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WHich is the best FREE forum software?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by medusa, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. Gravereaper

    Gravereaper Banned

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    #61
    For PHP its phpBB and in ASP its Snitz Forum
    SEMrush
     
    Gravereaper, Dec 30, 2006 IP
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  2. Kel

    Kel Well-Known Member

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    #62
    Im using SMF on my forum and I think its great! They have some great mods and themes too! :)
     
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    #63
    I have used some of them and stuck with phpBB. Used Yabb years ago and went to phpBB since Yabb didn't have some features I wanted. Afterwards I started working on phpBB and I have used it for 5 years already. LOVE IT. I have tried SMF, but I dislike it, so won't bother again, I use myBB in a forum, but I already got stuck since it doesn't have the hacks I need.

    I use phpBB for a long time. It's easy to mod and skin, the code changes upgrades are easy and the hacks I installed work great. And since I won the "phpBB of the Year 2006" title on phpBBhacks I'm even more in love with the script :D
     
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    #64
    I went with SMF...but having probs installing new themes.

    It doesn't install right er something.

    Do I need to edit some files er something?

    Says warning path not correct.
     
    goitalone, Jan 6, 2007 IP
  5. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    #65
    1. make sure that the theme is for the version you're actually using

    2. use the attached utilities to fix the paths: upload them to your forum root directory and run them from your browser
     

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  7. goitalone

    goitalone Peon

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    #67
    Well...I found out what I did wrong..I needed to have a directory that was already named for each theme before installing....then I had to go and upload the images separately...that kinda sucks.
    I don't like SMF much I don't think.

    Anyways, I decided to delete SMF and try phpbb. But now pages just die out on me with phpbb :(



    Is there anyway to add my own background image for each whole page?

    Actually, it would be a black background with javascript stars but I think that might not be such a great idea even if I could do it..take up too much system rescorces...but I do want to change the background to a starry space background if possible.


    Anyone know what kinda forum this is: http://forums.catholic.com

    Besides the colors, I like it for some reason.
     
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  8. goitalone

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    #68
    Well...I found out what I did wrong..I needed to have a directory that was already named for each theme before installing....then I had to go and upload the images separately...that kinda sucks.

    I don't like SMF much I don't think.

    Anyways, I decided to delete SMF and try phpbb. But now pages just die out on me with phpbb :(



    Is there anyway to add my own background image for each whole page?

    Actually, it would be a black background with javascript stars but I think that might not be such a great idea even if I could do it..take up too much system rescorces...but I do want to change the background to a starry space background if possible.


    Anyone know what kinda forum this is: http://forums.catholic.com

    Besides the colors, I like the setup alot for some reason.
     
    goitalone, Jan 6, 2007 IP
  9. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    #69
    http://forums.catholic.com is vBulletin... without the copyright acknowledgement. I wonder if it's legal....

    Addendum: It probably is. That is a HUGE forum!
     
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  10. goitalone

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    Hmm..I see.

    I couldn't tell not being very familiar with it...even tho this is VB, it didn't seem like it.
     
    goitalone, Jan 6, 2007 IP
  11. goitalone

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    #71
    One more thing...how do I change the width of the board?

    I want it similar to that catholic forum where it is in the middle
     
    goitalone, Jan 6, 2007 IP
  12. minstrel

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    #72
    That depends on the theme you use and the software you use, etc.

    First, decide on the software and the theme you want to use. Then ask the question.
     
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  13. goitalone

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    #73

    Yeah I went lookin' around and I see what ya mean..I found a nice modded skin I like and I will mess with it further to add my stuff and I think it will do just fine.

    What I am having a prob with now tho, is installing the easymod.

    I can't get it to install right and looked all over then net searching for a fix and I thought I found one with some guy who said he made a free hosting fix to easymod ..but I tried it as well and it still has this one error.

    Critical Error: Unable to complete writing of post process file.
    Function Trace: main[4]->

    Any ideas?

    I went as far as to uninstall the whole phpbb forum and start from scratch...if it has something to do with permissions I am not too familiar with how to set them.

    I AM using a free webhosting service and maybe that is still the problem but not sure it's 110mb hosting I am using with my own domain name.

    This mean anything to you?

    Permissions: (including system errors)

    read access :: OK
    write access :: No
    root path write :: OK
    chmod access :: unattempted
    unlink access :: unattempted
    mkdir access :: unattempted
    tmp path write :: No
    FTP extension :: OK
    Safe Mode :: ON
    copy access :: OK
     
    goitalone, Jan 7, 2007 IP
  14. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    #74
    Check with the phpBB forums. You are trying to install into a directory without write permissions (I haven't used phpBB or easyMod for a good couple of years now so I can't recall what write permissions it needs).

    The other issue is your host is running in safe mode - check with the phpBB forums to see what implications that has for what you can do.
     
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  15. goitalone

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    Alright, I'll keep checking around.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
    goitalone, Jan 7, 2007 IP
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    #77
    I'd recommend Vanilla and PUNBB
     
    magnumpi, Jan 8, 2007 IP
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    #78
    SMF would be IT.
     
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    #79
    SMF is better at all. Even better than vBulletin.
     
    olti, Jan 9, 2007 IP
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    olti Well-Known Member

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    #80
    What a big mistake. People are switching off everyday from PhpBB and going for SMF and you choose this dead forum software?!
     
    olti, Jan 9, 2007 IP