Online Discussions - Take It To The Forums

Sep 30th, 2011

Online discussions are quickly taking over public, face to face discussion groups. The most popular method of hosting an online discussion is by using a Forum on your website. An Internet Forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.

There are several popular forum scripts that can be installed into your website hosting account through our Install Popular Scripts tool in the Account Manager. These scripts allow you to host a forum on your website without having to code the forum pages yourself. By using our Install Popular Scripts tool to install a forum script, we will create and configure the code and the database for you, and all you will need to do is add your personal flare!

PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License. Its primary goals are to be faster, smaller and less graphically intensive as compared to other discussion boards. PunBB has fewer features than many other discussion boards, but is generally faster and outputs smaller, semantically correct XHTML-compliant pages.

Another popular Forum script is BbPress. BbPress is plain and simple forum software, plain and simple. It's easy to use, easy to administrate, fast and clean. But don't let its simplicity deceive you; underneath the gleam it's got some powerful features and is highly customizable.

A unique Forum script is Phorum, which was the original PHP and MySQL based Open Source forum software started in 1998. Phorum is a little different from the other web based message boards out there. It was designed to meet different needs of different web sites while not sacrificing performance or features. Phorum prides itself in offering its users freedom, which means having the ability to make your message board do what you want it to do.

PhpBB has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution since it was created in 2000. Like is predecessors, phpBB 3.0 Olympus has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes. With a large and highly customizable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB will grow with, and compliment your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.

Simple Machines Forum – SMF in short – is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes. Its powerful custom made template engine puts you in full control of the lay-out of your message board and with its unique SSI – or Server Side Includes – function you can let your forum and your website interact with each other. SMF is written in the popular language PHP and uses a MySQL database. It is designed to provide you with all the features you need from a bulletin board while having an absolute minimal impact on the resources of the server.

When you are ready to get started with your online discussion, you will find that adding a Forum to your website is the perfect solution. Determine which forum script fits your needs, give it your own personal style, and get started!


Put Your Excellence Online

Sep 15th, 2011

Excellence is defined as the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good. So how can you be excellent? Try to be exceptionally good at everything you do, including everything you put online! One problem with that is, too many people try to pick and choose when and where they want to excel, often times slacking off and doing a poor job in between. Those inadequate performances always overshadow the few excellent performances, leaving you feeling unappreciated and insignificant.

People have a tendency to label your website by your habits, rather than by your accomplishments. You may have done some awesome things on your website which deserve recognition, but if your design or function is sloppy and poorly designed, you can bet that people are always going to remember those negative habits and label your website accordingly. There are many tools included in your website hosting account that can help you to excel at everything you put online.

Your performance needs to match your passion at all times, and you cannot allow yourself to fall into a pit of negativity. By always doing your best, no matter what you are doing, no matter who is watching or not watching, you ensure that the results will always be exceptionally good. Your constant attention to detail and quality will always produce high quality, well received results. You will quickly be associated with great leaders and entrepreneurs as you prove that your excellence is a habit.

When excellence becomes a habit, it becomes an involuntary behavior that is regularly followed. Your excellent performance is so deeply ingrained within your core that you could not fathom under performing. Your actions have meaning, each and every action is done with such passion that it sparks the next action which progressively powers your performance into a locomotive barreling down the track. You are unstoppable, reaching new heights of inspiration and dedication which is reflected in the end result.

If you are a negative person, or find yourself simply not caring about much at all, you should stop and analyze each step you take. If you allow your indifference to influence your performance, your end result will be insignificant, and thus you will be known as insignificant. Instead, put some passion into your actions and light a fire in yourself along the way. Allow your bad habits to melt away and your new excellent habits to take hold of your being. As you excel in your life, your excellent results will define you. When excellence becomes a habit, everything you touch turns to gold!


Building A Sports Related Website

Sep 08th, 2011

The National Football League season kicks off today, and this past summer has proven how important the internet is to sports and the fans that live and breathe sports. People use the internet for so many things when it comes to sports, from blogs covering a favorite team to official team pages with stats and schedules. Perhaps this is a good time for you to jump on board and put your sports passion online!

There are many different ways for you to jump online with your sports enthusiasm. The most popular sports websites right now are actually just blog sites. You could install the WordPress script to your website hosting account and find a fancy sports theme, or perhaps even find a theme relating to your favorite team, and then start blogging about whatever you feel strongly about. You could do weekly write-ups of the previous week's game, the upcoming games, and everything in between.

Connecting your sports website to your social networking websites is also very popular. Using Twitter or Facebook to post small, frequent comments about your team and sport interests is a fun way to participate in active dialogues about your favorite team.

Some of the analysts covering the NFL lockout became the hottest trend setters on Twitter this past summer. If you have valuable information and keep your blog updated with relevant information that people enjoy reading, you can quickly find your website on the front page of search engines if you do proper search engine optimization.

Fan pages are also a very fun and profitable website to build and maintain. A lot of leagues and teams have fan page packages you can download and use to make your website look like it is an official team page. When you get a lot of people following your page because you keep it fresh and new, you can begin to sell advertisements because your website is valuable.

Maybe you are an up and coming sports reporter and you want to get your foot in the door with a big time sports company like ESPN. You can start your own sports news website and do a good job of reporting the sports news as it happens. This could be your resume as you begin to look for work as a reporter, so make sure it shines.

There are a lot of ways you can participate in sports through your website, so find a league, a team, a player...something you are passionate about and start building your website!


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