feature is easy and if you have some of your emoticon codes memorized or copied into a text document on your conputer, you can still use emoticons. However signatures are not accessable through a Quick Reply and neither are FillText entries. The big advantage of using the Quick Reply is that it is already loaded when you are viewing threads.

    How do I edit the maximum personal pic/photo sizes?
    In your admin center, click on "Edit Board Settings". Here, you should see options to limit the maximum personal pic/photo sizes, as shown below.

    How do I use the User Level Images feature?
    Adding User Level Images is pretty straightforward, either using our images or inputting the URL to your desired image in the Edit User Levels screen. Create a level or click on Image next to a existing level and you can input the URL as well as how many times you want the image repeated underneath the level text.

    How do I edit a forum-specific template?
    To edit a forum-specific template, click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center, and select "Edit Template" from the pull-down menu next to the forum you wish to edit the template of.

    Note that any changes you make to this template will only appear in the one forum.

    How do I set private forum access for users?
    If you have set a forum to be private, then you can selectively allow users access to the forum. Click on "Edit Users", and put a check in the box(es) next to the user(s) you wish to allow access to private forum(s). Then select "Set Private Forum Access" from the pull-down menu, and put a check in the box(es) next to the private forum(s) you wish the user(s) to access.

    To remove a user from a private forum, follow the same steps as outlined above, but un-check the boxes next to the forum(s) in the last step.

    How can I easily submit my board to search engines?
    Simply click on the "Submit To Search Engines" option in your admin center. This will submit your board to 10 different search engines very quickly and easily.

    How do I combine two forums?
    To combine 2 forums, click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center. Then, choose "Combine Forum" from the pull-down menu next to the forum you wish to move the posts from.

    On the next screen, choose the forum you wish to move the posts to.

    How do I use Mod/Admin only emoticons?
    This feature allows Admins/Mods to designate certain emoticons which will not appear in the Visible, Clickable Emoticon Box, but only Mods/Admin will be able to use the special emoticons.

    How do I disable the Notify option?
    Unless you have a very busy community the bandwidth used is very minimal and many members really find this to be a useful feature. But if you wish to disable this option, click on "Edit Text" in your admin centre, and delete the "Notify" text, or set the "Notify" image to http://bb.bbboy.net/images/spacer.gif

    What is the Who is Online script for a website all about?
    This feature allows Admins to add a line of code to their website so a box will appear with the listing of who is online, so that people visiting your website might be more inclined to drop by your community if there are people showing as online.

    <script language=javascript src="http://bb.bbboy.net/YOURBOARDID-jsonline"></script>

    What is the "Auto-cron" feature?
    The "Auto-cron" feature allows you to auto-delete or auto-archive posts after a certain number of threads in a forum. This option is not turned on by default.

    To enable auto-archiving or auto-deleting, click on "Auto-Cron" in your admin center. Then, select either "do nothing to", "auto-archive" or "auto-delete" from the pull-down menu, and enter the number of threads in a forum before the action takes place.

    For example, if you select "auto-delete", and enter "400", after a forum has 400 threads in, every new thread will "push" the oldest thread off the end, and delete it.

    If you select "auto-archive", and "965", an archive forum will be created, and after a forum reaches 965 threads, and new threads being posted will "push" old threads off the end, and into the archive forum. The archive forum is a hidden forum which can only be entered by the administrator through the "View Archive" link in the admin center.

    What are Subforums and how do I use them?
    Subforums are forums within forums. Admins can choose to use the Full style to have the Subforums displayed on the main board page. They can have None which would only show the Subforums in the Parent Forum they are in, or they can choose to use the Soft style of Subforums which will have the names of the various Subforums on the Parent Forum's description. This also serves to indicate when new posts are made in those Subforums by the name being italicized when new posts are made and looking normal when no new posts are waiting.

    The Parent Forum is used to hold several related Subforums and you can set the Parent Forum up so that it cannot be used for posting and the most recent threads replied to, along with the total number of threads/posts reflects the Subforums within. This is done in the Posting Restrictions screen in the Parent Forum itself.

    How can I disable the Active in Forum/Thread feature?
    In the Edit Board Settings screen just below "Disable Who's Online (And Where) Screen?" is the option to Disable Active In forum/Thread.

    Why do I see strange things on the who's online?
    As an admin, you may see usernames with [anon] after them. This means that this user is anonymous - but you, as an administrator, can see the user even if they are anonymous. This user will not be show to other users.

