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Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« on: December 21, 2001, 03:00:18 PM »
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The following support both YaBBSE:

http://www.barrysworld.com (PHP only, see post below)

http://freephp.digiro.net/

http://www.coolfreepages.com/

http://www.spaceports.com/ (annoying in a lot of ways)

http://www.boardnation.com (soon to offer paid hosting as well)

http://www.multimania.com (see the php/mysql info)

http://www.tripod.co.uk

http://www.maxi-web.net (PHP, MySQL & no Banner adds, unlimited space)

http://www.supremehost.co.uk/

http://www.gametribe.net

http://www.serversanddomains.com/

If you know of any other free hosts, please share!
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Re:What free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2001, 02:50:27 AM »
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Also, since some webhosts don't let you sign up and lots of things, try going to a free host that gives you PHP then sign up for a free database at http://www.freesql.org/ . I know it'll be slow, but it's better than nothing :)
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2002, 11:12:04 PM »
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2 Things to say here:

1) A word of warning to those using multimania: There are these funny, but annoying ads that do pop up. Somehow, YABBSE surpresses them  ;D . BUT, if you are building the rest of your site, you will notice that they will appear. The only way to avert this is to press the STOP button after the rest of the page loads.

2) Gametribe.net is offering similar services but there are some advantages and drawbacks.

Advantages: NO ADS WHATSOEVER, offers CGI, mysql, php, www.yourname.gametribe.net, both ftp and control panel

DISADS: 200MB (enough anyways  :) ), 5GB transfer, take up to 5 days to activate, probably slower than multimania

If gametribe offers a fast service, it is probably a better bet than multimania for small-medium sites. If you have a large site, you should really be paying for true hosting.
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2002, 10:34:03 PM »
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http://www.serversanddomains.com supports YaBB SE, and has been great to me so far.  It's not free, but it's dirt cheap -- we're talking around $7 a month for 100MB w/ 3 gig bandwidth.  Even I can afford them!
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2002, 03:17:39 PM »
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Here's my quick guide for running your own web server on Windows...

First of all, for newbies I'd recommend using Xitami instead, it's much easier to use than Apache!

Step 1: Web Server (Xitami)
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First of all, download the installer from http://www.xitami.com.
Once the file has downloaded, install the server! It self-installs, you only have to tell it where to install, and give it an administrator username and password - you'll need these to access your server's admin console.

Once it's installed, check that it works by ensuring that Xitami is running and entering http://localhost into your browser's address bar. If it's all working, you should see a Xitami welcome page. Try clicking on a few links, just to make sure.

Step 2: Database (mySQL)
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Next, go to http://www.mysql.org/downloads/mysql-3.23.html to download the Windows version of mySQL.
Again, installation is straightforward, just enter the installation directory and away you go!

Once it's installed, open Windows Explorer and go to the directory you just installed mySQL in. Look for the program "WinMySQLAdmin" and run it. If it gives you an error, click on the "my.ini Setup" tab, and fill in a username and password.

You can't do much with this program however, so download PHPmyAdmin, from http://www.phpmyadmin.net. This is a kind of "control panel" written in PHP, which makes updating your database far easier. Place all the files contained in the Zip file into your Web Server's public directory (if you installed into c:\Xitami\, the "public" directory will be c:\Xitami\webpages). However, as you've probably noticed, we haven't installed PHP yet. That's next!

Step 3: PHP
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http://www.php.net is the address you want, and the file you want is "PHP 4.2.0 Installer", under "Windows Binaries". Once downloaded, just double-click to start. Once again, the installer will ask you where you want to install it (the default is fine), and a few other things (such as temp directory) - just accept the defaults. What you will need to look out for is when it asks you what web server you want to configure. Click on Xitami and carry on. PHP also asks you which file extensions you want to configure - .php is the best option, but selecting all of them will do no harm.

Once PHP is in, you can test both PHP and mySQL at the same time - fire up your browser and type in the address of PHPmyAdmin, followed by "phpinfo.php" (for example, if you placed PHPmyAdmin into the directory c:\Xitami\webpages\phpmyadmin\, you should type the following into your browser: localhost/phpmyadmin/phpinfo.php). If Xitami gives you a 404 Not Found error, or if you didn't install PHPmyAdmin, open up notepad and type the following:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Then save the file as "phpinfo.php" (remember to INCLUDE the quotation marks so that it doesn't save as a .txt), and save it into Xitami's webpages directory. Now open your browser and type localhost/phpinfo.php.

You should get a page displaying various data on your computer and on PHP. Scroll down the page and look for a "mySQL" heading - a value under "Client API version" should confirm that your mySQL installation is setup correctly. Just to make sure, test with PHPmyAdmin (you may have to edit the config file - it tells you if you do).

If you get errors while trying to open scripts, you should edit your php.ini file (it's in your windows directory).
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Look for:
register_globals=Off
Replace with:
register_globals=On

Look for:
;cgi.force_redirect
Replace with:
cgi.force_redirect=0

BTW, you SHOULD edit your php.ini file anyway, the defaults aren't secure enough to run a public server.

Step 4: PERL (ActivePerl)
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This step is optional, you only need it if you plan to use CGI on your server. Go to http://www.activestate.com and go to download ActivePERL. Once more, this is auto-installing and you might as well accept all default values.

