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Information on software both hosted, like Jcink, Icyboards, as well as guides on how to delve into the world of self hosting or piggy back hosting.


  1. IPS Character Manager

    This category is for IPS Character manager guides only.

36 guides in this category

  1. How to make separate author panes Per user group

    With IPS, unless you have it set to highlight specific groups posts, there is no real way to differentiate the author types save for their icon and group color. As you can see here at the Initiative we are able to accomodate a different look per user group to show off all of our awesome staff members, patrons and contributors.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
  2. How to have a Big Avatar in posts

    By Default IPS doesn't allow for large avatars as the overall styling of the site really doesn't fit with that. It doesn't, however, mean that you don't get to have one. Follow these steps and you'll be able to have a large avatar on your site.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
  3. Useful Extensions For phpBB

    A simple list of current PhpBB extensions that would be helpful for RPG sites. This is by no means a complete list just some that I found useful.


    Software: phpBB
  4. Automatic Open Thread List - A guide to finding your variables

    IPS is a powerful product. Most of the time, if I need to achieve something, I can do it with page blocks. Sometimes, I just need to alter those page blocks a little bit in order to achieve what I want to achieve.


    In this guide, I hope to help guide you through looking for the correct variables and writing a simple if statement. At the end of the guide, you should have a working automatic open thread list.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
  5. Lonely/Open Threads Listing

    Lonely, open or other threads listing! An automatic listing of threads with a specified thread prefix replied to within the last specified amount of days with less than a specified amount of replies.

    Software: MyBB
  6. Image Rotator for Characters in the Character Mod

    The rotating avatars is for character accounts, with the wonderful character mod


    But you can adapt for use with regular accounts if you want. You will need to use different variables.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
  7. Installing an SMF Theme

    Installing a new SMF theme is a clickity click away! Here's a quick and handy guide on how to get the pretties operating on your SMF install.

    Software: SMF
  8. Specific Board Time

    MyBB has the current time setting, which can have a default enabled though if a user has a time zone selected the time will then update to their time. A lot of boards run big events or other things by a specific timezone/set time for the board. Here I will show you how to insert your own!

    Software: MyBB
  9. Face Claim Listing

    UPDATED TO A PLUGIN! Face Claims are a big part of the RPG community, an automatic listing of who has who will make every ones lives much easier. Ooo and did I mention this list was searchable!?

    Software: MyBB
  10. Absence List w/ Account Switcher Attached Accounts

    An absence list (using the "Away" status option via User CPs) that also displays attached accounts (using the "Account Switcher" plugin).

    Software: MyBB
  11. Auto Counting Additional Statistics

    A lot of boards like to use census totals for characters of specific sex, group (like factions, clans and so on), posts in specific boards and so on so forth. Here I will explain a base script to allow such counting and a few tips on pointers on where to go to further your abilities with what I have given you here. I will also do my best to explain what I have done while keeping it simplified and avoiding an overly defined/long guide.

    Software: MyBB
  12. Recent Posts w/o Plugin

    This guide offers two options to installing and running recent posts on your forum. It also uses the recent posts from the portal so portal settings will dictate how this will work but I have updated this to include thread prefixes and username/group display to properly show.


    Version 1.8.x

    Software: MyBB
  13. How to individually customise forums and categories

    Want to customise your forums individually? A different background image for every forum? A different colour for every category? This guide will show you how to do it for mybb.

    Software: MyBB
  14. Setting up HTTPS & Maintaining The Green Secure Tag

    This guide quickly discusses the how to when setting up your HTTPS and also informs you of great ways to ensure you secure flag stays green without mixed content warnings. You need to contact your hosting provider for information on gaining a TLS certificate.  RPG Initiative hosting already does that part for you when you sign up.

    Software: MyBB
  15. SMF: Installing Mods That Error

    A little quick guide on what to do when a mod you're installing on SMF errors, and how to install it anyway. Did SubAccounts give you an error? Yeah, I bet it did. That's okay, it still works on 2.0.15, you just need to do some tweaking. A lot of mods that error will work anyway; this handy guide will show you how to make them do their thang.

    Software: SMF
  16. Getting Familiar with SMF

    Where are the options I'm looking for? What are all these other options? How do I make it do this? Can I make it do that? This handy guide to getting set up with SMF should help answer some of these burning questions. Even if you've been using SMF for a while, I'd peek at this guide anyway, as you may find something in it you didn't know SMF did! It aims to take you from installation to initial set ups, and also has a neat list of useful modifications, some pro and con things, and a bunch of "this person's spent too long working with this software" rambling.

    Software: SMF
  17. How to Install a New Theme into phpBB

    Not sure how to install a new theme into phpBB? Lost with the official documentation? Read on!

    Software: phpBB
  18. Adding Extensions to your phpBB forum

    Not sure how to install an extension for your phpBB forum? Lost with the official documentation? Read on! I'm going to show you how to install an extension, using the Linked Accounts extension as an example.

    Software: phpBB
  19. Nova - Episode 3: Player Perspective

    In the Nova Series, I will explain how to install it, use it and manage it. If you have any questions regarding the video's, please place them in the comment section and I will try my best to answer them!

    Software: Nova
  20. Nova - Episode 2: Management

    In the Nova Series, I will explain how to install it, use it and manage it. If you have any questions regarding the video's, please place them in the comment section and I will try my best to answer them!

    Software: Nova
  21. Nova - Episode 1: How to install it

    In the Nova Series, I will explain how to install it, use it and manage it. If you have any questions 

    Software: Nova
  22. Update: Kill Spam on MyBB

    Confession: I have never had a problem with spam on my icyboards or self hosted mybb forums. Here is my guide to combatting spam, updated from VirusZero's guide.

    Software: MyBB
  23. How to Install Mybb Plugins

    Want to install a plugin? Not sure how? Read here!

    Software: MyBB
  24. How to import a theme to mybb

    So you have found a theme that you like? Here is a guide on how to import it, along with some of the common issues that you might come across.

    Software: MyBB
  25. Harnessing the Power of IPS Pages

    Welcome to this shiny new documentation on IPS Pages (formerly known as IP.Content), the content management component of the community suite system by InvisionPower Services. This documentation will guide you through what Pages is, the benefits you'll get from working with a full content management system, and guide you through some of the most excellent features of a very powerful software.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
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