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Windows 7: How to setup a simple forum

27 Feb 2010   #11
z3r010

 

Also if you want to set up a test site on a windows box, the web platform installer makes setting up the webserver & php very easy - Download the Microsoft Web Platform
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27 Feb 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thank you Sergio and John. I looked at Phb - but since I have never done this before, I have to get into the terminology. Will have a look at SMF. And thanks Sergio for offering help to set it up. Since this is a club, I will now have to discuss it with the club elders. But I first wanted to have an idea what to propose.
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27 Feb 2010   #13
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

whs; I would recomend phpbb phpBB • Creating Communities Worldwide

It has ongoing development and a huge support base. You can set up sub forums, private groups current release supports native rss feeds, it has themes etc. The set-up was a breeze. In your host if you have cpanel you probably have a pre-packaged set-up for phpbb. Although most phpbb support members and I would recomend the download and set-up option. Sure there are others, friend of mine uses simple machines. It's ok but I like the more custom options php offers. Granted once it's set-up getting everything the way your wanting may take a little time, but that is because you not tied down to any basic outline. I noticed from your site picture you have a few older members. You may be curious to know phpbb has a built in option for font adjustment so with a mouse click any post is easier to read. If you like I can pm you two links of active forums using phpbb and another with simple machines.
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27 Feb 2010   #14
sergiogarcia9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Thank you Sergio and John. I looked at Phb - but since I have never done this before, I have to get into the terminology. Will have a look at SMF. And thanks Sergio for offering help to set it up. Since this is a club, I will now have to discuss it with the club elders. But I first wanted to have an idea what to propose.
Just let me know if you need anything
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27 Feb 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks for the input Fantail. My goal is to keep it simple for the setup, maintenance and use. Since I am not here during the summer, someone else will have to look after the server - and that is not obvious. And your observation is right. The average age in the club must be over 70 with a majority of nice little old ladies. I sometimes feel like one of the youngsters - and I am 72. LOL

PS: Sergio, I will, and thanks again.
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27 Feb 2010   #16
Little Darwin

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

I run a private forum with PHPBB, and it is not very difficult to set up or run as long as you want to use the off the shelf functionality.

I have mine set up so that nobody sees any messages until they log in, so it is really private.
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27 Feb 2010   #17
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I remember that a friend of mine, who setup a forum, had a private board within the forum, that required an additional approval to enter. I think that was to keep me out, because he knew that my views wouldn't jive with his on certain subjects. I think that it was simply a place for him to chat with the female members of the forum. However, it did provide both a public and private environment which instead of barring the public, had sort of a "lobby" to his private environment.
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27 Feb 2010   #18
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Thanks for the input Fantail. My goal is to keep it simple for the setup, maintenance and use. Since I am not here during the summer, someone else will have to look after the server - and that is not obvious. And your observation is right. The average age in the club must be over 70 with a majority of nice little old ladies. I sometimes feel like one of the youngsters - and I am 72. LOL

PS: Sergio, I will, and thanks again.
Now, you make me feel like a child...I'm 62.
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27 Feb 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I remember that a friend of mine, who setup a forum, had a private board within the forum, that required an additional approval to enter. I think that was to keep me out, because he knew that my views wouldn't jive with his on certain subjects. I think that it was simply a place for him to chat with the female members of the forum. However, it did provide both a public and private environment which instead of barring the public, had sort of a "lobby" to his private environment.
Well, we have a member file (with email address). My idea was to automatically sign up every member. This would exclude any outsiders.
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27 Feb 2010   #20
UrbanBounca

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

MyBB is the closest you'll find to vBulletin, and it's completely free.
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