Plikli Settings

Dashboard Settings
Plikli CMS Dashboard contains all the settings you need to configure your site, using Edit-In-Place feature, and run it. You can activate/deactivate features and change sizes and permissions!

I enhanced quite of few and added new ones to make using Plikli CMS a more enjoyable experience!

By default, the name of the site is set upon installation. If you wish to display your site’s logo instead of the site’s name, set the path to the logo under Logo, in the Dashboard Settings!

By default, Anonymous Vote is set to false. Admins can decide to Allow/disallow anonymous users to vote on articles.

By default, Antispam is set to false in the Dashboard Settings section. It is designed to be used by site Admins who want to be able to allow or block certain domains, based reputation, after a user had submitted an article!

When Enable Spam Checking is set to true, it uses 4 different files to log the information that will be used in future articles submissions. If the domain of the article being submitted exists in the blacklist domains, the submission will be blocked and logged as Spam!

By default, the Allow User to Uploaded Avatars (Profile picture) is set to true and preset sizes were supplied. Admins can allow/disallow this feature by setting it to true or false.

Plikli CMS has a new setting to the Avatars feature: Maximum image size allowed to upload; it allows Admins to limit the size of the uploaded picture as they see fit!

By default, Comments on articles is set to true; setting it to false will disallow Comments. The other relevant settings are:

  • Message to display when Comments are disallowed NEW!
  • Allow users to vote on comments? Set to true by default.
  • Comment Sort Order
  • Sidebar Comment Length
  • Sidebar Number of Comments
  • Maximum Comment Length
  • Negative votes to remove comment
  • Use comment data when providing search results

Activate the Groups Feature is set to true by default and it has many other relevant settings::

  • Maximum number of groups a user is allowed to create.
  • Maxiumum number of groups a user is allowed to join.
  • Should new groups be auto-approved?
  • Should groups be allowed to upload own avatar? NEW!
  • Set the maximum image size for the group avatar to upload NEW!
  • Width in pixels for the group avatar.
  • Height in pixels for the group avatar.
  • Minimum user level to create new groups.

The live feature is set to true by default. It is designed to broadcast the live activity on the Site! It has two other settings: Number of items to show on the live page; How often to refresh (in seconds)

When you first install Plikli CMS, you are asked to enter the location and the name of the site (sub-directory). These values are saved and displayed in the Location Installed settings! It has other relevant settings:

  • Allow registration? to allow/disallow new registrations. NEW!
  • Message to display when Registration is suspended. NEW!
  • Maintenance Mode; can be set to true or false. NEW!

The Miscellaneous settings in Plikli CMS are:

  • Trackback URL. To know more about it check Trackback
  • Enable Extra Fields? This feature is very handy to add additional fields to the Submit feature. I.e. Author, Location, etc., to name a few!
  • Allow friends. By default it is set to true. It allows users to follow each others (follower/following) and exchange messages.
  • Search Method. Three methods are provided and by default it is set to 3, which is the most optimized method. Admins can still experiment the other methods to find what suits them best.
  • Page Size (How many articles to show on a page). The default is set to 8 stories after which the pagination shows if you have more articles.
  • Top Users Size (How many users to display on the top users page). It is set to 25 after which the pagination shows.
  • Validate user email. It is set to false by default. Set it to true if you want users to validate their emails. After registration, the user receives an email to confirm and validate before they can login to the site.
  • Timezone offset. Is set to 0. You can change it depending on your time zone.
  • Show subcategories. Is set to false by default. Keeping the value as false means that clicking on a parent category will not bring the subcategories in the search result. When Admins create sub-categories, it is recommended to set it to true.
  • Pagination Mode. It is set to 1.
  • Site Language. The value is set when you first install Plikli CMS and select the language of your choice. Admins who wish to change the site language, follow these steps (Example given for French language):
    1. In the /languages folder, rename lang_french.conf.default to lang_french.conf
    2. Change the value to french in the Dashboard -> Settings -> Miscellaneous -> Site Language
    3. Clear the Template cache using the link in the Dashboard Tools Widget.
  • Allow users to change the Site language? It is set to 0 which means the feature is disabled. Admins who wish to allow their users to change the language of the interface (based on their audience), follow these steps (Example given for French language):
    1. In the /languages folder, rename lang_french.conf.default to lang_french.conf
    2. Change the value to 1 in the Dashboard -> Settings -> Miscellaneous -> Select Language
    3. The additional language (French in this case) will appear in the user profile settings to select it.

