Designing a Forum, Need some help


macrumors 68020
Original poster
Apr 3, 2005
I'm calling the cops
I'm trying to put together a school related forum and I was thinking about using Vbulletin. I would be similar to the MR Forums layout wise. The website is confusing to me as I really want to know the full potential of Vbulletin. Would it be easy enough for a me as a 14 year old? I'm tech savvy and have just worked with basic HTML before. Also, what kind of web hosting would I need? I just need a basic outline of everything I need. I'd really appreciate the help!


macrumors 65816
May 30, 2005
I've never installed Vbulletin anywhere, but I have installed phpBB before. If the Vbulletin installation is anything like phpBB, you'll be fine. Just know the server MySQL account name and password, plus a DNS *record or something* and that's it. Fairly easy.


macrumors 68000
Jul 15, 2006
I installed it for a friend...

Its pretty easy to install.

I personally like IPB better though, however it has a tendency to crash safari!


macrumors 68000
Mar 4, 2004
State College, PA
I've set up several VB-based forums and sites.

VB is very easy to install, and skinning it with a design is just like any other site if you know HTML and CSS (you must be good with CSS to make a VB forum look really unique)

Looking at the style section your first time can be daunting at first, since php variables and VB's code is littered all over the place, but as long as you read it carefully and pay attention to what it is your theming (post block, for example), you should be fine.

You'll need a web host that supports PHP and mySQL databases.

A Small Orange is the cheapest and most recommended host I know of. $30 a year for their "Tiny" package would be ideal for a site like the one you want.

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