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REDJOHNNYMIKE 03-11-2006 11:48 PM

How to Forum?
Would any of you nice moderators or administrators mind explaining to me the basics of how forums work, and how they are created and maintained?

El Sitherino 03-12-2006 01:19 AM

1. Server
2. Forum software
3. ???
4. Profit.

Det. Bart Lasiter 03-12-2006 01:56 AM

1. Server
2. Forum software
3. Lots of forum members and advertisments for them
4. Profit

REDJOHNNYMIKE 03-12-2006 01:56 AM

The reason I ask is, I would like to know what would be involved in making a small forum for local gamers, to set up tournaments and other stuff.

Do you have to use your own server? I don't know much about websites either, but from what I've heard you can have them hosted for free, are there any forms of forums that work the same way, or including a forum in a website?

@jmac, (3) I mean on a small scale, no one outside of the county would even be interested.

Det. Bart Lasiter 03-12-2006 01:59 AM

You could use IRC. Or learn PHP or Java or C# or whatever to program your own forum software, seeing as vBulletin requires a license fee (I think, check their website though).

Free servers are moderately easy to find though:

***Edit To #3 & #4***
3. Not that many members and some advertisments for them
4. Failure to exceed profit margin

tk102 03-12-2006 03:13 PM

You could take a peek at and set one up on a Windows PC (enable IIS) with a Microsoft Access database to get a feel for what goes on behind the scenes.

Jeff 03-20-2006 05:20 PM

I know InvisionFree hosts Invision Power Board for free, that would probably be a good option for a free forum that is on a free server. Or like tk said, phpbb is pretty easy to use. That's what I use :)

The Doctor 03-25-2006 06:32 PM

FFWM12 and I use InvisionFree for SuperObscura, and I used to use Proboards for my Doctor Who forums (which failed miserably).

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