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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.
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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 software mentioned above. Those recommended by miniBB team are Linux-based 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, Opera, Google Chrome, Safari or, at least, Internet Explorer / Edge (that one supplied with Microsoft Windows OS by default). 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.
Installation and Maintaining
Despite miniBB it free and it is called 'mini', it doesn't mean you could take it and install just clicking a couple of buttons. Its installation, setup and maintaining are processes, which would require some technical experience and knowledge. This means that you should know in advance:
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 would make you smile. They look very common and basic, if you are in this business. However they could look tough for absolute beginners and newbies. Please note, that on miniBB.com, we do not provide free lessons on the mentioned topics. If you would like to install miniBB, but do not know how, please refer to our qualified paid support or hire a person, who'll arrange 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. But 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 a 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 lifecycle, and investing in your own forums, too.
Thank you in advance for understanding and choosing our forum software.
|Forum owners about miniBB:|
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