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Admin Control Panel FAQ

Learn how to use the control panel

The Admin Control Panel (ACP) allows administrators to manage defined forum and user permissions.  Access the ACP by clicking the Admin link at the top left of the forum page. 

 

On the Forums tab, access to the following is available:

A “node” is a forum or category.  Nodes are organized into a tree (with parents and children) and form the general structure for your XenForo site. Various permissions and options can be defined for each node.

Click Nodes to view and manage a forum’s nodes.

 

  1. On the Nodes page, click Add Moderator:
  2. Enter the Moderator user name and Type of moderator. For forum moderator, select correct forum.
  3. Click Add Moderator.
  1. On the Nodes page, click Add Node.
  2. Select Node type
    1. Category - container for other nodes, providing little functionality on its own. Clicking on a category will generally take the user to a list of any nodes directly under it.
    2. Forum - contains threads and posts - the primary content type of a forum. 
    3. Link Forum - redirect users to the URL specified in the control panel when clicked. These can be used to direct people to a particular part of the site.
    4. Page - general static content in the node tree - used for things like frequently asked questions or a manual/knowledge base.
  3. Click Proceed.
  4. Enter the applicable information for the type selected.


  5. Click Save.

Thread prefixes allow pre-defined options to be applied to individual threads.  They are displayed before the thread title. Prefix groups can be used to organize prefixes into categories.

Click ForumsThread Prefixes.


  1. On the Thread prefixes page, click Add Prefix.

  1. Enter title, display styling, prefix group, display order, usable by user groups & applicable forums. 
  2. Click Save.
  1. Click Add prefix group.
  2. Enter required information.
  3. Click Save.

Thread prompts allow you to control the specific placeholder used when creating a thread in a particular forum. This can be used to encourage users to post a thread or to lightly direct them towards posting a specific sort of thread.

Click ForumsThread prompts.

 

  1. Click Add Prompt.
  2. Enter required information.
  3. Click Save.
  1. Click Add Prompt Group.
  2. Enter required information.
  3. Click Save.

Various methods of searching, sorting and managing users are available on the Users tab.

  1. Click UsersList all users.
  2. Sort options are available.
  3. Click user name to display account information.
  1. Click UsersSearch for users.
  2. Enter search criteria, such as user name, email, registered between dates, last visited, etc.
  3. Click Search.
  4. View search results.

1. Search for the desired user. 

 

2. The following details may be edited:

  • User name
  • Avatar
  • Sidebar status 
  • Personal Details
  • Profile info section

3. Once edits have been made, click Save.

  1. Search for the desired user. 
     
  2. Click Actions in the top right corner then View public profile.
  3.  Public profile view is shown.
  1. Search for the desired user.
  2. Click Actions in the top right corner then Ban user.
  3. Enter Ban length and Reason for banning.
  4. Click Save.
  1. Search for the desired user. 
  2. Click Actions in the top right corner then Lift Ban.
  3. Click Lift to confirm removing the ban.
  1. Click Users →  Create new user.
  2. Enter applicable information.
  3. Click Save.
  1. Click on Users → Batch update Users 
  2. Select the search criteria then click Proceed to display the matched users to batch update. 
  3. View or filter the matches found, select the update criteria, such as: Set custom title, ban, unban, remove avatars, signatures or websites. 
  4. Click Update Users.

There are four tabs displayed on user account page: User Details, Extra, IP Addresses & Change log.  Click each tab to review detailed information available.

 

  1. Search for the desired user.
  2. Click Extra.
  3. View user upgrade and connected account information, if any. 
  1. Search for the desired user.
  2. Click IP addresses.
  3. Click the IP address to view details of that IP on an external lookup website.
  4. Click the three dot More Options button to ban user.
  5. Click More Users to display other accounts accessing from the same IP address.
  6. View the displayed information.  Click user names to access account information, if necessary.
  1. Search for the desired user.
  2. Click the Change log tab.
  3. View the change details.

Trophies are incentives for members to complete certain actions. To view and manage trophies, click UsersUser customizationTrophies

  1. Click User customization → Trophies
  2. Scroll down then click Enable trophies
  3. Select Trophy points, Messages or Reaction score.

