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Hi,

I'm interested in setting up a forum on a server I rent, but I'm a total neophyte when it comes to scripting. I have therefore, started looking into using a basic template (of which there seem to be a fair few).

Now, I don't have Perl on my web space, but I do have CGI and PHP functionality. Can anybody recommend an easy to install (ie, download, upload, with minimal configuration) CGI, PHP based forum template that I could use and perhaps, be kind enough to walk me though the steps required to set it up.

Bear in mind, the forum I have in mind wont in any way be a competitor for Overclock.net or any of its sibling forums. I specifically want to deal with topics that cannot be discussed here, such as religion and politics. I just want to be able to control the content, rather than sign up to another forum where I can be censored and I don't have control over what content is allowed. This is also not a dig at Overclock.net; I love it here .

So, if anybody can recommend something that uses CGI and/or PHP ( I'm not really sure what the difference is ), but doesn't use Perl and is fairly easy to install and configure, that'd be great and I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!

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I can reccommend PHPBB but I dont know how to do anything with it.
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I can reccommend PHPBB but I dont know how to do anything with it.
Yeah, I saw some phpbb forum templates, but one I tried required Perl, which I don't have. I was hoping that, perhaps, somebody knew of a php/cgi forum template that definitely didn't need perl. All I can really use on my web space is php/cgi/html . Problem is though, that I don't really understand much beyond html, so I'm a little unsure of exactly what I should be looking for, or if what I'm after is even possible.

Anyway, thanks for your input. I will spend some more time researching into phpbb templates and see if I can find something that doesn't need perl.

In the mean time, if anybody else has any input that could give me a shortcut to what I'm looking for ( hehe, link would be nice ) I'd appreciate the assistance .

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PHPbb doesn't need perl. http://www.phpbb.com/

I don't know what you mean by 'templates', but you should be able to install PHPbb very easily.
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PHPbb doesn't need perl. http://www.phpbb.com/

I don't know what you mean by 'templates', but you should be able to install PHPbb very easily.
Hmm, it doesn't? Odd. You may well be correct (in general) but the phpbb I attempted to install did require perl.

[SEE HERE]
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3) A host that has installed Perl 5 or better with the DB_file module installed.
Since my web host package doesn't include it, I couldn't install what looked like a very promising php forum .

What I mean by "templates" is this kind of thing. Essentially, a fully formed forum, already scripted and coded, ready to go, only requiring the necessary files to be downloaded from the originator, uploaded to your sever and then minimally configured.

Hmmm. Any help would be appreciated .

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Dude, just use a vanilla PHPbb install (as in direct from their site) and then you can apply themes once it is installed.
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Dude, just use a vanilla PHPbb install (as in direct from their site) and then you can apply themes once it is installed.
Sorry if I misunderstand you. Do you mean sign up for a free hosted forum? I wanted to run one on my own server so I could have total control over every apsect, including ads that are run. Plus, my host has 99.9% uptime (actually 100% since I've been with them), which was also something I wanted.

Otherwise, you're going to have to be a bit more elaborate with what you mean, because I'm a total noob when it comes to phpbb, etc.

What I'm really after, is a forum template, that I can just download, then upload to my web space and run from there. Maybe I'm not expressing myself very well, I really don't understand this subject very well .

Thanks for taking the time to help.

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http://www.phpbb.com/downloads/olympus.php

Download the full package. Extract. Upload.

http://www.phpbb.com/support/documen...stallation.php

Do That.

Job done.
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http://www.phpbb.com/downloads/olympus.php

Download the full package. Extract. Upload.

http://www.phpbb.com/support/documen...stallation.php

Do That.

Job done.
Thanks man. I'll give that a whirl .

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