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A question or two...

Well… I have a friend who's into THE SIMS as much as I am and has always wanted to do free webhosting for sims sites. He finally bought a server and I convinced him to use ocPortal for his hosting site (Power to the ocPortal People :lol:). I've been chatting with him through skype for about a week or so now about the functionality of ocPortal.

He came up with this though… and I'm hoping it might benefit Brian Hay who is also putting together a hosting service.

He doesn't want me to give away his site name just yet, so we're going to call it SIMSHOSTING. What he wants to do is give away free subdomains and have them all connected to the main hub at SIMSHOSTING. So every site would use the same member and forum database.

What he would need to do first is set up a fill out form.

HIS QUESTION #1a/#1b: Is it easy to integrate forms into ocPortal? Can there be something like the Feeback form where it goes into its own Forum topic that only staff can see?

After he gets the request he will use the install option on this site to have it auto-upload the files and such for him to a subdomain. He will then run the installation to the basics and what was filled out by the member in the form.

HIS QUESTION #2: Upon installation and the set-up wizard, can he make it lock out the site owner of the forums database? He only wants the staff from the main hub SIMSHOSTING to be able to control the forums by adding new catetegories and such.

I gave him an idea that for each subdomain he sets himself as the "Admin" and create another group that is like "Co-Admin" and set permissions to that group to have all the options and "Admin" would have accept the forums.

MY QUESTION #1: Would the above be the best route or is there another way?

Thanks in advance from the both of us for any advice you can give.

Eric DeMars . com
My electronic portfolio and personal site. Uses ocPortal!
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HIS QUESTION #1a/#1b: Is it easy to integrate forms into ocPortal? Can there be something like the Feeback form where it goes into its own Forum topic that only staff can see?

You'd use the main_feedback block for this. Otherwise a good way to do it is to get people to submit entries to a catalogue. You can send them to the regular screen to add an entry, or you can make and customise a form using the fields from that screen.

Upon installation and the set-up wizard, can he make it lock out the site owner of the forums database? He only wants the staff from the main hub SIMSHOSTING to be able to control the forums by adding new catetegories and such.

Yes that should be possible. You could give each site it's own usergroup for staff (i.e. not make them admins) and then use his administrator account to configure each site's permissions so that they do not have access to the admin_ocf_forums module on their site.
(Oh just read on - this is exactly what you said yourself)

Would the above be the best route or is there another way?

Yes, the best way I think.


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