View Full Version : Blog vs Forum - not sure if this is in the right category

12-18-2005, 05:50 PM
I've been debating whether or not to implement a blog or a forum on my association website

I'm thinking a forum would be better because different categories can be used

with that in mind - I was hoping you guys could offer some advice on which would be better to use and I know of free blogging services but are there free forum services? I really like this forum design but I don't know if the association would approve the fee

A couple of the topics I'd like to include are "Ask the Secretary", "USBC Rules", etc.

All thoughts and advice are greatly appreciated!

by the way - the association website (http://www.suncoastwebdesigns.com/test/susbcba) that you guys have helped me design has been accepted and will go live by April!!! thanks for your help as this was my very first "from scratch" website!!

12-18-2005, 05:57 PM
Very nice site!

There are many, many free forum apps out there available. Does your webhosting service support PHP, or ASP?

12-18-2005, 06:06 PM
it supports both

if you're going to point me in the direction of either than it has to be a fairly straightforward app as I'm not at all educated in php or asp

12-18-2005, 06:09 PM
would it be appropriate to use a blog for a guestbook? I would think so?

Edit: scratch that - I can make a guestbook with coldfusion - I don't really want to use a blogging service for it because I don't necessarily want it accessible outside of the association

12-18-2005, 06:32 PM
I suppose you could use a blog for a guestbook, but why not use a guestbook for a guestbook? :)

For forum apps, I really like Simple Machines Forum (http://www.simplemachines.org/) a lot, which is a free PHP based solution. PHPBB (http://www.phpbb.com/) is very simple to use, but is reputed to have a many serious security flaws. I am sure you'll get plenty of advice on this here, and if you need help implementing the forums when you've chosen one I am sure we can help you out as well. :thumbsup:

12-18-2005, 06:39 PM
thanks so much Jim - I'll start looking at simple machines now

what do you mean security flaws?

12-18-2005, 06:48 PM
That's the thing. I have read a lot of vague posts about PHPBB having security problems that allow people to exploit the sites that use it, but I haven't really read any specific details on it, so I am not really sure how true it is. I have used both, and I prefer SMF myself.

12-18-2005, 07:08 PM
okie dokie - let's see what we come up with :D

12-19-2005, 12:21 AM
ok so I installed simple machines and I keep coming up with this error:

You're on a windows server, and some crucial files are not writable. Please ask your host to give write permissions to the user PHP is running under for the files in your SMF installation. The following files or directories need to be writable:


Click here to try this step again.
I went into my admin for the site and set the read/write permissions and the error persists

Any thoughts? or do I have to contact my host?


12-19-2005, 01:15 AM
considering that I'm getting similar errors from phpbb I have another stupid question - do these apps require mysql? I don't have mysql on my account on accounta it costs an extra $25 *chuckles*

any other thoughts for a free forum?

12-19-2005, 01:34 AM
most forums require mysql or some sort of database, because if they were to use flat files, the forum would eventually start to move really slowly.

12-19-2005, 01:48 AM
I have an access database behind my site - I'm now trying to install phpbb and I'm not getting anywhere

12-19-2005, 02:01 AM
I'll tell ya sumpin funny...

it always helps to have the right files installed on your ftp!!

:rolleyes: :D

I'm now up and running with phpbb