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SolMiester
03-11-2010, 10:11 AM
Hi all, I would like to build a web forum\chat room\message board for our WAN so our staff can get some discussion groups going. I would like to be able to have topic\category subscriptions and exclusive areas as well.

I have never done this before and would like some ideas, are there free packages\open source?, we do have sharepoint licensing, can we use that?

Any help greatly appreciated

ronyville
03-11-2010, 10:19 AM
Have you got a company Intranet running? We have a company Intranet and have a page called "discussion" that allows users to post/start a topic and others can post their replies (pretty much like this forum).

DeSade
03-11-2010, 10:42 AM
I think sharepoint is clunky as for use as a forum.
Best bet would be phpbb (google) its fairly easy to set up.

Another alternative if you can't be bothered is a guy I know that will build it for you for a flat rate (no hidden costs) PM me if you want more info on that.

Here is a example, baring in mind that most of this site is closed to you.

http://oufholo.net/forum/index.php

SolMiester
03-11-2010, 11:03 AM
Hi guys, while the forum will eventually be on an internal network it will probably be on a DMZ for awhile. The firm is currently designing a new WAN to increase sites from 4 to 14!, so not everyone on the network right now.

I like to look of oufholo.net, if a little dark, but really, the feel of Pressf1 is good!

DeSade
03-11-2010, 11:10 AM
Ignore the eye candy of the site, thats always fully customizable.
Look at the board functions.

Gobe1
03-11-2010, 11:36 AM
There is a wiki available
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki

I have just set one up so our project managers can create their own procedures

Chilling_Silence
03-11-2010, 12:30 PM
phpBB is piss easy to setup, you could do it in under 2 minutes with your eyes closed, then it's just a matter of fluffing around with permissions to suit your specific wants / needs. Permissions are what always takes the longest.

phpBB is nice coz it's so widely used there's some slick themes (Styles) out there too :)

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=1056
Select from the drop-down menu up the top

ubergeek85
03-11-2010, 12:52 PM
x3 for phpBB. Just grab any standard LAMP (you don't even need the L) server, biff it on, play with the themes, permissions, etc. Does pretty much everything that vBulletin does (which is what PressF1 uses). Users can have subscribed threads, receive email alerts when people reply to them, etc etc.

If you're after a live chat section, throw an IRC daemon on the server (I recommend InspIRCd for windows). The only really hard thing with an IRC server is the initial config. Takes up a bit of time, but its well worth it. Since it's just for an intranet, you don't need to set up many modules, chanmodes, IRCops, bans, etc etc.

After that, just get a copy of pjRIC (java applet IRC client) for the users to, well, use.

SolMiester
03-11-2010, 01:08 PM
Hmmm, ok, I have no Linux knowledge, anything for Windows!

DeSade
03-11-2010, 01:26 PM
Phpbb will run on most servers, I am sure yours is fine.

SolMiester
03-11-2010, 01:29 PM
Phpbb will run on most servers, I am sure yours is fine.

It runs on Windows?

DeSade
03-11-2010, 01:42 PM
Just looked into it further, seems OUF is not on the server I thought it was.
So my info is wrong, it does not run on windows.

SolMiester
03-11-2010, 01:48 PM
Just looked into it further, seems OUF is not on the server I thought it was.
So my info is wrong, it does not run on windows.


>deleting 2008 VM..........Hmmmmm

DeSade
03-11-2010, 01:49 PM
How many estimated users Sol?

SolMiester
03-11-2010, 02:27 PM
How many estimated users Sol?

Total user base is 650 or thereabouts, however I doubt very much if we if we ever went over 300!

Chilling_Silence
03-11-2010, 02:38 PM
Yeah phpBB3 works in windows? I'm sure it was phpBB3 that I did in Xampplite at one stage... Quick Google turns this up too (Not that I've read it):
http://dev.qsh.eu/Blogs/Milan-Pasek/February-2010/How-to-install-phpBB-3-0-in-Windows-hosting.aspx

DeSade
03-11-2010, 02:40 PM
Great if it does Chill, my info says no, happy to be wrong makes things easier for Sol.

