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Xoops  Introduction


 


This introductory page is an overview of XOOPS, with some quick tips included. More detailed instructions are in the appropriate sections.


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XOOPS is an open source tool for developing small estou large interactive dynamic community websites, company portals, intranets, weblogs, and much more. Once installed on a host server, webmasters are able estou administer the content through their Web browser online after logging into estou their XOOPS administration. This backend administration is easy estou use and intuitive. No programming knowledge is required. XOOPS is  installed on a Web server with an installer program provided.


The following is a endereço estou an excellent introduction estou XOOPS by hsalazar


Visual Introduction estou Xoops



Permissions and Groups


Permission access levels for users can easily be implemented using Xoops. For example, specific content can be hidden from anonymous users, and only made available estou registered members or groups specified by the portal administration. XOOPS has an easy estou use one-clique powerful permissions management system.


Quick Tip: To find the permissions admin go to your portal admin, and let your mouse hover over the System Admin icon--then choose Groups. This is where you add or remove permissions estou access modules or blocks. For example in the Groups section clique on Modify next estou Anonymous Users. In this section you set up permissions for module access and block access by just adding a checkmark estou the relevant boxes.


Groups & Permissions How To's



Modules


Xoops comes with a number of installable "modules" as standard. Each module performs a specific function, and has its own backend administration. These modules are installed simply by cliqueing on an appropriate install icon.


Quick Tip: To find the XOOPS modules admin go estou got estou your portal administration link, and let your mouse hover over the System Admin icon--then choose Modules. This where you install the standard modules that come with Xoops. You can also rename modules in this section. This module name will appear as a endereço estou the module in your  Main Menu.


Other non-standard modules you have downloaded are uploaded estou the yoursite.com/modules folder. These uploaded modules will automatically appear in the bottom section of the XOOPS Modules administration section after upload.


Example Modules


NEWS


Users can submit content for admin approval, or automatic approval can also be setup for user groups if desired. News categories and sub-categories are also easily defined within XOOPS, which assists with the efficient management of content.


NEWBB FORUMS


Interactive message boards often called Forums where users can post topics and reply estou topics online. Posted messages appear in a threaded or "flat" format.


ARTICLES & CONTENT


Many article or content modules are available for download which are not provided with the standard installation. Each content module has its own specific range of features. Webmasters normally choose the content module which suits their preferences.


Most of these article or content "wrapping" modules come with a "what you see is what you get" (wysiwyg ) editor. Text can be copied and pasted from text editors like Microsoft Word; or, existing HTML code can be pasted from applications like DreamWeaver or FrontPage.


Content How To's


OTHER MODULES


Other freely available modules include photo-galleries, business directories, event calandars, chat scripts, and weblogs estou name a few. Recently some powerful popular programs like Coppermine gallery, Invisionboard forums, and Oscommerce for online shops has been successfully integrated into Xoops


List of Modules


Module How To's



Blocks


Blocks are used for navigation menus or content, and can be placed on the left, right, or center of a page. XOOPS has an exceptionally powerful and flexible block positioning system. Blocks can be made estou appear, or not appear in individual modules or pages. Modules normally come with their own blocks already included, these blocks are found in the "Blocks" section of your XOOPS admin.


Most content modules will provide automatic links estou the content created through these navigation menus in the blocks. For example, normally the "title" of an article is used as the navigation endereço estou the article's page.


Blocks are often used estou provide HTML content, banners or images. Webmasters can easily create their own customized blocks in XOOPS using the "Custom Block" tool.


Quick Tip: To find the Blocks admin go to got estou your portal admin, and let your mouse hover over the System Admin icon--then choose Blocks. This where you set up visibility and positioning of blocks that appear in Xoops.


Note: Anonymous Users will not be able estou access the blocks unless you add permissions in System Admin-->Groups-->Anonymous Users


Block How To's



Themes and Templates


Themes


Xoops comes with a small selection of themes, sometimes called "skins". Many hundreds of other ready made themes are available for download. Users then change the logo and look estou suit their preferences. In practice many users choose a theme which has an appropriate layout, and alter the appearance by changing the themes HTML file and style sheet in the theme's folder. Some webmasters have created stunning individual looking sites.


See this example


Quick Tip: If editing your theme.html or the style sheet(s) based in your theme folder and you wish estou see changes immediately, go to your portal admin, and let your mouse hover over the System Admin icon--then choose Preferences-->General Settings, and look for this field:


Update module template .html files from themes/your theme/templates directory? Set this estou Yes


If this option is enabled, module template .html files will be updated automatically if there are newer files under the themes/your theme/templates directory for the current theme. This should be turned off once the portal goes public.


