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    Bulletin board software?

    Anyone have any suggestions for a basic/simple bulletin board software? I am tossing around the idea of adding a bulletin board to my Kayak web site.

    When I start selling kits I know there are going to be questions come up. A bulletin board seems like it would be a good idea. That way people can search and find answers to past problems. Emails are never public and a bulletin board might save me answering the same questions over and over.

    I don't need anything complicated. The simpler to maintain the better. I frequent a site that runs WebBBS and while I don't really like it 'appears' to be a simple program and would work for what I am considering. I am assuming that vBulletin requires occasional database management and I don't know anything about that and really don't want to deal with it.
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    I'm on a few forums that use this:

    http://www.phpbb.com/

    It's not as robust as the vBulletin software we run this place on, but it's free. It's also widely-used and common enough that the environment is familiar to most visitors.
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    Thanks, I have seen that one too. Found another that replaced WebBBS too. Looks like what I want. SIMPLE! (as BB software can be that is).
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    I use phpbb for another site I run. It works well. PM me if you need any help.
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    I use www.simplemachines.org another free one, easy to set up.

    Check your CP on your ISP account on your server, often, there is a free bulletin board software that you can VERY easily install via the CP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Check your CP on your ISP account on your server, often, there is a free bulletin board software that you can VERY easily install via the CP.
    Well duhh!

    I use BlueHost and why didn't I think of that??

    They have 4 to pick from. phpBB, SimpleMachinesForum, bbPress, PunBB
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    To me, a bulletin board is for the sharing of ideas about certain subjects, nor for advertising a product. I belong to several kayak BBs, one is a company owned BB, but the majority of the conversations are general to kayaking and not company specific. I would think an interactive Q & A feature on your web site would serve the purpose.

    Just my openion, doesn't mean its correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Rodekohr View Post
    To me, a bulletin board is for the sharing of ideas about certain subjects, nor for advertising a product. I belong to several kayak BBs, one is a company owned BB, but the majority of the conversations are general to kayaking and not company specific.
    I assume you read Black Dog and probably P-net among others. Do you really think their purpose of having the forum on their web space is not to advertise their wares? There are links and ads on there to their web sites. That is the real reason they have the forums.

    I would think an interactive Q & A feature on your web site would serve the purpose
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    Ummm, reread my post. That's what I had in mind. And of course to promote my products too. After all I am paying the bills for the site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    I assume you read Black Dog and probably P-net among others.
    No, I haven't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    I use phpbb for another site I run. It works well.
    Make it another for phpbb. I've used it for a couple of forums that I've run in the past. Easy to install, easy to admin. With just a little bit of technical background there are plenty of add-ins that are free.

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