The OutGoing feature allows you to capture the total clicks on the original source URL of the article a user submitted. In other words, a user submitted an article from CNN news. If Outgoing is enabled, It records the number of times the CNN news link was clicked by users and visitors. It is a metric that Admins can use to aggregate data!
The clicks are recorded once per user session. This means that if a user clicked on a link for the first time in the current session, it will be recorded; any other clicks by the same user during the same session will not be recored. The session is only deleted when a user logs out and closes the browser.

  • Enable Outgoing Links. It is by default set to false, disabled. To enable it set it to true.
  • Outgoing Links Placement. The default is title. Two other options are provided: url and id

If Dashboard -> Settings -> Story -> Use Story Title as External Link is set to false then the clicking on the story title from the story full view directs you to the external link; otherwise, clicking on the story title from the summary view directs you to the external link.

  • URL Method: for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is by default set to 1, Non-SEO Links. Setting it to 2, makes all the URLs SEO friendly! Example of SEO Methods:
    1. Setting 1, URLs look like /story.php?title=Technology-Forum
    2. Setting 2 (Google recommended), URLs look like /technology/Technology-Forum/
  • Friendly URLs for stories: Is set to true, by default.
    1. When set to true, the URL will look like /technology/Technology-Forum/, it takes the title of the story.
    2. When set to false, it takes the ID of the story: /technology/350/
  • Use Story Title as External Link: is set to false by default. NOTE that when set to true, the title will link directly to the original story link even when the story is displayed in summary view.
  • Open Story Link in New Window: set to false by default. If “Use story title as External Link” is set to true, setting this to true will open the link in a new window (recommended to keep visitors on your site).
  • Use rel=”nofollow” is by default set to true (recommended) NEW! “nofollow” is a value that can be assigned to the “rel” attribute of the HTML < a > element to instruct some search engines not to follow the target link.

The Submit feature allows users to submit articles and publish them on the site. Users can submit articles in three different ways:

