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    PHP 4.x

    PHP is a server side programming language. You can learn more about PHP from


    CGI is an extension of the perl programming language. We are currently running perl 5.6.1. You can learn more about using perl and CGI from

    File Manager

    The File Manager allows you to manage your site through HTML, rather than an FTP tool or other third-party application. You can upload, create or delete files, organize files in folders, and change file permissions.


    MySQL is a database server. It allows you to store organized records most commonly used with web programming.

    FrontPage Extensions

    Frontpage Extensions allow you to publish your web site using Microsoft Frontpage. These extensions can occasionally become corrupted, so you can uninstall and then reinstall Frontpage Extensions whenever required.


    Fantastico is a feature provided with our control panel. Using fantastico you can automatically install and configure many popular PHP/MySQL back end web applications. The applications provided by fantastico and listed on the features page.


    Webalizer is a web statistics tracking program. It will display various information about the traffic your web site has received. You can read more about webalizer on their web site located at


    Awstats is a web statistics tracking program. It will display various information about the traffic your web site has received. You can read more about awstats on their web site located at

    Analog Stats

    Analog web stats are a web statistics tracking program. It will display various information about the traffic your web site has received. You can read more about Analog stats on their web site located at


    FTP = File Transfer Protocol. Most web designers prefer to upload their web sites using a FTP client to connect to our FTP server. More detailed information about using FTP can be viewed in our Getting started Guide


    ImageMagick is a server side image manipulation tool used by many web site scripts and applications that deal with pictures. All of our servers have the latest version of ImageMagick installed and available for your use.

    Email Forwarders

    Email forwarders allow you to create new email accounts such as [email protected] that actually forward the incoming email to any address you specify. Many users find this any easy way to forward all of their business email accounts to their personal email account for easy retrieval.

    Email Lists

    An email list is a collection of multiple email address's connected together. Using email lists you can email multiple India the same email message very quickly by directing the message to the list.

    Email Autoresponders

    An Auto responder is a predefined message that is sent back to every inbound email you receive. They are commonly used to send "Thank you" type messages to prospective clients.

    Free Tech Support

    We provide server side technical assistance and simple web site troubleshooting to all of our customers seven days a week.

    Password Protected Directories

    Using our control panel you can easily restrict access to certain parts of your site. This feature will allow you to create multiple username and password combinations that are allowed access to a particular portion of your site.

    Custom Error Pages

    Our Control Panel will allow you to display custom error pages for any type of web error. This feature is most commonly used to create a custom "Page not Found" or 404 error page to be displayed whenever a user misspells a page or clicks on a link that no longer desists.

    Raw Log Manager

    Raw access logs contain all the recorded hit information that your site has received. You can set the Raw Log Manager to archive this information every month and/or delete the previous month's log at the end of every month.

    Search Engine Submit

    This feature allows you to submit your site and keywords to google, alltheweb, directhit, hotbot, lycos and mixcat for free.

    Cron Jobs

    Cron jobs allow you to automate repetitive tasks on the server that hosts your web site. This is a powerful tool that allows you to take a hands-free approach to repetitive tasks. For example, you could add a cron job that automatically copies a MySQL database to a separate location on your site as a backup.

    Domain Look up

    Allows you to look up information about a particular domain.


    Allows you to trace the IP (Internet Protocol) route taken by your server to reach your current ISP (Internet Service Provider).

    MIME Types

    MIME types tell browsers how to handle specific extensions. Most MIME types are set globally on the server. For example, the text/html MIME type equates to htm, html, and shtml extensions on most servers, and this tells your browser to interpret all files with those extensions as HTML files. You can alter or add new MIME types specifically for your site (note that you can not alter the global MIME type values, only add to them). MIME types are often used to handle new technologies as they appear. When WAP technology first appeared no one had these extensions set up on their server. With MIME types, however, you could have set it up yourself and begun serving WAP pages immediately.

