Simple:Press uses certain terms that may be unfamiliar to new users and perhaps different to terms used by other forum applications. Below are just a few that may help better follow the Getting Started tutorials and other articles in the Codex. These terms may also be helpful to know if you ever need to seek support.
Simple:Press organizes and structures the overall forum into the following components:
A ‘Group’ is a collection of forums that most commonly will share a specific characteristic. It is a way of organizing and structuring your overall forum. In most respects, it has a similar role to the categories you probably use in your blog – a way of grouping items that have a common thread. A ‘Group’ can contain one or more ‘Forums’.
As well as being the generic name of the overall application, a ‘Forum’ is an individual collection of items usually created by your users. Think of it, perhaps, as a sub-category. Forums are collected into ‘Groups’ and each ‘Forum’ can contain one or more ‘Sub-Forums’ and one or more ‘Topics’.
Also sometimes known as ‘Child Forums’, a ‘Sub-Forum’ is simply a nested ‘Forum’. It is a further organizational tool available to enable as much flexibility as possible in structuring your overall forum. A ‘Sub-Forum’ has a parent ‘Forum’ and can contain one or more ‘Sub-Forums’ and one or more ‘Topics’.
A ‘Topic’ is also sometimes known as a ‘Thread’. The ‘Topic’ is the main reason for having a forum in the first place. This where your users will post their items. A ‘Topic’ has a parent ‘Forum’ or ‘Sub-Forum’ and can contain one or more ‘Posts’.
The final item in the hierarchy, a ‘Post’ is the individual item created by a user. A ‘Post’ has a parent ‘Topic’.
When displaying different aspects of the overall forum the following terms are used to describe what is being shown:
The ‘Group View’ represents the top level of the overall forum which can also be likened to it’s ‘front page’. Shown is a list of the available ‘Forums’ divided into their ‘Groups’. Selecting a Forum will then load that individual forum’s ‘Forum View’.
The ‘Forum View’ is specific to an individual ‘Forum’. Shown are a list of the available ‘Sub-Forums’ (optional and if in use) and a paged list of the available ‘Topics’. Selecting a ‘Sub-Forum’ will then load the ‘Forum View’ for that specific ‘Sub-Forum’. Selecting a ‘Topic’ will then load that individual topic’s ‘Topic View’.
Finally the ‘Topic View’ which is specific to an individual ‘Topic’. Shown are the paged ‘Posts’ that have been made to that ‘Topic’.
Simple:Press uses the following terms to describe and identify the users of your forums:
The ‘Admin’ user can be thought of as the super user of the forums. They are automatically granted all permissions and access although access to the administrative panels themselves can be denied. Any Simple:Press installation must have at least one ‘Admin’ user and when first installed that user will be the person making the installation.
A ‘Member’ is a user who has registered on your WordPress site. Note this is NOT registered for the Forum. Simple:Press is a WordPress plugin and it is WordPress itself that controls registration.
A ‘Guest’ is a user who has not registered on your WordPress site should you allow non-members to access and use the forums.
A ‘Moderator’ is a ‘Member’ who has been placed in a special ‘User Group’ that usually allows them a greater level of access and authority to perform certain administrative tasks.
The following structures and terms are used by Simple:Press to control who can see and and who can do what:
A ‘User Group’ is, literally, a Group of your Members. Simple:Press can be defined to have multiple ‘User Groups’. Depending upon the options you set ‘Members’ can belong to one or more ‘User Groups’. Defaults can be set up for new ‘Members’ and, if desired, ‘User Groups’ can be mapped to WordPress roles. Access and Permissions are assigned to a ‘User Group’ at ‘Forum’ level by the use of a ‘Permission Set’.
A ‘Permission Set’ is basically a set of switches that turn on or off certain aspects and options within a forum. These provide a rich measure of access control and are applied, at ‘Forum’ level, to ‘User Groups’.