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9:57 pm on Jan 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am planning to start a new website and was wondering if you have any recommendations which software I should install for my forum.

I am looking for a forum similar to WebmasterWorld where people only post context, and not videos or photos.

I am targeting a niche market and want to dedicate a popular domain to simply a forum, meaning that's all the website will offer.

A simple forum where admins can take control of postings, and visitors can easily register and login to post comments (text only).


1:37 am on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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If you don't mind paying a little vBulletin is one of the best packages you can get. You get a lot of back-end control that I haven't seen in the popular free forum packages like phpBB.


9:40 pm on Jan 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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dailypress, you can do that with phpBB. You can enable or disable those features. Nearly every option in phpbb has a permission to go along with it.

Bill you should try phpbb3, forum permissions such as allowing or not allowing image posting can be drilled down to setting permissions for individual users on a individual forum basis if you wanted. In other words it couldn't have more options, in fact it is one thing that is criticized often about phpbb3 because it's a little complex but it's very powerful tool once you understand it.

The permission system in phpbb3 as I understand it is the most comprehensive of any forum package however it can be a bit complicated at first.


9:14 pm on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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thanks guys. I did read other forums as well and lots of people recommended: vBulletin

for the free one I heard SMF (simple machine forum) is good as well.


12:49 pm on Jan 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have started with phpbb and it seems like it will do everything I need it to do. Its free and is already set up on my host. The permissions seem complicated though but it's me being stupid, not phpbb being lacking


5:18 am on Feb 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You should do the install yourself, technically installs done through control panels are not supported on phpbb.com however that rule is not strictly enforced.

The install itself is simple and stright forward so there really is no reason not to do it yourself.


2:55 pm on Feb 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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phpbb had a bad rap because of version 2. phpbb3 is light years ahead of the old version and I've used all - phpbb2, phpbb3, and vbulletin. My preference is for phpbb3 although vbulletin isn't bad, I'm not too fond of the yearly fees.

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