    Apache Handlers

    Apache is an open-source HTTP server, and is used to serve your site. Apache handlers tell the server how to deal with web files that need to be processed on the server. For example, Apache is set up to process files with .pl extensions using Perl. However, if for some reason you also wanted to process files with .script extension using Perl, then you would have to set up a custom Apache handler for your site.

    Open PGP Keys

    OpenPGP is a tool for secure online communication. CPanel uses GnuPG for its public-key cryptography so that users may communicate securely. Each person gets a pair of keys, called the public key and the private key. Each person's public key is published while the private key is kept secret. Messages are encrypted using the intended recipient's public key and can only be decrypted using their private key. General documentation and comprehensive user guides are available at the GNU Privacy Guard site.

    Hotlink Protection

    Hotlinking is when another web site owner links directly to one or more of your images or multimedia files and includes it on their web page. Not only is this theft of your intellectual property, you are paying for the bandwidth used by that site. Our Control Panel can prevent hotlinking by only allowing named sites (such as your own web site) to access files on your site.

    Index Manager

    The Index Manager enables you to control how directories on your web site are displayed. If there is no index.html in a particular directory, the contents of the directory will be displayed to the browser. This is usually undesirable and can cause security issues. You can set the four different options for any directory through the Index Manager:

    IP Deny Manager

    The IP Deny Manager enables you to block access to your web site from specific IP addresses. This is useful to remove nuisance surfers who use a large amount of bandwidth or to prevent hotlinking to your site (refer to HotLink Prevention for more information about hotlinking).

    Backup Management

    The Backup area allows you to download the daily, weekly, or monthly backup file of your entire web site, or a particular MySQL, alias, or filter backup file. If your computer crashes, or your personal backups are destroyed, these files allow you to recover your site in a convenient manner

    Simple CGI Wrapper
    This is a CGI Wrapper that will allow you to run CGI Scripts with your User ID.

    Random HTML
    This is a Random HTML generator. It picks a string of HTML code from a list and inserts it in an SSI (Server Side Includes) enabled web page.

    Simple GuestBook
    This is a just a simple guestbook for your visitors to view and sign.

    Advanced GuestBook
    This is a more advanced guestbook written in PHP and MySQL.

    You can create a counter to count and show how many visitors have been to your site.

    This utility will create a real time java clock for your site.

    You can create a countdown box to countdown to a specified date.

    CGI EMail
    CGI Email takes the input of an HTML form and converts it to an email format defined by the author of the form.

    FormMail Clone
    FormMail-clone is a clone of Matt Wright's FormMail.

    Entropy Search

    Creates a seach form for your site.

    Entropy Banner

    Creates rotating banner ads that you can place on your site.


    The simplest weblog around. Popular but no longer in development. If you like it, but want more, try b2evolution or WordPress, both extensions of b2.


    A blog script featuring multiple blogs, categories/sub-categories, skins, search function, multiple languages, search engines friendly URLs.


    A powerful blog script featuring multiple blogs, multiple authors, drafts and future posts, bookmarklets.

    pMachine Free

    This is a features limited version of pMachinePro.


    WordPress is a personal publishing tool with focus on aesthetics and featuring cross-blog tool, password protected posts, importing, typographical niceties, multiple authors, bookmarklets.


    An advanced portal with collaborative book, search engines friendly URLs, online help, roles, full content search, site watching, threaded comments, version control, blogging, news aggregator.


    A portal system with a wide range of modules.

    Mambo Open Source

    A professional level yet easy to use Content Management System featuring inline WYSIWYG content editors, newsfeeds, syndicated news, banners, mailing users, links manager, statistics, content archiving, date based content, 20 languages, modules and components.


    One of the most popular community-based portals with a big choice of modules and languages.


    phpWCMS is perfect for professional, public and private users. It is very easy to learn and gives you the flexibility to separate layout and content. Lots of powerful but simple implemented features assists publishers and web developers too.


