I am about to set up a discussion forum. And I am a novice. I do have knowlegde of HTML and Flash MX.
I have never tried PHP yet.
I am wondering which server I must choose:
phpBB or invision power board?
I have searched on the web and I got a mixed reactions. Which one do you recommand me?
phpbb is free, and I am a student.
And I have ordered the following pakket: (it is in dutch, and I am lazy to translate it in English, but it is understandable.):
E-mail accounts ( POP3 ) 5
Subdomeinen ( sub.domein.nl ) 5
FTP Accounts 2
MySQL Databases + PhpMyAdmin 2
Gratis 24/7 Support Ja
Spam en Virus Filter Ja
Uitgebreide Statistieken Ja
Uw online Fotoboek Ja
Eigen Error Documenten Ja
CGI & PHP & PERL & XML & SSI Ja
GDlib & Freetype & ImageMagick Ja
Frontpage ondersteuning Ja
Backup van Uw account Ja
Webwinkel software Ja
Hosting gevestigd in NL Ja
Own IP adres: Nee
Gratis (free) Scripts Ja
And give me as much tips as you can, and I will apperciate it deeply. And tell me something about security as well. Plz.
I am looking forward to hearing something from you very soon.
I'll keep my response sweet and simple. I would advise against going with phpBB, first: phpBB is insecure, there's a new exploit for it now on an almost weekly basis. It would just suck having a nice new forum, with a growing member base get hacked, you'll end up loosing some of your patrons.
Invision and VBulletin are two great bulletin boards the only downside is that they cost money. I do believe however that there is a free version of invision available at www.invisionboard.com, though its fairly restricted you will be able to get a feel for how your board is running and with the use of banners and donations you can just purchase a paid version of Invision.
Good luck with your forum and do us a favor and give us a link when its up!
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If you are just planning to start, phpbb is fine If you get some good membership in a short time, then sure, change to a paid variety. Forums are popping up rapidly and if you don't have something unique to offer, chances are it will fizzle out quickly
I agree with anon-e-mouse theres no point spending you may asswell start with phpbb, And the good thing is if your forum does do well and you want to purcahse a paid forum like vbulleitin there will be resources available that will enable you to transfer all your posts and member over in an instance. Forums are hard to advertise though so bear that in my mind.