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Can a forum be private?

Post by jbhaber on December 19th 2010, 6:39 pm

I currently host a forum at Lefora. But they seem to be having problems, and support has disappeared over the last few weeks. I am the admin for my club's forum over there, and I like it because I can have the forum completely private, just for my members. It is supported by ads, but that's okay.

Can the forums here be set up in a similar way?

Also, I'm wondering if the forums here are really free. A lot of forum hosts boast about how there is no cost to establish a forum. But once you join (which you have done for free), then you find out there are charges.

I'm not opposed to fees. But I just want to know the deal before going too far.

Thanks all.

JB

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Re: Can a forum be private?

Post by Agent24 on December 19th 2010, 6:43 pm

Yes, you change the forum permissions so guests can't see them...General // Forum // Categories and Forums // Permissions

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Re: Can a forum be private?

Post by Star Blade on December 19th 2010, 9:12 pm

@jbhaber wrote:I currently host a forum at Lefora. But they seem to be having problems, and support has disappeared over the last few weeks. I am the admin for my club's forum over there, and I like it because I can have the forum completely private, just for my members. It is supported by ads, but that's okay.

Can the forums here be set up in a similar way?

Also, I'm wondering if the forums here are really free. A lot of forum hosts boast about how there is no cost to establish a forum. But once you join (which you have done for free), then you find out there are charges.

I'm not opposed to fees. But I just want to know the deal before going too far.

Thanks all.

JB
In addition to what Agent24 said - you may also make a group and give them exclusive access to the forum. For example, I made a forum which will only show when members make 1-post and are auto-subscribed to the group with permissions to view the board.

Next - yes, the forums are free. If you want more space than 20MB, a personalized domain name (without one of the .forumotion.com or 1forum.biz, etc. variables), or no ads for guests and members, then you have to pay a fee for those specialized services (or win a contest). Forumotion has been the best provider I've used so far, considering most forums charge money for many of the features that are provided free with Forumotion.

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Re: Can a forum be private?

Post by jbhaber on December 19th 2010, 11:11 pm

Thanks Agent and Star for your support.

Regarding the fees for space over 20MB ... can you point me to a page that states the fees?

See ... that's what I mean ... there ARE fees. This isn't a complaint or a criticism, I just need to know so that I can report to my all volunteer Board of Directors what the true picture will be down the road.

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Re: Can a forum be private?

Post by Star Blade on December 20th 2010, 1:56 am

@jbhaber wrote:Thanks Agent and Star for your support.

Regarding the fees for space over 20MB ... can you point me to a page that states the fees?

See ... that's what I mean ... there ARE fees. This isn't a complaint or a criticism, I just need to know so that I can report to my all volunteer Board of Directors what the true picture will be down the road.
Go to your Administration Panel, then | Misc |, now look under Credits Management, and click "Spend Credits," then Storage. There you will see all the available options and corresponding payments required:

50 Mb : 591 Credits
100 Mb : 1182 Credits
200 Mb : 2364 Credits
300 Mb : 3545 Credits
500 Mb : 5909 Credits

And I may have used the wrong terminology, it is not a fee, but rather an additional service. There is nothing you are mandated to pay for. It is like joining an online MMORPG, and purchasing a membership. You don't have to, but it gives you "extra stuff." Which goes to say, you can make a terrific forum for free, with the existing 20MB and other preexisting services - or you can buy more.

If you wish to receive the prices in actual monetary terms, you may alternatively go to "Buy / Obtain Credits," instead of "Spend Credits." From there select PayPal and click validate. You will be redirected to a list of prices in various currencies - choose your currency.

In American dollars, the prices are as follows:
500 Credits ( 5.95 USD)
1000 Credits ( 11.90 USD)
2000 Credits ( 21.42 USD)
3000 Credits ( 30.94 USD)
4000 Credits ( 40.46 USD)
5000 Credits ( 49.98 )

With these credits you may purchase "No Ad's," "Additional Storage," and a "Personalized Domain Name."

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Re: Can a forum be private?

Post by MarioBro on December 20th 2010, 2:51 am

You Have Unlimted Posts,Bandwidth Its allways Free Ive seen people lock forum down so users are forced login then forbid new users from joining the forum

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