Once this is in, you have to make sure that Xitami knows about it. Open your browser and type localhost/admin. Enter the username and password you set before. You will now access Xitami's control panel. Click on "Configuration", then "CGI" in the upper-right hand corner. Make sure that CGI is enabled, then click on "Server". There are two important textfields here: "Main HTML Directory" and "Main CGI Directory". Check that the directory in "Main CGI Directory" actually exists. Otherwise, change the path or create the directory (or both). For example, if you HTML directory is c:\Xitami\webpages, create the directory cgi-bin here and change the path under "Main CGI Directory" to c:\Xitami\webpages
gi-bin.

The only way to test is to get some CGI scripts, so I'll leave this up to you.

End
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That's it! Now you can host your own site and YaBB SE on your own server! Be warned however, I've skipped a few security points. BEFORE making your site live, check the "Security" settings in the Xitami control panel and disable FTP if you don't need it. Install a firewall and avoid installing your server, PHP or mySQL in the Windows directory.

Xitami is not the ideal solution if you want to offer hosting, although it is perfect for beginners and self-hosters. If you want to get serious about self-hosting, you really should think about getting Apache instead, and not using self-installers, but compiling your own install. This goes beyond the scope of this guide, however...

If you're perplexed with one of the stages, or would like me to add something, please IM me and I'll add the necessary information as soon as I can!
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2002, 06:07:52 PM »
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I did all that Positronix but then when i view the php file it says:

Security Alert! PHP CGI cannot be accessed directly.
This PHP CGI binary was compiled with force-cgi-redirect enabled. This means that a page will only be served up if the REDIRECT_STATUS CGI variable is set. This variable is set, for example, by Apache's Action directive redirect.

You may disable this restriction by recompiling the PHP binary with the --disable-force-cgi-redirect switch. If you do this and you have your PHP CGI binary accessible somewhere in your web tree, people will be able to circumvent .htaccess security by loading files through the PHP parser. A good way around this is to define doc_root in your php.ini file to something other than your top-level DOCUMENT_ROOT. This way you can separate the part of your web space which uses PHP from the normal part using .htaccess security. If you do not have any .htaccess restrictions anywhere on your site you can leave doc_root undefined. If you are running IIS, you may safely set cgi.force_redirect=0 in php.ini.


(do the php/mysql files, the stuff i installed, have to be in the xitami directory, right now they are c:\php and c:\mysql)
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2002, 10:42:58 AM »
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Don't worry, it's supposed to happen with a new install - PHP has cgi.force_redirect set to "on" by default. To get around this, open the php.ini file in your Windows directory, and look for the line
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cgi.force_redirect = 1
(Alternatively, This may have a colon in front of it)
To get it working, set the value to 0 and remove the colon if it's there.

As you've (correctly) installed PHP out of the web tree, you shouldn't have any problems disabling this. However, do take heed of the warning at the top of the PHP.ini file - read the documentation to make sure that you aren't leaving any security holes open!

Please tell me if it doesn't work!
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2002, 04:05:33 PM »
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Here's my guide for running yabbse on apache:
1.  Download and install apache. www.apache.org
2.  download and install mysql. www.mysql.com
3.  download and install php. www.php.net.
to install php, unzip the zip file to someware on your hd, and add the following lines to your httpd.conf file:
  LoadModule php4_module c:/php/sapi/php4apache.dll
  AddModule mod_php4.c
  AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
.php3
Note: in the last line, the add type one, after the .php3 add any other extensions you want to use php with.
Restart apache. Start mysql.  run install.php.
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2002, 07:30:29 PM »
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Hi,
A question about tripod.co.uk.  It doesn't allow file uploads using php.  Are there any work arounds that you know of?

Thank you in advance for any help,

Peter
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2002, 01:58:48 AM »
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FYI www.web1000.com is a great free host similar to coolwebpages.com (50MB), but I'm not sure if they support yabbSE.  They DO automatically configure a yabb gold BB on signup for you though, which is nice, but I'm having a problem customizing it (prolly has something to do with the fact that I'm a yabb newbie and that they run a win IIS server).  Plus they have a TON of available sub-domains; something for ALL tastes.  And in case it matters to anyone, their TOS are REALLY lenient (adult content okay, pseudo-unlimited bandwidth, and an amusing red tape obstacle course for anyone who might claim copyright infringement against you).  They also document their capabilities really well (very up-front about what they do and don't support) and also go the extra mile by providing simple FTP setup tutorials for popular FTP progs, which you WILL need to use since they don't have an online editor.  My only gripes are 1) that their CGIbin isn't working yet, and 2) one of the default redirectors (like if someone mistypes your URL) goes to a porn ad.   LOL so make sure you type it right!
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2002, 02:02:55 AM »
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Oh yeah, I forgot-
yabbSE can be customized like the gold version, right?  The only thing I REALLY want to do is change the template.  And anyone know what the bandwidth limit is at boardnation?
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2002, 04:20:56 PM »
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www.iddover.com looks promising, but the admin isn't exactly fluent, so I'm having a hard time figuring out how to FTP.

And www.webvena.com is free I think- dunno if it's compatible yet though...
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2002, 02:07:41 AM »
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And anyone know what the bandwidth limit is at boardnation?

No bandwidth limit.  :)
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2002, 12:23:34 PM »
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Positronix i have a question... I am a newbie and very cheap one at that  ;D. Aout running my own server on windows...I just happen to have a spare computer laying arround (just like most geeks do) and i was wondering would i have to leave it running all the time?
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Re:Which free web hosts support YaBB SE?
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2002, 07:15:45 PM »
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Yes, you would - if you're running any kind of service or server on your own machine, it would have to be on and connected to the internet , if you want people to be able to use it.

Remember that leaving a computer on 24 hours a day doesn't do much harm to your computer, but it might leave a hole in your wallet...  ;)
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