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Welcome To Icy Phoenix

  • What is Icy Phoenix?
  • Icy Phoenix is a CMS based on phpBB (a fully scalable and highly customisable open-source Bulletin Board package PHP based) plus many modifications and code integrations which add flexibility to the whole package. The official home page for phpBB is www.phpbb.com. Icy Phoenix has some features originally developed for phpBB XS Project which has been founded by Bicet and then developed by both Bicet and Mighty Gorgon. Icy Phoenix has been created by Mighty Gorgon after he left the phpBB XS Project.

  • What are the main features of Icy Phoenix?
  • Icy Phoenix has many features, most of them are listed in the Features Page and in the Credits Page. The main ones are:
    • phpBB bulletin board and permission system
    • CMS features allowing the creation of new pages and blocks
    • Overall template integration among all site sections
    • Many ready to use features: Photo Gallery, Downloads, Knowledge Base, Links, Chat...
    • Multi-language and multi-template ready
    • Almost 100% XHTML and CSS W3C compliant
    • ...and many others...

  • Is Icy Phoenix supported for bugs, security issues, improvements?
  • Icy Phoenix is an open source project. As like many open source projects it is developed by people using their free time. At the moment there are several persons in the staff willing to help and to contribute to this project. We hope the community will continue to grow and be able to provide all the necessary support to all the users who may need help.

  • Is Icy Phoenix easy to install and upgrade from other platforms?
  • Icy Phoenix has its own setup procedure which guides the user through the steps of the setup process. An upgrading file is provided to upgrade the package from standard phpBB and phpBB XS. Hopefully an upgrade procedure from any other platform will be written in the future: at the moment the only way to upgrade from another platform is by downgrading to phpBB and then run the provided upgrade procedure.

  • Does Icy Phoenix have many templates?
  • Yes, at the moment there are some free templates (some of them with multicolour variations) and we are working to create new ones. If you are interested in new templates you should regularly check the support forum and Styles Section.

  • Is Icy Phoenix multi-language?
  • English is the main language of Icy Phoenix, but it has been translated into other languages (alphabetical order): Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish... and more to come! If you don't find your language listed here, please ask at the support forum, maybe someone else is working on the translation you need and you would be welcome to join the translation team to give your contribution.

  • Will Icy Phoenix be upgraded to phpBB 3?
  • The matter is quite complex. Even if the starting core was phpBB 2, many phpBB 3 features and core functions have been ported to Icy Phoenix: this means that currently Icy Phoenix is based on a version of phpBB which is an hybrid between phpBB 2 and phpBB 3. The code is highly optimized, it uses cache extensively, you shouldn't miss phpBB 3.

  • May I join the Icy Phoenix Project?
  • Of course. Icy Phoenix is an open source project, and anyone who is willing to give his own contribution on a stable basis may then apply to join the Team.

Before trying to install Icy Phoenix make sure you have the following STRICTLY NEEDED requirements:
  • At least 20 MB of free space in the folder you would like to install the package.
  • Web server with PHP (5 or higher) installed and running (works best on Linux + Apache).
  • MySQL (5 or higher) database with at least 5MB of free space (of course the space needed depends on how big your site will be... 5MB is enough for a basic empty setup).
  • Ability to set CHMOD permissions.


These other requirements (even if not strictly needed) are suggested for optimal performance of Icy Phoenix:
  • Hosting Services with .htaccess capability.
  • Apache Rewrite Mod installed and running.
  • GD Libraries (at least 2.0.28) installed and running.
  • Register Globals set to OFF.


Icy Phoenix Features
Icy Phoenix Documentation

Please refer to the forum for further informations and support requests.

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CUSTOMIZATION - Create A Custom Page In Icy Phoenix 2.0

CUSTOMIZATION - Create A Custom Page In Icy Phoenix 2.0 Posted  Thu 02 Aug, 2012 22:49 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Since many users already asked how to create an empty page into Icy Phoenix 2.0 to insert custom content, I have decided to create this small tutorial.

