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I am wanting to setup a page on my web that has a forum. Sorta like it lists the title of the post/posters name and possibly indented repolys for the threads.  i have access to Frontpage 97 and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction as to how to create one.  Also I was thinking of making this one page only accessible by people with the corret username and password.  This is all new to me so any examples/advice/or good sites with good docs on them would be greatly apreciated.  The person to give me the best lead will recieve the points.
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OK Glen, the answer to your question is as follows:

1) Yes, you can do it.
2) Maybe.
3) It Depends.

Put simply, this isn't an HTML question, it's a CGI question, because ordinary HTML can't do what you're asking.

If you think about it, you're asking for a system which lets your visitors create, edit and save documents on the server, right? That has to involve more than just HTML.

So the first question you should be asking is "can I do CGI stuff on my server?" which is a question you ask your ISP.
If it's "no" then you either give up right away or change ISP's.

If it's "yes" then you need to know which kind of server/platform your ISP has, because it might be UNIX, Windows or something else and the rules will be different for each.

Having found the answers to the questions above, then you go in search of a CGI/PERL/ASP scripting system which you think has the features you want.

Luckily I've asked this question some time ago on Experts Exchange. The Previously Answered Question is at:

     http://www.experts-exchange.com/topics/comp/www/cgi/Q.10060091

and the best answer I got was a reference to the following page, which has a very wide selection of forum scripts:

     http://www.scriptsearch.com/pages/l9c5c1.shtml

But if you want the *really* short answer, it's "ask your ISP" because they will tell you straight away if they'll let you, and if they *will* let you, they may well restrict you to using a particular system they've approved or developed.

Hope This Helps,

j99
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Thanks, Glen!

If it helps any, I've been looking at a couple of those things from scriptsearch.com and I'd say Discus is good if you want lots of bells and whistles, but it's complex. The best low-end one I found was Webbbs, which seems to work well so far. Both are free to download.

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