message boards

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by GigaWire, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. GigaWire macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2001
    i need to look into setting up a message board. i like the way this one here is setup. what is it, and where should i start in gathering info about creating a message board using this system.

  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Re: message boards

  3. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    Re: Re: message boards

    Eeewww....default. [​IMG]
  4. szark macrumors 68030


    May 14, 2002
  5. trebblekicked macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2002
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Re: Re: Re: message boards

    i was begining to think i was the only one here who used the OSX skin. ahh ppp'ers. thinking differently but alike.
  6. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    That's right, I use phpBB2 for my discussion boards. It's free, easy to install, maintain and use. There are many skins available for it too. All you really need to run phpBB is a web server with mySQL and php installed (most web hosting companies have that available).
  7. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2002
    i use Woltlab. if you have under 3000 members, they are enough. Woltlab have a free version, easy to install and admin - just weirdly if you use password protection etc, that works with Links - not with Safari. But Woltlab is nice of the free alternatives, you can custom it well. phpBBs are uglier.

    iknoboard is an other really nice free alternative.

    but as mod / admin point of view, i love vBulletin. if you have over 5000 members, go for it! ;)
  8. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    There are tons of skins for phpBB to make it look as you want. There are also more then a few people out there that will make a custom skin/mod to make it look exactly as you want. It's also very easy to find all sorts of mods for phpBB that you can do to change it however you want.

    I haven't installed the mod to allow people to put images inside their posts mainly because I don't want to fill up my host space with images. You can EASILY include links in posts as well as format it (within reason).

    As for appearance, I like the look of phpBB MUCH better then vBulletin. Where is your bulliten using Woltlab???

    Why pay for a BB package when you don't have to (for ANY level)? I took a look at that woltlab price scheme... If you want lifetime updating, it's gonna cost you. Meanwhile phpBB is FREE FOREVER! Also, since phpBB is OPEN SOURCE, you KNOW you can find tons of people to help you out with it.

    BTW, the company that I purchased my e-commerce/shopping cart package from uses phpBB for their boards. I just checked, they have 1259 registered users and 11500 articles at present.

    Don't pay for something UNLESS the open source options simply contain NONE of what you want or MUST have. It's easy to change the phpBB package to make it do anything you want. :p
  9. Gus macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2002
    So, if I got hosting from a company like PowWeb or something, how do I get that phpBB stuff up and running? Where can I find info on this? Is there something to comfigure? I am a HTML guy, and I know NOTHING about MySQL (don't even know wha it stands for). Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

  10. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA

    Your service provider should be able to help you get up and running with PHP and MySQL, if they're part of the package you buy.

    Given that every provider sets things up differently, it's tough to give exact advice.

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