View Full Version : Help to make a "Help"

02-13-2010, 12:15 PM
Hi all,

I need to make Help pages for a custom Forum (still under development and use PHP+mySql)

Despite all my efforts to simplify the interface, I've to make a good Help section by including screen shots and descriptions, since the targeted users may not be a geek. Making a good "help" system with add/edit/delete features for the "superuser" seems to be equally tough as that of making a forum.

As usual, there are mainly 3 types of users viz Guests,"Logged in" and Admin. There are some access rights assigned to different pages (Some of them will only be visible to Admin, some options on certain pages will only be visible for logged in users etc).

Since most of the pages are dynamic, I can't effectively make a sitemap to link with a help system. However I'm planning to make sub-titles under the help. Say, for any logged-in user, there'll be

Post a thread
Respond to a thread
Subscribe to a group
Reset account password
Email a (thread to a) friend
Invite a friend

and for Admin,

Activate user
Ban user
Edit user details
Delete thread/post
Edit/transfer post
Manage groups/subforums

My plan is to install another CMS under /help to include all these help topics. I can easily customise a Wordpress engine to fit with my website theme, but I'm a little confused on how to arrange these items.

I need to control the visibility of these help topics too, but I don't want to have another login under the help. I've heard about Auto-login to Wordpress (http://www.lbsharp.com/wordpress/index.php/2007/12/10/wordpress-auto-login/), so I'm thinkin to have an auto login function based on the session value for the user_type_id which comes from the Login section of my forum engine.

Or any other thoughts/ alternate suggestions?


02-19-2010, 10:11 AM
Capa protect (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/capa) did the trick for me along with the above mentioned Auto-login.