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Hello Everyone,

I want to add/start a forum on my site but dont know if or where or what kind of script i can get or need. I do have CGI support if that helps. Thanks for your help!
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This forum is run by PHPBB which you can find here:

http://www.phpbb.com/

There are numerous other bbs software you can use as well. PHPBB is just one of them and it requires PHP.
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where can i found ones that i can run just off of html or cgi?
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PHP is CGI.

CGI stands for common gateway interface and can be used through a variety of languages such as PHP, Perl, ASP, C, C++, and so on.

You will not be able to run a forum with HTML alone. You have to use some kind of CGI, and PHPBB is a great and its free. There are other good ones too, some in PERL and other languages.
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Hey codeman, check this one out I have used it myself, and it is really easy to set up!

http://www.beauparland.org/discus/

http://www.discusware.com
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hey i use the one from phpbb too and out of all of them i think this is the best forums i have used/seen there is lots of updates upgrads and other things like that
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so i can run phpbb of my host even though i just have cgi?
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When you say you just have CGI, that really doesn't say much.

Anyway if your host supports PHP, then you could run PHPBB. If your host has PERL installed then you could run any PERL based forum CGI script. Many of these scripts will require that you also have MySQL installed on the server or other database software. You really should figure out exactly what your host offers you and then find the type of software that you can run.
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my host only supports cgi, not php or perl or anything else.
is there anyway for me to have a forum similiar to phpbb?
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You do not understand still. When you say you support CGI, that could mean a variety of things. PERL is CGI. PHP is CGI. Numerous languages can be CGI. So when your host says you support CGI, they are not telling you much, as you may indeed support CGI using PERL and PHP. Your server has to support something like PERL or PHP or it would not be supporting CGI. Hope that makes sense. You cannot have CGI without some language. CGI itself is not a language.
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that means yes go to http://www.phpbb.com and get the thing if it dont work then it dont work but by what he said if you read it ........read....... it should work as long as you know how to install it
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Bigwebmaster wrote:
You do not understand still. When you say you support CGI, that could mean a variety of things. PERL is CGI. PHP is CGI. Numerous languages can be CGI. So when your host says you support CGI, they are not telling you much, as you may indeed support CGI using PERL and PHP. Your server has to support something like PERL or PHP or it would not be supporting CGI. Hope that makes sense. You cannot have CGI without some language. CGI itself is not a language.
this deserves to be posted in a 'best of ozzu' section or
something....
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OMG!!! so you mean I got ripped off when this guy sold me a book that said I would learn how to Program in CGI??? ugh I gotta Stop Payment on my check!!

*evil grinz*
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bigweb actually taught me the difference as well, which is probably why
I think it should be more accessible as common knowledge. I think a lot
of people think that CGI is a language.
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hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehahahahahaha
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I was in the same position as you UNFLUX, but when I tried to install two scripts one PHP and one Pearl, and they both required some files in my CGI-bin folder, I think I was starting to get it after a while. You are right, it should be more accessible, but I think if one buys a "learn PHP in 21 days" book, I think it should address this misconception. Does anyone own one of these books?

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cowkiller wrote:
hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehahahahahaha



haha
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i don't have any books, except for flash. Which, I hardly touch...
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I have seen a few of the "learn something in 21 days" books, and I really do not care for them. I am a fan of the Oreilly books. On my other site http://www.bigwebmaster.com/ I list numerous books including the learn something in 21 days series for all types of languages... which by the way can all be CGI!
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BOOKS???????????? i use one of them before.... oh ya i used one of them to hold up the lag on my table
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:rofl:
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I checked with my host and the cgi that i have supports php but does not support mysqrl. Is my sqrl nessecary for a phpbb forum like this one?, and if so is there a good forum system that only requires php and not mysqrl?

Thanks again for your help!
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Codeman, see my earlier post , it does not require MySql

http://www.discusware.com/
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Yeah PHPBB requires MySQL so you should try RBeau's suggestion, since that one does not require MySQL.
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http://www.yabbforum.com/

I have been using this script for my own forum for close to 9 months. Very similar to this forum, but not as flexible.

It uses Perl for the language, but doesn't require MySQL or PHP, so it should work just fine on your domain (my limitations are very similar to yours on my domain and it works).

It's not nearly as easy to set up as this one. You do have to modify a couple of the Perl scripts. You'll need to know the path to Perl, be able to modify the paths on specific variables and be able to set the path to your provider's formmail. I'm only vaguely familiar with Perl and although I can usually modify most scripts to suit my needs, this one is a little tough for a beginner. However, it works almost as efficiently as this board software. Once it is installed it's very easy to administer.

My board is here if you want to take a tour of the features:
http://thehelpdesk.atnopro.com

Personally, after lurking around here and installing this phpBB earlier today, I like this one much better. If you can get access to PHP and MySQL without much additional expense, I'd say it's worth it.
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if you have ssh access, you can type 'whereis perl' and whereis sendmail' to find the info about perl and sendmail...otherwise, contact your host and they can tell you both :)
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I once bought a book called "Learn C++ in 24 Hours." Maybe next time I'll buy that bridge in Brooklyn that I hear is for sale. :roll:
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this is where I just IM Bigwebmaster and ask my questions....heheheh :twisted: :twisted: :P :lol:
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i hope to be ready for help first :lol:


the half of what you look for is on http://www.comscripts.com/

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