    As an administrator, you will also see the IP address(es) of any guests (unregistered users) that are browsing your board. This is to reduce abuse/spam from unregistered users. Only you, as administrator, will see the IP addresses of guests (or anyone for that matter).

    What is the difference between Choice and Rating polls?
    Choice Polls allow members to choose between some options the person who created to poll offers. Rating Polls allow members to answer using a rating system of one to ten.

    What is the Rainbow Link Effect and how do I use it on my board?
    This is boardwide effect you enable by clicking on the Toggle Rainbow Links button under Effects in your Admin Center. To turn off the effect you simply click the same button and it turns it off.

    Are there any tutorials available to help me learn about using Best Boards?
    Yes. We've just released our Administrator's Tutorial.

    What are "Custom BbCodes"?
    The "Custom BbCodes" feature allows you to create your own BbCodes - for example, some of our in-built BbCodes are [b] [url] [img] etc. With this feature, you can make your own for your board.

    To create a new Custom BbCode, enter the text for the BbCode in the left box (This will be surrounded by [ and ], so if you create a BbCode with the text mybbcode, your users will be able to type [mybbcode]), and the HTML to convert it to into the right box.

    Note that if your code requires closing tags, you must input them in a seperate BbCode.

    How do I assign a user as an admin?
    An admin will have all the powers you do, including removing your admin powers, so please make sure that you entirely trust any user you assign as an admin.

    To give administration powers to a user, click on "Edit Users" in your admin center, and put a check in the box(es) next to the user(s) you wish to give administration powers. Then, select "Assign Admins" from the pull-down menu, and confirm your descision.

    To remove administration powers for a user, follow the same steps as outligned above, but select "Remove Admin/Mod Powers" from the pull-down menu.

    I can't get to my board anymore. I see LOCKED at the top and the Best Boards home page where my board should be. Why?
    We will LOCK any user BbBoards for breaking our Terms of Use and we move swiftly to resolve TOU Violation issues. If you feel your BbBoard was locked injustly you can email BbSupport and explain why you should have your BbBoard unlocked. Posting illegal content, harassment or other TOU Violating activity will not be tolerated.

    Can I remove the BbBoard logo from the top of my board?
    Sure. Just edit it out of the board template by clicking on "Edit Board Template" in your admin center.

    What is the differences between the different settings for Processing Screens?
    You can choose to display all Processing Screens, none at all or the reccommended level of Fatal Errors Only. This level will allow you to forgo showing Processing Screens unless something goes wrong constituting a Fatal Error that will give you the error so that you can see what happened and correct it yourself or have the error handy to report to us in our Suggestions and Bug Reports forum. A common error is having the extension for a attached file in uppercase-it will not attach in that case and tell you so in the Processing Screen that will folow the failed attempt to attach a file.

    Can I delete my BbBoard?
    Not currently, but we are looking into including that option for a future release. For now you can delete everything yourself and put on the MBA and leave it with no allowed membernames. That would effectively keep people out of it.

    How do I delete a forum?
    To delete a forum, click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center, and select "Delete" from the pull-down menu next to the forum you wish to delete.

    Please note that this will delete all threads in the forum too.

    How do I disable linking to profiles on who's online?
    To disable linking to profiles on who's online, simply click on "Edit Board Settings" in your admin center. Then check the relevant box.

    How do you set up and use the Posting by Email feature for Fixed and Variable BbBoards?
    We have a really good How To you can check out for detailed insrtuctions on setting up and using this great feature.

    How do I move/disable the who's online box?
    In your admin center, click on "Edit Board Settings". You will see an option "Who's Online Position" - you can choose "Not Shown", "Top", or "Bottom".

    Directly underneath that option, you will also find an option to specify the order of the names on the who's online, and an option to specify the timeout, as show in the image below.

    Can I disable some of the BbCodes?
    Admins can disable individual BbCodes in their admin center. Changes affect signatures too, and are retroactive.

    How do I disable a specific user's signature?
    There are 2 ways. The first way is through the amin center - click on "Edit Users", put a check in the box(es) next to the user(s) you wish to disable the signature of. Then, select "Disable Sigs" form the pull-down menu. To re-enable the signature(s), follow the exact same process, but select "Re-Enable Sig" from the pull-down menu.

    The second way is to view a post the user has made, and select "Disable Sig" from the "Mod Options" menu. To re-enable the user's sig, select "Re-Enable Sig" from the "Mod Options" menu.

