I want to add a Forum to my Website. I have a site which I have coded completely by myself using Classic ASP and Sql Server. I have a shared hosting account on Network Soloutions, which includes an account on a shared sql server. I do the SEO by myself and have about 4,000 unique visitors a day. I don't know anything about forum software. Any advice would be appreciated. Some of my questions are:
How much will a good program cost? Is it hard to install? Will I need my own Sql Server? Do I need to be the full time moderator? What about a blog? I don't PHP or mysql. Do i need to switch hosting companies?
Adding a forum won't be too expensive - most are either free or fairly cheap. Typically, they are easy enough to install in their own directory. Unless you need a common login or similar you shouldn't need a lot of tech input for installation.
Initially, you won't need full time moderation - just be sure to implement basic anti-spam features, and put yourself on email notification for new posts. Eventually, you'll need help if the forum gets busy.
You might want to look at ASP Playground too. I've been running it for about 6 months now and like what I see. Forum software for Windows (asp driven) is not as abundant as it is for Linux (php driven).