Tutorial


I just installed a fresh Dolphin 7.0.0 tonight. My main development install was getting a little ugly with a bunch of modifications and testing. So I decided to install a brand new Dolphin 7 to get rid of the clutter.

One of the first things you will might notice after installing a fresh Dolphin 7.0.0 is _bx_ava_avatar which at first glance looks a little unusual. This is because the language key associated with the Avatar Module is not installed yet. This will probably be one of the first things you will want to install if you intend to use the Avatar Module.

Dolphin 7 _bx_ava_avatar Navigation Menu




After a fresh Dolphin install, you will be automatically logged in as the Admin on the front end or user side of Dolphin. To go to the back end Admin Panel simply find the little Crown looking icon in the lower right corner. Clicking on this will take you to the back end or Administration area of Dolphin.

Go To Dolphin 7 Admin Panel




If you would like to go directly to the admin panel instead in the future you can do so by entering into your browsers address bar:
http://www.yoursite.com/administration or http://www.yoursite.com/directory-name/administration

Once logged into the Dolphin Administration Panel to install the Avatar Module and fix the _bx_ava_avatar in the top menu you will need to find and navigate to the Tools then Modules menu.

Dolphin 7 Admin Tools Modules




Here you will find a big list of the standard available modules you can install. Right now we are just concerned with the Avatar Module, so in the "Not Installed Modules" we will simply check or tick the box for "Avatar".

Dolphin 7 Install Avatar Module




Then scroll down a little bit and click on the "Install" button.

Dolphin 7 Install Module




Once the Avatar Module is installed you will see at the top of the page "Operation Results". If you click the little Plus symbol /sign you can see the details and make sure it was successful. Green Done is good and successful.

Dolphin 7 Avatar Operation Results




Now if we go back to our main homepage we can see that it now displays "Avatar" which looks much more pleasant.

Dolphin 7 Avatar Navigation Menu Fixed




You will then find the Avatar Module in the Modules menu on the left in your Dolphin Administration area.

Dolphin 7 Modules Avatar




There isn't too much you can configure with this one. If you navigate there you will see you can adjust the image quality, which by default is set to 85%. You can also turn off, enable, or disable the Avatar Feature for your members by checking/unchecking the "Enable site avatars" box.

Some modules will have many things you can configure and adjust, while others will have just a few.

Now you can navigate to "Settings" then "Membership Levels".

Dolphin 7 Settings Membership Levels




Select Standard membership for example. Here you can see standard members are allowed to upload an Avatar, but not delete or edit other members avatars.

Dolphin 7 Standard Membership Avatar




If I click on "avatar upload" I can enter and set how often a standard member can upload avatars. I might say 5 per 24 hours maybe. Then, just click the Save button.

Dolphin 7 Avatar Upload Manage




Simple enough!

Whether this issue is persistent in Dolphin 7.0.1 or not we will just have to wait and see.

This tutorial is more for the beginner and someone brand new to Dolphin. I thought someone might get a little use out of it.

 
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Tutorial by: Jeremy LeSarge (AKA Ray)

I am the owner and administrator of DialMe.com. I write Tutorials for Boonex Dolphin as well as tips and resources surrounding website programming and development. I enjoy working with WordPress, SEO, and Web Hosting / Servers. I also maintain a WordPress Blog here on this site where you will find a variety of technology and webmaster resources.

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