    What is the One Time Poster Clearout feature?
    This is located in the Board Controls under the Users selection. Clicking this button will bring up a list of ID's for people who've only posted once and never posted since-you can remove any ID from the list or just confirm the users being deleted it will show as one-time posters.

    What are Invisible Emoticons and how do we use them?
    Invisible Emoticons were added so that larger emoticons could still be used without stretching the Emoticon box in the Add Reply page. You would just type in the text you entered when adding the emoticon to your list and it will call forth the image.

    What does the trashcan do?
    This feature was added to help avoid losing threads accidentally. The Trashcan holds deleted threads for 3-10 days so that admins can restore them if it is noticed that a thread that was not meant to be deleted was.

    How do I make a welcome page?
    To make a web page for a rules guide, newbie help, or FAQ, you don't need to host a page on a seperate web host. Simply click on "Edit Welcome Page" in your admin center, and enter the HTML for the page.

    The location of your welcome page will be http://bb.bbboy.net/BoardID-welcome . Change "BoardID" to your actual BoardID.

    How do I add a forum?
    To add a forum, click on "Add Forum" in your admin center, and fill out the short form with details on the forum. You may want to edit the forum's settings as soon as you have created it - click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center to do so.

    What is a Admin Password and how it is used?
    This is a special security feature we've added to help protect boards hosted with us from the threat of sabatoge. It is a special password-not the user password but one for all the board Admins to use when working on the board and making any major changes. This feature also has a automatic server side backup done upon major board events.

    How do I disable posticons, personal icons/pics or sigs in a forum?
    To disable any of these features in a forum, select "Edit Forums" in your admin center, and select "Edit Settings" from the pull-down menu next to the forum you wish to edit. Near the bottom of the next screen, you will find the options to disable any of these options for that forum.

    Do you have a spellchecker on BbBoard?
    No. But if you use Internet Explorer you can download this one http://www.iespell.com/ that will work very well on BbBoard.

    What are the different styles of Subforums?
    There are three ways to use Subforums. You can have them to not be visible on the main page at all, Soft where they are shown as text links under the Parent Forum they reside in. The the last option is Full which will show them on the main board page as if they were a regular forum.
    The Parent Forum is used to hold several related Subforums and you can set the Parent Forum up so that it cannot be used for posting and the most recent threads replied to, along with the total number of threads/posts reflects the Subforums within. This is done in the Posting Restrictions screen in the Parent Forum itself.

    How do I edit user levels?
    To edit user levels, click on "Edit User Levels" in your admin center.

    To add a new user level, enter the text (or HTML) to be used in the left-hand box, and the number of posts needed to achieve that level in the right-hand box. That text/HTML will then be shown under the user's name after they reach that number of posts.

    Note that user levels do not interfere with custom titles - a user can have both a user level and a custom title.

    What are these Forum Control Links on my forum pages?
    These are shortcuts right into the Forum Controls and if you wanted to edit the Forum Template or that forum's settings you easily can jump right into the Admin Center and get right to where you would need to be, saving you several clicks.

    How does the profanity filter work?
    To access the profanity filter, click on "Profanity Filter" in your admin center.

    To add a new work to censor, enter the word in the box on the left hand side, and enter the word to replace it with in the right hand box.

    To delete a word from the profanity filter, click on "Delete" next to it.

    The profanity filter is not case sensitive, and searches for partial words as well as full words. For example, vision would censor vision, ViSiOn, television, etc.

    How do I Adopt a Forum?
    This is done with the other board's Admin's permission and when they log into their Admin Center they will see a red button Approve Adoptions and once they click that they will see your request to adopt a forum from their board and will either approve it or deny it. You should get a email letting you know if it was approved or denied.

    How do I delete an announcement?
    To delete an announcement, click on "View Announcements" in your admin center. Right underneath the announcement you wish to delete, click the "Delete Announcement" button. It will then no longer be shown to any (more) users.

    How do I limit signature length?
    In your admin center, click on "Edit Board Settings". Here, you should see an option to limit signatures to a certain number of chars, as shown below. The default is 1000.

    What is the "Membership Screening" feature?
    This feature blocks everyone who isn't a member of your board from viewing it. People who want to be able to view/post at your board submit an application, and wait for you to approve them. This allows you to screen users before they can view/post at your board, so you can only allow members that you wish to. Below is a screenshot of what a someone who is not a member of your board will see when they visit for the first time.

    How does flood control work? Is it safe against guest posters?
    You can set the number of seconds between the same person posting replies and/or new threads seperatly, in "Edit Board Settings" in your admin center.

