Laravel Forum 5 Documentation

Web - Management



Once the package is installed, provided you are logged in, you can visit /forum and start defining your category hierarchy using the ‘Create category’ button (also shown when viewing a category) and ‘Manage’ view. A category consists of the following properties:

  • Title: The name of the category, used for both display and URL slugs.
  • Description: A one-line description of the category. Displayed in listings and at the top of the category view.
  • Enable/disable threads: Determines whether or not new threads can be created in the category.
  • Private: Determines whether or not the category is private; when enabled, the category will only be visible to authenticated users who pass authorisation.
  • Color: The accent color to apply to the category.

These properties can be set on creation or modified afterwards when viewing the category.

In 5.1.0 onwards

The Private property also determines access to all of the category’s threads and child categories, even those set as public. A user cannot access a category if it has an ancestor with this property set to true and a CategoryPolicy::view ability check fails on that ancestor for the user.


The following actions can be applied to a single thread:

  • Rename: Change a thread’s title.

The following actions can be applied to a single thread or a selection of multiple threads:

  • Lock/unlock: Lock or unlock a thread, preventing or allowing new posts respectively. The ThreadPolicy::reply ability may allow a user to reply to a thread even when it’s locked.
  • Pin/unpin: Pin or unpin a thread. Pinned threads are labelled as such and are displayed at the top of lists.
  • Move: Move a thread to a different category.
  • Delete: Soft-delete a thread.
  • Restore: Restore a soft-deleted thread.
  • Permanently delete: Hard-delete a thread.


The following actions can be applied to a single post:

  • Update: Change the content of a post.

The following actions are available and can be applied to a single post or a selection of multiple posts:

  • Delete: Soft-delete a post.
  • Restore: Restore a soft-deleted post.
  • Permanently delete: Hard-delete a post.