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    Question Designing a forum

    I don't know if this is where this question should be asked. Please move it if it is not in the correct place.

    My question is, how do I create a forum? What does the the design or programming of it entail?

    I know there are free ones out there. Are there any that you can change the graphics on to fit the design of your site? Or are they all kind of set in a certain color and design?

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    Use invision or phpBB, both are very custmizable. Designing a forum with features yourself, is hard and tedious.

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    Thanks. I will look into them. I didn't know that they were customizable.

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    I'd recommend vBulletin, not the IPB board.

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    I've always considered writing my own, but I don't think I could invest the proper amount of time and effort required right now. It would be a fun project though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred2D
    I'd recommend vBulletin, not the IPB board.
    Are you speaking of the boards within phpbb or somewhere else? I understand.

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    I wrote one in ASP for an intranet a few years ago. As ArchBob says it was long and tedious. I do not recommend that option today with all the high quality free or cheap forums available.

    By time I finished it did not have half the features of the freeware forums of today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompiledMonkey
    I've always considered writing my own, but I don't think I could invest the proper amount of time and effort required right now. It would be a fun project though.
    I really didn't want to write it myself, but I didn't see any free ones that looked editable. Taking on writing the code actually sounds really hard, but we do what we have to. I have seen the phpbb forums many times but they were all the same colors.

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    Hi Spice,

    A lot of PHPbb boards look the same because it is SO EASY to install. Cpanel even has an automatic install.

    Jamie

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    You can edit any forum you want the code is all there for you to edit.

    phpbb2, invisionboard and vbulletin all have inbuilt skinning/styling capabilities. I don't think many people could (alone) code anything as powerful as those products anyway (unless you have 6months or so to spare )

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    Quote Originally Posted by platinum
    You can edit any forum you want [img]images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] the code is all there for you to edit.

    phpbb2, invisionboard and vbulletin all have inbuilt skinning/styling capabilities. I don't think many people could (alone) code anything as powerful as those products anyway (unless you have 6months or so to spare [img]images/smilies/tongue.gif[/img])
    No, I don't have that kind of time. I want done as quickly and painless as possible.

    Thanks for all the feedback. I knew that the SP community would steer me in the right direction.


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    I like phpBB. They have a large amount of premade templates out there allready. There is also a large variety of hacks you can add. Best of all it's free. I cutomized my template quite alot and it came out pretty well.
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