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I have no experience with web development of any kind, but I am more than willing/wanting to learn. Sad thing is, I do not know where to start and looking through the forums... lost isn't the word to describe anymore. As I mentioned in my introduction, I am hoping for a forum of my own someday. Where should I start looking to start this journey? Programming, Database, Hosting and Domains?

 

I feel silly, but I have to start somewhere right?

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At one time, you needed special knowledge about web programming languages in order to create an internet forum online. Things have become a lot easier these days, with great new ways of creating forums for feedback without ever having to learn a new language. Follow these steps and get all the feedback you are looking for, and then some!

 

http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Forum

 

Hope that you will find that article useful for yourself. :D

There's some basic information there and if you have any questions, give me a pm and I'll gladly answer.

:)

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@KenBrace Both. I don't see the point in running a forum, if I have no idea how it even works.

 

@Lizel Thanks! I didn't even think to Wiki now to create a forum. Hopefully it'll help to the point I can stop asking silly questions ^.^ 

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@KenBrace Both. I don't see the point in running a forum, if I have no idea how it even works.

 

Well you don't really need knowledge of programming to run a forum.

 

That's why there are forum software packages like vBulletin, IPBoard, and myBB.

 

You will need to know a bit about how servers work so you know how to upload the software files, etc.

 

For starters you need a domain name and a web host.

 

You will also need to choose and download the forum software of your choice.

 

Once you've done this you should log into your control panel on your web host and find the ftp login details.

 

Download an ftp client like FileZilla and use the login info in your web host control panel to log into the server with the ftp client.

 

Once you are logged in you should see the directory with all its root files like "public_html", "www", etc.

 

Upload the contents of the "upload" folder that came with your forum software to the "public_html" folder. Some web hosts use a different name for the root like "www".

 

Once it has finished uploading (it will take 15 minutes or so depending on how fast your internet is) go to your website's address and an installation page should pop up. Run through the installation and your forum is ready to go!

 

Then you begin the hard part. Creating a community!

 

Shoot me a PM or post here if you have any questions or need help. I'd be willing to help you get the site uploaded and installed if you aren't able to figure it out.

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I highly recommend http://www.codecademy.com/!  They are a great resource to dive in to web design and HTML/CSS coding.  Their interface is awesome and works very well to lead you by the hand in teaching you how to code.  :)

 

Once you get that down, you'll want to learn a stronger language like PHP (which is what most forums are coded in).  While you do not have to be an expert at code, it helps immensely to have at least an understanding of what is happening within your forum.

 

Welcome to the community!

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Shoot me a PM or post here if you have any questions or need help. I'd be willing to help you get the site uploaded and installed if you aren't able to figure it out.

 

 

I most certainly will. I have a lot going on right now so this may take some serious time on my end. Hopefully not too much though once I get started. I hate starting/learning new things and getting distracted in the process so I am trying to wait until my plate has a little more room before I start learning.

 

I do sincerely appreciate the help though. It is nice to have helping hands when you are genuinely interested in doing something. 

 

I did want to ask, what internet speed would be recommended for running a forum?

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I highly recommend http://www.codecademy.com/!  They are a great resource to dive in to web design and HTML/CSS coding.  Their interface is awesome and works very well to lead you by the hand in teaching you how to code.   :)

 

Once you get that down, you'll want to learn a stronger language like PHP (which is what most forums are coded in).  While you do not have to be an expert at code, it helps immensely to have at least an understanding of what is happening within your forum.

 

Welcome to the community!

I really appreciate this! I knew that knowing some coding would be essential--if I am thinking correctly, very essential if I want to customize a lot in my forums.

 

Thanks for the welcome. This really has been a very helpful community =^.^=

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I did want to ask, what internet speed would be recommended for running a forum?

 

 

I'm sure you'd want to have high speed internet. You can't really do anything with dial-up. If your internet is fast enough to use this forum then it's fast enough to run your own forum.

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