Can I serve a forum?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by macnz, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. macnz macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2008
    I have a NZ health professional group which wants to run a web-based forum. Windows based forums they switched to proved unreliable; they now seek an alternative.
    The users were unwilling to switch to a newer FirstClass system because they would be paying US$100/year for only forum access. However, maybe the users would be willing to pay for Mobile Me accounts, since they could be considerably more useful than just a forum. The only downside is that, so far, I can't find any forum function with Mobile Me.
    Is there anything in MobileMe that would serve this purpose? (It used to have a Groups function.)
    Or in MAc OS 10.6 Server?
  2. HMayes macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    It is HIGHLY unlikely that you would be able to serve a forum from MobileMe. Installing a forum typically requires hosting a database and being able to modify configuration for whatever server-side script it uses (like PHP or ASP). MobileMe allows neither of those things.

    You can host a forum no problem from 10.6 Server though. Be aware that administrating your own server is a big learning curve and can be pretty time-consuming.

  3. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    It may also be against the terms of your Internet agreement. Many low cost plans state that they are not to be used to run a Internet server (which includes web, ftp, forums, etc.).
  4. HMayes macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    Good point. You will likely need the server to be connected to the internet via a business/commercial service from your ISP.

    ETA: There are a number of forum hosting services out there that my interest you. Some of them are even free (but probably ad-supported). I don't have any experience with them. Maybe someone who has will chime in. A quick google search is a good place to start:


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