    Flood control is completely safe against guest posters, as it works on both username and IP address.

    How do I set the maximum file attachment size, or disable attachments?
    In your admin center, click on "Edit Board Settings". You will see an option "Max File Attachment Size", allowing you to specify the maximum file size, in KB. Set this to 0 to disable attachments.

    Please note that your board is allocated 1MB of storage space for attachments, so no attachment can be bigger than 1024KB, even if you specify the maximum size to be larger.

    What is Move Notification and how do I enable and use this feature?
    Move Notification is useful if you are moving or deleting a thread. You now have the option of automatically notifying users that posted in it that it was moved and to where it has gone. This will send a PM to the user with the details. Available only in the Mod Options menu inside threads only. Bulk Forum Mod Options menus will not be able to use this feature.

    I want to have Adult (X-Rated) Content on my boards, is that against your TOU?
    Yes, we lock any BbBoard found to have Adult content or that host links to Warez sites/ftps. We do not allow anything X-rated because minors, 13 and over use our boards and we expect our BbBoard owners to understand that if it is not fit to show your mother or a teenager then it is not fit to have on your BbBoard.

    How do I edit the board template?
    To edit the board template, click on "Edit Board Template" in your admin center. Here, you will be able to edit the HTML displayed for your board, and the default template for your forums.

    What is the Advert Forum Preference and how do I use it?
    This is found when you Edit Forums and then select the desired forum and Edit Settings. Near the bottom in the Edit Settings screen is the option to check a box, making a forum a Advert Forum and users will be unable to post unless they have made a preset number of posts that you choose in this screen, be it three posts or fifteen-unless a member has met the required number of posts they will not be able to post in the Advert Forum.

    How do I edit the board's custom emoticons (smileys)?
    In your admin center, click on "Edit Emoticons". To add a new emoticon, in the left box put the text of the emoticon, and in the right box, type the URL to the emoticon.

    Note that the text for the emoticon you provide will be surrounded by colons (:), so if you create an emoticon with the text "happyface", for example, your users will be able to type :happyface: for the emoticon to show up. Note the colon before and after the emoticon's text.

    What is the Quick Reply and how do I enable and use this feature?
    To enable Quick Reply feature, click on "Edit Board Settings" in your admin center and check the box to enable it under Post Options. Using this feature is easy and if you have some of your emoticon codes memorized or copied into a text document on your computer, you can still use emoticons. However signatures are not accessible through a Quick Reply and neither are FillText entries. The big advantage of using the Quick Reply is that it is already loaded when you are viewing threads.

    My mods cannot get into our private staff forum-what's wrong?
    If you've set the staff forum's Posting Restrictions to Mods & Admins the easiest way to accomplish having your mods be able to access and there is to assign them as moderators of the staff forum which will give them access to it. You have to assign them as a moderator there for them to be able to enter and post inside if you have that Posting Restriction set to Mods & Admins. If you like you can choose to set the Posting Restrictions to Specified Users, Mods & Admins and then you can select the mods names from your userlist and on the select menu pull down to Assign Private Forum Access. When you have a private forum hidden you have to take this a step further and select them from the userlist and on the menu go down to Assign Hidden Forum Viewing Ability which also applies if you have forums you want some users to be able to see and others not to.

    Any advice on where to host images if we run out of space in our paid hosting?
    One thing people don't think about is that the ISP charges they pay for internet access usually includes between 5-15 megs of hotlinkable webspace, which if you are using it for board images might be the answer for you. Call them to ask and you can most likely activate it within hours of calling. You'll also need to get all the FTP settings from them and you'll be uploading your images and using them on your board in a flash. If you do not have webspace included in your internet access, try using freewebspace.net to run a in depth search to find a suitable free web host.

    What's the BbRing?
    This feature allows you to easily swap links with other Best Boards. To edit your BbRing, click on "BbRing" in your admin center.

    To add a new board to your BbRing, enter the board ID in the text box. The board ID is the part of the URL which apears after the http://bb.bbboy.net - so the board ID for a board with the URL http://bb.bbboy.net/myboard is myboard.

    The boards you enter will show up in the select box at the bottom of your board.

    How do I reverse the post order?
    To have the new posts in the threads on your board go to the top of the thread, rather than the bottom, click on "Edit Board Settings" in your admin center. Then, check the "Reverse Post Order" box. This setting can be un-done by un-checking the box - all posts will be reverted back to the normal order when you disable this option.

