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I'm currently looking into installing a message board on my site. Any recommendations? I've visited the phpBB, Ikonboard and wBB sites, and truthfully I don't ...

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    Message Boards - Need Opinions

    I'm currently looking into installing a message board on my site. Any recommendations? I've visited the phpBB, Ikonboard and wBB sites, and truthfully I don't know which one to go with.

    I don't know much about php, cgi or MySQL, so I need something easy to set up and customize. All three seem to have the features I want.

    Help? ^__^

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    I like php based forums, rather than cgi.
    So my choice would be phpbb2.

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    Get burning board... from http://www.woltlab.de and install some hacks from http://www.wbbhacks.com

    Where do you wanna go today?

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    hell no, we won't go!
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    I highly recommend phpBB 2 <http://www.phpbb.com/> It is a great board, looks great, and has a very active community (that produce lots of cool hacks). Best of all, all you need to do to install it is create your database and fill in a few fields on a form...that's it. No CHMOD, no extra anything. The bad news is that it is still in RC (currently RC-2) but it should be released soon!
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    Hmmm... is it just me or is the official forum at phpbb.com downright ugly??

    The forums load pretty fast. I'm cruising them right now to see what kind of bugs are in the programming.

    Burning board looks good. I'll have to go back to the forums and read up on any problems users have had.

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    Check my board... it's using Burning Board @ http://community.areagaming.com

    Also try this one: openBB @ http://www.openbb.net

    Good Luck!

    BTW, Burning Board is faster than phpBB...
    Where do you wanna go today?

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    There's also YaBBSE:

    http://www.yabb.info

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    Originally posted by Devon Aster
    Hmmm... is it just me or is the official forum at phpbb.com downright ugly??
    Your looking at phpBB 1.4. The 2.0 board is located at <http://phpbb.sourceforge.net/phpBB2/> (it looks a lot better then 1.4)
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    belongs in php/mySQL forum because that's where forum stuff goes.
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    deffently vBulletin(www.vbulletin.com)
    it is NOT a free one how ever. But it is the best(it is the one that is HERE!) Much more customizeable and everything. i would go with if you want a good forum that a lot of people will be seeing

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    Oops, sorry clio. I've decided to try burning board, but now I'm getting an access denied error:

    Warning: Access denied for user: '[email protected]' (Using password: YES) in /home/slightly/public_html/wbb/wbboard/class_db_zugriff.php on line 23

    Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Access denied for user: '[email protected]' (Using password: YES) in /home/slightly/public_html/wbb/wbboard/class_db_zugriff.php on line 23

    Edit: I got rid of the above errors, but now I have:

    Database error in WoltLab Burning Board: cannot use database forumdb
    mysql error: Access denied for user: '[email protected]' to database 'forumdb'
    mysql error number: 1044
    Date: 13.01.2002 @ 15:49
    Script: /wbb/wbboard/install.php
    Referer:

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    If I'm not mistaken the problem is your user name.
    Here is what I think:

    when you create database user (for example 'forum') using Aletia database control panel, the real user name is <your_account>_forum. if your account is "slightly" it means that user name is slightly_forum.

    next step is to attach the user to the database. There is a special list box that allows you to select an user and database. Select user slightly_forum and a database(that you have to create, before user)

    in installer it should look like this:

    database: slightly_db (an example, i dont know your database name)

    database user: slightly_forum
    database password: password

    hope it helps.

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    Thank you!!! That solved the problem, alexodin! I had tried to attach a user but it hadn't worked. The problem was that and the fact I needed the slightly in front of it and the database!


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    Originally posted by downhillskier
    deffently vBulletin(www.vbulletin.com)
    it is NOT a free one how ever. But it is the best(it is the one that is HERE!) Much more customizeable and everything. i would go with if you want a good forum that a lot of people will be seeing
    What exactly makes vBulletin so much better than other boards like phpBB and Ikonboard that it warrants PAYING for it over using a free board?

    It looks and functions pretty much the same, at least on the surface.

    BTW, I've used all of the above boards i've mentioned. All very similiar.

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    I have been running phpBB2 at http://www.ee-capitol.com/ for two weeks now and would not change it to anything.
    Usergroups, permissions and moderation are extremely well made features there.

    While the board design is template based and the board is php, it is easy to make modifications, like adding banners.

    I first tried to setup an MySQL Ikonboard, but it was such spaghetti, that I gave up and installed phpBB2 in 5 minutes...
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    There has been some bugs in the RC code but nothing that would make any trouble at my site. Only trouble has been Aletia trying to update PHP ;-)
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