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    Smile Looking for free forum software

    Hey guys!Um..I need a free forum.And I REALLY hate that phbb or whatever it's called.I don't really like invision either.And I can't download anything to my computer.Will you please help me?
    Oh and I've been kind of picky about the forums looks lol.
    Thanks!!!
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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    You can use:

    http://www.simplemachines.org/

    I haven't tried them but their forums look nice and its free.

    There's also: http://www.yabbforum.com/

    I hope this helps

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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    Thanks but I can't downlaod things on my computer.I don't know why whoever moved this changed the name to 'looking for free forum software'.

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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    Your thread title was most likely changed because it wasn't very descriptive. Thread titles like "Need Help" just don't cut it.

    If you can't download things onto your computer, there probably isn't anything we can recommend for you. How do you expect to get any forum software setup and working on your web server without first being able to download it to your computer?
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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    Quote Originally Posted by vinyl-junkie
    Your thread title was most likely changed because it wasn't very descriptive. Thread titles like "Need Help" just don't cut it.

    If you can't download things onto your computer, there probably isn't anything we can recommend for you. How do you expect to get any forum software setup and working on your web server without first being able to download it to your computer?
    Signing up for it...

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    Re: Looking for free forum software

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    Signing up for it...
    I still don't understand. Please explain how signing up gets your software setup on your web server.
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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    You sound more like you're looking for hosting and a forum.

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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    Quote Originally Posted by vinyl-junkie
    I still don't understand. Please explain how signing up gets your software setup on your web server.
    Well it doesn't really get it on your server.You sign up for it,sign in on your site,and edit it.

    But you probally won't be able to help me much.Unless you can help me with PowerDesk 5.0.That's what it goes to after I download it and I don't know what to do.I can download things,but I don't know how to use PowerDesk 5.0.

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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    You're right. I can't help you with PowerDesk. I did a little Googling, and if I got the correct link, it's some kind of desktop software. Are you running a web server on your PC? Regardless, you can't (or certainly shouldn't) run most forum software straight out of the "box." For one thing, they have default username/password combinations like admin/admin, which is practically sending an open invitation to hackers to screw up your forum. You really need to be able to setup a forum manually.
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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    Quote Originally Posted by vinyl-junkie
    You're right. I can't help you with PowerDesk. I did a little Googling, and if I got the correct link, it's some kind of desktop software. Are you running a web server on your PC? Regardless, you can't (or certainly shouldn't) run most forum software straight out of the "box." For one thing, they have default username/password combinations like admin/admin, which is practically sending an open invitation to hackers to screw up your forum. You really need to be able to setup a forum manually.
    No.

    What do you mean set it up manually?(Sorry..I'm slow..)

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    Re: Looking for free forum software

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    No.

    What do you mean set it up manually?(Sorry..I'm slow..)
    OK, here's the basics of setting up a forum (or any other software, for that matter) on your website. The way most people do it anyway.

    When you first get your forum software, you download it to your PC, read all the setup instructions, then edit on your PC whatever files you need to change to setup the software. After you're done, you upload the appropriate files to your web server using FTP software, your web server's file manager or some other tool. Test your forum software to make sure it is functioning correctly. If so, you're done.

    I'm curious though. What is the name of your site? What hosting provider are you using? Sounds like you have a rather unconventional setup for whatever you're doing.
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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    Quote Originally Posted by vinyl-junkie
    OK, here's the basics of setting up a forum (or any other software, for that matter) on your website. The way most people do it anyway.

    When you first get your forum software, you download it to your PC, read all the setup instructions, then edit on your PC whatever files you need to change to setup the software. After you're done, you upload the appropriate files to your web server using FTP software, your web server's file manager or some other tool. Test your forum software to make sure it is functioning correctly. If so, you're done.

    I'm curious though. What is the name of your site? What hosting provider are you using? Sounds like you have a rather unconventional setup for whatever you're doing.
    Well when I try to download things it takes me to powerdesk and I don't know what to do after that.
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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    According to the freewebs site:
    What you can add:

    ShoutBox: Live chat right on your page
    Video: Insert your own or even one from YouTube
    Ratings & Comments: For the opinionated
    Games: Choose from our library of games
    Guestbook: Collect messages from visitors
    Polls: Ask any question, people vote right on your site
    Forms: Create a web form to collect info from visitors
    Counter: See your site traffic in a customizable counter
    I'm not seeing an option for a forum, there.

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    Re: Looking for free forum software

    Quote Originally Posted by DeadMeatGF
    According to the freewebs site:


    I'm not seeing an option for a forum, there.
    Well you can add one!!You have to make a page though,that redirects you to it.

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    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2006-15,GGLG:en&q=free+hosted+forums
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