Hey mods what BB software do you use here?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by shu82, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. shu82 macrumors 6502a

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    I got an old P3 server and I like the layout here. I just wanna do a local event site. Give me some help on where to go to get the same software.

    Thanks,
    Shu
     
  2. kretzy macrumors 604

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    This forum uses vBulletin. If you scroll down to the bottom of any page it also says the forum software version.
     
  3. shu82 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    vBulletin is sophisticated and robust, but isn't free. If you want software that's free, you'll have to pick from among other choices, like Vanilla and phpBB. It's worth keeping in mind that forum packages differ not only in features but also in browser compatibility, general level of support, promptness of bug fixes, vulnerability to hackers, and so on.
     
  5. skoker macrumors 68000

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    Don't forget punBB!



    not sure why I got so excited posting that
     
  6. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    Whats punBB?
     
  7. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    It's another bulletin board (forum), as with the others.

    Another free BB worth checking is Simple Mechanics.
     
  8. shu82 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know this is a little outside the topic, but how much server muscle (processor, mem, hard drive space, number of units) is needed to run something as big as macrumors. Its not exactly youtube, but you do allow PMing and attachments.

    Also, I just want to experiment with something local and to learn. Is there an outside cheap service for me to use to get it started (not using my own server, program)?
     
  9. arn macrumors god

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    The site runs on 3-4 servers. Really 3 is probably absolutely necessary. The 4th handles some overflow stuff.

    1 server = MacRumors.com
    1 server = Forums (PHP)
    1 server = MySQL Server
    1 server = guides, attachments

    I don't recall all the specs offhand. The MySQL server has the most ram and a SCSI RAID 5.

    If you just want to start a small forum youself, you don't need dedicated servers. Just a hosting account that lets you run scripts and use mysql.

    arn
     
  10. shu82 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks,
    Someone just gave me an old P3 server they had because I wanted to do a fileserver or maybe play with a website/bb. But after playing around with it, I realize that I don't need this level of hardware right now. So if anyone has any recs on where to host simple site/board and play/learn, I would appreciate it.

    I am about to just put this guy up on craigslist for free to a school or a church. By the time I really need this thing, I think it will be too old. At least at the rate I have been learning lately!
     
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    It depends on the volume of traffic. If it is just you experimenting the whole thing could run on just a Macbook and it would appear to be very, very fast. But add 1,000 users and your little MB would die or at least appear to be dead to your users. But for development and testing you can run everything on just a 1Ghz Pentium using a UNIX-like OS (Linux, BSD or Solaris) (with about 1GB RAM) and it will be snappy fast. A MB would be even faster.
     
  12. szark macrumors 68030

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    Quite a few shared web hosts these days provide one-click installs of basic forum (bb) software.

    I haven't heard too much about them, but Jconserv appears to be a decent free forum hosting provider, which might be the best way for you to learn. Doing a quick Google search, it appears there are quite a few others out there.

    ASO and Dreamhost are both decent paid hosting services, and aren't too expensive.
     
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

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    ASO gets mostly good reviews, especially for customer service. I've seen mixed reviews of Dreamhost in these forums, especially for use with a forum system, so if you are shopping for a host, search these forums and read some threads about those and other choices.
     
  14. daze macrumors 6502

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    I second that. Go for ASO.
     
  15. Zargot macrumors member

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    I'd like to know how to hide post counts like Macrumors does. I'm an admin on another site running vBulletin (not Apple related) and would really like to implement this in an attempt to keep nonsensical posts to a minimum.

    Anyone have a link or a how-to? :confused:
     
  16. Doctor Q Administrator

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    http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42638
     
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