Linkz Pro 1.0.1
This script is a links management script that hooks into phpBB2
permissions and allows yet more integrated functionality to complement
Calendar (lite/pro) and the other mods I'm working on.
As with Calendar Pro this script is still very much in development
and will continue to be supported with the application of new features
and improved functionality.
- mySQL database (compatability with other DBMS's is being
- PHP 4.22 +
- phpBB2 installed (version 2.0.4)
Links scripts and utilities generally have a certain standard
set of information fields and these are all provided in LinkzPro.
Link title, description, URL and author are all provided with the
option to limit the visibility of the URL and author information
as part of the the admin settings.
Ratings are based on a one vote per link per registered user. This allows a
user to alter their vote if the link is updated and avoids "spamming" of
an unlimited rating system.
Mailing Address Available...
Most link directory scripts assume an "online resources
that is particularly unhelpful if you are attempting to list more
than just a URL such
as in a local business directory. Linkz Pro provides you wtih
address information in your directory either combined with or independently
of the URL listings. This feature can be turned on or off as
The categories in Linkz are carefully structured so that it's
simple to move them around either individual or as completel trees
of categories and their subordinates. From the outset it's possible
to apply a link to multiple categories avoiding any need to duplicate
links relevant to various disparate subjects.
Linkz User Levels
The permissions system integrates fully with the user/usergroup
permissions system in phpBB2. Linkz Pro allows you to set a default
level of access for all registered users then apply enhanced permission
levels for individuals or usergroup members.
The 6 levels are:
- 'Public access' - anonymous access (ON/OFF permission
set in Admin module)
- 'View only' - view events only
- 'View,Suggest Events' - view and submit events for approval (validation)
- 'View,Add Events' - view and add events without approval
- 'View,Add (Edit/Delete own)' - view, add (+edit and delete
- 'Calendar Admin' - Calendar moderator
Best of all, these levels can be set simply at the Group or User levels and
there's even a configuration option to set the default access level for
all registered users.
Anonymous users are allowed access through the calendar configuration
menu but unregistered/logged out users are heavily restricted to
viewing and visiting the listed link sites.
Private/Group restricted Links
PhpBB2 provides ample facilities for restricting access to forums
and is very much in demand as a feature so in tandem with Calendar
Pro, the ability to restrict access or even awareness of certain
links is built into the Linkz script. In addition it's possible
for users to list personal links under the various categories
but solely for their own reference. No other users (including
admins) are able to view, rate or even share them.
Administration of Linkz system settings is handled through a configuration
menu provided through the modular phpBB2 Administration Panel.
This makes changing permissions and settings easy to apply.
Link Validation & Admin notification
As with Calendar Pro it's possible to require any link submission
be placed on hold until a Linkz admin has had a chance to check
submissions before they go live. Very useful to avoid link spamming.
any such link submissions will fire off a notification
all Linkz Admins so you can accept or reject them quickly.
All Linkz code uses the phpBB2 templating system and theme css
values. This helps to ensure compatability and ease of customisation
in line with
various compliant phpBB2 themes. It also means that users can develop
their own template set and offer them as alternative layouts.
Thanks to excrutiatingly long experience in dealing with over
20+ upgrades in Calendar Lite and Pro I've been able to develop
a system of upgrading that mirrors (and admittedly borrows
from) the phpBB2's own installation system.
the exception of some small edits required in the original phpBB2
files, installation is relatively painless compared to many mods.
As part of the upgrade process it's also possible to convert an
existing ssLinks or SnailTrailz database to the new Links Pro
The overall script itself includes many more underlying
functions and features including the following:
- Various sorting options (by: name, date, hitcount, rating,
- Intuitive icons to help identify new, updated links and categories
- Simple search function
- Optimised SQL queries to avoid loading a server too greatly
- "Featured" links can be selected by the Admin and these appear
on the main Links page
- Admin option to check a submitted is "live" before being accepted.
- Numerous sanity checks to ensure data is of the correct type,
cracker spoofing traps and variable restrictions to enhance security.
Development will continue to ensure that any security issues are
deal't with plus to ensure compatability with phpBB2 as it too
is upgraded and improved. In addition there are a number of additional
features that will be added as time allows to improve the functionality
of the system.