To change your logo, right clique on the log on your portal and choose "Properties". This will show you the path estou your logo and the name of your logo file. Go to the same file on your server and overwrite this with your own image, renaming your image with the same name as the logo. Dimensions for the image can be changed in the theme.html in your theme folder.


Templates


Most themes use the default "Template". Templates control the layout and some behaviors and functions of individual blocks and modules. XOOPS templates are driven by a template engine called Smarty. Most existing XOOPS themes are based on the XOOPS "default" template. The X2t theme that come with XOOPS has its own Template in the extras folder of your XOOPS distribution.

You can't edit the default template, you must clone it first, and edit the clone.


Quick Tip: To clone the default template go estou System Admin->Templates, and clique Clone next estou the default template, you may call this clone anything you wish. XOOPS will now install the cloned template. After you have done this, go to System Admin->Preferences->General Settings and make the clone your default Template.


Then go back estou System Admin-->Templates, a tick should be located estou the right of the default template. You may need estou clique on "Generate" if any of the module files have a "red" generate link.


Theme & Template How To's



Requirements


Xoops must be installed on a Web server that supports the PHP programming language, and has a mySQL database facility. Most good Web hosts now supply these facilities as standard. Users don't need estou know how estou code in PHP, or how estou administer a mySQL database--this has already been done. During installation XOOPS writes all the required tables estou the database. The webmaster needs estou know the specific database server connection details which are usually provided by the Web host in the welcome email. A named database must be available before XOOPS is installed


NOTE: XOOPS will only run on webservers that have at least PHP 4.1.0 and a mySQL database. Check with your hosting provider estou see if your hosting account is suited for XOOPS.



Web Hosting


It is important estou find the right host for your Web site. A known proven host will have all the facilities XOOPS requires, and the extra settings and server modules installed for the efficient function of some other XOOPS modules. For example, you may later wish estou have a professional gallery module installed, so having image-magic installed on the server is very handy. Some Web hosts have safe-mode activated which restricts the functions of some modules. Most Xoopsters and developers prefer Unix servers with Cpanel installed in the backend.


I personally use onsmart.net which suits my needs. I live in the UK, and their servers are in the USA, I have no noticeable loss of speed or service. I know some other Xoopsters who also use this host, so I have no hesitation about recommending this host estou anyone. I love their live online help.


Another recommended host I know is very popular and highly recommended at XOOPS, and offering a very good deal at the time of writing is:


surpasshosting.com


It is also very worthwhile estou post at the XOOPS Forums about recommended web-hosts estou get the first hand experience of other Xoopsters.



Installation overview


The downloaded  XOOPS files are uploaded estou the host server using FTP file transfer. The contents of the folder called html contain the required XOOPS folders and files. These folders and files are uploaded estou the Host server..


The webmaster needs estou have a database already created, or have privileges estou create a database during the install. The install is activated by entering the portal Web address into the Web browser--then the XOOPS installer automatically kicks in. During the install the database connection and password details are entered by the user. Finally, at the end of the installation an XOOPS administration account with a password and user name is created.


Then the webmaster logs in estou the Web portal and an administration endereço appears on the user menu. This admin endereço takes the webmaster estou the backend admin of XOOPS estou set up the Web site.


Install guide XOOPS INSTALL



Firewalls and Cookies


If the portal administrator has a firewall set up on their own computer, then the XOOPS portal will need estou be added estou the firewall program's list of trusted Web sites, or the login will not be successful. This is due estou necessary security measures adopted by the XOOPS development team.


Ensure cookies are enabled in your Web browser.



Xoops Setup


Once XOOPS is installed go to your portal and login with your XOOPS username and password, the administration endereço will appear on the user menu.


Quick Setup:



  • To set up your general portal preferences go to System Admin icon--then choose Preferences-->General Settings. In this section you set up your portal name and other defaults like your default launch module and theme etc.




  • Then go back estou System Admin-->Modules and install the modules you require like News, Forums, Contact etc.




  • Next go to System Admin-->Blocks and set up the visibility settings for the blocks you wish users estou have access to.




  • Finally go to System Admin-->Groups-->Anonymous Users and set up the permissions for modules and blocks. Place a checkmark in the appropriate box for module access and block access. Permissions levels can also be set up for other groups, like registered users for example.



Xoops Settings & Preferences



 


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