Creating message boards in GoLive

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Chasealicious, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. Chasealicious macrumors member

    Chasealicious

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    Thanks to iWeb, I've finally been able to create a personal website (www.takethispen.com) like I said I wanted to four years ago. However, within three short days of development, I'm already running into iWeb's limitations.

    What I'm trying to do is create some sort of page - like a message board - where anyone can leave comments. I can create essentially a blank page in iWeb that fits the site's design and open that individual page up in GoLive to create more advanced features, THEN ftp it up to my host.

    Question is, how do I create some sort of message board like that? Like a wall on myspace, that sort of thing.

    Thanks, Chase
     
  2. Thom_Edwards macrumors regular

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    i always hate to say this, but google is your friend. there are countless tutorials on the web and it would be silly to recreate the wheel here.

    first, you need to know what your isp provides as far as databases and languages go. php, perl and asp are pretty popular options right now for languages, while mysql and ms sql server are frequently used for databases. find out what your options are and then refine your search to those technologies.

    also, i haven't used golive in a while, but i think it may even have some automated stuff built-in. if you are going to keep it (really) simple and make a "guest book" (which is what it sounds like you are wanting--i've never been to myspace....), search the help docs in golive and go from there. if you plan to do anything more than that (like editable posts with admin/user login, etc.), don't use the automated stuff.

    it's really not a difficult process if you have *any* scripting/programming experience. if you don't, it may be confusing at first, but i would stick with it. once you get it, you'll get it, and you will get it!
     
  3. Chasealicious thread starter macrumors member

    Chasealicious

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    Thanks for the reply. I've googled the bonkers out of this topic, and have found countless pages that either a) point me towards a third party message board hosting service or b) are 50 levels beyond what a completely novice site administrator (i.e. myself) can even begin to comprehend.

    I'm taking this as a sign that I'm attempting to bite off more than I can chew; however, it would be awesome if someone could correct me on that.

    Shibby.
     
  4. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Your best bet for message boards is to go with a third party like phpbb. Its pretty easy to set up. Check to see if your webhost has something like Fantastico, which is a piece of software that will basically set up stuff like phpbb by itself without making you lift a finger.
     
  5. Moria macrumors regular

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    Use phpBB, it's free (,fun and secure!) and really powerful. Loads of websites use it.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    What the other answers are missing is: You can't do it in GoLive alone. It needs back end support from some technology on the server.

    Therefore, you need to learn either what your particular server has installed and available, or your need to learn what you are permitted to install on your server, and then search out what software meets your criteria. It is not a newbie task.
     

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