There several ways to create custom pages, here are 2 different approaches:

  1. Create a CMS page (with the "central_block") and add the content into a custom block, so you can output whatever you like by creating a proper function. Just duplicate a block, and add in the function your content, something like this:
    Code: (block_myblock.php) [Hide] [Select]
    <?php
    /**
    *
    * @package Icy Phoenix
    * @version $Id$
    * @copyright (c) 2008 Icy Phoenix
    * @license http://opensource.org/licenses/GPL-license.php GNU Public License
    *
    */

    if (!defined('IN_ICYPHOENIX'))
    {
    die(
    'Hacking attempt');
    }

    if(!
    function_exists('cms_block_myblock'))
    {
    function
    cms_block_myblock()
    {
    global
    $db, $cache, $config, $template, $theme, $images, $user, $lang, $table_prefix, $block_id, $cms_config_vars, $cms_config_layouts, $cms_page;

    $mycontent = '<b>My Fantastic Page</b>';
    $template->assign_vars(array(
    'MYCONTENT' => $mycontent,
    )
    );

    }
    }

    cms_block_myblock();

    ?>

    Then you just need to create a tpl called myblock_block.tpl in templates/default/blocks/ with this content:
    Code: (myblock_block.tpl) [Hide] [Select]
    {MYCONTENT}


    Then just add the block to the page and you are done.
  2. As a second option you can create an empty PHP page like this:
    Code: (mypage.php) [Hide] [Select]
    <?php
    /**
    *
    * @package Icy Phoenix
    * @version $Id$
    * @copyright (c) 2008 Icy Phoenix
    * @license http://opensource.org/licenses/GPL-license.php GNU Public License
    *
    */

    define('IN_ICYPHOENIX', true);
    if (!
    defined('IP_ROOT_PATH')) define('IP_ROOT_PATH', './');
    if (!
    defined('PHP_EXT')) define('PHP_EXT', substr(strrchr(__FILE__, '.'), 1));
    include(
    IP_ROOT_PATH . 'common.' . PHP_EXT);

    $cms_page['page_id'] = 'mypage';

    // Start session management
    $user->session_begin();
    $auth->acl($user->data);
    $user->setup();
    // End session management

    $mycontent = '<b>My Fantastic Page</b>';

    $template->assign_vars(array(
    'MYCONTENT' => $mycontent
    )
    );

    full_page_generation('mycontent_body.tpl', $lang['MYCONTENT'], '', '');

    ?>

    Then you just need to create a tpl called mycontent_body.tpl in templates/default/ with this content:
    Code: (mycontent_body.tpl) [Hide] [Select]
    <!-- INCLUDE overall_header.tpl -->
    {MYCONTENT}
    <!-- INCLUDE overall_footer.tpl -->


    Then in CMS => Standard Pages create the new page so you can add blocks and specify other features:
    Code: [Hide] [Select]
    Name: My Fantastic Page
    PageID: mypage
    filename: mypage.php



Enjoy your newly created pages!


 



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Icy Phoenix 2.0

Icy Phoenix 2.0 Posted  Sat 28 Jul, 2012 11:56 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi all,
I'm glad to announce that Icy Phoenix 2.0 first stable release is available for downloads.

What's New Respect To Latest Stable Release

  • CMS recoded with many AJAX features
  • Plugins System with ACP modules and specific permissions that could be managed through CMS
  • Cache Functions ported from phpBB 3
  • DB Class ported from phpBB 3
  • User Class ported from phpBB 3
  • Auth System ported from phpBB 3 and integrated into CMS and Plugins
  • Many Core Functions ported from phpBB 3
  • Almost all core SQL checked and rewritten
  • New classes coded to improve useability and simplify coding and modding
  • Optimized templates parsing
  • New Mobile style (automatically detected)
  • Improved SEO functions
  • Revamped AJAX Chat with Private Rooms
  • Brand new Tags, Share and Likes features
  • Custom BBCodes in ACP
  • Multiple Vote Polls
  • Many smaller updates and features... install the latest version to enjoy them all!


