Categories and Forums Management
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About Categories and Forums

Categories and forums are root of your forum. It is suggested that they should be in some order so users and visitors can get good view of all categories and forums of your forum. There will be explained basic princip of how categories and forums work and what they are for.

Here it is how it looks when you have a fresh installation of MyBB:

   

Categories

In Category you can't write anything, you can't open threads or post. They are made just for organisation. Inside them there are forums and sub-forums wich are here for threads and posting.


So what are Categories for then?

Well, you can't just make some forum / subforum without it's parent. They cannot be alone. They needs parent Category in wich they are put. Categories are mostly general names of forums under it.
For example, we have category named Community and under it forums like General Discussion, Showcase etc.

What Category can contain?

This is how it looks in ACP:
   

Well, when creating new category they need to contain:
  • Forum Type - Forum type should be category.
  • Title - name of your category. Multiple categories can have same name. It is not it's id.
  • Description - You can have Category description. That can be few words wich will be displayed right below Category name at forum's home page. This field is not necessary and is mostly blank.
  • Parent Forum - Mostly this is left None as categories are here to actually be parents. But if you wish, you can put it under another category. Then it will look like forum but you will be unaviable to write in it so there is not much point in doing that.
  • Display order - This is position of your category between other categories. So if you have more than one category, there you can manage wich will be displayed at wich position. Please note that you can put any number in that places, and they will be sorted from lowest number - top category to biggest number - last category.

There are some Additional Forum Options. Inside them you can change some category settings. Please note:
  • Forum link will work and redirect to written url (in that case, note that you must write whole url as long as http:// or https://). And you will be able to still visit it's all forums and everything under it.
  • Forum password will affect all subforums under that category.
  • Forum is Active? will affect all subforums 
  • Forum is Open? will not affect subforums
  • Style Options will affect all subforums of that category if there is no different rule for specific subforum.
  • Forum Rules will not affect any subforum.
  • Default view options will affect all subforums of that category if there is no different rule for specific subforum.


Forums

Forums and subforums are primary part of your software. Threads are placed inside them.

Now, as stated above, they must be put under some Category. It's creation / editing page looks exactly the same like categories but with few differences.

At forum you must have Parent Forum for every forum. That could be both category or forum.
It is suggested to put some Description of each forum so users can easily navigate and know where to post thread.

Everything else in that part is same as at categories.

Next different thing than in categories is that all Additional Forum Options will affect that forum you are using / editing.

Also, there is one cool thing that you can change forum permissions for each forum. But be careful with them and always check twice, it is your forum wich should be safe.
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Thanks for creating and posting this tutorial, I'm sure it will help those users who might be confused on the differences between forums and categories. Big Grin
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Well it looks like most noobish and pointless tutorial ever, but belive me, some new users would like to see this small differences and their reason Smile
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