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    Hi

    Im trying to purchase a forum software but the terminology is a bit confusing as I am a newbie into forum software.

    I want to host a forum like for example http://e46fanatics.com/ for a totally unrelated subject. However the structure would be almost the same. Where you can have many different topics like whats listed under 'forums' and within each topic you would have multiple threads. So when ever a need arises I would create a new 'forum' so members can then create new threads. Hence there should not be any restriction on the number of new 'forums' I should be able to create. At the least I should be able to create a minimum of about 300 of them.

    What would be the cost involved and what should I be buying exactly? Could you kindly elaborate ? Specially the licensing is confusing. For example; is http://e46fanatics.com/ considered 1 forum and hence 1 license or has it got multiple forums each of which is listed here http://forum.e46fanatics.com/ and paid for as a separate license?

    Hope you can help and enlighten me a bit so I can go ahead any purchase what I need asap.

    cheers

  • #2
    Look at vbulletin.com/forum
    It is a forum with subforums.
    Those subforums are all forums.
    You are going to pay for forum, and you can create as many subforums as you like.


    vB5 is unequivocally the best forum software, but not yet...

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    • #3
      It looks like that is one forum install, but both links point to the same forum.

      You can buy one VB license (forum only) for $195 and you can create as many CATEGORIES as you would like. 1 Forum with Many categories with contain sub-forums which then contain threads.

      You can only use the 1 VB license on one install, but you can have the different URL's pointing to the one install such as your example site does.

      Most forums have a layout such as:

      Main Category
      -Sub-Forum 1
      -Sub-Forum 2
      -Sub-Forum 3
      Second Category
      -Sub-Forum 1
      -Sub-Forum 2
      -Sub-Forum 3

      And so on.... Each sub-forum can contain millions of topics (threads) as well as your CATEGORIES can contain many forums as well.
      To be updated...

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      • #4
        Ok that makes sense. Thanks guys! I think I just need 1 forum license. Phew that would be affordable

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        • #5
          did a search and can only find a feature request about a decade ago,

          does VB support Ldap yet ?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by fgin View Post
            does VB support Ldap yet ?
            vBulletin does not support LDAP. However, you may install an addon from vBuletin.org that will integrate LDAP with vBulletin.
            To be updated...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ENF View Post
              vBulletin does not support LDAP. However, you may install an addon from vBuletin.org that will integrate LDAP with vBulletin.

              Cool found it
              http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=145188

              I've gone an purchased vb now the fun begins

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              • #8
                Just be aware that the LDAp integration mod are made for Vbulletin v.3.6.5 not 4.x

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                • #9
                  has it been tested not to work with 4.0 ?

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                  • #10
                    You want this one for 4.0: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=231909
                    To be updated...

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                    • #11
                      excellent thanks a lot

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                      • #12
                        can ldap login work while also enabling non-ldap users to register ? Even if registration is done manually by the administrator? I like to have users who are'nt on the ldap directory to be able to be members of the forum. Any help would be much appreciated.

                        thanks

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                        • #13
                          I might have found a solution.

                          I have changed the 'Hook Location' for the Ldap plugin from 'ldap_login_hook(ldap)' to 'login_failure'. I presumed that this would force it to login as usual and on failure it will try ldap. This works now.

                          Can you see any problems with this?

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