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Requirements to Host A Forum

Setting up your first forum can be a challenging task. The last thing you’ll want to do is have to move it to another server. In this article, we’re going to make sure that never happens. Here’s how to tell what to look for in a web host when planning on hosting a forum.

Databases:

First, let’s talk about databases. In order to organize the vast amount of data that a forum could potentially hold, having a hosting service that supports databases is a must. Usually, forum software is very lenient on what type of database to store information in. For instance, phpBB is compatible with FireBird, MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite. That gives the user a lot of options as to what they want to do. All this cross-compatibility makes forum software convenient to more than one type of webmaster. No matter what they are used to, there’s a setup to match their preferences.

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Difference Between Blogging Platforms

Upon starting a blog, one of the first things you must decide is what blogging system (or platform) you’ll want to use.  This is totally dependent on which direction you’ll want to take your blog, and what kind of experience you want your reader’s to have.  Different blogs have different features and server requirements, but the good news is that most good and universally used platforms are free.  So let’s take a closer look at some of the more popular ones:

WordPress

WordPressProbably the most obvious of choices.  WordPress has been the center of attention in the blogging world for years.  Mostly it’s because of it’s simple installation process, almost unlimited amount of add-on’s and free themes, and the ease to maintain it.  WordPress now even comes with an anti-spam tool already built in.  More than 3 out of 4 blogs that are independently run (verses run on a site like blogger.com) are on WordPress.  This is great because of all the support you get.

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