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Old 11-02-2011, 10:36 PM
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Requirements of a forum

What all is required for hosting a forum? I mean what kind of domain and frameworks are useful?
 
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:24 AM
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For hosting a forum you will need the following:
  • Web Hosting with PHP and MySQL support
  • Forum Software (e.g. PHPBB3)
  • Technical Knowledge to Install a Forum
  • Skills to Run a Forum
 
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:55 PM
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I mean what kind of domain and frameworks are useful?
You can use any domain, but it may be wise to get a local domain if you target a narrow geographic region: http://www.google.com/support/webmas...y?answer=62399
 
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:23 PM
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Some web development knowledge is recommended for starting a forum. It honestly depends on what forum software you'll be using.

Personally I recommend MyBB as it is both versatile in customization, maintenance, and of course, style.

The requirements for the forum (namely speaking on hardware) depend on how big the forum will be. For example, my forum called Canterlot is ran on a VPS which has 2GB of burstable RAM and around ~50GB of HDD space.

Buying a VPS these days is ridiculously cheap and is most certainly a bang-for-your-buck approach to hosting an online community.

Now in regards to the web development side of things, it's recommended you familiarize yourself (assuming that you are not already familiar) with HTML (HTML5 if it fits your fancy), CSS, PHP, and familiarize yourself working with MySQL as most forums have databases that use it.

It never hurts to ask so if there's anything I can do to assist you any further, please let me know.

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Old 11-04-2011, 12:45 AM
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Requirements depend on number of daily visitors and forum engine, are you going to use phpbb or vb?
 
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:51 PM
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For forums, since most are written and coded in PHP, I recommend getting a Linux server. You'll need mySQL and PHP to run a forum script properly.
 
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:18 PM
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All you need is a hosting that support php and mysql. That's all.

For the software you can use phpBB. Almost any paid hosting will provide you a wizard (e.g. Fantastico, softaculus) to install phpBB.
 
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:46 AM
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If you don't have any knowledge on forum management you should use script installers which are provided with hosting packages nowadays frequently.
 
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:08 AM
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VBulletin software is good for running a forum with.
 
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:43 AM
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Without checking myself since it's almost 6a.m. and coffee has not kicked in yet, don't most forum software sites list the requirements needed to run there software on there homepage somewhere?

They even have pre-sales area's on there support forum in which you can ask these types of questions.
 
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:56 AM
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.. don't most forum software sites list the requirements needed to run there software on there homepage somewhere?
Pretty much this. Would be very, VERY stupid if you provided a software without the possibility to quickly check the requirements.

For example: phpBB has its requirements directly under their install guide.

Wikipedia also sometimes writes the requirements.

Google is also a very handy tool to find out the requirements.

And if everything else fails, download the package (recommended for free software ) and hope that they have something in there that tells you the requirements
 
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:53 AM
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You can start with shared hosting, Install the b2b or phpb forum to your domain, and get started with it, later on when it grows move to vps or dedicated server..
 
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:31 PM
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fourm site
not a easy job
good trusted and fast Web Hosting with PHP and MySQL support
PHPBB3 ( fourm script)
 
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:08 AM
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what about building the forum your own way. your own page design, backend etc. Will that be very helpful especially, if you are including it in a site?
 
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:37 PM
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what about building the forum your own way. your own page design, backend etc. Will that be very helpful especially, if you are including it in a site?
The page design doesn't matter when you looking for a host or looking to see what requirements you need...etc

Since page speed is a big factor these days, the design and layout should not be over done. Simple is what i say. Look at v7n's design... it's simple and the forum speed is what you want to keep.

My advice is contact your web host or the host you might want to use to start a forum and let them know the forum software that you want to use and also tell them about any future plans you going to do to the forum. They will be able to tell you what package would be good for you. If you plan to grow the forum into a huge site, plan on getting a VPS or dedicated server.
 
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:39 AM
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hi,
before you launch a forum you should choose a topic of the forum. once you decide on the topic you should get a Linux hosting, a domain name related to that topic and a php based forum script (PHPBB,SMF) etc. there are several other scripts that you can look out for.
keep in mind that when you start a forum, you should get few people along with you who can help you to maintain the forum from spammers.
you should check the posts that are being posting on a regular basis to keep track of things that is happening in your forum.

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Old 12-10-2011, 09:01 AM
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by domain and hosting and simply install forum app like mybb, vb, etc.

If u got any problem den buzz me.
 
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:08 AM
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NewDeveloper,

Suggestion: search for hosting provider with Fantastico or Softaculous. That means:
1. Free forum software is "included" and can be installed.
2. Forum software can be installed in few clicks with no/minimal special knowledge required.
 
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