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How to start a forum


I want start a forum. I am a new user. Please suggest me which hosting is best for forum. Which is the best plugin fir forum?



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Are you looking for webhosting or software for your forum?

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Are you looking for webhosting or software for your forum?
I think both.
I would suggest SMF. Any reliable host with php/mysql would be fine.

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Phpbb or mybb works well.
Any host supporting PHP and MySQL /SQLlite will work.

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What about vbulletin or IP board?

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What about vbulletin or IP board?
If you are just starting a forum? Overkill.

Start with a free one, some were already mentioned. If your forum does well you can still switch to vbulletin or IP board.

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If you want to buy a paid software i sugget you Vbulletin or if you want to use a free one , i think that Phpbb is the best. And of hosting.. you need a shared plan for starting until your forum will grow up.

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If you are just starting a forum? Overkill.

Start with a free one, some were already mentioned. If your forum does well you can still switch to vbulletin or IP board.
I second this as well. Start out with something free, grow your community. Once you've got a substantial site or following, and you want to use commercial software, do so. At that point you should/could have people paying to advertise on your site; you can use the money from ads/other revenue to help pay for commercial software (or other fees you incur)... at least thats what I do with the money I generate from my forum.

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When you are starting out, shared hosting should be sufficient. As your forum grows you might need to upgrade to a VPS or a dedicated server.

In terms of plugins or modifications, that generally depends on the type of forum that you choose. Shoutboxes, while resource hogs, seem to be enjoyed by members.

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Which is the best plugin fir forum?
My personal favourites:
  1. a plugin that forces users to read this before creating a new thread
  2. a plugin that prevents users from asking the same question over and over
  3. a plugin that slaps users for posting their opinions without backing them up

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I would imagine that running a forum is pretty time intensive. I wold start with something free as well.

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Paid Forums:
XenForo and VBulletin

Free Forums:
PHPBB, MyBB, SMF

take a look at reviews here:
http://www.forum-software.org/

You will need to start off with shared hosting then go onto VPS then dedicated as your forum grows. You may need to partner up with another individual to monitor the forums.

I wish you the best!

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If you mean forum software, i suggest IPB or Vbulletin because they are the best ones in my opinion. After then, you can choose MyBB or phpbb. These are other good free alternatives.

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I really like vBulletin because so many people are used to it. There are many free options, add-ons and plug ins for it too!

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You can use a vBulletin framework, a friend of mine tried using it and it works like a charm.

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