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Build a discussion forum using WA

Thread began 6/19/2010 10:49 am by Badger | Last modified 6/28/2010 2:26 pm by Badger | 587 views | 2 replies |

Badger

Build a discussion forum using WA

Hi

Before I jump head long into running Data Assist to build a discussion forum ..... Is there somewhere I can follow a tutorial or advice on how to build a discussion forum (bit like this one but simpler) using WA?

I can see I'd need Security Assist for contributors and administrators to log in

Then Data Assist to build administration pages for visitors, discussion categories and threads.

Also, any specific fields I'd need in the database to link it all up.

One difference would be using Universal Email to let Admin know a message had been posted for them to approve before going live.

The internet has many free ready to go downloadable scripts but I'd rather start from scratch in my own templates, using WebAssist of course!

Thanks

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Eric Mittman

I think that making a full functioning forum is something that would require a bit of planning up front. If you would like to make one from scratch I think that you would need to look at it like a new web app that you are creating. You would start with a set of specs then based on that come up with a strategy for the user experience. Once you know how you would like your user experience to be you can then start to develop the site with those goals in mind.

I think this would be the best approach, I know from experience the larger the project is the more this type of organization will help you get it accomplished. Knowing concretely how you would like it to look and work will help you to be able to focus on the development task at hand rather than trying to figure it all out as you go.

This is not a project that we have any guides on and the system we use on our forums is not one that we developed ourselves so it will be very free form as far as getting together all of the parts.

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Badger

Thanks Eric

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