# What is involved in setting up a forum, using 'vbulletin'?

by don2
Tags: involved, setting, vbulletin
 P: 3 I'm going to try to suggest to other teachers of my subject in my country that a forum similar to this (and other ones I've found by 'vbulletin') be set up, instead of 'majordomo' and 'listserve' email systems, where masses of unwanted topics and comments come to my email. The major adavantages of this system is the topics can be broken into smaller groupings, you can pick and choose easily the areas you want as well as view topics in the past etc. The disadvantage is there is a (one off?) cost. What is needed to set up a similar system to this site? On the 'vbulletin' site it says $160 for an 'owned license' for 1 web server and 1 web site. Without having to give 'commercial secrets' away does 'physicsforums' need more than this to run with many moderators in many countries? What sort of hardware etc is needed or can it all be spread around several distant computers? How does vbulletin compare with other ones like EZBoard? How much time is involved in setting up, running it etc? Any other comments anyone can make on this? Thanks Don  Emeritus P: 1,919 I would sugest trying out a free and open source bulletin board system called phpBB. http://www.phpbb.com/ Don't forget to checkout their mods sections http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/catdb.php?db=1 For hosting you have two choices Since your at a school, with possibly high bandwidth networks, I would ask if you could setup a http server on their network If they don't let you or you just don't feel confortable setting up a http server, just find some hosting near you. I'm sure you can find something for around$10 a month. If your being hosted and your already setup with apache, mysql, and php, then it shouldn't take long to get up and running if you follow the directions given. I've installed and used phpBB before and I have have to say it is equal or even better than vbulletin. If you can't find a feature in phpBB that you need, just code it yourself. Again, phpBB is open source and allows you to make as many modifications as you like. It is also encouraged that if you make any modifications that you post it on the web so other people can utilize your work and improve upon it. -------- Information about open source: http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html