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Shrek
Aug 12, 2002, 07:53 PM
I'm pondering on the idea of starting my own Mac Forum Site. I don't want to start it right now, but maybe within a year or so; then I'll be good and ready. ;) I plan to use vBulletin for this site. I've posted a list of all the forums I'd like to have on the site below. Their are two other forums not listed: A news forum about the site and a site community forum; I didn't list them because they both have the site name in them and I don't want anyone stealing my domain name that I haven't yet registered. :p

This is just a rough draft. Hope you like it!:

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Anyone room for improvement? :rolleyes:

arn
Aug 12, 2002, 08:00 PM
Good luck...

Forums can be good and bad....

They do provide a sense of community amongst your users, but if the forum gets popular, it can take a lot of resources.

arn

vniow
Aug 12, 2002, 08:06 PM
He's right. Look at how many times this server has said it's busy. Better save up for an Xserve or two. :p

I'll be the first to join if you put one up. :)

edit: I think you should add a hack, mod section somewhere in there. (nothing too illegal though.:p )

Shrek
Aug 12, 2002, 10:54 PM
Originally posted by arn
. . .but if the forum gets popular, it can take a lot of resources.

Well, thanks for the tip. I think I'll start out hosting it on someone elses server first, though. I'll make my own store with all my own merchandise 'n stuff. And then as the site grows and makes more money I just might switch to an XServe or 2, or 3, or 4, and so on. . . Geesh, how many XServe's do you think I might need?

Durandal7
Aug 12, 2002, 11:23 PM
Hey, arn got the user project forum up. I guess the mods will have a lot of shuffling to do now, I suppose this counts as a MacProject. Nice going arn.

jefhatfield
Aug 13, 2002, 11:30 AM
good luck

i have never seen i forum i thought was bad

some are better than others

as for getting info on new mac stuff, apple insider beat everybody hands down...but they were conservative on wild speculation...which ends up becoming the next next generation of gear

when people were worrying about 1 ghz, other super rumor types were already talking ddr ram

while some were talking firewire for the old ibook, some were already talking subnotebook (any laptop under five pounds)

and while some were talking ipod and what it can do, the rumor types two steps ahead were talking pc compatible ipods

i like what i saw today with the new powermacs and i know the ones shouting loudly for a new or better case design will see it next year or the year after

i was hoping for a little color again in the case

but who knows, five years from now, we can all be back to beige

but being a pc network and repair guy for a trade, i am used to ugly, beige, and a gazillion wires everywhere...all i care about is if the thing works and is reliable...a good design is a plus

i have to admit, everytime i look at the tibook, i am amazed at how they got all that technology as a desktop replacement into a one inch thick case:D

there is a stronger case for saying the aliens designed the tibook instead of the crop circles...at least people can make good copies of crop circles, but up to now, i have not seen a good copy of the tibook

Durandal7
Aug 13, 2002, 03:39 PM
I like the sound of the developer's forums shrek.

Shrek
Aug 13, 2002, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by asurace
I like the sound of the developer's forums shrek.

Thanks. ;)

Geert
Aug 13, 2002, 04:01 PM
Originally posted by Shrek
I'm pondering on the idea of starting my own Mac Forum Site. I don't want to start it right now, but maybe within a year or so; then I'll be good and ready. ;) I plan to use vBulletin for this site. I've posted a list of all the forums I'd like to have on the site below. Their are two other forums not listed: A news forum about the site and a site community forum; I didn't list them because they both have the site name in them and I don't want anyone stealing my domain name that I haven't yet registered. :p

This is just a rough draft. Hope you like it!:


Anyone have any suggestions for improvement?

I'dd say invest your $$ in Arn, so MR can expand some more.
But have like your own corner. (Looks more like real Community then)
There are some good ideas in there

AmbitiousLemon
Aug 13, 2002, 04:40 PM
im just curious what you think your forum will bring to the mac community that other sites dont have.

Shrek
Aug 13, 2002, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by AmbitiousLemon
im just curious what you think your forum will bring to the mac community that other sites dont have.

Well, I'm hoping that more forums on the site will make it more popular (because it would have a much higher capacity for users) and bring more users, resulting in one of the largest Mac communities on the Web. It would be for Mac heads that like to socialize with large groups of people. Of course at first, I'll have to really spend some $$ and find ways to attract a horde of people to it. :cool:

cleo
Aug 13, 2002, 08:39 PM
Have you considered using PHPbb as a (free!) alternative to vBulletin? I've been playing around with it on my own site, and it seems quite solid.

Shrek
Aug 13, 2002, 08:50 PM
Well, I know that vBulletin blows the ***** out of everything else, so. . . What's the point? I need something that will attract a large crowd.

cleo
Aug 13, 2002, 09:04 PM
You should still check out PHPbb... it's super full-featured and has the same look as vBulletin. You can customize every inch of it, avatars, moderators, etc... it's just a suggestion, but it would really save you quite a bit of money.

Shrek
Aug 13, 2002, 09:18 PM
Send me a link. . .

arn
Aug 13, 2002, 09:38 PM
Originally posted by Shrek
Send me a link. . .

um.... http://www.phpbb.com perhaps?

arn

Shrek
Aug 13, 2002, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by arn
um.... http://www.phpbb.com perhaps?

