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Hi guy,

I'm pretty new to web design and programming, but I wanted to code a forum for a group of friends I have at our university. We want it to be sort of professional so we registered a domain and have server space. Now, none of us know web design, and I'm the closest to a tech person as we have. Anyways, its my job to code the forum.

Do any of you have any tutorials or links for coding a basic php forum. In addition to the coding I would also need a tutorial on how to actually host the forum using our sever (filezilla?, not too sure)

My friends and I are actually trying to start a sort of society that prints a free newsletter about art and culture, and we really need these forums to communicate. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks guys.
    
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http://www.w3schools.com/

The best you'll ever get.
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Coding a forum is a HUGE undertaking, it may be a little big for a project to learn how to code. There are plenty of forum options out there that are totally free like Yet Another Forum (.Net), phpBB (php), Ruby-Forum (RoR) and the list goes on.

If you are doing this as a learning experience, more power to you, and good luck, but remember it will be tough and take quite a while to get near the functionality you can just download - try not to get bogged down. I encourage people to learn all they can, but this may be a discouraging first project. These products have been developed for years and bug-tested thoroughly.

In a nutshell, I would say to download and try some on your platform of choice, and possibly dig into the code to see how it works. Like I said, forums are a lot bigger monster than they appear on the surface.
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Hey stupid, Hah, okay no bad joke.


Anyways, thanks alot for your input. I really appreciate it. I'd like to learn about web coding, but my only goal here is to get the forum up and running. I'll learn to code in my own time when I have more free time.

So I think I'm going to go on your suggestion and use a downloaded platform.

Is there any one platform that you think will allow for a very good forum and not much learning?

Thanks
    
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Hey stupid, Hah, okay no bad joke.


Anyways, thanks alot for your input. I really appreciate it. I'd like to learn about web coding, but my only goal here is to get the forum up and running. I'll learn to code in my own time when I have more free time.

So I think I'm going to go on your suggestion and use a downloaded platform.

Is there any one platform that you think will allow for a very good forum and not much learning?

Thanks tongue.gif

PHP is probably the best option when starting web design, as you can start from simple and work your way up.

I actually recommend SMF over (spammy) phpBB. http://simplemachines.org/
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I used to recommend SMF but I no longer do. Unfortunately, the project is virtually dead; its own developers killed it.

Right now phpBB is, for all its faults, the best free forum software I've been able to find.
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PhpBB is a good platform.

I wonder what OCN is built on..
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PhpBB is a good platform.

I wonder what OCN is built on..
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Somehow as soon as I pressed "Submit" on my post, I thought "Wait.. haven't I seen vBulletin on OCN?"

@OP, vBulletin is expensive. Like 500 dollars expensive.

I still vote phpBB for your needs.
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Two friends and myself started an automotive forum a few years back and when we merged to V.B I think the price (at that time at least) was only around $150 usd.
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