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iBook
Jan 27, 2005, 10:46 AM
How much of the version of the Invision software that MacRumors uses is customized by the MR staff vs. configurations made within the application? I'm considering using the software based on the functionality I've seen here, but I'm no coder/database expert.

Given that, if you've heavily modified the software/database/???, is there an off-the-shelf software you'd recommend with reasonably similar functionality and cost?

Thanks for the info.

edesignuk
Jan 27, 2005, 11:06 AM
I don't know for sure, but it doesn't look like there have been any mods done to me, other than a custom skin (duh).

vB3 is an awesome piece of forum software off the shelf.

Mudbug
Jan 27, 2005, 11:42 AM
How much of the version of the Invision software that MacRumors uses is customized by the MR staff vs. configurations made within the application? I'm considering using the software based on the functionality I've seen here, but I'm no coder/database expert.

Given that, if you've heavily modified the software/database/???, is there an off-the-shelf software you'd recommend with reasonably similar functionality and cost?

Thanks for the info.

we use vbulletin (http://www.vbulletin.com/), not invision powerboard. But most php forum frontends can be customized without too much effort. most of the time it's just a matter of changing one graphic file out with another to suit your needs.

Blue Velvet
Jan 27, 2005, 11:49 AM
What kind of hardware does the site run on?

'Where' is this conversation taking place?

Just curious...

iBook
Jan 27, 2005, 03:34 PM
we use vbulletin (http://www.vbulletin.com/), not invision powerboard. But most php forum frontends can be customized without too much effort. most of the time it's just a matter of changing one graphic file out with another to suit your needs.

Thanks! Appreciate the help and the quick response.

Exactly the tool I need, and the price looks good.

Mudbug
Jan 27, 2005, 04:45 PM
the conversation's all in your head. :p

on a couple'a linux boxes. somewhere. :D

Daveway
Jan 27, 2005, 04:49 PM
the conversation's all in your head. :p

on a couple'a linux boxes. somewhere. :D

This sadly is probably true. Macrumors probably has some company host the site with there hardware.

Mechcozmo
Jan 27, 2005, 06:20 PM
the conversation's all in your head. :p

on a couple'a linux boxes. somewhere. :D

What if someone made a program where there was a central server, and millions of people hosted the site, like a RAID 5 array but using computers as web-servers? That would be neat. Hard to pull off, but neat.

Anyway. Kewl. Linux. Yeah.

ravenvii
Jan 27, 2005, 06:38 PM
What if someone made a program where there was a central server, and millions of people hosted the site, like a RAID 5 array but using computers as web-servers? That would be neat. Hard to pull off, but neat.

Anyway. Kewl. Linux. Yeah.

That would essentially be a evolution of BitTorrent technology. Have a site up, and offer a link for any volunteer to download the site's BitTorrent information, and have it run on their computer, and host all the static files on their computers. The only thing the server really serves are the content. That could be cool.

maya
Jan 27, 2005, 06:53 PM
This site needs some choice in custom skins for users. ;) :)

MacNeXT
Jan 27, 2005, 07:14 PM
Thanks! Appreciate the help and the quick response.

Exactly the tool I need, and the price looks good.

phpBB might be worth looking at too. It's open source. It's popular, you see it used all over the internet, but I don't know how it compares to vBulletin feature-wise.

iBook
Jan 27, 2005, 09:10 PM
phpBB might be worth looking at too. It's open source. It's popular, you see it used all over the internet, but I don't know how it compares to vBulletin feature-wise.

Good suggestion. I've used it in the past. While it's good, it reminds me of the old adage: You get what you pay for. vBulletin isn't cheap, but I hope to have a nationally used Web site (U.S.) and it seems to offer the sophistication I'd like to forums to have.

Thanks for the suggestion.

timnosenzo
Jan 27, 2005, 09:55 PM
This sadly is probably true. Macrumors probably has some company host the site with there hardware.
Why is that sad? :confused:

ravenvii
Jan 27, 2005, 10:44 PM
Why is that sad? :confused:

Guess because MacRumors should be hosting those on several XServe G5s through T3 connections! :D

I wish...

Blue Velvet
Jan 27, 2005, 11:19 PM
the conversation's all in your head. :p

Oh, so that must be why it's always so charming, witty, informative and entertaining...

:D :p

Mechcozmo
Jan 28, 2005, 11:01 PM
That would essentially be a evolution of BitTorrent technology. Have a site up, and offer a link for any volunteer to download the site's BitTorrent information, and have it run on their computer, and host all the static files on their computers. The only thing the server really serves are the content. That could be cool.

Kind of, yeah. A massive internet-cluster. For larger sites it would be kind of a pain to do, but you don't have to host the entire website-- just need to host, say (using MacRumors example here) two forums. Someone else picks up the rest. But there are also 100s of other people with your same files, so if your hard disk dies then the content is safe.

Updating would be a huge pain in the ass.....hehe

Oh, so that must be why it's always so charming, witty, informative and entertaining...

:D :p

Wow, my conversations look reeeaallllyyy good, too. :rolleyes:

sebisworld
Jan 29, 2005, 08:47 AM
What's a lot more interesting is (to me at least): How much traffic does this site generate? And do you have to pay for email traffic?

arn
Jan 30, 2005, 04:47 AM
The site runs on two Linux boxes. One for the forums/db, another for the front page.

And yes, it uses a minimally customized vBulletin install.

arn

Les Kern
Jan 30, 2005, 05:48 PM
Is there a way with vb3 to have a page that offers a list of files for download? I'm thinking of using it for a user's group and sharing various report files.