Starting A Forum

Thinking about starting a forum. Not Christian related. Any recommendations for starting? I hear vbulletin is the best, but with just starting out can I get away with something like SMF until the forum starts to grow?
 
I can't advise on particular systems but I'd think that if you are planning on moving to another system at a later date, it would be a good idea to check that your planned later board has a method of importing the data from your original system. Transferring the posts (if you wanted to do that) could be quite a painful process without that.
 
I can't advise on particular systems but I'd think that if you are planning on moving to another system at a later date, it would be a good idea to check that your planned later board has a method of importing the data from your original system. Transferring the posts (if you wanted to do that) could be quite a painful process without that.

I'd be using godaddy at first.
 

MichaelH

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Thinking about starting a forum. Not Christian related. Any recommendations for starting? I hear vbulletin is the best, but with just starting out can I get away with something like SMF until the forum starts to grow?

I have a SMF forum.

However, Joomla has a excellent forum package for it (Free) and it's actually website software (Free) So you can have your forum section and regular web site.

Far more Versital than just VB, or SMF

With SMF I have a shout box, Chat room (Both free) and Quote select (This forum missing that feature) Very good Forum software and very changeable.

VB is not the best though. Each has a different feel and features and plugins.

Whatever you do, don't pay for Forum software.

Also, GoDaddy should allow you to have several Subdomains so you can set them all up then pick which one you like the best.

Blessings.
 

MichaelH

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I have bluehost. Maybe I can switch the domain i purchased over to blue host. I'm looking through the cpanel of blue host, but don't see anything dedicated to forums.

Go to Cpanel....... Then near the bottom left side is a button called "Simple Scripts"

That contains many different Web packages. Not sure what is in there but forum software should be there with Wordpress and stuff.
 
Well, what I heard is that after vbulletin was sold to another company it was a public relations disaster resulting in lawsuits. The original developers left and started xenforo
 
I created a thread on my forum, but I can only see it if i'm logged in. Anyone familiar with phpbb?

Yeah, I used phpbb for a little while before I moved to MyBB. Phpbb has quite a complicated permission system as I recall. From what I recall its some complex two-tier permission system but from what I recall you need to give the "guest" role permission to view the sub-forum or category.
 
Yeah, I used phpbb for a little while before I moved to MyBB. Phpbb has quite a complicated permission system as I recall. From what I recall its some complex two-tier permission system but from what I recall you need to give the "guest" role permission to view the sub-forum or category.

I think that's where I am having issues. I'm trying to access part of 1 of the two permission systems, but both that I login to, it sends me to the same place. I would like to change the guest role for one of the forums, but can't get to the permission system to change it.
 
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