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Requirements to run and use miniBB-based forums
miniBB is a forum software with its specific requirements, which include server-side requirements for executing the software itself, client-side requirements for using the software with the maximum effect, installation knowledge for setting up the program on the web-server, and administration knowledge for maintaining the virtual community. Please study these conditions carefully, for being sure miniBB meets all requirements on your side.
miniBB is not a standalone application. It can be executed only on the web server with installed libraries, packages and programs which are interacting with each other using miniBB's interface and scripting files. These libraries are offered by any level Web hosting service. So, you will need the following to run miniBB:
If we speak about Operating System - miniBB should work with any major OS, supporting the programs mentioned above. Those recommended by miniBB team are Linux or FreeBSD; users have reported, that it also executes on Windows or Mac OS X with no problems.
miniBB is a collection of pre-processed scripts, which produce the W3C-valid HTML output. On the client side it is accessed by any kind of modern web browser. Browsers we recommend are Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer (supplied with Microsoft Windows OS by default), Opera, Safari or Google Chrome. They are most widely used in Internet; however, if you are using some kind of other specific browser, it also shouldn't bring a big problem in viewing miniBB-forum pages. MiniBB just has nothing specific and heavy to make troubles.
Though we would mention some specific browser's requirements:
If RSS feed is available on miniBB-based forums (i.e. the RSS add-on is installed), you probably will need the RSS Feed reader. We recommend the one supplied with Mozilla Thunderbird.
Despite miniBB it free and it is called 'mini', it doesn't mean you can just take it and install pressing the few buttons. Installation and setting up is a process which will require some technical experience and preparation. This means that you should know:
It is also preferred that you know English, since miniBB documentation and support, basically, are provided in English only.
If you are a professional coder or administrator, most probably these requirements will make you smile. Yes, they are very common and basic - but from our experience we could say not everybody wanting to make his own forum, is meeting them. On miniBB.com, we are not providing free lessons or support about the mentioned topics. If you would like to install miniBB, but do not know how, please refer to our qualified paid support or hire the person, who'll do the things for you.
Some users think by mistake that they could just install the forums and forget about their existence, making profits or collecting information automatically. That is not true definitely. If you care about quality of your forums, they will need an each-day, each-hour or even each-minute constant moderation. The person who moderates the forums could be you, i.e. the same administrative person who has installed them; or you can give administration privileges to other persons as well, called moderators. What each forum moderator should know, are basic principles of how any forum software functions. You must understand, what the term "Internet forum" actually means, before installing the software like miniBB.
If everything above seems clear and affordable for you, welcome to Download or Compile miniBB, and have your own forums running in just few minutes! Do not forget that buying exclusive paid extensions for miniBB, you are supporting it's future life, and investing in your own forums at the solid level.
Thank you in advance for understanding and choosing our software.
|What forum owners say about miniBB: I recently tried other bb forum software which will remain nameless. It was bulky and hard to customize. I went to a site that I frequently visit and that I know had some simple and elegant forum software. I clicked the link on the bottom and here I am, ready to install miniBB. Awesome job guys. I've seen it in action so I already know it will do what I need without the other crap. Like this, more software should be written with the aim of simplicity and core CS fundamentals. Eric LeVan|
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