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DorsetDave:
The popular Forum attached to Wimborne Town FC website has been pulled by the BoD. I was the Administrator and was not advised about this. I have been asked by several former members if a new unofficial forum can be started. I would like advice about how this can be done - bearing in mind I am in my eightyth year and not particularly PC literate. The WTFC Forum was an SMF one hence my enquiry here.

I would like to know such things as cost[ I would hope it might be free], do I need a website and if so how do I go about that, Can I use SMF and how much help would I get. Would anybody be prepared to set it up for me. And so on

Thanks for your help.

Dzonny:
Hello there!

Well, SMF itself is a free software, and you can download it at anytime from our site, and use it whenever you want.
However in order to start commercial website/forum you'd need to buy a domain and a hosting for it, so that would cost you some $, though it's really cheap nowadays, especially for the shared hosting servers.

Apart from that, setting SMF is quite easy, and we're here to help whenever we can. :)

Doug Heffernan:

--- Quote from: DorsetDave on September 11, 2020, 05:49:55 AM ---The popular Forum attached to Wimborne Town FC website has been pulled by the BoD. I was the Administrator and was not advised about this. I have been asked by several former members if a new unofficial forum can be started. I would like advice about how this can be done - bearing in mind I am in my eightyth year and not particularly PC literate. The WTFC Forum was an SMF one hence my enquiry here.

I would like to know such things as cost[ I would hope it might be free], do I need a website and if so how do I go about that, Can I use SMF and how much help would I get. Would anybody be prepared to set it up for me. And so on

Thanks for your help.

--- End quote ---

The only cost that you would have is that of purchasing a domain name and a hosting package. You can also use a free host, but I would not recommend it.

Installing Smf is pretty easy. Please see this link:

https://wiki.simplemachines.org/smf/Installing

DorsetDave:
Thank you to all that have replied and the advice given.

I wanted to sound out whether I could start an independant Forum myself. From the info given it has buoyed me to now find out that I should be able to. And now I have to find out if the BoD for the club will actually allow the Forum to start again, or if they are using the excuse of a website update to get rid of us [ especially as they pulled the Forum without notice ] We have had the feeling for some months now that the Directors see us as a thorn in their side rather than the true fans that we are. I have always used the slogan ' Directors, Managers & Players Come and Go - But a Fan is Forever'

I have got to wait and see if we will be able to ressurect the Forum, or if we have to go down the route of a brand new one. We only had about 150 forum members and the there were just about 40 or so very active members posting. So its not to make money but just as a fan of 30 years to provide impartial advice and info to fans of the club

Thanks again to everybody for the present. I will come back to all once I have established what is happening.

HoratioCaine:
I hope it works out for you.  Fans are the lifeblood of Sports. I am a Minnesota Vikings fan in the NFL and we always let the team know our mind!

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