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« on: January 20, 2015, 12:53:25 AM »
Integrating a Forum with osDate 2.xx

In the osDate 2.xx method is to simply provide an "interface" for communication between osDate and any of these forums: phpBB, vBulletin, myBB, and Phorum. If you're a fan of some other forum, you're encouraged to create an interface for the forum of your choice and upload it to the Code Depot for possible inclusion in later releases of osDate.

The first step to forum integration is to install the forum of your choice. We recommend that you install your forum into the /forum/ folder of osDate, preferably into a sub-folder like "phpbb" to help avoid possible file name conflicts.
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2015, 12:55:01 AM »
Then, install the forum independently of osDate. You should refer to the installation documentation for the particular forum that you use for installation instructions. Please note that the forum MUST be installed in the same database that osDate is installed. You should use a different table "prefix". osDate uses "osdate_" by default. If you're installing phpBB, you may wish to use "phpbb_" so that there is no conflict with the osDate tables.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2015, 12:57:09 AM »
After your forum has been successfully installed, login to the osDate admin panel, and in the "Global Settings", change "Enabled Forum" to the forum of your choice, then set the "Forum path" to the path, relative to the osDate root folder, where your forum root resides.

For example, I have phpBB in the /forum/ subfolder, so my path is "forum/phpbb" (no '/' at beginning or end!).
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2015, 12:58:42 AM »
Finally, ensure that users of the proper membership level can access the forum by clicking "Membership Management" in the left-side admin panel, and ensuring that "Participate in forum" is checked.
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 01:00:11 AM »
Admins and users will now be able to open the forum by clicking the "Forum Management" link (for admins) or "Forum" link (for users) in the respective link panel. Please note that to correctly access the forum, the user/admin MUST access it by clicking on the link, not by directly typing in the forum URL in the browser's address bar.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 01:04:01 AM »
Additionally

PhpBB is no longer bundled with osDate 2.xx. You may install any of following Forums as the forum to be used/integrated with osDate.

PhpBB
vBulletin
myBB
Phorum

You must download and install the forum of your choice in your server. Suggested path is osdatehome/forum/forumname, for example osdatehome/forum/phpBB or Vbulletin or Phorum or myBB as the case may be.

It is not mandatory that you use same database of osDate, we strongly suggest to use same database and connection for use of the Forum, unless you have a specific reason not to, like to reduce your server load.

Once you have installed the forum of your choice, you need to integrate this into osDate v2. For this, please do the following:

1) Login as admin

2) Choose Site's Global Settings

3) Set the installed forum from the select list.

4) Set the directory name of installation. This should be in relation to the osDate home directory. If you have installed phpBB in osdatehome/forum/phpBB directory, then give the value "forum/phpBB". (Do not add \ or / before or after the value)

You should be through with integration and should be able to use the Forum you installed. User's must have sufficient membership permissions to use the forum, of course, or they will not see the Forum link.
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2015, 01:07:33 AM »
Integrating osDate 2.xx with FlashChat

About FlashChat

FlashChat is the Web's leading Flash-based chat system for PHP/MySQL-enabled websites. It provides a real-time chat framework for your users, and integrates with a variety of portals, bulletin boards, and content management systems. FlashChat is not free, unfortunately, but it is dirt-cheap at only $5. Upgrades are free, and with your small contribution of $5 you receive 100% of the source code (including all Flash sources), as well as membership in a rich and active user community.

You can integrate FlashChat with osDate in either of two ways: by direct integration with osDate, or by integrating with phpBB, which comes with osDate. This document describes only the first method. If you'd like to instead integrate FlashChat with phpBB (the "forum" folder that comes with osDate), please refer to these integration instructions.

Step 1: Upload FlashChat

You should upload the contents of the "chat" folder which comes with FlashChat to the osDate "chat" folder, as shown below. There is a "chat" folder already in the osDate download, but it contains only a few files. You should replace any existing files in the chat folder with the FlashChat files.

In the screenshot below, I have osdate loaded into a sub-folder called "osdate".
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2015, 01:08:46 AM »
Step 2: Install FlashChat

Now, open FlashChat's "install.php" file using a web browser (NOT osDate's install.php file!). In the first step of the FlashChat installer, check the box shown in the screenshot below. This indicates that you want to integrate FlashChat with a "CMS" system (content management system), which includes osDate.
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015, 01:10:48 AM »
On the second step, choose the "osDate" radio button.
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2015, 01:11:56 AM »
If don't correctly, the next step of the installer should show the MySQL login options for your database. These are auto-detected by the installer. If you don't see these, then something is wrong. These textfields are deliberately disabled. Set the rooms that you want, then click "Continue".
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2015, 01:13:11 AM »
At this point, you can just follow the rest of FlashChat's installer pages, following the directions given.

Step 3: Administer FlashChat

With FlashChat installed and integrated with osDate, you'll be able to login to FlashChat using a valid osDate registration. The osDate administrator will become the chat admin, as shown below (this image was made after clicking the "chat" link in the osDate admin panel).
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2015, 01:14:04 AM »
Members will be able to chat with other members who have the "chat" permission - i.e., they have a membership type that permits them to participate in the chat.
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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2015, 01:15:55 AM »
Integration osDate 2.xx with FlashBB

FlashBB is a Flash skin for phpBB and vBulletin bulletin board systems. Since osDate uses, by default, a phpBB forum for its members, you can upload FlashBB to your osDate.

To do this, create a sub-folder called "flashbb" within our osDate "forum" folder, and upload all FlashBB contents to this new folder, as shown below.
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2015, 01:17:17 AM »
You can test this by directly accessing flashbb's "index.html" file to load FlashBB. To administer FlashBB, you will use phpBB's administration panel, and use your osDate admin login to access it.

I have osdate installed at http://www.tufat.com/demo/osdate/, and the phpBB forum is located at http://www.tufat.com/demo/osdate/forum/, so FlashBB would be at the URL shown below. I logged in using my osDate admin login.
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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2015, 01:18:45 AM »
When you access FlashBB for the first time, a new table will be created, phpbb_flash_user_theme, with one record. This record corresponds to the default layout for FlashBB. If this table was not created, then FlashBB might not be able to establish a connection with your database. Check to ensure that you have the latest version of FlashBB, and that it is correctly uploaded to your server. This screenshot was created using phpMyAdmin.
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