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Quick Start Guide
This Quick Start Guide will prepare you to use your ZetaBoards board. Whether you are new to forum hosts or not, this documentation will cover the basics: everything from registering to setting up permission masks.
Registering a Board
Complete the registration form to create a new board. You will receive an email with the link to your board and your login details. When you log into the board for the first time, you will also receive a PM with information about the board.
Accessing the Admin CP
Once you log into the board, you can access the Admin CP through a link in the top right navigation bar. You are not automatically logged into the Admin CP when you log into the board as a security precaution. You will need to enter your username and password again to access the Admin CP.
Creating Categories and Sections
Main page: Create a New Forum
New ZetaBoards come with two pre-existing categories: News & Discussion and Staff Only. They are also equipped with three forums, Announcements & News, General Discussion, and Staff Forum, which have all been created by ZetaBoards to get you started. However, since you now have full control of your board, you can edit your categories and sections as you please.
Managing Groups and Permissions
User groups allow you to organize users based on their role on the board. A user's group determines their privileges, such as the ability to use the PM system. There are five default user groups: Admins, Validating, Guests, Members, and Global Moderators. These define basic roles that are common to most boards.
Permission sets control how users interact with categories and forums, namely, whether they can see a forum or post in it. By default, a user's group determines which permission set they use: e.g., users in the Members group use the Member permission set, while users in the Admins and Global Moderators groups use the Staff permission set. Generally, permission sets and groups are linked together in this way. However, it is possible to override permission sets for an individual user by editing their account.
Changing Your Preferences
Main page: The ZetaBoards Admin CP
Once you have the basic layout of your sections finished, it is a good idea to go through the Preferences page of the Admin CP and explore the settings ZetaBoards offers. In particular, check out the following sections:
Adding Administrators and Moderators
You may already have some friends ready to help manage and maintain your new board. Follow these instructions to learn how to turn existing members into administrators or moderators.
Customizing Your Board's Appearance
You don't need to use the default ZetaBoards theme. You can add as many themes to your board as you like. Many boards devoted to creating and showcasing themes exist. If you want to find a pre-made theme, start by looking at our official resource board.
On the other hand, if you are familiar with CSS or interested in learning how to create your own theme, see our guide to making a theme for a step-by-step tutorial.
Using Your Own Domain Name
If you own a domain name, such as example.com, you can use it, or a subdomain like forums.example.com, with your board. We have setup instructions for some of the most popular registrars.
When all else fails, you can always look for help in the following places:
- The Support Ticket System in your Admin CP will put you in confidential contact with ZetaBoards' support team.
- The Official Support Board has forums where other members (as well as support staff) can answer your question.
- The Official Resource Board has a dedicated community of theme and code creators to help you customize your board.