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    Message board newbie questions

    I'm doing a site for an organization and it will require a messageboard. I haven't installed one yet and I don't know where to begin.

    So I have a bunch of questions that hopefully you guys can help me with:

    a) Are there any really good and secure remotely hosted free message board?

    b) what are the disadvantages of such a message board?

    c) If I need to install and run my own, what do I need to have and learn? (I'm a PHP newbie and totally ignorant in mysql)

    d)Are there any scripts I can use for this?
    http://www.soapbox101.com

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    Re: Message board newbie questions

    a) Are there any really good and secure remotely hosted free message board?

    EzBoard is all I can think of on top of my head. Try a search.

    b) what are the disadvantages of such a message board?
    It doesn't look professional, and unless you pay a fee, you have ugly, disturbing ads. Usually they aren't as flexible, too.

    c) If I need to install and run my own, what do I need to have and learn? (I'm a PHP newbie and totally ignorant in mysql)
    All you need to know is your MySQL details (get this from your webmaster).

    d)Are there any scripts I can use for this?
    Yes, many. For free ones, Check this thread out, it's on another forum.

    I heard phpBB and Invision Board are excellent.

    If you're willing to pay, vBulletin is the only way to go. http://vbulletin.com. $85 for a year and $160 to own, I believe. Powerful, secure, and easy to set up.

    Hope that helped

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    Re: Re: Message board newbie questions

    Originally posted by Agent Dwarf
    a) Are there any really good and secure remotely hosted free message board?

    EzBoard is all I can think of on top of my head. Try a search.

    b) what are the disadvantages of such a message board?
    It doesn't look professional, and unless you pay a fee, you have ugly, disturbing ads. Usually they aren't as flexible, too.

    c) If I need to install and run my own, what do I need to have and learn? (I'm a PHP newbie and totally ignorant in mysql)
    All you need to know is your MySQL details (get this from your webmaster).

    d)Are there any scripts I can use for this?
    Yes, many. For free ones, Check this thread out, it's on another forum.

    I heard phpBB and Invision Board are excellent.

    If you're willing to pay, vBulletin is the only way to go. http://vbulletin.com. $85 for a year and $160 to own, I believe. Powerful, secure, and easy to set up.

    Hope that helped
    yes, EZBOARDS is the first that comes to my head too. also, if you want, try Network54. i found that to be good to use when i first started out.
    if you want to make your own (reccommended), you'll probably have to buy space, PHP/MySQL compatible, and bandwidth, because most free sites wont give you this for free. i would recommend vbulletin, tho i have very little experience with it, it is very good from what i have seen. if you dont have the money, the next popular choice is phpBB (its free). with forums like these, its very easy to use (you dont have to know mysql/php unless you want to get really advanced) it has their own database manager, admin control panels, etc.
    my friend made a forum on this site called Bobby.Net (http://bb.bobby.net) you can upgrade to not get the ads. i would really recommend buying your own space for a forum, you have much more control over it.
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    Re: Message board newbie questions

    Originally posted by goma
    c) If I need to install and run my own, what do I need to have and learn? (I'm a PHP newbie and totally ignorant in mysql)
    If you've go with phpBB, it's very easy to set-up, even with almost no knowledge. The installation page asks for a few MySQL Details that you can find out from your hosting company. I recently installed a phpBB forum onto a site and found that the only hard part is customizing the look to your site, such as colors and graphics. But if you don't mind the default, you're fine. Also, phpBB has a great community forum where you can get all the help you need.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone

    Some friends also recommend PhpBB. But I think I should confirm with the hosting I have in mind if they have mysql on their servers.
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    a) Are there any really good and secure remotely hosted free message board?

    There are "decent" ones, but if you plan to build a large site or want easy access to your data, I don't recommend them.

    b) what are the disadvantages of such a message board?

    Can't get your data very easily if you want to upgrade to some other type of forum. Limited customization.

    c) If I need to install and run my own, what do I need to have and learn? (I'm a PHP newbie and totally ignorant in mysql)

    You don't really need to know much more than basic CPanel use and how to type in database names, etc.

    d)Are there any scripts I can use for this?

    If you can afford it, vBulletin is a little better than phpBB, in my opinion. Otherwise, I use phpBB on 4 sites and recommend it. If you need help with it, you can visit http://www.phpbbhacks.com - which is my site.

    Good luck, let me know if you have anymore questions (posting here would be fine).

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    I use OpenBB and I like it very much... It's really neat, altough costumization may take a while.
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