How to add the Agora forum system to your Joomla site

There are several very popular forum solutions available for Joomla. We'll be installing Agora, but you might prefer one of the others

As with all extensions we'll be showing you, start by going to Then, navigate to the Communication / Forum category and find the Agora page

1) Once there, click the Download button


Scroll down


2) Choose the latest version

3) Then, click Components


4) You'll see a description of the installation file here. Scroll down to find the download link

5) Click Download


6) Save the file to your computer


With the file saved to your computer, it's time to install it in Joomla; do so before proceeding. If you need assistance, watch the accompanying tutorial on how to install extensions


Upon successful installation, this is what you'll see


Scroll down


The first two actions listed here should have been performed automatically


If you have previously installed a version of Agora, your information should have been retained. If you wish to clear it out, click Install clean database


Scroll back up to the top


gora is a pretty complex Joomla component, so we won't be able to cover everything in this tutorial


Now, let's view Agora's section of the Admin CP


7) Go to Components


8) Click Agora Forum


9) Then, click Options


When you first visit the Agora section, you might see a number of initial setup queries. They should be gone the next time you view a page

10) Press F5 to refresh now, if you wish, or scroll down


The menu at left contains a list of the sub-pages in the Options section. Each page contains any number of related options


The defaults for most of the options listed should work just fine. Don't hesitate to explore and change things, though, if you'd like to


If you ever question the purpose of a setting, hover over its title for a description


Also, take note of the Help section here. It's sure to be of some assistance for many of the questions or problems you might encounter


Now, let's move on to the Configuration section


The Configuration page is really just a continuation of the Options


There's one step that has to be taken before we can visit the Forums tab


11) Click Groups


Groups in Agora are used to control the permissions of the users they contain, depending on each user's role


We need to change a few of the default group's permissions


By default, the Member role gets complete access to your forum's frontend; this includes the ability to edit and delete other people's posts. You'll most likely want to remove this ability from them


12) Click this link next to Member


13) Remove the checkmarks next to the permissions shown, as follows

14) Click Submit


15) Click Save



Now, we can move on to the Forums section


This is where you create forums for your members to post threads in

Before creating a forum, we must first create a category to contain it


Look to the right


16) Click Add Category


17) Choose a Category Name



There are no other categories yet, so we can't set an Order for this one


Look right


18) Click Save



The category we just created shows up here now. With that done, it's time to create a new forum

You'll notice an additional link has appeared here to allow you to Add a Forum


19) Click on the link


20) Provide the forum with a Name


21) Type a description


The multi-select box next to Parent lets you choose what category this forum should be in. We only have the one we just created, so it's selected by default


The Global group's permissions that we just adjusted will be applied automatically to this forum after we submit this page. If you wish to change those permissions just for this forum, return here after saving


Scroll up and look to the right


22) Click Save



Now let's take a look at the Users page


As you can see here, all of our Joomla users were imported by the synchronization process that ran automatically at the end of installation


Finally, let's check out the Maintenance tab


Maintenance is where you can perform the actions shown at left


Prune allows you to mass delete posts older than a certain age


Upload Manager lets you control the files that all your users have uploaded


On the DB Tools page, you can perform the same operations that were done automatically at the end of installation


We've finished exploring the Agora admin panel. Now, we just need to add a link to the forums in Joomla and our members will be able to post to their hearts' content


23) Go to Menus...


24) ...Main Menu


This is the Menu Item Manager for Main Menu

Look to the right


25) Click New


26) Click Agora Forum



Scroll down


27) Fill in the Title


28) Select an access level. We'll allow only Registered users to see the link to our forum, but you can choose whichever you want


Scroll back up to the top and look right


29) Click Save



The Forums link should now show up to all registered users. Let's go check it out


30) Click the Preview link that's at the top right corner of every page in the Admin CP

31) Click the Forums link we created


It worked! Our forum shows up under the correct category name



If you encounter any problems, be sure to check out the Help page mentioned earlier

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