Click Save.

  1. Click Add trophy.
  2. On the Trophy options tab, enter applicable information.
  3. On the Award this trophy if… tab, enter applicable information.
  4. On the User field criteria tab, enter applicable information, if necessary.
  5. Click Save.
  1. Click UsersTrophies.
  2. Click the trophy title.
  3. Edit applicable information on Trophy options, Award this trophy if… and User field criteria tabs, as necessary.
  4. Click Save.
  1. Click UsersTrophies.
  2. Click the delete icon next to the trophy to be deleted.
  3. Click Delete to confirm.

The User discipline section includes access to warnings, banned users, banned email addresses and banned IP addresses.  To view and manage user discipline, click UsersUser Discipline.

Warnings are pre-defined notices moderators and administrators use to inform users of activity not in keeping with the guidelines of the community.  To view and manage warnings, click UsersUser DisciplineWarnings.

  1. Click UsersWarnings.
  2. Click Add warning.
  3. Enter applicable information.

  4. Click Save.
  1. Click UsersWarnings.
  2. Click the title of the warning to be edited.
  3. Edit applicable information on the Trophy options, Award this trophy if… and User field criteria tabs, as necessary.
  4. Click Save.
  1. Click UsersWarnings.
  2. Click the delete icon next to the warning to be deleted.
  3. Click Delete to confirm.
  1. Click UsersWarnings.
  2. Click Add warning action.
  3. Enter required information.
  4. Click Save.
  1. Click UsersBanned Users.
  2. View the displayed user names, end dates and reasons.
  1. Click UsersBanned Users.
  2. Click the Ban user button.
  3. Enter User name, Ban length and Reason for banning.
  4. Click Save.
  1. Click UsersBanned Users.
  2. Locate the account to be unbanned.
  3. Click the delete icon to lift the ban of the desired user.
  4. Click Lift to remove the ban.
  1. Click UsersBanned IP addresses
  2. View the list of banned IP addresses.
  1. Click UsersBanned IP addresses
  2. Enter the IP address and reason.

Click Save.

  1. Click UsersBanned IP addresses
  2. Locate the IP address to unban.
     
  3. Click the checkbox to select then click Delete.
  4. Click the checkbox to select then click Delete.

The Analyze permissions function displays permissions affecting a user account.  Global, node, resource category, showcase item category and media category permissions can be viewed and analyzed.  

 

  1. Click Groups & permissionsAnalyze permissions.
  2. Select the permission group to be analyzed from the top navigation.
  3. Enter the user name.
  4. Click Analyze.
  5. Review permission list displayed. Click Details to view more information.
  1. Click Groups & permissionsModerators.
  2. View the Moderators list.
    • Click the user name to edit moderator permissions.
    • Click User info to view or edit user profile information.
    • Click the delete icon to remove moderator permissions.
  1. Click Groups & permissionsModerators.
  2. Click the desired user name. 
    Note - some accounts may not be accessible if they have a higher permission level than the current logged in account.
  3. Use quick set permission buttons to apply default Mod, Supermod or Sectionmod permissions.
  4. Scroll down then click Save.

Moderator user info can be edited like any other member.   The User Info link is a shortcut to edit user profile information.

 

  1. Click Groups & permissionsModerators.
  2. Click Delete next to the desired user name.

    OR
    Click the moderator user name, then click Delete next to the quick set permission buttons.
  3. Click Delete to confirm.
  1. Click Groups & permissionsModerators.
  2. Click Add moderator.
  3. Enter Moderator user name and Type of moderator. For Forum moderator, select the correct forum.
  4. Click Add moderator.

The Logs tab contains statistics of the site and various log files.  Log files are visible dependent on the permissions of the account currently logged into the ACP.

Click Logs then Statistics or the desired log file. 

  1. Statistics - Contains general site activity statistics.
  2. Errors logs - Contains server error log and email bounce log.
  3. Users logs - Contains user change log, moderator log and admin log.
  4. Spam logs - Contains spam trigger log, spam cleaner log and rejected user log.
  5. Content logs - Contains image proxy log, link proxy log and oEmbed log.
  6. Miscellaneous logs - Contains payment provider log and sitemap log.
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