    How do I make an announcement? What sort?
    To make a new announcement, click on "Make Announcement" in your admin center. You have the option of an "on-board" announcement, or a "popup" announcement.

    An on-board announcement will put the text you enter at the top of your board. You may use HTML with this option.

    A popup announcement will pop an alert box to every user on your board - but only once. After the user has viewed the announcement, they will not see it again. You can not use HTML with this option, as alert boxes do not support HTML.

    How do I set up the "Welcome Email" feature?
    The "Welcome Email" feature sends an e-mail to users when they make their first post on your board.

    To enable this feature, click on "Welcome Email" in your admin center, type the e-mail you wish to be sent to new members, and click "Enable & Save Changes".

    To disable this feature, click "Disable Welcome Email".

    You can use the HTML tags in your welcome e-mail, as it is sent in HTML format. You may also use our custom tag:

    <BbBoard="username">

    This tag will insert the new member's username in place of the tag.

    How can I view how much bandwidth I've used if I'm on the variable plan?
    If you're on the variable plan, the cost of your board is proportional to the amount of bandwidth you use. To view he amount of bandwidth you have used, and how much credit you have left, click on "View Bandwidth Costs" in your admin center.

    How do I revert a forum-specific template to the default board template?
    To revert a forum template, click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center, and select "Edit Template" from the pull-down menu. Then, click on "Revert To Board Template".

    How do I ban/unban a user from my board?
    Banning a user by username will ban them from posting and viewing your board, when they're logged into their account. If you enable guest posting, then theoretically, the banned user could still log out and post as a guest.

    To ban a user, click on "Edit Users" in your admin center. Next, put a check in the box(es) next to the user(s) you wish to ban. Lastly, select "Ban Users" from the pull-down menu.
    To un-ban a user, go through the same process as described above, but select "Unban Users" from the pull-down menu. You can also ban a user by IP number. To do so, select "IP Ban" in your admin center, and input the number to ban.

    How do I disable thread bumping?
    To disable the ability of your mods/user to bump threads, click on "Edit Board Settings" in your admin center, and check the "Disable Thread Bumping" box.

    What is the Last Five Threads script for and how do I use it?
    This feature allows a Admin to add a line of code to their website and a box with links to the board and the five most recently replied to topics will appear. This is the code to add to your website to display the Last Five Active Topics on your site. <script language=javascript src="http://bb.bbboy.net/YOURBOARDID-jslast"></script>

    How do I assign a moderator to a forum, and select their powers?
    To assign a moderator position, click "Edit Users" in your admin center, and put a check in the box(es) next to the user(s) you wish to give moderation position(s) to. Next, select "Assign Mods" from the pull-down menu. Put a check in the box(es) next to the forum(s) you wish the user(s) to moderate, and put a check next to the box(es) next to the powers you wish the user(s) to have in those forums.

    To edit or remove moderator positions, follow the same steps as outlighted above, but un-check or check more boxes in the last step.

    How do I edit the board's custom posticons?
    In your admin center, click on "Edit Custom Posticons".

    To add a new posticon, enter the name of the posticon in the left box (The name is just a marker - it's never shown to the user. As long as it is unique on your board, you can use whatever name you wish), and the URL to the posticon in the right box.

    To delete a posticon, click the "Delete" button next to the posticon.

    How do I set my BbBoard's time?
    Time here is a user end settings so you can't set one for the board as such, you need to go to your User CP and in there in Edit Settings that is where you adjust the time so posts across the network appear in your zone. Here is a chart covering some of them below you can refer to.


    • Pacific Standard Time: GMT-8
    • Mountain Time: GMT-7
    • Central Standard Time: GMT-6
    • Eastern Standard Time: GMT-5
    • Santiago: GMT-4
    • Buenos Aires: GMT-3
    • London: GMT+0
    • Paris: GMT+1
    • Cape Town: GMT+2
    • Moscow: GMT+3
    • Bangkok: GMT+7
    • Hong Kong - GMT+8
    • Tokyo: GMT+9
    • Sydney: GMT+10
    • Auckland: GMT+12

    How do I change the images on my board?
    To change the default images for your board, click on "Edit Images" in your admin center. For each image, you can either input an URL, or leave it blank. If you leave it blank, a string of text will be used in place of the image.

    You can also specify different images for specific forums if you wish. Click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center, then, from the pull-down menu next to the forum you wish to change the images of, select "Edit Images". If you leave the forum image blank, it will revert to the board's default for that image.