    Very powerful Content Management System with document manager, announcements, menu manager, photo album, block maker, FAQ, web pages maker, polls, information categorizer, calendar, link manager, form generator.

    Post Nuke

    A Content Management System with focus on flexibility and security. A big variety of modules and blocks makes this CMS an allround tool.


    A straightforward content-management system designed for rapid deployment of community-based websites. Nice-looking templates, oriented toward document-sharing, clean interface.


    A very popular advanced portal system.

    Crafty syntax live help

    A Live Help chat system featuring monitor your visitors, proactively open a chat session, multiple chat sessions, referer tracking, page view tracking, multiple operators, canned responses/images/URLs, multiple departments each with different icons, leave a message.

    Help Center Live

    Very powerful all-in-one help center including Live Help, Support Tickets and FAQ. Features include unlimited operators/departments, monitor visitors, initiate chat, collect visitor's information, track visitor's footprint, autosave chat transcripts, canned messages, leave a message, auto-assign tickets to operators, unlimited FAQ topics.


    A Support Tickets system featuring email piping, pop3 login, unlimited email addresses, admin/staff/user panels, avoid autoresponder loops, limit maximun tickets user can have opened, accept attachments and limit size, pager alerts for admin.

    php Support Ticket

    A simple, one-admin Support Tickets system featuring self-registering, emailing to admin, attachments.

    Support Logic Helpdesk

    A Support Tickets system featuring multiple email addresses, admin/staff/user panels, canned responses, HTML tags support, email limit on a per user/day basis, attachments.

    Support Services Manager

    Customer Support system

    Invision Board

    A popular and very customizable forum with a powerful administration area to control your board and members.


    A widely-popular open-source bulletin-board package, works well, simple user interface and admin panel, clean look, scales well, and can be customized.




    An easy to use yet powerful shopping cart featuring unlimited categories and products, multiple payment gateways, downloadable products. The design is very easy to modify.

    OS Commerce

    A power-user shopping cart with a big variety of modules and support of almost every payment gateway. A big developers community is ready to offer custom solutions depending on your needs.

    FAQ MasterFlex

    Unlimited categories/questions/answers, web-based administration.

    4Images Image Gallery

    An Image Gallery system featuring unlimited categories/subcategories, web-based and FTP images upload, auto-thumbnails, comments, send a picture, rate a picture, random pictures, extensive administration panel.

    Coppermine Image Gallery

    An Image Gallery system featuring categories and albums, thumbnails and intermediate size pics, search feature, new and random pictures, user management (private galleries, groups), user comments, e-cards feature, slideshow viewer.

    A powerful mailing list featuring multiple mailing lists and attachments.

    Advanced Poll

    A highly "windows-inspired" poll script.


    PhpESP is an effective, capable, web-based survey application that enables businesses to create complex and advanced surveys, view results in real time, and carry out advanced analysis.

    PHP Surveyor

    Develop, publish and collect responses to surveys. Display surveys as single questions, group by group or all in one page or use a dataentry system for administration of paper-based versions of the survey. PHP Surveyor can produce 'branching' surveys (set conditions on whether individual questions will display), can vary the look and feel of your survey through a templating system, and can provide basic statistical analysis of your survey results.


    Project Management featuring companies, projects, tasks (with Gantt charts), forums, files, calendar, contacts, tickets/helpdesk, language support, user/module permissions, themes.


    Project Management featuring optional group system, privileges, calendar, contacts, time card, projects, chat, forum, request tracker, mail client, files, notes, bookmarks, to-do list, reminder, voting, language support.


    PhpWiki is a web site where anyone can edit the pages through an HTML form. Linking is done automatically on the server side; all pages are stored in a database.


    TikiWiki is designed to be an international, clean and extensible Content Management System and Groupware that can be used to create all sorts of web applications, sites, portals, intranets and extranets. TikiWiki also works great as a web-based collaboration tool. TikiWiki has a lot of native options and sections that you can enable/disable as you need them.


