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    Snitz/vBulletin

    Hey.

    Not sure where to put this thread, so I figured I'd put it here.

    I downloaded the Snitz forum eairler, and it looks pretty cool. I have't gotten a whole lot of time to play with it. I noticed that this forum (the site point forum) is powered by vBulletin. I also checked out this forum and it costs quite a bit, considering Snitz is free. Also I can't modify it because I don't understand PHP/MySql (which I believe vBulletin is powered by).

    I was wondering if there are any charts that compare Snitz to vBulletin. I was wondering if there is anything special that vBulletin can do that Snitz can't. Also I noticed that Snitz, uses ASP. Now that ASPX is out and about, does that mean that I should not waste time modifying Snitz? I don't want to spend months modifying it to find out that ASP is becoming outdated.

    Do you think there would be any problems with Snitz Communications if I rewrote the script in ASPX? Would I see any benifits if I did?

    I really like this forum and I want one just like this for my own website. I want to build my own but maybe it would be better to get one that's already working and just modify it. The only problem is I don't know PHP/MySql... are there any equvlients of vBulletin that are writtin in asp, free or not it dosen't matter, as long as I can modify them.

    I'm mostly interested in the admin/moderator features, which I know vBulletin has a lot of. It's pretty secure as far as I can tell. I also want a forum that encrypts user passwords in the database, does Snitz use password encryption?

    Thanks so much for any help.

    ~ Ashlye

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    Hi,

    I'm no expert, but if you know ASP and not PHP, I'd go with Snitz. [img]images/smilies/tongue.gif[/img]

    This should probably go in scripts and online services, but it'll be moved. Also, bewared it might be closed. A lot of these threads start bash wars [img]images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

    Just my 2 cents. [img]images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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    AFAIK Snitz uses access, and as such, no, the passwords are not encrypted. Nor is the database secure if the server isn't configured right....people need only know its name....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOriginalH
    AFAIK Snitz uses access, and as such, no, the passwords are not encrypted. Nor is the database secure if the server isn't configured right....people need only know its name....
    I thought Snitz could be configured to use MS Sql ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOriginalH
    AFAIK Snitz uses access, and as such, no, the passwords are not encrypted. Nor is the database secure if the server isn't configured right....people need only know its name....
    This is in the list of features:

    * Support for Microsoft Access 97/2000/2002, SQL Server 6.5/7.0/2000 and MySql
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    AFAIK Snitz uses access, and as such, no, the passwords are not encrypted. Nor is the database secure if the server isn't configured right....people need only know its name....
    Snitz can be set up on mysql, sql server and Access.

    The passwords are all "hashed" I believe (or perhaps it is encrypted). They appear as a string in the db like: dabfeac8ff0c5956afaa88897623e1c1cfbe5ae79809b227472f027b0842b55a

    For Access, it's not hard to just rename the db and put it in a non-web accessible directory.

    For a free "classic" ASP (non .net) forum, Snitz is your best bet.

    If you don't mind paying for a forum and like php/mysql, vBulletin is your choice.

    Enjoy

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    My eyes are starting to bleed cos of the pink text on light background.
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    Building your own forum software? I would recommend that when you can buy vbulletin for such a price.
    Also you mention you dont know php/mysql, so you have few months to spare( there is very thing line between spare and waste for this kind of development)?

    You can use your energy and skills on much better products then building a forum.

    I think main question where you will install your software? because most windows hosts will charge you more then linux hosts and also you will have to pay for MsSQL Server database extra.

    VBulletin is not the only option for linux, you can go for phpBB which is free.

    IMHO

    Good luck

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    I'll shut up then ... Only played with Snitz once, a long time ago....the passwords weren't encrypted then..and it was the default Access implementation... As you were

    (and agree with Anthony on the bleeing eye thing!)
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    fine.... no more pink text

    ~ ashlye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashlye
    fine.... no more pink text

    ~ ashlye
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    Ya can pick a colour alright, just make sure it reads OK against a light background.
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    If your looking for a free php/mysql forum, go for invisionboard, its just as good as vBulletin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archbob
    If your looking for a free php/mysql forum, go for invisionboard, its just as good as vBulletin.
    Almost, but not quite.

    Let the forum wars commence!
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