    How do I backup/restore my board?
    We have made backing up and restoring your board very easy - you can do it all yourself.

    To download the backup file, click on "Download Backup" in your admin center. We recommend that you do this at least once a week in the unlikely event that something should happen to your board.

    To restore your board from a previous backup, click "Restore From Backup" in your admin center. Then, click the "browse" button to select the backup file from your computer. Note that this will restore your entire board to how it was when you made the backup - threads, posts, users and settings.

    How do I assign custom titles to user(s)?
    To assign custom titles(s) to users, click on "Edit Users" in your admin center, and put a check in the box(es) next to the user(s) you wish to give a custom title. Next, select "Assign Custom Titles" from the pull-down menu, and type the text/HTML for the titles in the box(es) on the next screen.

    To remove a custom title, follow the same steps as outlined above, but delete the text from the box(es) in the last step.

    How can I limit the number of emoticons or images in people's posts on my board?
    Admins can now put a maximum limit on the nuumber of emoticons, or images, a user can post in any one post. Click on Edit Board Settings and look for the options near the bottom where you can input the limits.

    How do I back up my board?
    You can back your board up at any time using the Server Side Back Up process. In your Admin Center you can directly download a back up yourself to store on your hard drive as well as restore it from a previously downloaded back up. Using the Server Side Back Ups you can back your board up to ten times-even free hosted boards have this ability because we know how important your boards are to you. You can restore from a Server Side Back Up at any time by going into the Server Side Back Up screen by clicking the button and choosing to 'Restore.' You can even 'Delete' older copies of back ups to make room for current ones so that the limit of ten is maintained.

    How do I delete all posts in a forum without deleting the forum?
    This feature is know as "clearing" the forum. To clear the forum, click on "Edit Forums" in your admin center, and select "Clear" in the pull-down menu next to the forum you wish to clear.

    Note that this action is not reversable, and all posts will be deleted.

    How do I bulk e-mail users?
    To bulk e-mail users, click on "Edit Users" in your admin center, and put a check in the box(es) next to the user(s) you wish to e-mail. Then, select "Bulk Email" from the pull-down menu. Type your message in the boxes on the next screen.

    How do I use the multi-post feature?
    To post a thread to all forums (except the archive forum if applicable), simply click on "Multi-Post" in your admin center.

    You will be taken to a "new thread" page, and when you post the thread, it will be posted into all forums at once, instead of just one.

    You can also choose to lock and/or pin the thread while you post - simply check the relevant checkboxes.

    Can I adjust how many posts per page appear on my threads for my board?
    Yes, in your Admin Center you can Edit Board Settings and in there you can choose Posts Per Page a maximum of 30 and even adjust the threads per page in the forum list, with a maximum of 40.

    How do I ban a user from just a specific forum?
    To ban a user from a specific forum, click on "Edit Users" in your admin center. Next, put a check in the box(es) next to the user(s) you wish to ban. Then select "Set Forum-Specific Bans" from the pull-down menu. Lastly, put a check in the box(es) next to the forums you wish to ban the user(s) from.

    To un-ban a user from a specific forum, go through the same process as described above, but un-check the box(es) next to the forums you wish to ban the user(s) from.

    What is the difference between Post Mood and Mood Now?
    Once you choose a BbMood anything you post on BbBoards which have BbMoods enabled, will show Post Mood and Mood Now? if the admins have chosen to display both options. At first your Mood Now? and Post Mood will appear identical. Once you've changed to another BbMood then the Post Mood will remain the one it was when you made the post and the Mood Now? will appear on all BbBoards you've posted on that have this feature enabled as whatever your current BbMood is.

    Can I see/edit my board member's password or profiles?
    No. All user account information is strictly confidential and you should have no need to see or edit anyone's passwords or profiles. If a member of your community needs that kind of help have them contact us at support@bbboy.net.

    What is Edit Text and what use is it?
    One thing we offer that sets us apart is that you have the power to Edit Text on your BbBoard. This is something that can really personalize your BbCommunity and you can take advantage in the Regular Admin Center mode under the bottom middle column in the Advanced Menu, the Edit Text button is there. You can even use it with HTML to insert images on more places or just change the other aspects of the text that appears over your BbBoard.




    If you use HTML there make sure you have all the closing tags and it right before you submit so you don't have to wonder whether that text in the pull down menu isn't showing because of a typo or other small mistake. The Edit Text is really more advanced and not something you should be doing if you're not comfortable with using HTML.



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