SolMiester
03-11-2010, 02:49 PM
Yeah phpBB3 works in windows? I'm sure it was phpBB3 that I did in Xampplite at one stage... Quick Google turns this up too (Not that I've read it):
http://dev.qsh.eu/Blogs/Milan-Pasek/February-2010/How-to-install-phpBB-3-0-in-Windows-hosting.aspx

haha, you've done it now, be prepared for a lot of questions...LOL...>revive's 2008 VM

ubergeek85
03-11-2010, 03:28 PM
I can confirm that phpBB will run under windows, I have a copy of it lying around. I used XAMPP lite as a quick server package, it has all the essentials (apache, mysql, php) and a few other bits and pieces.

SolMiester
03-11-2010, 03:36 PM
I can confirm that phpBB will run under windows, I have a copy of it lying around. I used XAMPP lite as a quick server package, it has all the essentials (apache, mysql, php) and a few other bits and pieces.

Your using words Im not familiar with! XAMPP Lite......

Perhaps you could give me a path
2008 x86 server
what do i need to get this working?, IIS7?....Apache? I will for now put everything on the one server so I can move it between LAN's if I have to....I just need an install to get it up and running to show directors!

Chilling_Silence
03-11-2010, 03:55 PM
http://tinyurl.com/2w37yea

;)

SolMiester
03-11-2010, 03:57 PM
http://tinyurl.com/2w37yea

;)

Everything in the one package?, its fantastico!

Cheers Chilli!

PS: hope it installs okay with server 2008

Chilling_Silence
03-11-2010, 04:00 PM
Yeah it's great, installs OK on pretty much everything. Or, just get the zip package otherwise. In Server 2008 you may need to right-click on the executable, go into the properties, and allow it to be run, depending on your server settings of course.

There's additional details down the bottom of that page too which help with getting XYZ setup. For internal stuff, it's ideal, quick to install, quick to pack down and move around ... :D

ubergeek85
03-11-2010, 10:50 PM
One thing with XAMPP, its easy as hell to set up, but in its default state, it has no passwords anywhere. Make sure you fix that before it goes into production. Other than that, it's a great pre-rolled windows server setup.

Also, only install/run what you need, so you might want to skip the TomCat, OpenSSL, FTP, and Mercury Mail options.

SolMiester
04-11-2010, 08:37 AM
Okay, i have a server setup, not worried about passwords for now, its only internal....
Now part maybe my dumbest question ever, but here goes.....So, are there templates to create forums etc, or is all that created....I dont know!, only ever updated web sites, never done any building of design...where do I go from here...the docs dont really give any info on that!

Chilling_Silence
04-11-2010, 09:16 AM
You download the software, phpBB3, install it by following a basic web-based installation, then you're all ready to go! :)

SolMiester
04-11-2010, 09:19 AM
You download the software, phpBB3, install it by following a basic web-based installation, then you're all ready to go! :)

Yeah!, just worked that bit out...LOL, just trying to work out if I have all the requirements ready!...

Chilling_Silence
04-11-2010, 09:40 AM
You might need to create a new SQL user / db using phpmyadmin which ships with Xampplite I believe?

Cellux
04-11-2010, 09:42 AM
PhpBB has very minimal system requirements.




PhpBB Needs XAMPP Has

SQL Database [x]
(MySQL 3.25 or above) (MySQL 5.1.41)

PHP [x]
(4.3.3 or above) (5.3.1)

getimagesize() function [x]
(enabled by default)

zlib compression support [x]

XML Support [x]



PhpBB: http://www.phpbb.com/community/docs/INSTALL.html#require
XAMPP Lite: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#646

It will run fine.

SolMiester
04-11-2010, 12:20 PM
Hey, this is pretty cool......however permissions is a bit of a beast!

Chilling_Silence
04-11-2010, 12:37 PM
Yeah, like I mentioned, they're what *always* takes the longest to configure ... ;)