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mactoeknee
how to configure "Big Story" block in News module
  • 2007/7/13 22:26

  • mactoeknee

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I am unable to get any "Big Story" to appear in this block, and I can't find any documentation or forum discussions on what it does or how to configure it. Googling it found tons of XOOPS sites showing exactly what it shows on mine: "There isn't a Biggest Story for Today, yet."

Blocks administration editing options show only the basic settings, unlike the "Top News" block, which has many options.

Anyone help? TIA.



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mactoeknee
Re: Classified Ads Beta 3

cool. I am looking forward to trying it out. Shouldn't you submit it to News under the Module category (https://xoops.org/modules/news/submit.php) so that you get a more prominent listing?

Just a suggestion...
T



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mactoeknee
Re: What will be affected if I move the site out of the Xoops folder?
  • 2006/12/27 6:28

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Quote:

AlexSolo wrote:
...
Maybe easier just to put a redirect in the header of the main index page and leave it at that. Not being paid for all this work.


You're probably right. For future reference, if you do more site conversions, I have converted a number of sites from old static HTML to Xoops, and I do the development right in the main (default) html folder, and no one ever notices until I bring the site live. You just set the site to "closed" except for your webmaster login, and that's only so if someone happens to stumble on www.yoursite.com/index.php-- since index.html takes precedence for visitors to the root folder of the site (www.yoursite.com/), no one really ever would find your site under development, and if they did, they could not register/login and view anything, since the site is closed.

The ONLY possible problem with this is if the html site happens to use a folder called "images" in the root directory. I avoid that by doing a global search and replace on the html files and change that folder to ~images or _images or graphics.

In any case, the only little headache with doing it this way is that clicking the "home" link on your XOOPS site during the dev always brings you back to the html homepage, but I often add a hidden "index.php" link to get me quickly back.

As things are getting wrapped up, I identify any of the html files in the site which are commonly found with search engines and create (but do not yet upload) custom redirects with those exact .html names which redirects to the corresponding new module/page on the dev site, including one for index.html which meta refreshes instantly to index.php.

As soon as the XOOPS site is ready and tested and "opened", I just upload all the new custom redirect html pages to overwrite what is there and "viola!", your site is live, and anyone coming from a search engine to mysite.com/businessdirectory.html is instantly redirected to the new mysite.com/modules/mxdirectory/ for example.

You could also just delete the index.html, and anyone coming to the root directory of the domain would then go directly to your XOOPS site's index.php, but just in case anyone gets a link to the index.html file from a search engine or a linking site, or has mysite.com/index.html in their bookmarks/favorites, I think it's a good idea to have the redirect, but others' may have a different way to deal with this.

In any case, doing it as above completely avoids the problem you were facing above.

Good luck! T

EDIT-- I researched this more and found that refresh metatags have been the source of a lot of abuse, so search engines actually disregard them. Editing the .htaccess file in the root folder is actually a better solution. I just did it on one of my sites, it took 10 minutes, and then I deleted all the old html files. The syntax in the .htaccess file is:
Redirect 301 /bizlist.html http://www.yoursite.com/modules/mxdirectory/


or

Redirect 301 /index.html http://www.yoursite.com/index.php


Great explanation at:http://www.stevenhargrove.com/redirect-web-pages/



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mactoeknee
Re: How can I set the anonymous group to status of registered?
  • 2006/12/27 5:57

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Quote:

maxima wrote:
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The back office system is great to edit the site but sometimes I forget to set the permission when a block is added, then it's not until someone report that it's not visible that I realise.
...

I agree it would be nice to have as a settable preference for some sites I work on, but until such a feature is available, I avoid the problem you have by doing my XOOPS setup work in one browser logged in as admin, and I always have a second browser open to the site, not logged in, and I have gotten in the habit of checking all changes I have made as an anonymous user. Once in a great while, I find that I have granted access to something to anonymous that I did not intend to do, but more often find something not showing up that I intend for anonymous, so I think the extra time (which isn't much) of getting in the habit of quickly switching to another browser and reloading is well worth it.

Good luck.



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mactoeknee
Re: Top Mods ???
  • 2006/12/27 5:42

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well, that depends on what you mean... "mods" as in "modifications/hacks" or as short for "modules"?



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Re: You dont have permission to access /modules/system/admin.php on this server.
  • 2006/12/21 23:51

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I had a similar, but slightly different problem today on a new install of Xoops.

I can confirm to anyone who gets this error, check with your webhost-- mine told me that there was a security setting on the server which protected any directory named "system," which XOOPS uses. They turned that off, and it is now working perfectly.

I just wanted to follow up for those who search the forums for help. Happy Xoopsing.



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mactoeknee
Re: Where are the modules?
  • 2006/12/21 23:12

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Quote:
I'm not sure what modules you need, but I've put together the my most used ones.

View Here


JamesSAEP-
thanks for that! your 2.0.16 Package B and collection of updated hacks is absolutely kick-butt cool.
Too bad you can't be permanently linked from the main download page, as your info is exactly what users who cannot keep up with the current packages need.

Thanks again.

Tony



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Re: "Recent News" block doesn't appear in IE, does in other browsers...
  • 2006/12/11 19:29

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I don't have access to Windows and IE 6 at the home office. But I'll check it later today for you. It shows up fine in a couple Mac browsers I tried.

What an interesting site! Good job!

Thx



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mactoeknee
Re: "Recent News" block doesn't appear in IE, does in other browsers...
  • 2006/12/11 19:07

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It's the new version 1.5. And I only got to test it in IE 6, not 7, so thanks for the feedback. However, if it doesn't show on other computers using IE 6, I still have a problem, as that will be the most common browser for some time to come.

Thanks!



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mactoeknee
"Recent News" block doesn't appear in IE, does in other browsers...
  • 2006/12/11 18:54

  • mactoeknee

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On one of my sites, http://comopark.org, I just noticed that the "Recent News" center block does not show up in Internet Explorer 6 for Windows but it works in Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 on Windows. I do my dev work on a Mac, and the site looks great in Safari, Firefox 2.0 for Mac, and OmniWeb 5.5, even Internet Explorer 5 for Mac! (the last version of IE for Mac until Microsoft gave up). Note: it is not a matter of groups-- the block should show for all users.

This is really frustrating to have it work fine in all browsers but the one it absolutely must work in for compatibility with the most users, and I don't even know where to begin to figure out what is wrong. I suppose it could be the new News 1.5 I am using.

I don't want this thread to devolve into an anti-Microsoft rant, I just want to figure out if this is fixable. I suppose it could be a theme problem?
Any help appreciated!!

Thanks,

Website URL:http://www.comopark.org
XOOPS Version: XOOPS 2.0.16
XOOPS Theme: xtnrEco
XOOPS Template Set: main template
PHP Version: 4.4.3
MySQL Version: 4.0.27-standard
Server Software:Apache




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