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# 15187 8-Aug-2007 18:00
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Hey there,

To run a forum, such as vBuliten or SMF. What kind of MySQL do you need? I have MySQL Server 5.0 on my server, and have no idea how to use it, and im wondering if I actually have the right one (or if I could just use SQL Server - I dont know how to use it, so it depends what is easier to use). Also, what other software might I need? I run a local server, with Server 2003 Standard.


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  # 81632 8-Aug-2007 21:05
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Hey Ellipsis, MySQL should be sufficient. Check out Google for MySQL resources/tutorials etc. I'm assuming you are already running a web server with MySQL installed? If not Apache would be your best bet, check out  MySQL for windows also. Hope this helps

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  # 81655 8-Aug-2007 22:14
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You will also need PHP installed as well, if you're going to be using a PHP based message board.

PHP is the "language" the forum is written in, MYSQL is the Database where all the comments/etc are stored.

You'll also need a webserver, as the previous poster has mentioned.

You can get a good forum up and working with free software though, you won't need to buy anything.


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  # 81658 8-Aug-2007 22:22
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Cheers! I now have MySql. I am trying to install phpMyAdmin, as I am quite a novice at this. Is it hard or easy to install?

EDIT: I have hit a snag, what do I do?


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  # 81668 9-Aug-2007 05:28
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I can't read that image at all. It is relatively easy to install.. If you are a new there is a software bundle called PHPTriad, it comes with Apache web server, MySQL and PHP, its also very easy to set up/configure. Have you installed a web server yet? As I said before i recommend Apache.

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# 81688 9-Aug-2007 09:15
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First you need to use the MySQL version required by the software you want to use. So really, you should read the documentation on their site to find out exactly what version is needed. Some software work with "version x or higher", while other software work with an exact version. YOU MUST READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.

Next, it looks like your web server is not correctly configured to handle mime types and PHP. You will probably need to configure the scripting language on your webserver. YOU MUST READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.

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