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Welcome to the Simple:Press Codex How To FAQ. Here we try to answer the most frequently asked questions.  Click on a subject heading below to view questions and answers relating to your selection. Should you have any questions not addressed, please we will be glad to assist in our Support Forum.

  • FAQ: Change Breadcrumbs to horizontal rather than stagger down
  • The breadcrumbs displayed in the Simple:Press forum by default stagger down as they go. Similar to the image below. The reason for this is that there are several different styles of WordPress pages and if the forum is used on a narrow page if the breadcrumbs...
  • FAQ: Create Custom WP Page Template
  • The purpose of this page is to show the average user how to create a custom page, perform a basic .css file edit as well as the removal of the sidebar. With these skills you will be able to style your SPF forum to your WordPress theme by creating a custom...
  • How Do I Completely Uninstall Simple:Press?
  • Deactivating the Simple:Press Forum plugin and removing the plugin code files does not remove the data tables and option records that the plugin creates and uses. To completely remove every trace of the plugin (Warning: This will remove all your data!),...
  • How to Use your Web Browser Console
  • All modern, major web browsers now come with some level of debugging and diagnostic tools - most usually referred to as a 'Web Console'. The console is well worth getting to know. It is a fallacy that websites - including those built on WordPress - just...
  • FAQ: How to display ads in the forum
  • There are hundreds of different types of ads, affiliate services and different ways you can use ad placement to  monetize your forums. Here are a few ways you can include some ads on your forum pages. Place an ad at the top of the forum page When ...
  • FAQ: How to Remove Simple:Press Acknowledgments
  • Similar to how most all WordPress theme have credits in the footer all Simple:Press themes come with an credit or acknowledgment at the bottom of the forum display with a link to Simple:Press. If you find that it is obtrusive or not needed you can remove...
  • FAQ: Understanding Unread Post Lists
  • Understanding the Unread Post List The unread post list is a personalised compilation of all topics that have received new posts since the users last forum visit - or last forum page load. This list can only be maintained for registered users if the...
  • FAQ: How Do I Create a Child Theme?
  • A Child Theme is derived from an existing, standard supplied Simple:Press (SP) theme. It is an efficient way of incorporating minor customizing changes into the website's forum theme. The long lasting benefit is reduced maintenance when the supplied Simple:Press...
  • FAQ: How To Remove Forum Statistics
  • In the standard supplied Simple:Press themes, the Forum Statistics are displayed in the footer of the forum page except for the iForum theme which does not display statistics. Except for the Reboot Theme as viewed by a "Desktop" device, the process described...
  • FAQ: How to use Sneak Peek for Guests or Other Usergroups
  • Sneak Peek is an implementation that allows the guest usergroup or other usergroups to view groups and forums within groups without viewing forum topics OR view topics within forums without being able to view the actual content of posts. When members...
  • How To Change the Display Column Widths
  • As supplied, the pre-set column widths on forum page displays is set to accommodate the default width of the icons (such as Forum and Topic icons) and to fit an average overall page display width. However - if you change the width of the icons or have...
  • FAQ: How to use the Spam Math Protection Permission
  • Spam Math Protection asks the forum user creating a new topic post or creating a reply post in a topic to answer a simple math question before the post can be submitted. This is intended to prove the author of the post is a human being and not a spam...
  • How Do I Use an External RSS Feed?
  • Simple:Press allows for RSS feeds for individual Groups, Forums and Topics as well as a feed for ‘All’ forum activity. With the exception of Topics, feeds can be re-directed to an external RSS service such as FeedBurner. If you wish to do this, all re-...
  • How Do I Allow People to Register on My Forum?
  • A successful forum needs members and for people to register as a member on your site, registrations need to be enabled. This is not a function of Simple:Press but of your WordPress blog. To turn on registrations go to WordPress - Settings - General and...
  • How to Move SP to a new Server or Domain
  • If you need to move your WordPress and Simple:Press installation to a new server Simply ensure that all of the Simple:Press database tables are moved alongside those of your core WordPress. The Simple:Press tables are all prefixed with 'sf ' (following...
  • How to Delete a Topic or Post and Other Tools?
  • The Forum Toolbox , one of whose options allows for topic or post deletion, can be activated by hovering the mouse cursor over the topic (see illustration) or post row. The toolbox icon will slide open and when clicked this will then open the toolbox...
  • How to Configure Simple Press with Membership Plugin?
  • Simple Press works extremely well with a whole slew of membership plugins for WordPress out there. The real key is does the membership plugin use the WP api for its stuff? If so, we probably work with it. This FAQ will show the steps to get Simple:Press...
  • How to Upload or Attach Files to a Post?
  • The forums here may work a little different from what you may used to in the way you can attach files.  You can use html to embed or display remote images or links to file but in order to give users the ability to upload images, videos or files to the ...
  • How To Add Twitter, Facebook, Plus One Or Other Buttons?
  • We often get asked 'How do I add a Facebook Like or Tweet This' button to my forum posts. With Simple:Press 5.0, this is easier than ever.  This can be done by either using the special Simple:Press Share This plugin that gives you the ability to add ...
  • How To Keep your Custom Theme up to Date?
  • If  you want to customize your Simple:Press theme we recommend you create a separate new theme all your own. You can read how it is done in our  Creating a Theme article. Once you have created your own theme it is a good idea to check it with any n...
  • How Do the Post Moderation Permissions Work?
  • Post moderation is where a post does not show on your forum until it has been approved. Simple:Press uses a couple of permissions actions to control post moderation. The two permission actions are: Can bypass all post moderation and Can bypass first...
  • How to make your Forum display on the Front Page?
  • Under most circumstances it should be possible to set your forum to be the front page (home) of your site should you wish to do so. It may not be possible with all permalink structures however. To try this, follow these procedures: Go to the WordPress...
  • How to make your Forum display on a Sub-Page?
  • It is possible to set up your forum to display on a sub-page. After you create the sub-page in WordPress simply go to the Forum Admin > Integration > Page and Permalink panel and select the new sub-page from the drop down list. Then update the...

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