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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,
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.
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.