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Author Topic: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.  (Read 5488 times)

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Jonny Rojo

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A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« on: May 21, 2008, 03:00:39 AM »
Hi,

I've had a good read and searched through all the forums and faq's and still need a little helping hand before I take the plunge and attempt to install Tiny Portal.

I'm running a forum using the Goldnight theme

http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php

I'd like to add TP and have found a modified version of my theme by Crip at the link below

http://www.tinyportal.net/index.php?topic=16898.0

What I need to know is how do I go about installing TP on my forum? Do I uninstall my current Goldnight theme and replace it with Crips version and then install TP?

Or do I need to still manually modify my themes templates? I'm sorry if I missed anything on the faqs but I'm not used to all this technical stuff! Any help or pointers would really be appreciated.

Cheers,

Jonny


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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2008, 03:05:06 AM »
Hm What version of TP are you willing to install?

Jonny Rojo

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2008, 03:10:52 AM »
I'm cool with whichever is the best version to date.

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2008, 03:17:00 AM »
OK There are 2 TP versions(1 is stable, other is unstable), I'll tell you about both the versions.

TP 0.9.8 - Latest stable release, got less features then TP 1.0.5 but got very very few bugs
This TP requires many theme modifications, if you choose this, You would first be needing to remove your theme, switch to core theme and then install TP, then install the Crip's converted Theme.

TP 1.0.5 - Latest unstable(beta) release, got more features than TP 0.9.8 but also got bugs.
This TP requires only the forum button to be added to the theme, if you want this, you can switch to core theme(No need to uninstall the theme), then install TP 1.0.5 and add a forum button to your Goldnight theme and switch back to the theme.

But make sure before you do anything you do 3 things
Backup
Backup
Backup

Jonny Rojo

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2008, 03:25:19 AM »
You're a good 'un Dragoon! That's exactly the advice I needed. I'm leaning towards the beta version, or maybe holding out until the final stable version is released? How log has the beta version been in testing?

Needless to say though with the info you've just given me I can now carry on reading all the faqs and when I'm ready to make the installation I'll have all the necessry info.

Cheers amigo!

 

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008, 03:27:52 AM »
Well the beta has been getting tested privately from a long time, but as things goes, old bugs gets ironed out, new bugs pop up as new features are added(Currently its in beta 1, the first beta, so it is pretty unstable ATM). But nothing till now has been discovered that will totally stop your site from functioning.

And no time frames are given out :).

Jonny Rojo

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008, 03:37:26 AM »
OK, cool. I'll go ahead and get started on installing TP 0.9.8, get used to how TP works and get a feel for it and then later down the road give the new version a try.

Thanks again for the advice. I really appreciate it.

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008, 08:59:15 AM »
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OK There are 2 TP versions(1 is stable, other is unstable), I'll tell you about both the versions.

Dragooon, second time now, Non of the TP versions is marked as stable, we havent said it's stable and until we do announce TP as stable,please dont call it stable.

TP is Beta, and betas are never stated as stable releases, both versions have issues here and there, the new TP has a lot as it's allmost Alpha even, but TP V098 is the closest to a steady version.

Both versions work, 1.0.5 has errors filling the logs here and there, but will not kill your forum.

Sp Dragooon, dont call any of your releases stable, cause non of them are announced as stable at any time.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2008, 09:25:45 AM by G6 »

Jakki

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008, 09:13:24 AM »
OK, cool. I'll go ahead and get started on installing TP 0.9.8, get used to how TP works and get a feel for it and then later down the road give the new version a try.

Thanks again for the advice. I really appreciate it.

TP  0.9.8 is the way to go IMO

Jonny Rojo

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2008, 09:18:09 AM »
I've about a dozen modifications on my forum and I'm thinking the easiest install would be the beta 1.0.5 version.

I'm not to hot at modifying my templates so the easier the install the better for me.

Thanks for added information G6 and Jakki :)

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2008, 09:33:18 AM »
I am sorry G6, By stable I meant in terms of bugs, although I get the point. I'll remember that now :)

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2008, 02:09:22 PM »
I think what Dragooon meant was the most stable version of TP, which it is IMO
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Jakki

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2008, 02:11:19 PM »
I think what Dragooon meant was the most stable version of TP, which it is IMO

Here, here, I agree

Jonny Rojo

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2008, 04:22:01 AM »
Just a quick check before I install TP1.0.5...

I need to add a forum button to my theme is this the correct doc I should be referring to?

http://www.tinyportal.net/index.php?topic=21638.0

Do I just follow the instructions in this doc and instead of caling the button 'gallery' I just call it 'forum'?

Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question but I have to check these things :)

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2008, 04:29:25 AM »
Before you jump in and install TP, remember to set your forum to use nothing but defaults.
Default Core theme and English language ( not utf ).

And yes, you will have to add the code for the forum to your custom themes if they arent made for tp allready.

Jonny Rojo

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2008, 04:39:29 AM »
I'm not sure what utf means, my forum is in English already though. So am I right in thinking all I need to do before installing is switch the forum's theme to 'SMF Default Theme - Core (1.1.5)' and modify my custom theme so it has a 'forum' button?

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2008, 06:09:28 AM »
More or less yes.
TP installes to the SMF Core theme and every other theme has to be made to work with TP, however the new TP have itäs own layers now so you just meed to add the forum button for the themes in that version.

Jonny Rojo

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2008, 07:06:55 AM »
Thanks a million for the continued advice, really appreciated.

I've just added the forum button...

http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php

So the next step will be the switch to the core theme and install. I'm going to spend a couple of days reading through the docs on here first though.

Thanks again for the help so far.

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Re: A few pointers for a Tiny Portal newb.
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2008, 07:36:52 AM »
Best of luck :)