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SQL Free Forum needed

Postby René » Fri Sep 06, 2002 3:04 pm

Hi everybody...
I am from Germany
I want to start an own Forum for my
Our Budget is to low to rent a server, what has SQL-Support.
So I decided to try an installation of a SQL-Free Forum.
Our Server has PHP3 and PHP4 Support.
I used to create a Forum and it was possible,
but i got problems with my Admin-User-ID

I have installed the following SQL-Free-Forums:
But i Always get error-warnings and even the Admins
of their Forums weren´t able to help...

So they are two possible reasons:
1. I am simply to stupid to create a own board or
2. The 2 Forums i wanted to test were to buggy.

Does someone here know a SQL-Free PHP Forum which runs
without greater problems?
It hasn´t to be tooo luxury, but please not too simple.



Postby Jay » Sat Sep 07, 2002 1:42 am

I would recommend getting a server with MySQL on it, believe me it'll save you a hell of a lot of trouble later on - take it from someone who knows through experience!

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Postby René » Sat Sep 07, 2002 1:54 am

what trouble do you mean??
Please see i am a newbie i really wanna know...

I dont need a luxury forum only where people can talk about their hobbie "Tennis" thats all.

Where is the advantage of SQL?

And if you know any forum without SQL please post the link ...


Postby Jay » Sun Sep 08, 2002 1:45 am

Well, where else would you store the data but in text files? And believe me, the amount of coding you'll need to ensure your text files operate perfectly will be astronimical in comparion to a database. And then you can't run any other functions on it! Just take my word for it, don't go there!

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Postby René » Sun Sep 08, 2002 6:42 am

Ok these are reasons i understood...
Thank you.
I wrote to my dealer that i need SQL now, too.
The higher costs aren´t ok, but a must.
I will take the phpbb2-Forum.

Thank you for help
You can close this topis, if you want.


Postby Jay » Sun Sep 08, 2002 12:19 pm

René wrote:The higher costs aren´t ok, but a must.

If I was doing your work for you, I'd actually charge you more to work without a database, the extra coding required, like I said, its quite a bit to get it done properly! Get yourself another dealer, this one is obviously fleecing you, and if he even considered building a forum without using a database, he probably doesn't know what the hell he's chatting about!

Let me tell you a little story! About 2 years ago I knew nothing of the internet, except to browse it. I wanted a commercial site and was ready to pay top dollar. I found someone who said he could, I knew in my head how it would work (how the databases were linked etc), I just couldn't build it! Anyway, this designer scrapped my plans and suggestions and went on his own! 6 months later I had no site so I pulled the plug and lost a lot of money. I started to learn HTML, PHP, MySQL as well as Perl and ASP. I eventually decoded most of this guy's stuff, and you know what! He didn't know jack about web development! He was using free scripts and just adjusting some parameters, and changed my site's specifications to suit his own inferior scripts! It was a complete dud!

I've since made the website on my own! And one day, just for the hell of it I decided to build my site in the original specification (which was very very basic at the time) to see how long it would take me! It took me....... 2 days on and off! I did it sooo quick! And I paid thousands and waited months for this crap which I did myself in 2 days! If you want to read the whole story, you can read it here (just don't give out the link to anyone else, because I'm not ready for the site to be publically listed yet).

Take my word for it, it sounds like your 'dealer' doesn't know jack and is trying to fleece you!

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