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    okay...I'm not too smart with computers and online stuff, but I heard about this program (vbulletin) in a magazine on making a forum site. Here's what i want to do:

    I want to make a forum site that charges a small fee for members to join. I guess what i want to know is, how hard is it to do so? what do i need? would it be possible for a guy like me to handle this? or should i just not get into it at all?

    thanks for the help guys..i appreciate it.

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    It's very easy.
    After you set it up all you have to do is create a new subscription for members to purchase.
    Once they buy the subscription they'll automatically be moved to another usergroup that you created to give access to forums that hidden members that haven't bought the subscription.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by harmor View Post
      It's very easy.
      After you set it up all you have to do is create a new subscription for members to purchase.
      Once they buy the subscription they'll automatically be moved to another usergroup that you created to give access to forums that hidden members that haven't bought the subscription.

      what you mean by "set it up", do you mean the program: vbulletin? wouldnt i need to buy a web space for my forum? sorry, i'm very illiterate with all this stuff, but i'm getting interested in it. thanks for the help

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      • #4
        Before you get started developing your own message board, the first thing I recommend is using our vBulletin demo to get familiar with everything it takes to run a message board. It can be a complex task, and you need to be sure you're ready to tackle it.

        You can set one up for your own use from this page:
        http://www.vbulletin.com/admindemo.php

        The demo is active for 24 hours. If you feel you need more time, reply to this ticket with the DemoID and ask for an extension.

        You will also want to use our manual as a reference while learning the controls. The manual can be found here:
        http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/

        It covers most of the basic controls for operation of the software.

        Once you have decided to purchase, there are 2 license choices.

        Owned License ($160 USD):
        This license is a perpetual license. With it, you can run the software forever. It includes email support and 1 year of software updates.

        After the initial year, you can optionally renew access to software updates for a fee. The fee is currently $30US. You will still get email support even if you decide to not renew.

        Leased License ($85 USD):
        This license is good for 1 year. After the year is up you must either renew the lease, upgrade to an owned license or remove the software from the server. It also includes all software updates and email support for the term of the license.

        You will also need webhosting and a domain name. You can purchase the domain name at the same time you contract hosting. Most credible hosts now support both PHP and MySQL, and can run our software. We do not make official recommendations, but we do have a hosting review forum here:
        http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=11

        You can also look at http://www.webhostingtalk.com, an independant review site. Sometimes you will find hosting specials there that aren't available elsewhere on the web.
        Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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        Mankind is the only creature smart enough to know its own history, and dumb enough to ignore it.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by maxdreamer View Post
          what you mean by "set it up", do you mean the program: vbulletin? wouldnt i need to buy a web space for my forum? sorry, i'm very illiterate with all this stuff, but i'm getting interested in it. thanks for the help
          Yes. When I said "set it up" I refering to setting up vBulletin.
          Steve Machol posted a link where you can read reviews on various web hosts.

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