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Old 04-03-2006, 01:05 PM   #1
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Starting a Forum?

I was wondering what it really takes to make a forum like this?

I wanted to start a forum related to cars a couple of years ago, but never did it. Now, I have been looking around at domain registration, web hosting and PHP forum stuff.

I looked at Godaddy for hosting and domain reg, but I want to be sure I know what I am getting into first.

Does anyone have any advice on domain reg sites (cheaper the better) and hosting?

How about advice on the forum portion?

Easy is best, of course.
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:25 PM   #2
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All you need to do is get a server, forum software and a domain. GoDaddy is what they use for anyother forum i am on and its great. I think they take care of everything from Domains to the actual hosting. THey have their own Virtual Machine
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:33 PM   #3
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Alrighty...say I use Godaddy for the name and hosting...

I would then have to design the forum and upload the template?

I will have to look around for a resource on how to make the forum part.
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:59 PM   #4
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you can get allready made forum systems from vBulletin (here), phpBB, Invision Power Bulletin, YaBBForum. They are very goog, though i would recomend phpBB personally.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:23 PM   #5
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Cool, thanks!

I am going to dig around and see what options are there for the forums you have listed.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:29 PM   #6
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here is an old thread with the same question:

http://www.abxzone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79060
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:39 PM   #7
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Thanks, Bofinn!

I did see that thread earlier when I searched, and I wanted to ask this now to make sure nothing had changed.

Maybe I should have just bumped that one?
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:40 PM   #8
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new works just as good! good luck.
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:09 PM   #9
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Godaddy has some applications that you can load with just a few clicks. They have a couple different blog apps, etc... The only forum software I saw was http://www.simplemachines.org/ . It would probably be the easiest forum to setup if you went with godaddy. I haven't tried installing any of their apps yet though.

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Read this, and read carefully!

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Old 04-03-2006, 11:48 PM   #11
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I was wondering what it really takes to make a forum like this?

I wanted to start a forum related to cars a couple of years ago, but never did it. Now, I have been looking around at domain registration, web hosting and PHP forum stuff.

I looked at Godaddy for hosting and domain reg, but I want to be sure I know what I am getting into first.

Does anyone have any advice on domain reg sites (cheaper the better) and hosting?

How about advice on the forum portion?

Easy is best, of course.
I been wanting to start a hot rod website/forum for sometime now. Are you planning on doing a hot rod site or just any type of car site?
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:40 AM   #12
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I think it will be import car based, but I am not 100% sure yet.

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Read this, and read carefully!

www.theadminzone.com
...and nice link! I will read around there for sure.
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Old 04-04-2006, 04:12 AM   #13
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I get my hosting from Telnap (http://www.telnap.com/). Their Fantastico control panel has a free phpBB drop-in that I think is pretty nice.

I'm not so sure about getting the hosting at the same place you get your registration. The convenience usually equals increased fees.
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:22 AM   #14
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I get my hosting from Telnap (http://www.telnap.com/). Their Fantastico control panel has a free phpBB drop-in that I think is pretty nice.

I'm not so sure about getting the hosting at the same place you get your registration. The convenience usually equals increased fees.
I had this feeling, really, because during the signup process with Godaddy for a domain name, I had all different kinds of offers popping up. I stuck with the basic domain and now I am checking hosting. Thanks for the link, too.
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If you're serious about the forum, I'd spend some cash to buy forum software (e.g. vBulletin that ABX and HoH runs off of, or IPB, that HTPCNews runs off of)
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