Old templates: please note that the template system has been totally revamped, so templates designed for Icy Phoenix 1.3.0.53 or below won't work at all with this version. Update versions for all styles will be available very soon here: Icy Phoenix Styles. Also you may want to keep monitored styles on GIT: Icy Phoenix Styles @ GIT.


Translations: please note that lang packs for Icy Phoenix 1.3.0.53 won't work with this version. Lang packs need to be updated before you can use them on your site. I will update all lang files in download section as soon as translators will send me their latest release. You can find latest development translations here: Icy Phoenix Languages @ GIT.


Customizations And Mods: please note that this version has many core code differences from the previous one, so it is really unlikely that old customizations and mods will work on this beta release. If you currently have some mods installed and you cannot update them on your own, you should be aware that you will not able to use those old mods until someone is going to update them.


Requirements
Before trying to install Icy Phoenix make sure you have the following STRICTLY NEEDED requirements:
  • At least 40 MB of free space in the folder you would like to install the package
  • Web server with PHP (5.2 or higher) installed and running (works best on Linux + Apache)
  • MySQL (5 or higher) database with at least 5MB of free space (of course the space needed depends on how big your site will be... 5MB is enough for a basic empty setup)
  • Ability to set CHMOD permissions

These other requirements (even if not strictly needed) are suggested for optimal performance of Icy Phoenix:
  • Webserver with .htaccess capability
  • Apache Rewrite Mod installed and running
  • GD Libraries (at least 2.0.28) installed and running
  • Register Globals set to OFF



Fresh Installation
  1. Unpack Icy Phoenix package to one folder on your HD.
  2. Copy all Icy Phoenix files in one folder on your webserver (i.e. /icyphoenix/)
  3. Set the permissions to CHMOD 777 to the following files and folders (please note that you may not have all of them in your setup):
    • backup/
    • cache/
    • cache/cms/
    • cache/forums/
    • cache/posts/
    • cache/sql/
    • cache/topics/
    • cache/users/
    • downloads/
    • files/
    • files/album/
    • files/album/cache/
    • files/album/med_cache/
    • files/album/users/
    • files/album/wm_cache/
    • files/posted_images/
    • files/screenshots/
    • files/thumbs/
    • images/avatars/
    • logs/
    • logs/logfile_attempt_counter.txt
    • logs/logfile_blocklist.txt
    • logs/logfile_debug_mode.txt
    • logs/logfile_malformed_logins.txt
    • logs/logfile_spammer.txt
    • logs/logfile_worms.txt
  4. Launch the setup from the install folder: install/install.php (i.e. http://www.mysite.com/ip/install/install.php)
  5. Follow all the instructions on the screen, fill all requested data and complete the setup
  6. Delete or rename install folder
  7. Customize files and settings to correctly setup your site (some files needs to be edited manually, while most of the options may be set in ACP and CMS). Here is a short list of some files you may want to edit manually:
    • .htaccess: settings about your domain and basic Apache settings.
    • robots.txt: change the path of your sitemap and customize basics bots rules.
    • favicon.ico and images/favicon.ico: customize your site icon.
    • includes/constants.php: customize some constants values and set your main admins id.
    • language/lang_XXX/lang_main_settings.php: some important data about you, your site and basic settings.
    • templates/default/overall_header*.tpl: you can customize here some parts of the appearance of your template (some of these settings may be changed in ACP and CMS, so you don't need to edit these files).
  8. Customize options in ACP and CMS.
  9. Enjoy your New Site



