<<You will probably just need to make the database and assign a username and password to it. The rest will be handled by the forum software installation routine.>>
<<Also you can look into if your isp will provide a forum for free. Many do as part of their packages.>>
Thanks! Actually, I'm on satellite so no traditional isp there.
<<Also I think community server is the only windows based native message board software (could be wrong and its pricey). Your host can either switch you to linux or they may support php and mysql on windows.>>
I decided to host the domain on Lunarpages which has a great reputation (after doing much research on my part) and it comes with the SMF software as part of their Fantastico scripts library thats included. GoDaddy doesn't have the uh, reputation one would want.
The domain I have on GoDaddy was on a Linux system after I looked it up. It had just been so long since I'd done anything with my domain(s) due to illness that I wasn't sure anymore. I know I could have transferred the domain from GoDaddy to Lunarpages (and Lunarpages would have done it for free) but I wanted a domain name easy to remember and also could be used for me. IOW, have a menu on the index page and when I do get the forum up and running putting a direct link to it "out there" in the community.
I tried Linux on my home system about 6 years ago...when I was still married. My husband was really into Linux. I hated it. All the compiling etc. and making ones own menus...argh! I'd been around with computers since 1987 and was used to running and writing DOS batch files and all that then but 12 or so years later I didn't want to have to do it all the time again, especially the compiling. Hey, he's from NY too...<g>!
Geez, you'd never know I used to do websites for authors would you? Its been well over a year since doing any HTML/CSS coding and I know things haven't stood still for me
Now my only thing is what to do with the other 2 domain names I already have...one of which isn't hosted and one of which is at GoDaddy...lol!