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Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 2:58pm On Aug 07, 2008
HELLO,
I need help on how to start a start a simple machineforum, please i need help on the step by step things i need to do, up to administering the site, thank you very much!!
 
 
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 4:04pm On Aug 07, 2008
@uspry1
    can i use a free host just to test start the stuff, if yes is there any free host you can suggest, (i don't intend to continue with the free stuff, i plan to upgrade)   thank you so much
and also, whats the depth of knowlege i need to run the site as an administrator do i need to be an SQL/apache/php GURU to do that, what and what do i need to master??
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 4:39pm On Aug 07, 2008
@ uspry
   thanks
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 5:12pm On Aug 07, 2008
@ uspry
Thanks lot, i was abl to get a progra where i can run it, its called a local host, eventually i will load it to any webhost i chose, now am designing it, in the ADMIN CENTER. SMF version 1.15, thanks
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by denobleman(m): 7:40pm On Aug 07, 2008
Hi,

It seems that a bit advanced if not I'll say that you worry yourself on what don't really matter.

Yes! You heard me clearly you worry on setting up a forum where you could just buy a domain name and hosting for your need and simply log into the cpanel of your hosting there you will find fantastico,open itand install SMF jeje.

As far I'm concerned your headache should be pomotion and marketing and not setting up.

Thanks
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 8:39pm On Aug 07, 2008
denobleman:

Hi,

It seems that a bit advanced if not I'll say that you worry yourself on what don't really matter.

Yes! You heard me clearly you worry on setting up a forum where you could just buy a domain name and hosting for your need and simply log into the cpanel of your hosting there you will find fantastico,open itand install SMF jeje.

As far I'm concerned your headache should be pomotion and marketing and not setting up.

Thanks
well i have done the set up, i am at this moment at the admin center setting up the borads and making "my Rules", Otherwise BAN!! LOL, next will be the Hosting when i am done and on like most new forums in nigeria, its not going to be a general forum, its a specialised forum for people of a partiocular profession, though there is a general section where the layman can ask questions, as par traffic, well it wont be a headache, like my master always say, CONTENT IS KING!! thanks a lot
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by uspry1(f): 11:33pm On Aug 07, 2008
quickygal:

@uspry1
can i use a free host just to test start the stuff, if yes is there any free host you can suggest, (i don't intend to continue with the free stuff, i plan to upgrade) thank you so much
and also, whats the depth of knowlege i need to run the site as an administrator do i need to be an SQL/apache/php GURU to do that, what and what do i need to master??

You can use free host that has PHP/MySQL support with the capability to upgrade next package to be sufficient running your forum expanding no problem.

For forum administrator, to learn basic PHP and HTML to know how to modify the coding without mess up the real SMF PHP coding. Make yourself habit to back up SMF files before installing new SMF mods. Always back up first!!!

Good idea to make two SMF themes: one for real one (your theme where real members access) and the other experimential forum site (default theme where you can test them additional new mods or editting PHP codes). Back up both!

If you do not understand what I talk about, please consult with real Nigerian SMF consultant (The Wall) I already provide the link above.
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by sayhi2ay(m): 11:44pm On Aug 07, 2008
@uspry1

Hey! Can I contact you? Need your help with my information security class, thanks,
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by uspry1(f): 11:54pm On Aug 07, 2008
sayhi2ay:

@uspry1

Hey! Can I contact you? Need your help with my information security class, thanks,

@sayhi2ay

No, I am so sorry that you will not contact me at all. What is information security class all about? Does it relate to SMF?

If it is not related to SMF, then please create your own topic on the subject "Information Security Class" whether should I help you out or not. The more someone might be benefit learning about your information security class on NL.

Thank you!
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by sayhi2ay(m): 11:59pm On Aug 07, 2008
I cant post my assignments/project on a forum, against school's policy. thanks anyway,

Information Security class is about internet and OS security, have to come up with security algorithm and code in C++,

cheers!
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by uspry1(f): 12:22am On Aug 08, 2008
sayhi2ay:

I can't post my assignments/project on a forum, against school's policy. thanks anyway,

Information Security class is about internet and OS security, have to come up with security algorithm and code in C++,

cheers!

@sayhi2ay

I myself am not C++ programmer! Sorry! Use google.com you can find mamy results what you look for. Enter the blank search box field: "OS security algorithm using C++" or "browser security algorithm using C++" without quotation.

Go NL Programming section you will find lot of C++ programmers there.

Good luck sayhi2ay!
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 8:41pm On Aug 08, 2008
@uspry
thanks, i am using a local host software it as mysql/php/apache(intranet) at the moment to experiment, i installed the forum and i am just trying to figure some things out, well thanks for your advice, if any hitch i will let you know.THANKS!! ps i mailed the wall but he did not reply, well so-so
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 8:57pm On Aug 08, 2008
@uspry
please whats he difference between version SMF 1.0.12 and SMF 1.15, i dont want all my home page to be just all boards i want to put featured topics as well is this possible with 1.15 version ,
 
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 10:39pm On Aug 08, 2008
@uspry
thanks a million times, am not so keen the bandwidth 'consuming' mods, think i can leave that out, though i honestly wont mind the paypal donation mod grin and to think you are a genius, thanks a lot, i will try and learn more of 1.web design 2 MYSQL 3.PhP did i leave anything out?? thanks
 