Oh, duh. I should've known that. :p

iH8Quark
Aug 13, 2002, 11:00 PM
cleo, i like your site. i've been thinking of doing something similar. just haven't gotten around to it yet. :rolleyes:

LimeiBook86
Aug 15, 2002, 05:38 PM
Be careful with making your own "Mac VS PC" fourm...

... Those things can get pretty ugly!!!:eek:

AmbitiousLemon
Aug 15, 2002, 05:46 PM
he could use the mac vs pc and 'rants and raves' forums as sort of 'junkyard' forums. move all the threads that get hijacked by those sort of arguments into one of thsoe categories.

SilvorX
Aug 16, 2002, 04:25 AM
good luck...they can be fun at times, but they can be REALLY hard work at other times...i had a SMALL forum once n everything was screwed up :S lol
i might start up a music forum sooner or later (n make a section to do with creating music/multimedia ;))

Shrek
Aug 16, 2002, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by AmbitiousLemon
he could use the mac vs pc and 'rants and raves' forums as sort of 'junkyard' forums. move all the threads that get hijacked by those sort of arguments into one of thsoe categories.

That's using your head, AL!!! ;)

G4scott
Aug 16, 2002, 05:14 PM
Good luck on starting your own forums... As long as they don't look like these, (http://www.ihateapple.com/forums/index.asp) I think your site will do fine. ;)

Shrek
Aug 16, 2002, 08:07 PM
LoL! :D

Mr. Anderson
Aug 16, 2002, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by G4scott
Good luck on starting your own forums... As long as they don't look like these, (http://www.ihateapple.com/forums/index.asp) I think your site will do fine. ;)

ha, I don't know which is worse, the topics of conversation or the look and feel of the site. not what I'd call impressive.

Shrek
Aug 17, 2002, 12:21 AM
NOTICE: I have revised the original thread in this post several times as my mind has thought of and continues to think of new and better things. You may notice some changes. Check it out! (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9359)

Dr_Floyd
Aug 17, 2002, 10:03 AM
I like the "talk of the town" idea, hey who knows... Maybe we can get debbie Allen fore quick time stream :)

Shrek
Feb 17, 2003, 01:37 PM
Well, I've been looking for a suitable company to lease a dedicated server from for my site, but there are so many choices, that I am like, well, overwhelmed!!! Where can I even begin looking? HELP!!!

P.S. I still don't plan to do this for quite a while. ;)

arn
Feb 17, 2003, 01:50 PM
Originally posted by Shrek
Well, I've been looking for a suitable company to lease a dedicated server from for my site, but there are so many choices, that I am like, well, overwhelmed!!! Where can I even begin looking? HELP!!!

P.S. I still don't plan to do this for quite a while. ;)


Well, you might want to try on a non-dedicated (shared) account first... as the cost of a dedicated can be significant.

The cheapest place around is generally thought to be http://www.rackshack.net - but they provide no support. Some people think they are good if you know what you are doing... but if you don't... it can be a pain.

http://www.rackspace.com is the other end of the spectrum... with a lot of support... but it costs you.

I'm hosting at http://www.fastservers.net which is in between... they provide some support/help... but you are still mostly on your own.

arn

Shrek
Feb 17, 2003, 02:18 PM
One thing I want to do is to host on an XServe because then I can use Mac OS X Server, which I heard is very easy to use. I suppose that narrows down my choices quite a bit. :rolleyes:

Shrek
Feb 17, 2003, 02:46 PM
Sure it narrows it down, but it's still a lot of choices me thinks. And I don't know where to even begin looking. :rolleyes:

arn
Feb 17, 2003, 03:18 PM
actually - it's probably harder to find a dedicated Xserve hosting... there are some Xserve shared hosting around.... but I haven't seen much dedicated.

arn

sparks9
Feb 17, 2003, 03:46 PM
Sounds nice, but we already have this great forum... (and many others, not as great though). :D

You have to have something that isn't already available, I don't know what just something. :)

Shrek
Feb 17, 2003, 04:11 PM
One thing I want to stress is that I'm not going to do this unless I find in the future that there is a growing number of Mac users out there. If I don't see significant gains in Apple's market share, then I see no point in starting another Mac Forum Site. In that case, I'd likely start a forum site on a different topic. ;)

Shrek
Feb 17, 2003, 04:23 PM
Originally posted by arn
actually - it's probably harder to find a dedicated Xserve hosting... there are some Xserve shared hosting around.... but I haven't seen much dedicated.

arn

I found a few on the Internet:

http://www.omegabyte.net/ (http://www.omegabyte.net/)
http://www.hostsolutions.com/ (http://www.hostsolutions.com/)
http://www.xpowerhosting.com/ (http://www.xpowerhosting.com/)

If you go to Google and do a search on 'xserve web hosting' or 'xserve dedicated server' you'll find a lot more. :)

Shrek
Feb 17, 2003, 05:55 PM
arn: how much processing power, hard drive space and bandwidth/mo is needed to get started with a typical forum site? What does MacRumors use at this time?