Frequently Asked Questions

Why plugin’s JavaScript files are not loaded?

All Dev4Press plugins and addons require jQuery. But, they will work only if the jQuery is loaded with the WordPress proper Enqueue method. If you are replacing jQuery that comes with WordPress with some other version loaded from other location, my plugins will not function properly, and that goes the same for most of the other WordPress plugins that depend on the proper way for loading jQuery.

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Why I am getting errors related to missing database tables?

Errors like this point to the problem with the plugin installation process when additional database tables need to be created. If that has not happened, it points to the problem with database access or something else related to the database server, but it is might be simply WordPress related issues preventing the normal update.

To check this out, open bbPress Toolbox menu -> Tools -> Recheck and Update. This panel will recheck and recreate tables in possible. If not, you will see the error messages. If that happens, you need to create tables manually (via phpMyAdmin, for instance). Here is the SQL schema for all 3 database tables plugin needs: Database Schema.

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How can I confirm that topic new/unread tracking is working?

Before you go on, make sure you have configured the plugin properly. Check out this article for more information.

To confirm that topic tracking for users is working (new topics, unread topics, and new replies), you need two user accounts: one to create a new topic, and the second account to visit the forum with the new topic to get to see the mark for ‘new‘.

If it is not working, check if the database tables are created during the update. Table name is ‘wp_gdbbx_tracker‘. You can run Tools -> Recheck and Update to make sure all is OK.

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Can I enable lead topic display to split topic from replies?

Yes. This is bbPress core feature, but it is filter controlled. Using GD bbPress Toolbox Pro, you can easily enable or disable display of the lead topic: GD bbPress Toolbox Pro -> Settings -> Topics -> Various Settings -> Display Lead Topic.

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Can I limit users to own files in Media Library via TinyMCE Add Media button?

No. WordPress Media Library has no options or controls to limit access to use of files based on the user role. Also, all files uploaded through Media Library are publically accessible via the URL. WordPress doesn’t have any mechanism for limiting access to files in media library.

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How can I show (or hide) forum statistics information?

The plugin can add quick statistics overview information to the forum main index page. This contains various information: online users, different counts, and it can contain more things through editing of the template. You can enable or disable this block (or you can select user roles that can see it) by using options in the Settings -> Forums -> Forums statistics overview.

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Why quoted content shows HTML tags?

In bbPress, only some user roles are permitted to post unrestricted HTML content. Other users can only use some basic set of HTML tags, and tags like UL, LI, DIV… will not work, and bbPress will save them as text, not HTML. Because of that, when you quote complex HTML content, tags normally not supported will be displayed as text, not HTML.

To fix this, you need to allow all user roles to use the expanded set of HTML tags. And to do that, open the GD bbPress Toolbox Pro Settings -> Various Tweaks -> Expand KSES allowed HTML tags and attributes -> Allowed tags list. Select box there have 3 options, first one is default bbPress set of HTML tags, and the other two include a wide range of supported HTML tags. You need to switch this option to second or third option.

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Why plugin loads FontAwesome icons font?

If you set the plugin to use FontAwesome icons for attachment icons and for the forum topic icons (for privacy and other things), plugin will load FontAwesome icons font from CDN. You can disable FontAwesome from loading from plugin Settings Panel -> JS/CSS Files -> CSS Files Loading -> FontAwesome. Also, make sure you switch to use images as icons from plugin Settings Panel -> Standard -> Icons -> For Icons Use -> Images.

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Can you nest BBCodes?

Yes. You can nest BBCodes as long as they are different types. You can have UL BBCode and inside it, you can have LI BBCodes.

And No. You can’t nest the same type of BBCodes. You can’t have UL inside another UL. Ordered or unordered list in HTML is allowed, and you can have UL, inside it several LI tags, and in those LI tags, you can have another UL. This will not work in WordPress, and BBCodes written like that will also fail to render properly. This will not change until WordPress fixes the issue.

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Why BBCodes are not working?

