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What is the best option for setting up a forum

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by davids355, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I am looking to set up a forum, I dont want too much work, and dont want to spend too much if I can help it.

    But, I want a forum thats going to be relatively easy to manage. I would like to use vbulletin, but I think its a bit expensive for my budget, unless you can get it bundled in with hosting or something...

    Anyone got any advise?
     
  2. mickyfu

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    If you don't want too much work, don't make a forum. Unlike what many people may think, they do not run themselves.
     
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  3. HerpDerpSlerp

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    phpbb is not too bad. There is some overhead when dealing with high traffic on that board but is worth a start. It is also free
     
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  4. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    thats a fair point, but really what I meant was, I want a back-end that has most features built in, and runs on a robust and trusted system.


    that sounds good, Ill take a look at it.
     
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    When it comes to paid software, it was always IPB for me. When it comes to free, I really like SMF.
     
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  6. Kaistar

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    SMF is good but when updates come around that don't support a few of the plugins that you have installed and rely on it kinda messes things up, gotta watch what and when you are updating.

    phpBB is probably the most fully featured free board out there but can be tricky to install mods sometimes and you'll have your hands full looking after spam.

    No forum will just look after itself, they all take a lot of work.
     
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  7. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Thanks guys, that's definitely given me somewhere to start.
     
  8. Sombrero

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    What is the topic of your forum? The platform depends a lot of your niche, if you are planning having many users and messages you have to use vBulletion to handle that type of activity. If your forum will be kinda geek, then use whatever, for midrange topic, then use SMF.
     
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    It's in investment niche.
     
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    phpbb used to get hacked on a weekly basis - has that changed?

    there are bootlegs of vbulletin, but if it's not properly nulled your domain will get shut down.

    my forum is on smf. not great, but free.
     
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    Setting a Forum is easy but Maintaining it is a really difficult task....Spam Spam all over....
     
  12. Goal Line Technology

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    Not trying to be smart, but perhaps it is worth investing in the best then?
    vbulletin perhaps? I would say go for it!
     
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    Agreed, if you are going to run a forum, eventually you will want to go with vBulletin anyway, so you may as well just start with it.

    Good Luck


    Edit: http://www.nimbushosting.co.uk/ http://www.vbulletinhost.co.uk/ they look like they might offer what you need.
     
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    I had good results by setting up Kunena Forum on Joomla. It works great and it's all free.
     
  15. Sombrero

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    If you are serious about your project then purchase vBulletin it really worth it. You can re-sell the license later, the value of vBulletin never goes less than the original price.