    A Course Management System designed to help educators create quality online courses. Available in currently 34 languages, featuring WYSIWYG HTML Editor, teacher has full control over all settings for a course, flexible array of course activities (Forums, Journals, Quizzes, Resources, Choices, Surveys, Assignments, Chats, Workshops), user logging and tracking, mail integration and much more.

    Noahs Classifieds

    A classifieds system featuring categories and subcategories in unlimited depth, image upload for categories and classifieds, variable fields per categories, customizable email notifications, locking categories, classifieds approval, auto-thumbnail generation, classifieds management by user, send classified to a friend.

    Open Realty

    Real Estate listing system featuring attachments, flexible search, template system, Yahoo Maps interface.

    A highly professional complete ad server featuring different types of ads, display based on keywords, zones, hour of the day, day of the week, extensive statistics, client statistics.


    The GPL version of PHPauction featuring email notification of bids, attachments, reserve price, minimum bids, standard and dutch auctions, bid history, send auction to a friend, highest bids, auctions ending soon.


    A full billing/invoicing application, perfect for webhosting resellers. You can install only one instance of phpCOIN!


    A form generator featuring up to 100 form fields, all kind of input fields incl. file upload, customizable fields attributes, send submitted data to an email address or store them in a database, admin panel.


    A Link Directory featuring categories, reviews, popular links, new links, links approval.


    A very powerful webcalendar featuring private and public calendars.

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    Nov 2005


    PSU Calculator

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    Start Up Guide


    Starting up an online community can be one of the most rewarding things to do on the web. But it's not easy. It can take a lot of time and patience before you'll get an active discussion forum. What I've tried to do in this post is highlight the main steps in starting a forum from scratch. Hopefully this guide will be of some help to somebody, and if there is something which you disagree with let me know.

    Choosing your subject/forum name
    Obviously, you can't create a forum unless you know what it is going to be about. This crucial stage can make getting members easy later on. You want to try and aim for a niche which isn't covered by umpteen other forums. Say for example, you wanted to start a forum about motoring. I would suggest being a little bit more specific here. However, you can be too specific which is equally problematic. If you start a forum about a Porche 911, you might find it difficult to expand later on. Instead, aim for a medium - Supreme Sport Motoring...for want of a better phrase. This lets you cover details about sports cars, without being limited too much.

    There is nothing wrong with starting a very open forum, just be aware that in my experience it is harder to start compared to one slightly more specialised.

    At this stage, it is also a good idea to come up with a name for your forum. You can change it if you feel you need to later on, but you shouldn't really have to. For the sake of this guide, we'll stick with Supreme Sport Motoring. Lots of factors go into coming up with a good name, target audience being a big one. If you're aiming to attract teenagers, maybe Teens Sport Motoring would be better suited. If you want a localised forum, Supreme Sport Motoring UK could fit the bill.

    Try and spend some time thinking and planning your forum. Spending the time now will save you a lot of hassle later on.

    You've got your subject, now you need to find somewhere for your forum to go. This is the only stage in this guide where money is critical. Don't get me wrong - it is possible to start up a free forum. However, if you're serious about making a commitment, a little cash should be used here. Covering hosting is a bit beyond the scope of this guide, but I will suggest that you look wide - don't be captivated by the site which has spent the most on advertising. Look for hosts which include forum installers, these can speed you up later on. Check that the package you choose can support a forum. I would recommend PHP with MySQL (1 database minimum) which is not difficult to find. However there are other options...a little bit of research is helpful here. For those who need a bit of a hand, Webhostingtalk is an excellent resource with the hosting industry.

    A domain is a big part of your soon-to-be forum. Try to incorporate your forum name as much as possible, for example, is available for my fictional forum and so is had I wanted to make my forum a UK one.

