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How to create a forum

Postby newsonthegreen » Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:06 pm

Hi all - I am interested in learning how to create a membership discussion forum.

I wanted to find out: how difficult is it to develop a discussion forum/board - with user id's? Is there software available that makes this type of thing easy? I have seen several of you use phpbb or vbulletin.
I am pretty new to creating sites, so if you have a source that would make this task fairly easy, I would appreciate it.


Thanks for your help?

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Postby Lynn Terry » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:59 am

Hi Kelly,

I am using phpbb here, which you can get free at phpbb.com. Though I really like vbulletin - so definitely look into that one.
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Postby Warren Contreras » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:57 am

A lot of web hosts have Fantastico so you can install several Forums to try with no real effort, then if you don't like them it's just as easy to uninstall them.
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Postby AuctionCUT.com » Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:57 pm

I also use phpbb.com. As Warren mentions it's easily installed with Fantastico & then pretty easy to personalise.
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Postby AstarothSolutions » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:17 pm

phpbb & vbulletin certainly appear to be the market leaders at present.

It certainly isnt that difficult to create your own forum software (the difficulty comes when trying to make it easily customisable so others can install it and change options etc) but given the price of both (free and under $100) it doesnt seem worth the effort for many
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Postby Warren Contreras » Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:00 pm

I set up a Simple Board with my Fantastico about a month ago and I am loving it. If you haven't looked at Simple Machines Forum for a while, it has really improved. It a private forum for a team I'm building or I would give you a link, but here's one for their website:

http://www.simplemachines.org
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Postby queenofkaos » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:28 pm

I used a Simple Machines Forum and really liked it but I found that there was more general info on the technical end of it around for the phpbb boards so I am thinking to go with that.

I'm not really sure what the major difference is between them.
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Postby Mommyland » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:40 pm

I currently use Vbullitan and Love it. SMF (as listed by Warren) is a really close second. I personally had a hard time with PHPBB
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Postby shri » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:42 pm

I personally like phpbb. They recently released the latest version phpbb3.0.0. I installed it on one of my sites. It's easy to install, customise & (most importantly) works very good.

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Postby kayanat » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:09 am

If a person create 2 accounts on a forum using 1 computer, can the admins of the forum know that? Because me & my friend r planning to create a forum, & this matter has been on our minds since. Thnx to any1 in advance for answering.
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Postby tknoppe » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:37 am

Most forum software does track IP addresses, yes. I'm not an IT person, so I would do some checking into this very carefully before you take any action: but IP addresses come from that person's web host or ISP; and obviously there could be more than one member of your forum on the same web host or ISP.

Perhaps someone else with more knowledge in this area can help you. If not, then I would definitely do more checking into this before I would say, delete a forum member because you can two with the same IP or something like that thinking it was the same person with two accounts. It may not be that at all.
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Postby CorpRebel » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:22 pm

kayanat wrote:If a person create 2 accounts on a forum using 1 computer, can the admins of the forum know that? Because me & my friend r planning to create a forum, & this matter has been on our minds since. Thnx to any1 in advance for answering.


As Traci mentioned, one has to be careful. Not all people get the same IP address each time they log on to the Internet.

For example ... If one uses AOHell, Earthlink, or other similar dialup services, most will get a different IP address each session.

Cable Internet access generally gives you a static IP address that doesn't usually change. Before I switched to DSL from cable, my IP address never changed unless the cable company had to replace my modem (which happened a couple of times).

I now use DSL and I have found that when I reset (or turn off & on) my modem, my IP address changes each time.

While these ISPs do have the ability to "drill down" and match users with IP addresses at any given time, I'm sure these forum softwares and scripts can't go that far.

My 3 centz anyway ...


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