There are few reasons for BBCodes not working:

  1. You have disabled BBCodes in the plugin.
  2. You have disabled some of the BBCodes in the plugin.
  3. You are using some 3rd party plugin that is causing problems.

Plugin that is often causing problems with BBCodes is ‘bbPress Advanced Statistics’, and this plugin will disabled all BBCodes by default.

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Quotes are no longer working after update to WordPress 4.4

Due to the changes in the WordPress 4.4 and the way it handles shortcodes, some of the BBCodes (essentially they are shortcodes) in GD bbPress Toolbox Pro using shorthand method of writing them are no longer working. To fix the issue, you need to:

  1. Update to GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 4.0.5 or newer
  2. Open plugins Tools panel, and there you have WordPress 4.4 Update panel.
  3. Follow instructions and run the update

You are affected mostly for using Quote feature with BBCodes and some other BBCodes. It is advisable to run the update after you update to WordPress 4.4

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Where are font related options in TinyMCE editor?

TinyMCE editor has two rows in the toolbar, but only first line is visible. Font related options are on the second line, and you need to enable it. To do that click on the button called ‘Toolbar Toggle’ as on the image here:

How to open second TinyMCE toolbar row
How to open second TinyMCE toolbar row
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Why is this plugin display broken with my theme?

Plugin is adding own styling for the features it adds, but there is no way to make styles completely immune to other stylesheets or styles added by other plugins or theme. Many themes are adding styles that are very aggressive and they can be made to have higher priority in styling certain elements. In that case, a theme can cause issues with the plugin features styling.

The only solution is to identify the styles that are causing problems and add new styles to fix that. This has to be done for every theme that causes problems.

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Why is TinyMCE for topics and replies not looking OK?

TinyMCE is part of WordPress and it comes with own styles. GD bbPress Toolbox Pro loads an additional stylesheet for TinyMCE to solve common issues when TinyMCE is used on front end. But, depending on your theme that might not be enough. Some themes are adding very aggressive styling that targets elements in TinyMCE too (usually buttons), and these theme styles are causing problems.

The only solution is to find what styles theme is adding to cause the problems, and add extra styles to fix that, but that has to be done for every theme individually. Most themes are using proper styling that is not causing problems.

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Where can I see all attachment files?

All files attached in the forum are saved into WordPress Media Library. But, if you want to see only attachments, you can’t do that directly, since Library show all files saved. Toolbox plugin has own panel called ‘Attachments’ where you can see only files uploaded as attachments. You have there: thumbnail preview, name of upload, topic and forum where the file is attached and date and time. This grid shows all files. You can delete or unattach files. If file is unattached, it will be removed from topic/reply it was uploaded to, but it will be still in the media library for some later use.

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How can I see errors logged for attachments upload?

All files users attach to topics or replies are stored in media library. But, before that, they are all checked to determine if they are allowed (size, format). During upload various problems can occur to break upload or corrupt the files. All these problems and errors will result in file not being uploaded, but instead an error entry is generated and saved and later displayed with the topic or reply, or in a log.

All errors can be seen on the Errors Log panel in the Toolbox admin menu. This panel grid looks similar to Attachments panel, but it shows errors for every upload problem. This can help you to debug problems with upload process. But, with GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 3.3 and newer attachments process is improved to show validation before upload, so that oversized files or files with wrong file type are prevented from upload, and this will result in less errors during upload, and less errors displayed in the errors log.

To configure logging process, you need to open plugin Settings -> Attachments panel. There you have a options group ‘Errors Logging’. This has several options. First option is used to activate logging process. If this is disabled, no errors will be logged! After that you have options to control who can see the errors. This is related to displaying errors in the topic or reply to inform about the errors on the front end. Normal users or visitors can’t see these logs, they are reserved for administrators, moderators and topic/reply author, and in the settings group you can enable or disable this.

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Why is Media Library required?

All attachments uploads are handled by the WordPress Media Library, and plugin uses native WordPress upload functions. When file is uploaded it will be available through Media Library. Consult WordPress documentation about Media Library requirements.

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