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Posted: 4/22/2007 4:02:10 PM EDT
looking for recommendations for bulletin board software. Main requirement is that it be able to have everything completely private - require a user name / password to read and post, an control who gets to sign up.

What do you use, how do you like it, etc.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 4:03:08 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/22/2007 4:03:34 PM EDT
SMF (Simple Machine Forum) works great, is secure (Much better than PHPBB in that respect). Free, and easy to install/ keep updated.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 4:08:07 PM EDT
VBulletin isn't free, but they're pretty good about updates.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 4:20:16 PM EDT
Been using PHPBB for soemtime now.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 5:08:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:
Been using PHPBB for soemtime now.


How many members do you have, and about how much bandwidth do you go through a month?
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 5:15:57 PM EDT
phpBB2 within a phpnuke site.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 5:27:32 PM EDT
Invision Power Board.

invisionfree.com/ has all the features you mentioned.
Might want to register one soon, because they're switching to a new software that kind of sucks, but if you have an old board you have the option not to upgrade.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 5:43:30 PM EDT
I'd also be interested in who 'yall are using for your hosting companies, what type of packages you have and the monthly/annual cost of the hosting....
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 5:54:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/22/2007 6:02:15 PM EDT by Sixstring]

Originally Posted By Nlinc:
SMF (Simple Machine Forum) works great, is secure (Much better than PHPBB in that respect). Free, and easy to install/ keep updated.


+1. I've been using SMF for a couple of years now. It works great.

As for hosting, right now I'm using Steadfast Networks. I'm on the basic plan.

500 MB of Disk Space
30 GB of Monthly Data Transfer
Hosting for Unlimited Domains
Unlimited Databases
Unlimited Email Accounts
Unlimited Subdomains
Enterprise SPAM Filtering
$4.95 per month - Free Setup

I have also used Bluehost in the past. They were pretty good as well.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 6:05:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By M38A1:
I'd also be interested in who 'yall are using for your hosting companies, what type of packages you have and the monthly/annual cost of the hosting....


Another good question. I'm not sure how much bandwidth a forum generally users per month per user.
Link Posted: 4/22/2007 7:43:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By bastiat:
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Originally Posted By M38A1:
I'd also be interested in who 'yall are using for your hosting companies, what type of packages you have and the monthly/annual cost of the hosting....


Another good question. I'm not sure how much bandwidth a forum generally users per month per user.


In my experience your biggest problem is not bandwidth. A high-traffic forum will require a pretty hefty backend server, databases can get pretty heavy.
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 3:45:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bastiat:

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:
Been using PHPBB for soemtime now.


How many members do you have, and about how much bandwidth do you go through a month?


500 and not alot. Not alot at all...
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 3:51:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By M38A1:
I'd also be interested in who 'yall are using for your hosting companies, what type of packages you have and the monthly/annual cost of the hosting....


I use Known Host

I would highly advise you to spend a bit of time and find a good webhost. I went with 2 cheap ones.....Never again. Its just not worth the hassle to save a few bucks.
Link Posted: 4/23/2007 3:57:43 AM EDT
Save yourself the effort, bastiat. The Pink Pistols already have a website.


Link Posted: 4/23/2007 3:59:30 AM EDT
As for hosting, I use powweb. 1 package. Been with them for several years now.
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