    The reason for including your forum name is to help you when it comes to Search Engine Optimisation. Had someone searched for "Sport car motoring", 2 of their words are present in your domain name, which helps a lot. With a domain along the lines of might not be much use with motoring searches.

    Forum Software
    Okay, so you're hosted on mr jones' web host with your brand new domain. It's time to get your forum off the ground. Money to spend will aid you at this point, but it is by no means a necessity. There is loads of forum software out there, please please please spend the time to find the one which suits you. Switching forum later on can not only be difficult, but also disruptive to your members. Spend the time now finding on which suits your needs will save you trouble in the long run.

    Installation is usually straightforward, and most software has excellent documentation regarding this. If you managed to find a host which has auto installing scripts, such as Fantastico for cPanel, you might find these easier to use. In general, once you've picked the software, it shouldn't be hard to get it up and running.

    Configuring the forum software
    Once you've got it installed, you'll need to have a play around with it. This can take time, but it's time which you should spend now, rather than when you've got a disruptive member and you don't know how to ban them. Documentation goes a long way at this stage too, and a some popular software has books available to use.

    Eventually, you'll need to set the forum up in the way you want it. At this stage, I'm looking mainly at categories, forums and sub-forums. Try not to overcrowd your forum with 20 main forums, each with 15 sub-forums. This a common mistake and can end up putting members off. Limit yourself to the forums which are most important, and IMO no more than 3 sub-forums (if you even need 3). This topic gives a bit more discussion about number of initial forums.

    Change the look
    This is optional, but I would strongly recommend it. Default forum colours are unlikely to appeal to your type of forum: bright orange isn't the best choice for our motoring forum. Changing the look can be a relatively simple way of personalising your forum and this will help you a lot in the long run.

    If you're not too sure about CSS, image creation, etc. then its usually possible to download or purchase skins for your forum software. I'm not sure if this gives the same effect a custom skin does, but it certainly saves you time and hassle.

    Lets recap
    By this point we've got our forum setup on our web hosting, with all the categories we'll need to let the place expand. Unless you've managed to get the help of a friend, you'll likely be the only member at this point. Before we can really spread the word about our masterpiece, we need to do one more thing...something which we will start but hopefully never stop.

    Add Content
    At the end of the day, no matter how fabulous the place looks, it is content which members want...and it is content which will keep them coming back. Now is the time to start adding some. Hopefully, you'll feel passionate about your chosen subject and able to make lots of topics about it.

    Some off-topic content helps too...a dull, boring forum without the community spirit isn't ideal for attracting members.

    Tell friends/advertise
    Now you've added a little bit of content, it's time to tell people about it. If you went around spreading the word and all you had was an empty forum, members aren't likely to join. Make a little contribution first, then shout about it. Start with your friends - they'll likely join up even if they aren't interested. A higher member count goes a long way in tempting others to join.

    If you can spare some money to advertise your forum, this will obviously help. Where to much to spend, is all up to you. Don't be put off if you can't spare the change, it is possible to get a forum started without spending a cent on advertising. Use your signature on other forums, contact owners of similar subjects and ask for shared advertisement. You never know what you might get until you ask.

    Building up the member base can be the most frustrating thing when starting a new forum. Persistence is the key. Many members will join and never post. This is going to happen, no matter what you do about it. Think on the positive side - rather they join and never post compared to they read and never join. Occasionally, you'll notice that some members will post more than others - probably someone who likes the subject of your forum. These are the people you want to be on the look out may need their help in moderating when the forum does grow.

    Something Unique
    Its always good to add something unique to your forum. Failing that, something extra can help to. Things like arcades, galleries, top site lists, etc etc, can be a help in keeping members active on your forum. Occasional competitions are a good boost too. Be creative and see what you can come up with. Members love originality, and it can set your forum apart from others.

