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#1 Martel

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 07:20 PM

I would like to set up a web Forum for dirt bike riding enthusiasts.

PHBB comes to mind but I am not sure about any such thing.

Not sure how to approach this.

I really like the way Bleeping Computer works, that style would be my first choice.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:18 PM

well BC is ip.board its not free software, you can find it from:

http://www.invisionpower.com/


are you looking to setup a full web host yourself (pay money)

or are you looking for a free alternative? for free forums, people have been using http://invisionfree.com for years, they have a much older version of this forum (from before it was pay to use) and they offer it free (you dont get a nice url though for free)
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:23 PM

More along the lines of a community that is perpuated by the members.

Free to members to use for sharing, chatting, searching for help with repairs.

The ip.board is very reasonable.

I will look at the http://invisionfree.com
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Edited by Martel, 11 June 2008 - 09:26 PM.


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Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:26 PM

Use invision free and your own domain until you grow a bit and then move over to a IPB board. Just make sure you can transfer the posts! I have used them before.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:16 PM

yeah, cowsgonemadd3 has got a point, invisionfree is nice to start, you can even buy a domain through them to host the site off (i think its pretty cheap)

and you can transfer the data later, but beware it is kind of intensive, (and not free) i think a few years ago when i took over a site for an online game i paid them like $50USD and the data was kind of messed up, took a bit to form it to the new database,

good place to start though
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 05:42 AM

this one is free, http://www.simplemachines.org/ and quite extencive, but i've not done much with it yet,
http://www.hallcross.co.uk/forum/index.php you can use it on your own domain too

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:08 PM

I would go for PHPBB, I have used it before and the setup is fairly easy. If you want to safely test it before you host it download http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html xampp and run the forum on there.
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:13 PM

I downloaded the zip for XAMPP, but have not figured out how to extract it.

I also started an account at invisionfree.com

It was rather easy and I set up a mock site for figuring it out.

I cant figure out how to do the folder tabs yet.

Help yourself and give any suggestions
http://z4.invisionfree.com/Home_Renovation...php?showforum=1

I am going to tinker with that and the XAMPP for now

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 09:03 PM

All you should need to do is extract xampp into your C: drive. In the root dirtectory of Xampp, there is an application called xampp-control.exe. Run that, and then start Apache from there, as well as Mysql. Then open your browser and type in c:\\localhost. It should work.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:03 PM

Is it important where I place that directory of Xampp on my drive?

Meaning must it be located in c:\> or can it be on my desktop or in mydocuments...

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:38 PM

You can put it wherever you want, but you will may have to modify the configuration files so that it knows where it is installed.

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 11:21 AM

I moved the XAMPP directory to C:. then ran xampp-control.exe and started Apache and Mysql.

It shows both of them as running.

Next I type c:\\localhost in my browser

The browser cannot find c:\\localhost.....I also tried c:\localhost

It says check the spelling and try again.

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 11:41 AM

Try just typing in localhost

There is no such thing as a local host (which is the server) residing in your C directory. I am curious where in the documentation it told you to use c:\\localhost in your address bar?

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 11:47 AM

That was it... :thumbsup:


It opened right up!
http://localhost/

Now I really am in.

Any nudge appreciated.


I am thinking I store webpages in my c:> and they are available to the web if my machine is on.

I am fuzzy on the details.

Edited by Martel, 15 June 2008 - 02:43 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2008 - 10:49 PM

I am curious where in the documentation it told you to use c:\\localhost in your address bar?


just to feed your curiosity, you accidentially typed it a few posts ago, you probably mean to type http:// but just thought of a drive when typing :thumbsup:




Then open your browser and type in c:\\localhost. It should work.


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