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What i want to know however - is there some questions I should be asking them in regards to these add ons. I have heard that forums and formail details can be 'hijacked' (not really sure what this means) and that there are certain things you should do to prevent this. Can anyone tell me what sort of things they would be cheking prior to paying a fee for having these add ons?
With any app there can be a battle between the developers and people who are trying to find weaknesses in the code.
Try Googleing for known exploits with the app you intend to use. Dont always be out off if you read about an old exploit. Look into how long it took the deveoper to "patch" it.
No software can ever be 100% secure. But the response time to a known exploit can be very importaint.
They have an option between phpBB and invision board for the forums.Those two are by far the most used board systems, but you may also want to look into some of their alternatives. I would suggest going to Hotscripts.com and make a search before making any final decisions.
True, security should be the biggest concern on anyone's agenda when it comes to bulletin board or form mail software for that matter. But you may also want to see how each program can be customized, to match your site's design and interface as well.
I believe the Form script is just called Form Mail.I have used that script for a long time, and have been very happy with it. If you would like a script that also generates the form code for you, look for a script called "Magic Form Mail" by Reamday. This is an excellent free program, and very easy to use.
I hope this helps, and best of luck to you!
I had a look at the Magic Form Mail and it looks quite impressive and something that even I can manage to install.
Just have a question in regards to it, I have posted on their forum but it doesn't look like it is frequented to much (not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing).
As I am new to this whole form process, I thought that form scripts go into the cgi-bin, which quite frankly I have no idea what that is (but know I have one and can access it). However does this script actually get placed in the cgi-bin or just in the normal root directory?
Thanks in advance
Thanks again for your help/advice it is appreciated.
Thanks for the recommendation, so far I love this script it is perfect for what I need. And for my level of skill is probably the better choice. Have a little tweaking to do before I can start using it but it pretty much does all the hard work for you!
Now I can stop using a 3rd party form processor and subjecting my viewers to those annoying pop ups that come part and parcel of the service :)
Now on to deciding on the forum I think the phpBB is looking good plenty of support and demo's, even looks easy enough for me to install myself.