    Over to you
    By this point, your forum should be ready to grow. Don't forget the importance of fresh cont. Be patient and let members join. Each time you reach a milestone number of members, look back at how far you've come hopefully in a pretty reasonable space of time.

    I don't know if this guide has been any use to anyone, but I've wrote it in the hope that it will be. Don't hesitate to ask questions and you may find that certain stages outlined here have been discussed in more detail. Remember that I've written this based on my experience with starting a community, if you have points which you think I've missed out, or haven't explained clearly then give me a shout.

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    Nov 2005

    Default features of a PHPBB FORUM

    What is phpBB?
    phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable Open Source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ. Based on the powerful PHP server language and your choice of MySQL, MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or Access/ODBC database servers, phpBB is the ideal free community solution for all web sites.

    Who are phpBB?
    phpBB are a group of individuals based internationally who believe in Open Source software. The project has been stable since its creation in June 2000 without changes in licensing, leadership or corporate associations. Our goals remain unchanged and clear, to continue developing and supporting a stable, free, Open Source forum system.

    phpBB version 2 has been completely re-written since the first version. Version 2 focuses on a professional-quality modular design, high security, multiple-language interface, support for a multitude of databases servers and complete layout customisation, all with a low execution overhead.

    phpBB is based on PHP, the fastest growing server-side scripting language on the web, which results in one of the fastest, feature-rich bulletin board systems available anywhere.

    In addition, phpBB is open-source software so it has no fees, no subscriptions, and no restrictions on modifications. Couple this with a thriving and friendly phpBB community and you have a killer solution for creating communities on your site!

    Simple installation that will have you up and running in minutes
    Complete upgrade from V1.x

    Database Server Support
    phpBB uses a database abstraction layer to enable seamless support of several database servers:

    MySQL 3.2x,
    PostgreSQL 7.x,
    Microsoft SQL Server 7/2000
    Microsoft Access (via ODBC)

    ...with more databases available in the future.

    Designed with security as a priority
    Powerful and extensive authorisation system
    Strong encryption to keep passwords safe in the database
    Support for both cookie and URI-based sessions

    Unlimited Forums & Categories
    Unlimited forums can be organised into as many categories as you like
    Private forums and those only for specified user groups
    Powerful search facility

    Posting Messages
    Message formatting with various font styles and sizes as well as allowing quoting, code display, image posting and automatic URL linking
    Support of standard and extended BBCode tags and controlled HTML tags
    Polls can be simply added to posts
    Email notification of replies to your topics
    Powerful topic subscription capability
    Original emoticons to portray emotions

    Versatile User Groups & Forum Permissions
    Powerful forum, user and group permission management
    Control forum access to specified user groups
    Control all aspects of the posting experience
    Allow limited access to viewing, posting, replying and many other options

    Member Features
    Unlimited members
    Personal profile creation
    Post counting and administrator-definable ranks for users
    Email-like private messaging system
    Supports local, remote and uploadable avatars

    Moderation Features
    Topic editing
    Mass delete/move/lock/unlock of posts
    Topic splitting
    Option of auto-pruning of old or unanswered messages on a per-forum basis

    Easy to Use Administration Centre
    General configuration
    Forum & category setup
    Easy database backup and restore
    Disallowed usernames
    User authorisation
    Word censoring
    Complete member management
    Emoticon setup
    Optional account verification
    Extensive ban management, ban by email address, username or single/multiple IP address or hostname
    IP tracking of posts and posters
    Mass emailing of groups and users by the administrator

    Style and Customisation
    Multiple styles available for the user to choose from
    Templates separated from the PHP code so that new layouts can easily be created or integrated with your current site design
    Complete control of fonts and colours with cascading style sheets (CSS)
    Active community creating addons and specialised modifications
    Default style compliant with XHTML 1.0 and HTML 4.01 recommendations from the W3C

    All this is supported by an increasingly large, thriving and friendly community of members from all over the world ready to help with any problems, suggestions or just for general discussion!


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