forum software / hosting
nvidican at wmptl.com
Wed Jan 25 07:35:25 PST 2006
Steve Camp wrote:
> I need to setup a web forum for a friend, and sure could appreciate
> some pointers.
> Some of my questions/issues include:
> 1) Which forum software runs on FreeBSD?
> By forum software, I am referring to programs such as
> o phpBB
> o vBulletin by Jelsoft
Personally, I HATE working with PHP... not to start flames or anything, call me
'old-school' if you will, but I prefer to seperate as much of the 'code' from
the 'presentation' (html) as possible. I use a mod_perl'd version of mwForum
under Apache, with a MySQL backend for my hosting customers. It allows me to
setup multiple forums, can do polls/voting/etc, and gives great felxibility to
'virtually-hosted' forums/communities. Check out
http://forum.tallyhoamusements.com/ (one of my customers' sites) - for bandwidth
usages, check out http://forum.tallyhoamusements.com/stats/ to see what that
forum actually uses. I've hacked some portions of the forum code for
security/configuration reasons, but mwForum will work pretty much out-of-the-box
on FreeBSD with Apache; using optimizations for mod_perl are a little trickier -
but that's where experience pays off.
> 2) Suggestions for hosting services
> At a recent Colorado SAGE meeting, a fellow told me that hosting
> services exist where I can get a "virtual Linux" box for $20/month
> or so. I specify how much physical memory, disk space etc. that I
> need, and I get a "virtual Linux" system, but for all intents and
> purposes, it looks and acts like it's own system.
> Does FreeBSD have any similar ability to "virtualize"?
> Are any hosting services offering FreeBSD servers for as little as
> $15-25 / month? If not, for how little $/month might I find a
> FreeBSD server hosted by someone else? Recommendations of hosting
> services welcome.
I looked into a lot of VPS options before I picked my providers; but in the end
I found it cheaper/easier just to pay for a dedicated server alltogether. I pay
roughly $100 / Canadian ( ~ $85 USD) per month for a dedicated 2Ghz+ machine w/
80GB drive, 512Mb Ram, and 200Gb/month bandwidth. Email me off-list for
details/providers if you'd like. I have servers currently in Chicago, Toronto,
and New Jersey - all from different providers.
> 3) Is anyone familiar with web forum software? Can you point me to
> any of:
> o Usenet groups
> o Web forums for forum admins
> o rules of thumb for estimating bandwidth requirements /
> system sizing for estimated numbers of users?
> Many thanks,
As mentioned above, I'd reccomend mwForum -> http://www.mwforum.org/
> Steve Camp
> Camp Technologies, LLC
> steve at camp.com
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Hope it helps.
nvidican at wmptl.com
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