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multi forums in one

Post by Jalokim on July 17th 2008, 7:53 pm

multi forums in one



How to do the above
lets call this the 4in1 category



First: You will need to create a new category:

go to admin panel -> general -> categories and forums


Create a new category (click )  ...and name it how you want.(i called mine "forum overview")
Remember to click the "add a forum to this category" button as it'll be needed in the next step.

Second:
After clicking the next button you should be redirected to the create a new forum screen:

In the forum name you MUST type in
Code:
 
Look below:


^^ this will create a invisible forum where you can add links...

Third... don't save anything
We need to fill the description ...
Move to the description box of the new forum... and click on this button  Arrow 
after that click the Click this button   Arrow

once you have done the above... the  editor box should be almost empty... Normally if you click this   button  Arrow a <br> script comes up... you can delete it but it is not necessary. Now you must paste into the code box a table:

Code:
<table width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="5">
  <tr>
    <td width="31">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="284">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="31">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="279">&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
</table>


Members have been asking how to create more than 4 categories. Its really a matter of adding a table or two. but just incase here is a set of codes for a 6 level category and a 8 level one.

heres the code for the 6:
Code:
<table width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2">
  <tr>
    <td width="5%">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="44%">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="6%">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="45%">&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
</table>

and heres a code for the 8:
Code:
<table width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2">
  <tr>
    <td width="4%">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="46%">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="4%">&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="46%">&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
</table>


After you've pasted the code ...click this button again...  Arrow you should see something like this:


Now you need to fill your data... in the small boxes you can add images and in the larger boxes you must add a link to your forum and a description. You can change the size of the boxes by changing the table width : <td width="pixel  size">
REMEMBER ALL OF THE DATA MUST BE WRITTEN IN HTML... You can use the editor to upload images or links.
Question: but how do i add links to forums i haven't made yet?
Answer: this is temporary for now... You first need to add the table and the 4 images and the 4 titles without links to your forums!



Once you have the base text and images you may save the forum.

Fourth : adding forums to an invisible forum


This might be complicated... but please bear with me. After saving go back to your categories and forums menu. Now you must add 4 new forums to your invisible forum... do it normally just like any other forum... just make sure you add 4 forums to the invisible one:



this is what it should look like:


Now here is the trick... If you can please open a new tab in your browser and open the index of your forum (the homepage the main page) go to any other forum that you have on your forum... we need to use the jump function to get to your invisible forum.

now once you have reached you forums that are hidden in the invisible forum you can copy the links to the forums... you can do this manually or you can copy and switch tabs... -->explained later

Fifth : adding links making the table look nice

OK... now we need to return to the table... so we go back to step 3...
access your invisible forum... add the links to your new forums to the descriptions you made earlier... you can manually add the links or as i've said before... if you have tabs in your browser you can quickly copy the link switch the tab to your editor and so on...
once you have completed all the updates... and you are satisfied with the table... click the A\a button... the screen should be full of script... near the top there should be a code like this:
Code:
<table width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="5">

find this code and change the border="1" to border="0"

this will remove the ugly border. Check if your forum name is:
Code:
&nbsp;
when all this is done, please click the save button...

well done... you should have the categories just like on Fm on your forum.
You can add different links or redirection... you can play with the tables and description as long as you know html ...

I tried to make this tut as clear as possible... if you still have problems please Pm me : Jalokim

I can also do this procedure for you if you ask nicely via PM. make sure to prepare the images and administrator details (SEND ONLY VIA PM) and I'll make the multi forum for you before you know it.

Oh i almost forgot... you need to change your hierarchy... the best one is medium... and don't forget to remove the sublevel links!


Last edited by Jalokim on February 1st 2010, 9:58 am; edited 7 times in total

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Re: multi forums in one

Post by Jalokim on February 1st 2010, 12:33 am

multiforum trick video tutorial


Since this tutorial has lost some of its touch due to the recent updates, I've created a video tutorial showcasing the steps to take to create your own multiforum trick from scratch.


I hope you enjoy the vid.
Its best to watch it on youtube or fullscreen to see what I'm typing.
This is the quickest and easiest way to get the multi forum
cheers




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Re: multi forums in one

Post by APE on August 6th 2014, 5:36 pm

This thread has been updated to fit in with the new editor.

Any problems please feel free to ask me.

Also note the Video that has been placed will also be a little out of date.





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