 
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by uspry1(f): 11:43pm On Aug 12, 2008
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Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 12:09am On Aug 13, 2008
Thanks a lot
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by SamMilla1(m): 12:22pm On Aug 13, 2008
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Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by chessguru(m): 4:16pm On Aug 15, 2008
@ quickygal
here is the matter for you, just look thru, i have lot to learn my self

Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 8:29pm On Aug 16, 2008
uspry1:

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Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by uspry1(f): 10:50pm On Aug 16, 2008
@quickgal wrote:
PLEASE, FOR A FORUM OF NAIRALAND MAGNITUDE, OR BIGGER WHAT IS HOSTING SPACE DO I NEED, BANDWIDTH, , E.T.C and who is hosting nairaland?

Who is hosting nairaland?

Oluwaseun Osewa aka Seun, the forum administrator, hosts this site, nairaland.com. Seun is registered this web hosting provider, Lewis Media Inc. at his own expense since he founded this site on 2005.

I do not know which hosting package he bought, why don't you ask him for more info or see next paragraph mentioned about provider link?

This hosting provider is founded in Canada since 2001. If you are interested in more info about Lewis Media Inc. The link is found at the bottom of this page where the copyright is located. Be sure you have either credit card/debit card or PayPal or Google Checkout account to charge the fee if you are really serious registering on this provider.

what is the maximum web/hosting space for forum discussion/social networking site?

The average maximum web/hosting space is between 500MB to 10GB depend on hosting price varied what you can afford to pay monthly as well as yearly renewal too to keep site running as long as you pay every month on time all the time. But IT IS A MUST for MySQL database space should be at least 100MB sufficient. If you don't pay hosting/domain name due, your site will be suspected on limited length until you made in full in order to re-activate your site normally.

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My hosting provider with H-sphere CMS is in USA (remember,i don't live in Nigeria) since 2000 with my automated credit-card payment deducted monthly. That is what i can afford myself paying all the time.

Good luck!
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by chessguru(m): 12:07am On Aug 17, 2008
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Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 12:41am On Aug 17, 2008
@uspry1
Thanks a thousand times, you are not a mentor though, you are far more than that, well i must confess i have alot to learn, i need a proper host for the sites i want to luanch, check out www.lawnigeria.356host.com just to have an idea of what is coming up. i must add THAT IS JUST A DEMO, just a 2 hours hurry/haste skeletal work to show you,
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by SamMilla1(m): 1:22pm On Aug 17, 2008
quickygal:

@uspry1
    Thanks a thousand times, you are not a mentor though, you are far more than that, well i must confess i have alot to learn, i need a proper host for the sites i want to luanch, check out www.lawnigeria.356host.com   just to have an idea of what is coming up. i must add THAT IS JUST A DEMO, just a 2 hours hurry/haste skeletal work to show you,

Ok, Now thats a good idea.
Try to learn as much as possible through the free host smf forum you installed.
Dont be in a haste. Any thing good always takes a lot of time.
My host company are based in The USA. They take credit cards and paypal.
They give 750GB for each registration with Cpanel 11 to make things easy for you.
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Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by quickygal(f): 8:49pm On Aug 17, 2008
SAM MILLA:

Ok, Now thats a good idea.
Try to learn as much as possible through the free host smf forum you installed.
Dont be in a haste. Any thing good always takes a lot of time.
My host company are based in The USA. They take credit cards and paypal.
They give 750GB for each registration with Cpanel 11 to make things easy for you.
Then the excellent fantastico deluxe to install every script you need.
Also you can have as many as 5 different domain names and as many as 10 differnt websites inside the one account you registered with them.
I only pay them $4.99/month.
But its sure worth it.
I have only one account with them
and i am hosting three websites on the account with options to host more if i want.

site one- A-C-F

site two- INFO CENTER

site three-FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA

COMING SOON IS MY PERSONAL WEBSITE FOR HUMOURS AND JOKES.

If you are interested in using the host company when you are ready,
contact me.




Thanks a lot, i would prefer a yearly paymeny plan, and i hope it will be easy to pay from Nigeria, i am really interested to start hosting right away, but then you said, anything good takes time, What and what skills would you advice me to focus on, as per the hosting so that
1. Security
2.storage so i wont lose data or just wake up one day and the forum is gone
3precautions to take as per back up and general maitainance and running, any pitfall for a beginer?
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by uspry1(f): 1:08pm On Sep 07, 2008
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Enjoy learning your new rope of installing SMF with Fantastico Deluxe! cool
Re: Help! How Do I Start A Simple Machine Forum? by Nwabunnia(m): 12:26am On Oct 07, 2008
uspry1:

SMF version 1.0.12 is the outdated version. The currently latest (newer) version is 1.15.

Actually, the latest version of SMF is 2.0 beta 4 but since it is still in beta, it is not advisable for production purposes. If you really want to get the most out of SMF, then you should know a bit of PHP. You can customise your forum's look and feel to your taste. You can visit  my site to have an idea of what I am talking about. I also incorporated osDate into it for the personals section.

As for hosting, there are lots of of providers out there with different packages. I use HostMonster and so far, they are still o.k.
 

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