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Forum for club website

Postby mister » Thu Oct 04, 2012 22:38 pm

Hi all, new here, well newly signed up anyway.
Wondered if one of you clever people could help me to start working out what i should do with regard to introducing a forum to my clubs website. I am pretty dim about these things and would be very grateful for some pointers as to what I need and where I might get it. Thanks in advance,
Tom Worthington
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Re: Forum for club website

Postby Cleat Eastwood » Thu Oct 04, 2012 22:56 pm

Have a look at phpBB

https://www.phpbb.com/

Theres a few bods on here have had experience setting them up - not the mods, don't ask them, theyre ******* useless.

here it is in action with 2 clubs by me - same software - different look.

http://liverpoolmercury.co.uk/

http://hmiddletoncc.21.forumer.com/

From memory I think you need an apache server and access to a sql database - your host will have all those options for you.
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Re: Forum for club website

Postby rodgers73 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 06:24 am

Vbulletin is a great system to use

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Re: Forum for club website

Postby phreak » Fri Oct 05, 2012 09:15 am

phpBB is ok for a free bit of software, but if you really want something great then spend a bit on vBulletin. Both are really easy to setup and most decent hosts will provide 1 click installation of these (and other) forum packages.

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Re: Forum for club website

Postby T.M.H.N.E.T » Fri Oct 05, 2012 09:21 am

phreak wrote:phpBB is ok for a free bit of software, but if you really want something great then spend a bit on vBulletin. Both are really easy to setup and most decent hosts will provide 1 click installation of these (and other) forum packages.

And if not,it's pretty self explanatory to setup via FTP. I'm happy to help/answer questions.

For reference: This forum runs phpbb3.

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Re: Forum for club website

Postby mister » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:58 pm

Thanks very much people, most helpful.
Just the kind of info I was looking for.
Cheers,
Tom

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Re: Forum for club website

Postby Percy Vera » Mon Oct 08, 2012 09:15 am

Why not use FB?

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Re: Forum for club website

Postby jimmythecuckoo » Tue Oct 09, 2012 15:36 pm

Our Yaxleyriders.co.uk site is mainly a FB based forum now and because of the ease of going on that site on mobile etc. it is getting harder and harder to point traffic at the main website.

We have actually created a bit of a monster with it. 150 members on FB, about 10 regular posters and fewer unique visits to the website ... beware! !
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Re: Forum for club website

Postby Initialised » Tue Oct 09, 2012 20:49 pm

Don't use this one, I have to and don't really like it, not flexible enough http://www.webwiz.co.uk/web-wiz-forums/
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Re: Forum for club website

Postby mister » Tue Oct 09, 2012 22:46 pm

All great info, thanks again everyone.
Not had time to get going on our forum yet, but i will do so soon and I'll let you know how it goes.
Not going with FB because (being a social misfit...) I personally don't use it.

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Re: Forum for club website

Postby jimmythecuckoo » Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:17 am

If you are looking for hosted www.proboards.com is a good place to start.
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Re: Forum for club website

Postby mfin » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:20 pm

If your hosting is Linux with CPanel you most likely will be able to install PHPBB with a couple of clicks. (make sure your hosting allows you a mySQL DB that you'll need to run it)... if you want cheap hosting that does do it then look at wiserhosting.com WebStart for 25quid a year, that'll do it for fact as I describe.

Ive done it and had it all branded exactly as I want in about 30mins with all the settings as I want them, admin stuff and mod stuff setup and everything tested.

I got my own header, produced it in HTML with how I wanted all the logos etc at the top and dropped that html into the template and that was that, I do have the advantage of coding websites since 1998 though.
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