How To Upgrade From Older Icy Phoenix Versions
  1. Lock the site from ACP
  2. Make a full backup of your website (both files and DB)
  3. Remove all old Icy Phoenix files, but make sure you are not deleting other stuff you may need!
  4. When deleting files, pay particular attention to custom files and folders like these:
    • config.php
    • backup/
    • downloads/
    • images/
    • files/
    • logs/
  5. Copy all new Icy Phoenix files into your root
  6. Make sure you apply the right CHMOD permissions as listed in the Fresh Installation section above
  7. Copy install/convert_utf8_nodbal.php to your website root and launch it (this is needed to convert your old DB to UTF-8)
  8. Delete convert_utf8_nodbal.php from your root
  9. Launch install/database_update.php and update your DB
  10. Run install/install.php since you need to run Add Uploaded Images To DB (Upgrading from Icy Phoenix 1.3 or above) to add all uploaded images to DB (i.e. http://www.mysite.com/ip/install/install.php).
  11. Delete or rename install folder
  12. Customize files and settings to correctly setup your site (some files needs to be edited manually, while most of the options may be set in ACP and CMS). Here is a short list of some files you may want to edit manually:
    • .htaccess: settings about your domain and basic Apache settings.
    • robots.txt: change the path of your sitemap and customize basics bots rules.
    • favicon.ico and images/favicon.ico: customize your site icon.
    • includes/constants.php: customize some constants values and set your main admins id.
    • language/lang_XXX/lang_main_settings.php: some important data about you, your site and basic settings.
    • templates/default/overall_header*.tpl: you can customize here some parts of the appearance of your template (some of these settings may be changed in ACP and CMS, so you don't need to edit these files).
  13. Customize options in ACP and CMS.
  14. Enjoy your New Site


For further information you can check this Icy Phoenix Read Me file.

Available Packages

Icy Phoenix 2.0
Package Name: Icy Phoenix
Package Version: 2.0.0.86
Release Spot: Bipolar Disorder


DOWNLOAD: Icy Phoenix 2.0 ( Mirror 1 ) ( Mirror 2 )

Styles Designed By Mighty Gorgon
Downloads Section

GIT Links



Support

Any support request should be posted in the forum, here is a list of links you may find useful to access directly the various sections:



Please use the Bugs Tracker to report any bug you find.


icy_phoenix_small


Enjoy Icy Phoenix!
Luca Libralato


 



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phpBB 3 To Icy Phoenix Conversion Tool

phpBB 3 To Icy Phoenix Conversion Tool Posted  Mon 21 May, 2012 19:23 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi all,
today I have almost finished the basic version of phpBB 3 to Icy Phoenix conversion tool.

This tool will import from a phpBB 3 installation some of the DB tables to be used into Icy Phoenix: users, forums, topics and posts table will be converted into Icy Phoenix format.

Unfortunately not all information will be imported (such as private messages, permissions and attachments for example), so some work is still needed to do a proper conversion. But I think it is a good starting point for those who want to convert.

Some basic instructions on how to use this file:

  1. Lock your phpBB 3 board
  2. Make a full DB backup of your phpBB 3
  3. Install Icy Phoenix on the same DB, but with different table prefix (best would be to have Icy Phoenix tables with "ip_" prefix and phpBB 3 tables with "phpbb_" prefix)
  4. Edit the constant in "phpbb3_to_ip.php" file to reflect the correct prefix and name in case you need it
  5. Upload "phpbb3_to_ip.php" to your Icy Phoenix root and launch it
  6. When the conversion ends, you should have all users, forums, topics and posts in your Icy Phoenix DB


Alternatively you can try to run this procedure on a local environment, as it could be easier to fix everything before re-upload the new DB with only Icy Phoenix tables.

If someone is going to try this, I would be grateful to hear some feedback.

Thanks,
Luca


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Website Updated

Website Updated Posted  Sat 01 Oct, 2011 20:38 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi all,
tonight I have updated the website with the latest dev release of Icy Phoenix, which I hope I'm going to release as a beta in few days (after I have fixed at least the first bugs that will be spotted).

Please, let me know if you are having any kind of issue on this website.

I also would like to let you know that I have added some extra antispam measures, which unfortunately are going to affect even "trusted" users. In particular every user having less than X (I'm not disclosing the exact amount...) messages will not be allowed to insert urls in posts (will be masked) and its personal informations will remain hidden until he/she will reach X numbers of posts. I'm really sorry for this measure, but we need to fight spammers with a more strong approach. I hope you understand.

