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12 Mar 2014 - GENERAL

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General Questions





Can I Intergrade TP & SMF With Another Portal Software?

The answer to that question is: Yes, but...

Since TinyPortal is a modification of SMF extending what SMF already is, most other portal softwares will not see it, since it is a modification of SMF, not an integration.

However, that doesn't mean you won't have a hard time installing the three. Since TinyPortal alters a few things about SMF (as with most mods), it may make it hard to add a SMF/TP to a portal software.

There are a few sites that tried running SMF + TP + Joomla, but eventually shut down due to the strain on the server pushing it. Using TP/SMF with another portal is "not recommended"...

Doc Written By: Xarcell


Can I Still Make An External Page Outside TP/SMF Directory?

You can still create an external file outside of TP and the SMF folder itself while retaining the panels & blocks using this method below.

Create your PHP File.

Add To File:
Code: [Select]
<?php
// ID of the theme
$ssi_theme 1;

// Exact path to SSI.php
require_once('SSI.php');

global 
$context;

TPortal_init();

// Your page Title
$context['page_title'] = 'Demo Page';

template_main_above();
template_tp_above();

// Here comes all your contents
echo 'SMF/TP Rules baby!';

// And this ends stuff
ssi_shutdown();
?>

Several things are commented, make sure to set the exact path to SSI so that it works correctly.

All your content will be added after template_tp_above(); and before ssi_shutdown();

You can do more things like hide certain TP Panels(Or say bar) is
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      tp_hidebars('the side');

Its various valid values are:
'all', 'center', 'top', 'left', 'right', 'bottom', 'lower'.
This function has to be added before the function template_main_above

An Example of added functions to initial above code:
Code: [Select]
<?php
// ID of the theme
$ssi_theme 1;

// Exact path to SSI.php
require_once('SSI.php');

global 
$context;

TPortal_init();

// Your page Title
$context['page_title'] = 'Demo Page';
// Hide the bars
tp_hidebars('center');
tp_hidebars('right');

template_main_above();
template_tp_above();

// Here comes all your contents
echo 'SMF/TP Rules baby!';

// And this ends stuff
ssi_shutdown();
?>


Doc Written By: Xarcell
Code & Concept Written By: Dragooon


Can I Use Tiny Portal With Another Forum Software?

No you cannot.

TP is designed using the Simple Machines Forum (SMF) engine, and cannot be used or even ported over in anyway what-so-ever.

A good way to picture how TP works would be to imagine the SMF theme chopped up and laid out in a portal/custom fashion. TP allows you to do this through a friendly administration system with HTML/Javascript and PHP support for articles and blocks. TP is also pushed by standard modules offering all your portal needs for a fully portal/forum integration software.

Remember: "Tiny Portal is an extension/mod of SMF" and not the other way around.

Doc Written By: Xarcell


What Features Does TP Have?

coming soon.

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What SMF Versions Does TinyPortal Work With?

Currently, TinyPortal works with Simple Machines Forum versions: 1.0+, and 1.1+.

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What Themes Can I use With TP?

Any of the SMF themes. There is no need to have more than one theme, or different versions of a theme to get it to work with TP. TP adapts the theme you already have for SMF. TP is an extension of SMF, so the themes are the same...

For those theme developers more keen on theme presentation, you can create your own tp_style.css, however it is not needed.

Doc Written By: Xarcell


When Is The Next TP Release?

As the motto goes "it's ready, when it's ready".

I know for some of us, that just isn't good enough and we want to know about the development process so we can try to get an estimate of about how long it will take.

First, it starts with Bloc: He begins his evaluation of the version he is working on what needs to be fixed, tweaked and added. When he's done testing it himself, it is passed on to the "Alpha Team". The Alpha Team gives their input on bugs & tweaking to Bloc, and it is then passed on to the "Beta Team" for final bug hunting and squashing.

Finally, it ends with Bloc: He is the sole developer of TP. It basically all boils down how happy Bloc is with what he is releasing to the public. We all have lives in which the development of TP can be affected, but we will do the best we can to make TP as stable and user-friendly as possible.

You can check out the "Roadmap" at Tiny Portal HERE.

Doc Written By: Xarcell


Who Is The Developer Of TinyPortal?

Bjoern "Bloc" Kristiansen is the sole developer of TinyPortal.

