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Want to build a forum

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by p.caspian, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. #1
    I want to build my own forum. As I am new I know nothing how can I build a forum. what should I do first to build a forum?
    SEMrush
     
    p.caspian, Oct 1, 2011 IP
    SEMrush
  2. sambling

    sambling Well-Known Member Affiliate Manager

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    So you have you hosting?
    The first thing you need to decide on is what software to use- I would suggest SMF.
     
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    p.caspian Peon

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    At first I have to have a hosting package and then use a forum software named SMF. Is SMF free or paid software? And what I do next?
     
    p.caspian, Oct 2, 2011 IP
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    sambling Well-Known Member Affiliate Manager

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    SMF is free software, it's very clean and easy to install. Next you need to design it i.e. add a template and a logo. Then you need to decide on what categories and boards you want to have on your forum. After that you need to open up your forum and encourage users.
     
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    MrJohn Active Member

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    SMF is a great forum software. The only thing I would recommend is to also take a look at MyBB. It is very easy to install and will be a lot easier to maintain later on.
     
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    p.caspian Peon

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    ok, thanks
    which version of SMF is best? Can you share the download link of SMF that you suggest for me?
     
    p.caspian, Oct 6, 2011 IP
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    Guisbar Well-Known Member

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    If you want to invest then buy Vbulletin. If you want it for free, then choose MYBB.
     
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    sambling Well-Known Member Affiliate Manager

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    Add it to the site once you have traffic.
     
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    sagarrai000 Peon

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    if you wonna go for paid software.then VB is good most best software in the World.Even DP also using same software.
     
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    p.caspian Peon

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    Thanks again..................
    I have downloaded SMF 2.0.1 and now I have to upload to host. Its a zip file of 2.5 MB. So I have extracted that file and I got some .php, .sql and folders. Do I have to upload all those files and folders?
     
    p.caspian, Oct 8, 2011 IP
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    Poupoutane Active Member

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    be sure to have an active community of posters.
     
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    dumindushalika Notable Member

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    I love vBulletin forum software. But it is not affordable to me at this time.. It has more features than other free or commercial forum scripts. However I am currently using phpBB. Try it too. There is a large community to support you at phpBB official web site.
     
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    p.caspian Peon

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    Well, can u tell us how much does vBulletin costs per month?
     
    p.caspian, Oct 15, 2011 IP
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    WSN Forum is the best forum software script.
     
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    sambling Well-Known Member Affiliate Manager

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    vBulletin is a one time license. Have a look in the buy,sell, trade area- you may pick up a cheap one.
     
    sambling, Oct 15, 2011 IP