FORUM/BULLETIN BOARD WEBSITE PAGEs (from PROGRAM): This 'FORUM' STYLE is great, vbulletin costs though doesn't it. In summary, my question is:
What FORUM web page editing/generating programs are like this, but free and simple to setup and use? :confused: Name a few please! I don't see a decent looking option in FRONTPAGE using EXCEL WORKBOOKS, for this, the RESULTS DATABASE, a category search of an EXCEL spreadsheet, looks rubbish, I've never once seen any website successfully use this, rubbish DSN orientated method (Database http reference is far too overcomplicated). Other CATEGORY/PRODUCT search websites such as AUTOTRADER look far more professional.
Obviously, overtime a hosted 'FORUM' will inevitably grow in size within your 'HOST', on new additions of:
~ USER PROFILES, AVATARS,
~ MESSAGES, ATTACHMENTS, STATISTICS
The next issue is how the website 'FORUM' stores: PROFILES/AVATARS/MESSAGES/ATTACHMENTS: I guess some 'FORUMs' will simply:
CREATE another 'hosted file', eg: forum/users/username1.htm
ADD/EDIT to an existing 'hosted file', with an individual reference, eg: forum/users.htm#user1
ADD/EDIT a 'database' of PROFILES/MESSAGES
Hence my point, surely there is a simply way to do this with an EXCEL spreadsheet as a 'database', such as a simple http reference to an excel workbook, eg: http://www.srands.co.uk/exoftable3.xls
Then of course be the issue of http referencing an EXCEL ‘TAB’, within excel workbook, sure there will be many many examples that don’t work, leading inevitably towards editing everything individually, er no! And none of this ridiculous DSN or SQL SERVER! Preferably just htm/html, instead of css/php.
I've already browsed for 'FORUM' pages/open source/programs.
However most/all of these appear to be sarcasm revolving/centralising around the issue of 'FTP access' for purposes profile/message creation. Obviously after a 'FORUM' user joins this doesn't give them the website forum 'FTP username & password'! Or the option to browse through file directories! Or the option to add/delete/edit any files at will! I could do without all these sarcastic obstacles!
Anyway there are many completely useless examples on the internet to download, and realise they do nothing. DOWNLOAD SITES I BROWSED THROUGH: download.cnet.com/windows/ www.rocketdownload.com
There are some great 'FORUM' and 'PRODUCT/PROFILE' examples out there such as:
FORUM STYLE:vBulletin (used on many Excel Forums) www.vbulletin.com
phpBB (used on Retrobike www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/) www.phpbb.com
PRODUCTs/PROFILEs WEBSITE PAGEs:
AutoTrader (CATEGORY search then browse through PRODUCT SUMMARIES, click an individual summary to the FULL PAGE) www2.autotrader.co.uk/search/used/cars
Any great FORUM program/code editor that is freeware/shareware, that works on any host, that is easy to edit, in htm/html? SUGGESTIONS? :eek: