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Understanding the Home Page
Now that you are logged in, let us have a look at the forum controls on the home page, to get you started. Click on the respective link to find out more about each item.

Menu-Bar


Below the menu-bar on free-hosting forums, you will see an advertisement that helps to pay for the hosting. Upgrade the forum to a premium account to remove this and add a lot of extra features.

Forums List

  • On the top left, you see the current time, according to your timezone settings.
  • On the top right, you are told when you last visited the forum.
  • Below that, you can mark all forums as read.
  • At the top of the blue window, you see the respective category (e.g. 'GENERAL' and 'CATEGORIES')
  • Then you see the forums listed in each category, (e.g. 'Forum Discussions' and 'Feedback'). Click on the forum name to view that forum.
  • The circular icons on the left give you additional information on the respective forum.

Footer
Below the forums, you will find an alternative place to login (if you are not logged in), and then some forum statistics for your information.

The Footer-Bar provides some more useful links including the ability to delete all cookies created by the board. This is useful when passing the device onto someone else.
Finally at the bottom, you will find links to the Privacy policy and the Terms of Use.

Viewing a Forum
After clicking on a forum link, you will be taken to that forum, in this example: 'Forum Discussions'


  • At the top left, you see the name of the forum (e.g. 'Forum Discussions')
  • The 'New Topic' button will let you start a new discussion topic (alternatively for Premium forums).
  • The Search-bar will let you search this forum for keywords. The cogwheel is for advanced searching.
  • If you want to ignore the posts in this forum, you can mark the topics as read.
  • The round icon tells you more about the respective topic.
  • The name of the topic is displayed (e.g. 'Welcome to the Free Hosting Demo Forum') along with the author's username and start date.
  • The number of replies and views gives you an idea how popular the topic is
  • 'Last Post' tells you who wrote the most recent reply with date and time.
  • Beneath the topics list and after the 'New Topic' button, a dropdown button lets you filter the topics shown and determine the order it is displayed.
  • 'Jump to' lets you quickly change to a different forum.

The following video will walk you through the process of logging in and writing your first post (using a premium forum with WYSIWYG editor).
How to post with Links and Attachments
Forums.Group: How to post with Links and Attachments
An important part of any forum post is the ability to add links and attachments. In this video, Peter Walker demonstrates how to do this on a forums.group premium forum (phpBB based).
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