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Anyway, if phpBB is still a risky message board to go with, are there any good options for free boards out there right now?
The one problem with frequent updates is that, depending on what changes, any modifications to the board may need to be reinstalled. Still, it's a popular and powerful package.
Disclaimer: that is what I read on the phpBB web site.
I'd be the first to admit that sometimes open source software is better than commercial, but it's hard to beat a full-time, paid development team that has a clear vision and good leadership.
What's surprising is how often open source software turns out very well despite not having that kind of paid team. When the open source system works, it's a real tribute to the power of community.
i want to make one too, but i'm a content based kind of person. i use dreamweaver, a dell computer, and ftp. that's about all i know.
do you think i can handle setting one up?
i would need to upgrade on my hosting service too, i think, in order to have sql access (and jeez... how much sql do i need to know - i'm scared by the very letters!)
Installation of phpBB2 is fairly see. They explain all that in their Web site. Just choose a ISP that can provide you PHP and MySQL and upload/install your files.
If you've PHP/MySQL locally, it's better to first install it local, then upload live and export/import sql db. Well, infact, you see a script phpMyAdmin also to do that easily. ISP provide that usually.
If you're ambitious and you can afford, go for vBulletin.
Can someone please explain to us in full detail about Google AdWords?
However, PHP vBulletin is definitely and beyond doubt, a great example, what PHP can do!
If you afford it, get it, without hesistation. They're also demoing it free on their Web site. Why not try the demo of the product, before you purchase it!
Yes, you can write your own PHP forums; better you need a great team, and a great time. And expense in internet, other costs, etc.