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Dont you all think it would be great if they would make a constant for defining the forum index so we could easily and faster change index.php to forum.php... i'de be great, it would also be better for developing new CMSs based on phpBB
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First, there are no feature requests. ;)

Second, you can create your own new "index" (or whatever you want to call it) and have the user land there "first".
By adding (or modify if exists) this line in the .htaccess file (in your phpBB root directory)

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DirectoryIndex mypage.php index.php
The first page you would want to appear would be "mypage.php", but if that file does not exist in the directory, the server will look for "index.php", if that does not exist, the next item is looked for... etc.

Hope that helps.
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i know theres no feature request i was just commenting... and that wouldn't work you would need to use mod_rewrite but that wouldn't be useful because what im saying is that by changing the costant you can change you index.php to forum.php with all the forum links being ok (directed to forum.php instead of index.php) that way you could make your index for displaying you portal having it on the same directory as phpbb...
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It wouldn't be that difficult to make a MOD for this. Just would require editing links in a lot of places. The index could be forum 0.
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i know... i've done it in phpBB2 but what i'm saying is that i'd be much better with a constant that defines what file is the index so you wouldn't have to look for every index.$phpEx
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Then I don't see the point of doing that???

Perhaps you could enlighten me? :?
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Highway of Life wrote: Then I don't see the point of doing that???

Perhaps you could enlighten me? :?


for example... if in the file constants.php there was a line that said:

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define('BOARD_INDEX', 'index'.$phpEx);
and all the board uses that constant to know where is the board index so that links and other stuff would be correct... and if you change that to 'forum'.$phpEx the board will change the links automatically and will save you a lot of time if you want to create a new CMS
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I think we all understand about how it would work if you use a constant instead of a hardcoded string for the index page, but I think what Highway is asking about is to elaborate a bit on this:
Joablen wrote: will save you a lot of time if you want to create a new CMS

How would having this constant help here?

I personally would like it if not just the index page, but all of the URLs used by the board were somehow customizable - e.g., so that you could get the board to use URLs such as forum.php?action=posting&f=38&p=157661 instead of posting.php?mode=quote&f=3&p=157661. (Of course, you'd still have to provide the forum.php file that would delegate stuff to the correct core files). Background: I would like to integrate phpBB 3 into a Joomla component, which would basically require something like this - albeit I simplified the example :).

I suppose this should actually be possible with some mod_rewrite magic, it would just be nice if URLs produced by the board were consistent with the actual URLs used by the site.
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Eelke wrote: I think we all understand about how it would work if you use a constant instead of a hardcoded string for the index page, but I think what Highway is asking about is to elaborate a bit on this:
Joablen wrote: will save you a lot of time if you want to create a new CMS

How would having this constant help here?


for changing the index.php to forum.php or board.php so you could use a file called index.php for the CMS portal... that way you wouldn't have to use mod_rewrite or DirectoryIndex
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Re: index constant

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And why can't the forum live in a sub-directory?
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