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Msg#: 354 posted 11:36 am on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi friends,

I plan to include many many forums on my website which means that it will give users/visitors of my website a wide option to enter on many forums.

for eg the forum here at webmasterworld would mean one forum for the above purpose. in essence, there will be many forums on different subjects.

i want to plan in ahead certain things so that i do not fall in problem alter on.

1. i want a system whereby if a visitor registers at one of forums, he need not register at other forums. this essentially means he can access other forums with same username and password thus reducing unnecessary trouble for him to register at all forums separately.

2. which platform and forum software will be best.

this is bzc for eg if i use v bulletin, i have to pay for each copy that i use and since i intend to use multiple forums, it would escalate to a huge amount.

so what forum software would be my best alternative from cost point of view and keeping in mind that multiple forums will be made.

I would admire any enlightening reply to the above queries and also any added comments, suggestions.

thanks and regrads,




WebmasterWorld Administrator rogerd us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 354 posted 9:24 pm on Feb 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

PhpBB is the most widely used open source forum - can't beat the price! I'm not sure if there is an easy hack for sharing a member base, though at first glance it sounds like a fairly straightforward coding task if all forums are on the same server.

A different approach might be to set up the individual forums as sub-forums in one big forum, and then "hide" the main page. (Imagine WebmasterWorld without the home page or forums list page, and instead with navigation links to The Webmaster World, etc. Each forum would appear to be independent, but would actually share a common database. Some forum software lets you easily use different templates for different forums, so you could change the appearance to create further differentiation.


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Msg#: 354 posted 3:38 pm on Feb 24, 2005 (gmt 0)



may be something that would work for what you are trying to do.

Also, there is a sub forum mod for PHPBB that allows something similar to what you are looking for but under one forum.

That si how I have my site set up. There are sub forums for diffrent topics that are really forums in and of themselves.


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Msg#: 354 posted 11:39 pm on Feb 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

You might want to check out the hosted forums (Eve) at Infopop. I can't imagine throwing all those separate forums on my server, and Eve should be able to tie them all together.


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Msg#: 354 posted 4:21 am on Feb 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks rogerd, Stujoe, Musicar, the deas shared have been excellent and especially the link given by Stujoe has been exactly what i was looking for.

Thanks guys again.




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Msg#: 354 posted 12:43 pm on Mar 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

this might be do-able by just using the same back end user database - and different front end ...not sure - just a suggestion.


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