Before I go through the whole install and setup process, I was just wondering if anyone has advice for starting a new private forum?
Is it possible to create an XF forum that is completely private, where the only thing a guest (non-member) can see is a login screen? Where the categories and posts are completely hidden?
I was also wondering if I could do one of the following:
a) Completely turn off the registration process and import a user membership list of usernames/passwords/emails? Maybe a CSV file import or something like that?
b) Send out invitations and have only the invitees be allowed to register.
Basically I want a closed-garden approach where only members can register and view the forum. Any advice or pointers?