  1. Submitting a URL of an article that exists on any site and that is of interest. Plikli CMS will fetch the title, the content and meta data of the source article.
  2. The second way does not require an URL; it is called EDITORIAL. Admins need to allow this feature (see “Require a URL when Submitting” and “Label to show when there is no URL provided in submit Step 1” settings below) NOTE that users can still submit articles using either of these two ways!
  3. Submitting articles ONLY as EDITORIAL; Admins have to set the “Show the URL Input Box” to false and the Submit phase will jump automatically to Step 2
  • Allow users to submit articles? is by default set to true NEW! Admins can, for a reason, set it to false, temporarily or indefinitely.
  • Message to display when Submitting articles is disallowed NEW!
  • Require a URL when Submitting? is by default set to true. Admins wanting to allow Editorial submissions, have to set it to false!
  • Allow Draft Articles? NEW! is by default set to false. Admins can set it to true to allows users to save submissions as Drafts wo be posted later!
  • Allow Scheduled Articles? NEW! default is false. Admins can set it to true to allow users to submit Scheduled articles to be posted at a date they set!
  • Validate URL? default setting is true. When an URL is required for submitting an articles, it validates the URL.
  • Show the URL Input Box? is set to true by default. To completely bypass the “Require a URL when Submitting” setting and only allow EDITORIAL articles, this must be set to false!
  • No URL text: is predefined as EDITORIAL; Admins can change it to their likings.
  • Complete submission on Submit Step 2? is true by default. If set to false, the user will be presented with a third step where they can preview and submit the story.
  • Auto vote? is true by default. This means that a submitted article will acquire 1 vote upon submission!
  • Minimum number of characters for the story title. It is preset to 10; Admins can change the value.
  • Maximum Title Length. It is preset to 10; Admins can change the value.
  • Minimum Story Length. It is preset to 10; Admins can change the value.
  • Maximum Story Length. It is preset to 3000; Admins can change the value.
  • Maximum Tag Line Length. It is preset to 40; Admins can change the value.
  • Maximum Summary Length (excerpt). It is preset to 600; Admins can change the value.
  • Allow multiple categories? is false by default. Setting this to true will allow users to select multiple categories on the submit page.
  • Limit time to edit stories. Set to 0, unlimited time. This feature allows you to limit the amount of time a user has before they can no longer edit a submitted story.
  • Minutes before a user is no longer allowed to edit a story? is set to 0 by default, to match the above setting. Setting a number of minutes in here (ex: a day is 1440 minutes; a week is 10080 minutes), requires enabling “Limit Time To Edit Stories” (set to 1)
  • HTML tags to allow to Normal users? is blank by default. Admins wanting to allow HTML in Articles and Comments NEW! must fill the box with the allowed HTML Tags; a set of safe tags is provided!
  • HTML tags to allow for Moderators? is blank by default. Admins wanting to allow HTML in Articles and Comments NEW! must fill the box with the allowed HTML Tags; a set of safe tags is provided!
  • HTML tags to allow for Admins is blank by default. Admins wanting to allow HTML in Articles and Comments NEW! must fill the box with the allowed HTML Tags; a set of safe tags is provided!

Tags feature is a way of connecting articles together. When viewing an article, any relevant article having the same Tag will be presented to the user/visitor.

  • Enable the use of tags and the tag cloud? is true, enabled by default.
  • The below settings are only used if Tags are enabled.

  • Tags Minimum Font Size. How small should the text for the smallest tags be.
  • Tags Maximum Font Size. How large should the text for the largest tags be.
  • Tags Cloud Word Limit. The most tags to show in the cloud.
  • Tags minimum points (sidebar). How small should the text for the smallest tags in the sidebar cloud?
  • Tags Maximum Points (sidebar). How big should the text for the largest tags be in the sidebar cloud?
  • Tags Cloud Word Limit (sidebar). How many tags to show in the sidebar cloud?

Voting Feature is available in three different methods.

  1. Voting Method 1: Up and Down Voting, is the default settings.
  2. Voting Method 2: 5 Star Ratings.
  3. Voting Method 3: Karma.
  1. Settings for Voting Method 1: Up and Down Voting.
    • Votes to publish: Default is set to 5. This means that a story has to acquire 5 votes before it is moved from the NEW section to the PUBLISHED. If set to 1, and in the Submit settings “Auto Vote” is set to true, then the article is automatically published upon submission.
    • Negative Votes Story Discard: default setting is 0. If set to 1, stories with enough down votes will be discarded. A formula for determining what gets buried is stored (can also be modified); It defaults to discarding stories with 3 times more downvotes than upvotes.
  2. Settings for Voting Method 2: 5 Star Ratings.
    • Rating To Publish: How many star rating votes will publish a story? is set to 3 by default.
  3. Settings for Method 3: Karma.
    • Karma to publish: Minimum karma value before story is sent to the front page. Default is 100
  4. Settings that apply to all three Voting methods:
    • Days to publish: default is 10, the number of days after which a story that did not acquire the set number of Votes to publish, will not be eligible to be published, even if it acquired the required number of Votes to Publish!
    • Votes Allowed from one IP: This setting is turned on, set to 1, by default to prevent users from voting from multiple registered accounts from the same computer network. Set it to 0 = disable feature, to allow multiple voting from same IP.

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