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Old 28-09-2005, 13:44   #1
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WowBB forum - general forum advice wanted.

Hi,

I am thinking about starting a forum. The obvious choice would be VBulletin but the company I am helping are concerned about cost.

After looking around I found WowBB ( http://www.wowbb.com/ ) this seems cheaper and the advantage is that they can host it on their servers.

Has anyone got any thoughts or opinions on a high quality forum (windows or Unix based).

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Old 28-09-2005, 14:04   #2
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Old 28-09-2005, 14:07   #3
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I use VBulletin, and it's been worth every cent. I was previously with phpBB, which I'd recommend if you are looking for a free option, but the development of that project is looking somewhat uncertain - I gave up on it after waiting ages for an upgrade which still hasn't come.

I'd be wary of hosting your forum on anyone elses servers - keep stuff under your own control as much as possible.
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Old 28-09-2005, 14:11   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by roddy
I use VBulletin, and it's been worth every cent. I was previously with phpBB, which I'd recommend if you are looking for a free option, but the development of that project is looking somewhat uncertain - I gave up on it after waiting ages for an upgrade which still hasn't come.

I'd be wary of hosting your forum on anyone elses servers - keep stuff under your own control as much as possible.
How much are your running costs per year?
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Old 04-10-2005, 20:22   #5
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Has anyone got any general forum advice then? (IE running costs, servers etc).
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It depends on how busy your forum is going to be, i.e. data transfer costs and server load.

You could start with vBulletin at £43 for a leased licence and then basic hosting on a shared server for £20 to £50 a year. You will soon know if your requirements need upgrading.
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Is Vbulleting easy enough to install and run (I have done a few Zencart shops and found them ok to manage)?
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Ironicaly I have just install vBulletin this evening for a work project.

As long as the server is configured for mysql and php and you can edit the config.php file for vBulletin with the database name, database username and password its very straight forward, its just a case of uploading the files and pressing next 14 times.
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