Minitek Discussions

Minitek Discussions is an Ajax-driven, mobile-friendly, feature-rich Forum and Discussions component for Joomla. It features an innovative sections/topics taxonomy which can be used to effortlessly add structured Discussions sections to your website.

Minitek Discussions is built according to the latest MVC standards, is lightweight and easy to configure.

It supports out-of-the-box Search Engine Friendly URLs and allows users to submit and edit their own questions and answers through the front-end of the website.

To install Minitek Discussions:

  1. Login to Joomla administrator control panel
  2. Go to Extensions > Manage
  3. Click on Upload Package File
  4. Select the zip file of the extension and click on Upload & Install
    Installation

Content hierarchy


Minitek Discussions content is structured according to the following hierarchy:

Sections:

Sections are containers that contain topics. You can create as many sections as you like, thus creating many independent Discussions sections.

Topics:

Topics are containers that contain questions. A topic can have an unlimited number of children topics. Any topic can contain questions regardless of the topic level.

Questions:

Questions are the central content type in Minitek Discussions. A question exists inside a topic and can have answers.

Creating a section


In Minitek Discussions, Sections serve as topic containers. Each Section is an independent Discussions section and can be linked to a Minitek Discussions Section menu item.

Follow the steps below to create a new Section:

  1. Go to Sections and click on New.

  2. Enter a title for the new Section and optionally enter a description. Then click on Save.

  3. Under the tab Options, select whether you want to display the left navigation in the Section. The left navigation may contain the following links:

    User Questions: If enabled, a link to User Questions will be displayed in the left navigation menu.

    User Answers: If enabled, a link to User Answers will be displayed in the left navigation menu.

    Recent Questions: Filters questions by created date.

    Top Questions: Filters questions by number of votes and number of answers.

    Featured Questions: Filters questions by featured state.

    Unanswered Questions: Shows questions that are not answered yet, filtered by created date.

    Resolved Questions: Shows resolved questions (questions with a selected answer) filtered by created date.

    Unresolved Questions: Shows unresolved questions (questions without a selected answer) filtered by created date.

    See all topics: Shows the full Topics tree for the specific section.

    Click on Save & Close.

  4. Finally you must create a menu item for the specific Section. Go to your preferred menu in Menu Manager and click on New.

  5. In the field Menu Item Type click on Select. Select Minitek Discussions and click on Section.

  6. In the field Section select the Section that you created in the previous steps. Click on Save & Close.

    You can now visit the Section in the frontend. The Section will be empty since you have not created any topics yet.

Creating topics


As mentioned earlier, Topics serve as question containers. Each Topic can contain Questions and children Topics.

Follow the steps below to create a new Topic:

  1. Go to Topics and click on New.

  2. Enter a title for the new Topic and optionally enter a description. Also select a parent Topic for this Topic (optional) and select a Section. If this is a child Topic, the Section will be automatically selected. Click on Save.

  3. Under the tab Options, select whether this topic will contain Public or Private questions or both. You can also configure which users will receive email notifications for new questions in this topic.

  4. Click on Save & Close. Now if you visit the Section in the frontend you will see the new Topic in the left navigation menu. For the moment the Topic will be empty since we have not created any Questions yet.

Creating questions


Follow the steps below to create new Questions:

  1. Go to Questions and click on New.

  2. Enter the title and the content for the new Question. You can also select the Parent topic and set the question as Private, Featured, Pinned or Locked.

    A Private question will be visible only by the owner and the moderators.

    A Pinned question will be always pinned to the top of the questions list when viewing Recent Questions.

    Featured questions will always appear at the top of the questions list when viewing Featured Questions.

    Users will not be able to post new answers in Locked questions.

  3. Click on Save & Close. Now if you visit the Topic in the frontend you will see the new Question.

Front-end question form


Follow the steps below to create a new question from the front-end:

  1. Go to Global Configuration of the component and under the tab Question Form enable the parameter Enable user questions.

  2. Under the tab Permissions enable the Create permissions for the user groups of your choice. Click on Save & Close.

  3. If you want to forbid specific user groups to ask questions in specific topics, you can do so by configuring the topic specific permissions.

  4. Users with Create permissions will now be able to see the Ask a Question button in the top navigation bar in the front-end.

Email notifications


Minitek Discussions has four types of email notifications:

  • Notifications for new questions (sent to managers)
  • Notifications for new answers (sent to managers)
  • Notifications for new answers (sent to question authors)
  • Notifications for selected answers (sent to answer authors)

You can enable the notifications of your choice in the component Global Configuration, under the tab Notifications. You can also configure notifications separately for each topic by opening the topic and configuring the parameters of the tab Options.

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