It was a modification first created on "February 10, 2005, 01:54:12 PM" to expand SMF with very simple portal options, mostly theme related. However, through time Bloc has pushed TinyPortal into a fully operating portal system for the Simple Machines Forum software.

Thanks to the TinyPortal team and it's own community at www.tinyportal.net , TinyPortal may very well be the best portal software available to-date. Mainly because of the appearance of it's seamless integration of both Portal & Forum software. However, TinyPortal is not an integration, but an expansion of the Simple Machines Forum software itself. Meaning it has "one theme", "one administration panel", and "one security system" to worry about with unlike other portal/forum software.

Doc Written By: Xarcell


What Is/Are





What Are Articles?

Articles are extra webpages in HTML/javascript, or php that can be displayed just like any other part of the forum. They can be placed in articles categories and sub-categories. Calling a category or subcategory will list all article pages within it.

Articles also have total customization. You can make each article appear as though it is part of the forum, or not part of the forum. Simple by adjusting what panels & blocks appear with the article, what theme is used and even comes with comments and a rating system.

To learn more about it's options, please read: "How Do I Configure My Article Settings?".

Doc Written By: Xarcell


What Are Blocks?

Blocks are the various boxes of content that can be placed inside each of the panels.
To learn more about panels, please read this What Are Panels?.

To learn more about it's options, please read: "How Do I Configure My Block Settings?".

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What Are Inserts?

Inserts are snippets of code that can be added to a dropdown list for all php articles and blocks. It is a pre-formatted and pre-written snippet of php code that adds tools, design or even new functions to your already existing article or block within your portal.
An example of an Insert would be a "Mini Calendar", "Poster Cloud" or even a "Digital Clock" for blocks.

Some snippets may require minimal editing once selected.

Doc Written By: Xarcell


What Are Modules?

Modules are additional features that is added to Tiny Portal mod to further enhance your portal.

Examples of modules would be:
  • Downloads Manager = allows uploads and downloads of various file types.
  • FelBlog = give your user's a rich blog.


Doc Written By: Xarcell


What Are Panels?

Panels are sections that hold all of your blocks. To learn more about blocks, please read this What Are Blocks?.

There are 5 Panel Types:
  • Left Panel:

  • Right Panel:

  • Upper Panel:

  • Lower Panel:

  • Top Panel:

  • Bottom Panel:


  • Front Panel: This is where everything is listed on the front page. To learn more about frontpage, please read "What is Frontpage?"

To learn more about it's options, please read: "How Do I Configure My Panel Settings?".

Doc Written By: Xarcell


What Are Plugins?

Plugins are modifications to existing TinyPortal features or modules that extend it's abilities. For example, each WYSIWYG editor is considered a plugin. Additional editors can be added that are used by the article, blocks and module systems.

Something like a Image Gallery or a Download Manager would not be considered a plugin, but rather a module. However, if someone made a modification to add "Digg It" link options for all images within an Image Gallery module, or all downloads in the Download Manager module, then that would also be considered a plugin.

Doc Written By: Xarcell


What Is The Frontpage?

The "Frontpage" the first page you see upon entering your SMF/Tinyportal site. It can work in several different ways: showing panels & blocks, show articles and/or forum topics - or a whole single page.

And if you don't really need a frontpage, you can make it go directly to the forum.

To learn more about it's options, please read: "How Do I Configure My Frontpage Settings?".

Doc Written By: Xarcell


What Is The Frontpage?

TinyPortal (TP) is a magnificent modification of Simple Machines Forum (SMF). It will turn your simple SMF forum into a fully operational portal. It will expand your SMF forum with Frontpage options, Articles, Panels, Blocks, Plugins, with an on-going list of module add-ons to choose from.

Developed to work seamlessly with SMF, it uses many of its internal functions and is therefore more secure. So there is no need for 2 admin interfaces, memberbases, or themes to manage as with other portals. Tiny Portal will operate on a single software system. The best way to put it: "Tiny Portal" is an extension of the "Simple Machines Forum", not 2 different integrated softwares.

TinyPortal enables you to setup HTML, javascript, or php articles and blocks. Expanded permissions with all the admin/user options you could ask for. Adding content to your site has never been easier, and it will have your site carrying that professional appeal.

Best of all, it's FREE!

Doc Written By: Xarcell

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