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examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:54 pm
by DaveH
Hello all -

I have been asked to post a monthly newsletter (previously distributed in PDF) and start putting it on our forum instead. I have used BBCODE a little bit, and I understand html, so I'm sure I can do something decent.

But I wonder - does anyone have any great examples of formatting in a newsletter style using BBCODE??? I looked around on and I was able to find lots of BBCODE reference, but not many examples!

thanks, DAve

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:37 pm
by Pit$Bull
Try searching or posting in this topic http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopi ... 6&t=579376

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:49 pm
by Lumpy Burgertushie
bbcode is probably not going to be the best way to do this.

I would attach the pdf documents using the attachment feature.
viewers would then be able to click on it and have their pdf reader display if for them.
here is an example of how that would work:

robert

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:58 pm
by DaveH
Thanks for your reply. The reason we want to display it right on the forum is to make it incredibly easy for people to respond right in the thread.


My user base consists of VERY tech-unsavvy folks and I don't want to burden them with having to download anything, install Adobe, or know to come back to the forum to comment :) As simple as possible is the way to go for us :)

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:07 pm
by Pit$Bull
Pit$Bull wrote:Try searching or posting in this topic http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopi ... 6&t=579376

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:11 pm
by DaveH
Pit$Bull wrote:
Pit$Bull wrote:Try searching or posting in this topic http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopi ... 6&t=579376
I searched that thread, yes.

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:14 pm
by Pit$Bull
Did you post a question?

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:26 pm
by DaveH
I did not. Is there some reason you are so opposed to this thread? It's a general question and I'm not sure why any BBCODE related question should be added to an already-huge thread.

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:27 pm
by Brf
What do you mean by "Newsletter Style"?

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:39 pm
by DaveH
Hi brf,

Thanks for your reply. What I am hoping to accomplish is to send out our newsletter using the forum instead of just emailing out a PDF so that people will be encouraged to visit the forum and discuss the newsletter there instead of having a huge nightmare of an email thread. These are older, less savvy users so I want it to be easy :)

So, I'd love to send out an email to ALL users with a notice that the new newsletter has been posted on the forum, with a link to the new topic/thread. And the initial post of the thread would be the newsletter itself. It will be pretty simple, a few short articles and maybe a photo or two. But I'd like it to look nice, with maybe a couple of columns and a classic newsletter appearance.

So, an example of the general style (and even these are more complex than it needs to be) would be something like these two:

http://gifky.com/LivePreview/?theme=Fresh%20Newsletter
http://themeforest.net/item/daily-newsl ... iew/515255

I am also seeing some mods that seem to be able to do these things so I'm looking into that.

thank you very much, Dave

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:08 pm
by Brf
A BBcode is just a simple HTML markup replacement. You could not build a page with a simple bbcode. Try looking in the Mods database for something like that.

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:38 pm
by DaveH
Brf wrote:A BBcode is just a simple HTML markup replacement. You could not build a page with a simple bbcode. Try looking in the Mods database for something like that.
Actually a developer I worked with was able to put some custom BBCODE into phpbb (somehow) and have it make table tags, and that was used to make a highly customized page layout. So, I'm pretty sure it can be done just not by me :)

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:53 am
by Lumpy Burgertushie
yes, that is using bbcode to create html type layout. that is what we have suggested for you as about the only way to get what you want. bbcodes get discussed in the bbcode forum that is why you were directed there to begin with.

I understand your concern about the older non tech savy people. some of us older people are more tech savy than you think. :lol:

anyway, I would suggest you simply create a new phpbb page, then post your newsletter using standard html
then, in your email, link to that new page. it will automaticallyl have links back to the board and you can make sure that it links back to the correct discussion area that you want.
here is a quick example that I created for you:
http://phpbbace.com/board/news.php


would that work for you?

robert

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:55 pm
by DaveH
I can't see the example, there is some kind of error!

Re: examples of a 'newsletter' type post with BBCODE?

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:10 pm
by Mick
Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:http://phpbbace.com/board/news.php
I'm seeing:
template->_tpl_load_file(): File ./styles/subsilver2/template/news_body.html does not exist or is empty