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Any recommendations for software or scripts that are usable for these purposes and not difficult to configure?
As for message boards/forums, Ikonboard is nifty from a user's perspective... dunno about admin features.
I will go check out UBB, since what's standard generally has a lot of support and info available. For chat they will need multiple users at a time.
I am trying to get a grasp of how involved this would have to be. At first, I thought their project might require a whole virtual intranet solution, but frankly, I don't think it's that tech-oriented a group to need anything but a simple solution.
I believe they had considered a Yahoo type private board - I don't agree with that solution. I will check these out and see whether to pursue it further.
I will give these (one or both) a try on my own sites. Then, either for this,or my own purposes, or whatever else that may come up, I will have the experience of having installed it.
I believe chat is so resource-intensive that some hosts don't allow it. I will just check out some that are remote.
Thanks, I will try these.
I still need to look into the boards, I was thinking of putting one on a site of my own a while back, and it's time to revisit the idea. Again, low volume. So timing is good. It's a good point you made about the traffic though.
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