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Title: thinking of change software
Post by: Steve on July 22, 2011, 05:47:08 PM


Want your opinions
Title: thinking of change software
Post by: Steve on July 22, 2011, 06:47:35 PM
And I am PO'd with the inability to block out spammers
Title: thinking of change software
Post by: steve sclafani on July 23, 2011, 09:48:07 AM
With one of those Virtual Servers?
Title: thinking of change software
Post by: Herman on July 24, 2011, 01:10:26 AM

I don't know what your monthly costs are at the moment but I know most of the website owners in the US seem willing to pay a lot of money for some kind of personal or dedicated webserver, while they only use 5% of it's capabilities.
A relatively small site as this doesn't need it's own server.

I run a lot of websites on my shared hosting reseller-account and it doesn't cost all that much.

So;
- Get shared hosting on a linux server
- install phpBB-forum software. It's free, easily customizable and has a very large userbase and an active group constantly working on improvements.

(Loose the windowsbased forums. Of all the forums I visit, only the Windowsbased ones are always seem less stable, are outdated, and work 'different' then the rest of world.)
Don't fall into the trap that thinking if you pay for forumsoftware that things like anti-spam are easier, they aren't.
Look at the Bangshift.com forum; They just moved to that paid vBulletin-forumstuff, but they are getting hammered with spam right now.

Spammers are a constant battle, better well accept that.
But on some of my forums I've turned off automatic registration for users, so I have to activate them myself by hand. But in 99% of the registations I can pick out the spammers by thier usernames alone so I delete them rightaway.


BigBlockMopar2011-07-24 06:12:44
Title: thinking of change software
Post by: Steve on July 24, 2011, 04:56:28 AM


The software is free, but support costs a few hundred a year.  The outages we had last week makes me glad we had the support.  I have to say this software has serviced us well