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  • Implementing a Professional Forum at my College

    Greetings,
    I am a college student and I have been meaning to propose to my institution the idea of developing a discussion forum like this one. I joined hoping someone would aid me. If I am not mistaken, the price to purchase a New License is $249.00 and -I assume- since we are speaking about a forum for an institution, they probably would not accept my proposal without removing the copyright, which would cost an additional $209.00. With that said, I suspect that there are still plenty other issues I have yet to consider. I would also like to know whether it is possible to change the URL Address to something like [insert college abbreviation]Forums.edu ; as opposed to /.proboards.com/. Basically, I only want the service of a forum we could incorporate into the Official College Website for students to interact with other students and faculty as a way to enhance communication in a world where everyone lives by routine schedules which limit their choices and chances to meet with certain individuals. Am I in the right place? Is this the correct method? Could someone assist me with some guidance?

    ~Thank you.

    Greetings,
    I am a college student and I have been meaning to propose to my institution the idea of developing a discussion forum like this one. I joined hoping someone would aid me. If I am not mistaken, the price to purchase a New License is $249.00 and -I assume- since we are speaking about a forum for an institution, they probably would not accept my proposal without removing the copyright, which would cost an additional $209.00. With that said, I suspect that there are still plenty other issues I have yet to consider. I would also like to know whether it is possible to change the URL Address to something like [insert college abbreviation]Forums.edu ; as opposed to /.proboards.com/. Basically, I only want the service of a forum we could incorporate into the Official College Website, for students to interact with other students and faculty, as a way to enhance communication in a world where everyone lives by routine schedules; which limit their choices and chances to meet with certain individuals. Am I in the right place? Is this the correct method? Could someone assist me with some guidance?

    ~Thank you.

  • #2
    All you need really is a domain of your choice (www.yourdomain.com) or .edu if your college can get one. Your vbulletin license and some hosting and your forum will be up and running in no time.

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    • #3
      If this is going to be official I would imagine your college already has web hosting capability. You would need to make sure they have PHP and MySQL available- if they are Microsoft based for example they may have only ASP and MSSQL which will not work with vBulletin.

      The domain can be forum.college.edu or www.college.edu/forum whatever you want.

      If it will be hosted apart from the main college website then it is cheap enough to register a custom domain and buy your own compatible hosting on something like www.college-forums.org (You won't be able to get an .edu address on your own.)

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      • #4
        Alright, so first I have to find out whether the College Website uses PHP and MySQL? Would I be able to find that out by looking through the website itself or would I have to ask relevant staff within the college? If they don't support it, does that mean we'd need a new host? Or we just can't have it merged with the website?

        Sorry, I spend a lot of time with the computer but I'm no techie. xD

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        • #5
          Hi, you would need to ask your college if you can use their hosting account to host the forum, you may need to convince them it's a good idea and/or make a financial contribution. You would also need to ask them about a .edu domain. If the answer is no you can always find your own hosting and use a .com or .org domain.

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