what tools to use to develop a blog and a forum?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by zxcvb, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. zxcvb macrumors regular

    zxcvb

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    #1
    I am a newbie and using iweb for a while but now I am thinking to develop a more sophisticated blog and forum something like macrumors.com or www.jon4lakers.com. so what tools should I use/learn to get this done. mac and pc software are both fine.

    thank you. :)
     
  2. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

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    Wellington, New Zealand
    #3
    well, if you are looking for one "engine" that can do blogs and forums and integrate them, take a look at the open source CMS Drupal.

    http://drupal.org/
     
  3. needlnerdz macrumors regular

    needlnerdz

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    #4
    From my own experience and noo paid influence, I would have to suggest the cheapest dreamhost.com hosting package they have [maybe just buy one years worth to test it out for cheap] - the main reason is that moving from iWeb to something like the setup desired will be a bit of a leap... Dreamhost offers something called 'one click installs' on their behind the scenes control panel. Part of that one-click install offers is both WordPress + phpBB [as mentioned above + i would throw my vote towards]. They are almost too easy to install.. however I would google and research as much as you can on how to make them hacker/exploitation safe - since out of the box all of the directories, files, ect. are named the exact same as elsewhere on the web - making them a target for the mischievous.
     

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