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Hi guys

I was thinking of creating PoP Legacy in php. As Gamespy only supports phpBB. I was hoping someone would be kindly be able to give me some type of walkthrough on how to use phpBB for a complete amateur like myself. I would really appreciate it.

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phpBB is basically free forum software, but I've used it to create a news section at a site's main page before. I have wrote a simple php script that you just include() at your main page where you want the news before, but you need to do some minor modifications to one of phpBB's files before it works. I can make a simple install guide and upload it here if you want it. Oh, and writing an archive script shouldn't be too hard ;)

[Edit] You can use it for a forum while using it for news, just create a forum that only admins/mods can create threads/topics in ;)

[Edit 2] Posts can be used for comments while the threads/topics are the news posts.
 

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I'm trying to make PoP Legacy this

Have the updates only by Admins, which includes the site and everything, because I go to college so I could update from there.

While the rest of the site the community section: Wallpapers, Fan Art, Fan Fictions, Fan Music, the community is able to upload them through the forum.

That's what I was trying to do, is it possible???... But I have no clue how or where to start. It seems a very big with the coding and everything.... Its my first time using php BB.
 

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I guess you're trying to create a site with several sections including news? in that case, I don't phpBB can be used for the other parts, except if you want to make the forum the site itself, but I doubt that's what you want. phpBB is basically just forum software, nothing more.
 

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oh thank you Snake Bite for clearing that up. So if I just make it for the forum/coummunity upload center for the wallpapers, fan fiction, fan arts, etc. It'll be fine.

Then what's php. I was hoping the site will be in php. How is php better than html? I just really confused. Sorry to trouble you.
 

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PHP is a programming language designed primarily for preprocessing hypertext. The PHP code runs on the server and can create the page dynamically.
 

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Basically, you can use php to build the page on the fly. So instead of having static html wich never changes unless you edit the file, php can "create" (using the logic you put to the script, of course :p) it on request. In a site like the one you describe, php usually connects to a database to either store new info (as when you create a new topic, or some piece of news for the front page) or retrieve it (such as when a user browses to your page, grabbing the last news from the database and creating the page to show them). If you are familiar with C programming, php uses basically the same syntax. If you have zero experience with programming, though, php can be quite hard compared with html.
 

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oh...

Thank you guys for clearing all this up for me... I know a bit of C++, will that help me. But I haven't used it in like 3 years. :(

Also I'm trying to make a site like this in mind: http://www.3dactionplanet.com/maxpayne/

I don't mean the layout, but like the php used on the site. Where he has comments and other stuff like that.

Thank you guys for all the help. :) I really appreciate it. :)
 

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Zapages said:
I know a bit of C++, will that help me.
As I-Chan said:

I-Chan said:
If you are familiar with C programming, php uses basically the same syntax.
imo php is easy to learn and use, it didn't take me long before I was creating my own news system with php and mysql. and if you already know C/C++, it should be even easier ;)
 

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I found some template which you have to buy... As I'm broke, I was hoping to create something similiar to it for PoP Legacy.... I've attached the image of the template. Could you guys please help for telling the standard procedure for creating something like this. Thanks guys. :)

Yes I did learn C/C++ long time ago... So I barely remember any of it now after looking over a couple C++ books I have recently. :( I forgot most of it... :(

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I found some template which you have to buy... As I'm broke, I was hoping to create something similiar to it for PoP Legacy.... I've attached the image of the template. Could you guys please help for telling the standard procedure for creating something like this. Thanks guys. :)

Yes I did learn C/C++ long time ago... So I barely remember any of it now after looking over a couple C++ books I have recently. :( I forgot most of it... :(

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That uses phpnuke, iirc it is free. Download phpnuke and read up on how to skin it.
 

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But I'm only allowed to use php-BB... Is it possible to make that in php-BB?
phpbb is a forum, it could act as a backend for a CMS kinda like what ngemu does.
 

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Reichfuher said:
phpbb is a forum, it could act as a backend for a CMS kinda like what ngemu does.
How is that possible? I have no clue. :(

What about just making a site like right now with server side includes that act as frames which allow me to edit one page(table of contents) and the edit is present on all pages. Is that possible with php?

Sorry for all these questions. I'm just really new with this stuff. :(

Thank you for the help so far. :)
 

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Well take a look at my site. The news and other stuff got from the forums are all PHP functions called from the SSI.php file most bulletin boards have. They also tend to have a few examples of how to use them.
 

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What about just making a site like right now with server side includes that act as frames which allow me to edit one page(table of contents) and the edit is present on all pages.
I used to use SSI but a few weeks ago I found out that PHP can do exactly the same thing :lol: So I changed all my pages to php right away (take a look at my site too :p the number of visitors I'm getting is just sad...)

I heard that PHP generates less server load than SSI (?) plus you can use PHP language, which can do more than SSI.
 

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google for PHPBB Portal, you'll find what you're looking for
a PHPBB Portal is a PHPBB-powered website, which is exactly what you're wanting to do I believe
 

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Sorry for not posting sooner. I had Finals the best 3 days for college. So I was really busy studing hardcore style.

^Thank you Ker... That really helped. :)

Lord Kane and WindHydra, that is what I'm trying to do with PoP Legacy... :)

Could someone please show me a simple guideline on how to edit each section and take out and add areas with portal... I have no clue how to go about it...

The address is: http://dynamic2.gamespy.com/~poplegacy/portal.php

Thank you
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