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    I'm planning to install an online forum for my website. Can anyone suggest a free BBS that's good? Something that looks like this forum but easier to install.

    Thanks.

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    I use BigTalker, http://www.bigtalker.com
    Ultraboard is another one, although I heard that it's riddled with bugs and it doesn't look too user friendly.

    UBB costs $170 lifetime or $90 per year (so that's out for you). There are a few others but I would go with bigtalker. They are currently in version 4.06 beta and the non-beta release will be soon. It's free by the way.

    Oh if you have php and mysql on your server you should have a look at Phorum, http://www.phorum.org

    They're all ones I can think of that are worthwhile to look at. I'm sure someone else will think of another couple.

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    THIS ONE. Use "Ultimate Bulletin Board" by InfoPop (formerly Madrona Park). They have a more slim free version but it is still as awesome as this! The free version allows up to 7 forum topics and unlimited posts within a forum I believe. All the administration features and registration are still intact. It's great and you know it by having posted here!

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    I've tried Big Talker but I can seem to change the default admin password. How can you do that?

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    Rizal:

    Simply create a new member (i.e. Saltire) then log on as administrator and the password as specified in the readme, then go to Member Control > then the first letter of the username, then select "Edit" of the user who you want to set as administrator. Look at the top. There is a drop down box. Set this to admin. After that, go back to member control and turn off the posting rights to the old "Administrator" member. Hope I've helped.

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    Wow,

    I am suprised no one mentioned Discus. http://www.chem.hope.edu/discus

    It's really easy to use ( depending on the installation method you choose). Actually, I once installed it with my nose !

    Ok, on a serious note, it's mature discussion board. The free version is a candy too.

    You will find a wide selection of forum software in
    http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Program...ssage_Systems/

    AND
    http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Program...ssage_Systems/

    Of course, if you don't want to install scripts and cgis you can always use http://www.coolboard.com.

    Have fun

    Marcel Pamphile http://rebondir.com - Republic of Free Web Hosts


    OOps, I just realized that you wanted the site to look like this one. In that case, Discus will not qualify. But you should still give it a try.


    [This message has been edited by pamphile (edited April 24, 2000).]


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