Thanks,
Luca


 

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Icy Phoenix Mobile Devices Style

Icy Phoenix Mobile Devices Style Posted  Thu 25 Aug, 2011 23:40 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi all,
I'm very glad to announce that Icy Phoenix has now a new style which is optimized for mobile devices.

The new style has been developed by CyberAlien owner of the great project ColorizeIt!

The style is still in beta testing phase, and if you want to help in debugging, you can have a try with the latest development version of Icy Phoenix that you can find on GIT:

Icy Phoenix Latest Development Version

Here you will find the Mobile style:

Icy Phoenix Mobile Style

To use it, just download and install Icy Phoenix (from GIT) and then navigate it with a mobile device (iPhone, Android, Blackberry...).

If you are willing to see the style with a "normal" pc you can install it as you would do for any other style and activate it... otherwise you can manually change includes/sessions.php:

FIND
Code: [Hide] [Select]
// For debugging purpose you can force this to true
//$this->data['is_mobile'] = true;

REPLACE WITH
Code: [Hide] [Select]
// For debugging purpose you can force this to true
$this->data['is_mobile'] = true;


Let me know what do you think and if you find any bug.

I also would like to thank CyberAlien for the precious help in developing such a style.

Thanks,
Luca


 

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New AJAX CMS

New AJAX CMS Posted  Sun 15 May, 2011 10:29 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi all,
I have just updated GIT repository with the latest dev version of Icy Phoenix:

Icy Phoenix Dev Version

I have been helped by a professional coder in improving the CMS experience by adding some AJAX in pages and blocks management, now CMS should be almost complete, just the new AUTH System still missing.

Here are some screenshots (unfortunately a couple of the screenshots are not perfect because of the system I used to get them):

cms_blocks_management

cms_global_blocks_management

cms_parents_blocks_management


I still need to clean up the code and the DB, which is the next step before integrating the AUTH System... but CMS should work fine if you want to test it.

I would need help in writing the tip and help code in the various CMS pages, if someone is willing to help, just let me know.

Please also report bugs in CMS if you find, so I can fix them.

I still don't have a final release date, but now most of the job is done...


 

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Icy Phoenix Project Moved To GIT Only

Icy Phoenix Project Moved To GIT Only Posted  Sun 17 Apr, 2011 22:35 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi all,
I wanted to announce that starting from today the old Icy Phoenix Repository on SVN will be discontinued.

All Icy Phoenix code repositories have been moved to GIT for many reasons (mainly because of SVN limitations in fork/merge features).

Here are the new URIs for the Repositories:

Icy Phoenix GIT Repository
Icy Phoenix - Languages GIT Repository
Icy Phoenix - Styles GIT Repository
Icy Phoenix - Plugins GIT Repository

I will only keep tags release on the old SVN repository, I will remove everything else in some months (just to make sure that everything is working fine).

If you want to start to contributing to Icy Phoenix code, is now easier than before:


Happy Coding Icy Phoenix!


 



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Some News About Icy Phoenix Development - New Users Class

Some News About Icy Phoenix Development - New Users Class Posted  Fri 01 Apr, 2011 01:23 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi,
it's been a while I'm not writing news about Icy Phoenix development. The main reason it is that we are lacking of developers, and development slowed down a bit.

I'm currently working on the users/sessions system, trying to improve the way both sessions and users are working in Icy Phoenix. To this purpose I have ported part of phpBB 3 Users Class into Icy Phoenix, recoding some parts and adding some extra code where needed. I've almost finished the integation, but since this modification regards so many files and functions, I'm sure that many bugs have been introduced, and we need to spot them.

Tonight I've just updated both GIT and SVN repository with the latest development version, you can find some more details here:
https://github.com/MightyGorgon/icy...67265e73a7e0995
Showing 340 changed files with 6,242 additions and 4,567 deletions.

As you can see changes are many, and updating from latest dev release could be tough (due to the change into the session system/db).

If you want to help in the development, you can try to install on a local server (I would not suggest to use this development version online!) and report the bugs you find.

Next step in development is improving the permissions system and the CMS, I'll keep you posted.

Thanks,
Luca


 



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