How do I stop guests reading/posting to a forum?
In the Administration panel, under Forum Admin, select Permissions.
Simple permission set the most common options, for examples:
Public which will allow guests to view and post.
Registered which will allow guest to view but not post.
Registered (hidden) which means guests cannot even see the forum.
From there you can select Advanced permissions and you will see a comprehensive list of actions guests or members will be allowed to do in that forum. You can then tailor the permissions exactly as you want them.
Changing your forums name
To do this you need to email the current name of your forum. e.g. for this forum:
to admin[at]myfreeforum.org along with the setup password and the new name you want. Note you can change only the name not the myfreeforum.org address or myfastforum.org address.
The old name continues to work after a name change, until we either remove the old name, or someone else uses it.
You cannot change between myfreeforum and myfastforum addresses.
If you buy your own domain name, it is generally possible to direct it to your forum so that it looks like it is on your own domain.
How do I delete a forum?
We operate a policy where boards which are unvisited by members and have few members or posts will be purged from the system after a few months inactivity. So to delete your forum, delete the members and posts and disable the forum and it will happen automatically.
Before doing this please show consideration to your members, you may no longer want a forum but someone may want to takeover. People put effort into posting on forums and it is not fair to simply discard their efforts.
Note that anyone developing a forum that is "readonly" in nature, should not fall foul of our purging policy, it is geared only towards removing forums that are dead and have had no effort put into developing them.
How do I make a member an Admin or Moderator?
In the Administration panel, under User Admin, select Permissions and enter the members name in the dialog that appears.
You can now set "user level" to Admin or allow the user to moderate particuar forums in which case whilst there level on the admin screen will remain as user, they will be displayed as Moderator in the forum itself.
Do not make anyone an Admin or even a Moderator unless you have a very high degree of trust in them.
Forums can have any number of Mods, and your board can have any number of admins. But take a good look at the horror stories posted on this forum about boards being wrecked by rogue mods and admins! and thing very carefully before appointing anyone.
How do I change my name from Admin?
In the Administration Panel, look at the configure dialog and make sure "Allow Username changes" is set to yes. If it is not set to yes, then set it to yes and click submit at the bottom of the form.
Having done this, you will be able to click on "profile" at the top of the page and change your name in your profile.
Can I have a database backup/export?
All forums are backed up daily, so there is no need to worry about backups. If you do need a forum export, you can buy one in the site shop:
If a user has failed to recieve an email for account activation
Go to :-
The Administration Panel, then
Enter the user name
You will now be able to modify the users profile, at the bottom there are special admin only fields including:
"User Is Active".
This field should be set to Yes, and then you should "Submit" the changes with the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.
How do I get rid of the test forum?
Go to :-
The Administration Panel, then
You can then either edit the name of the test forum by clicking edit, or simply delete it, by clicking delete.
I banned myself what do I do?
The owners control panel, available from the main menu on this forum, will let the owner in and contains an option for removing banlists.
Most people do this by banning by IP, but most IPs as seen by forums on the internet are not unique, they are used by tens of thousands of people, maybe including YOU! Don't ban by IP unless you know what you are doing.
What can be changed about the adverts?
You can pay for advert free forums in the site shop at:
You cannot change anything else about the adverts, we have less adverts than any other free forums system, but we do have to place the adverts where people will actually see them!
How do I change the logo?
There is a link in the admin panel "Edit template/logo", from here you can copy your current forum template into a new template than you can fully edit. With most styles the editing page will detect the main logo and allow you to upload a new logo and set the new logo image as the main logo.
Note that some styles will only work well with a new logo that has the same dimensions as the old logo.
From the editing screen you can set the template to be the default for the board. Make sure when you do this that you have set "override user style" in the Admin/Configure settings. If you do not do this users will still see the style they have previously been using.
There is a lot more that can be done with the template editor, but we recommend people try and build members and posts before distracting themselves with what can be done cosmetically to a forum.