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Invision Power Board 2: A User Guide [Paperback]

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Written specifically to allow you to create a discussion forum, Invision Power Board (IPB) 2, provides all of the tools, features and functionality for you to set up and develop a vibrant community. Because it specializes in this one aspect of your website, all the features are geared towards this goal, and you can leave the improvement and additions to the Invision Power Services developers while you get on with managing the rest of your website.

If you are either already running a community forum based on Invision Power Board, or are planning on establishing one, then this is the book for you. This book will guide you through installing, configuring, managing and maintaining an Invision Power Board discussion forum on your own website.

The book begins with the initial installation and configuration of IPB on your system. You will then go on a tour of IPB and its features, for both users and administrators. This will grow your understanding and familiarise you with the power and possibilities of IPB.

IPB's Administration Control Panel is where you can control every aspect of your board. From users, forums and word filters to skins, templates and maintenance, everything can be done through the web-based control panel. The book devotes significant sections to covering these, getting you up to speed on the options available to you, and offering advice to help you make the right choices with your board administration.

To make your forums stand out from the rest, we cover skins and templates to take your first steps in customising your forum.

What you will learn from this book

- How to Install and configure IPB

- Learn the basics of working with IPB forums

- Find your way round the Administration Control Panel

- Create and manage forums and permissions

- Maintain users and user groups

- Get to grips with IPB skins to customize your site

- Discover under-explored features such as the IPB post office, subscriptions, and filters

- Learn from other administrators the secrets of making a successful forum


This book is a fast-paced guide to the most important features of Invision Power Board, and how to make best use of these features to power your forum.

Who this book is written for

This book is written for new and intermediate users of Invision Power Board, who want to manage and maintain an Invision Power Board discussion forum as easily as possible. No experience of web programming is required.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 25, 2005
Publisher   Packt Publishing
ISBN  1904811388  
ISBN13  9781904811381  

Availability  115 units.
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More About David Mytton

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David is a web developer based in the UK. He has spent over 6 years developing PHP and writing technical articles which can be found in various publications including International PHP Magazine and on He previously ran his own software development firm, Olate, but after selling that in Dec 2007 is now involved with his new startup, Attenalert (http: // - a brand monitoring web application.

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3Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Web Development > HTML, Graphics, & Design > Interface Design
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Reviews - What do customers think about Invision Power Board 2: A User Guide?

This book ain't got it...  Feb 28, 2007
We have recently installed the Power Board software and bought this book thinking it would help.... WRONG

There is not one "how-to" anything in the book. Our ranking "absolutely useless"
Not worth the money  Jul 23, 2006
There was really nothing in here that you couldn't teach yourself by just playing with the software.

I was hoping this would be more instructive, such as stating what the various moderation options do, or more specific examples of how to skin the boards, especially what some of the script commands do.

Instead, it's just a cursory overview of the application, and offers nothing more detailed.

I'll be selling my copy immediately - it was the biggest waste of money I've ever spent on a book.
Clear and understandable  Jul 1, 2006
Remember the days when software came in a big box with one small disc, lots of loose paper and a big, thick manual? Nowadays software is often downloaded with just a mouse click, which means no paper warranty to loose and no manual to flick through. This leaves an opening for companies that want to sell you that missing manual. Invision Power Board 2: A User Guide from Packt Publishing is just such a book.

Chapter 1 gives you and overview of IPB, its history and its benefits. Ideally I would be nice to seen a comparison of IPB to rival forums, especially as most of IPBs rivals are given away free, but that would have distracted from the book's "manual" status.

Chapter 2 explains your options for purchasing IPB (it's a minimum of $70) and then installing it. The whole procedure is not difficult and the book covers it in less than 10 pages.

Chapter 3 takes you through what the user will see. You get a tour that includes posting, searching, messaging and also the Calendar and the User Control Panel. Its easy to see how a relatively long chapter like this (nearly 30 pages) could be a great help to someone setting up an IPB for the first time.

Chapter 4 does the same for the administration section and is equally comprehensive. It is in Chapters 5 and 6 that the book moves from introducing us to IPB to telling us how to run a live site. These sections cover more advanced forum control and by the end I felt that a beginner would have had few problems following the explanations.

Chapter 7 is different from the rest of the book because it contains general advice on how to run a successful forum. Chapter 8 is the only part of the book that approaches IPB from anything like a technical angle. It explains how to manage the site's skins and includes a discussion of how IPB achieves certain effects using CSS, XHTML and Macros.

All-in-all, IPB2AUG does what it does remarkably well. The book is small but well-written with copious images. Someone working quickly could use this book to set up and understand a site within 4 or 5 hours. How often could you say that about the brick-like book that you used to get out of the box?

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