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Advice please for developing a forum

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Hi! Not sure if this is for CSS or PHP...
Ive got a plan to make a forum site for Language teachers. I have a simple understanding of html and some basic css and very very basic php.
OK, I think its gonna take me a good few months to get it all designed, the options for forum software (not havin to pay) are phpBB or SimpleMachines.
At the moment I know very little about the creation and difficulty of using these packages but I wonder if you can help. I'd like a nicely designed (CSS) site which uses one of the above forum softwares. Can anyone point me in a direction for looking at how to plan the developments of the site and how to work with CSS and forums? Any websites you can recommend? Is it right to make the design first in CSS, then incorporate the forum? Or does the forum software not need CSS? Possibly rather naïve questions at the moment, but hey, it's all about learning, right!

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You'll probably want to start with a highly customizable forum software (phpBB works for me, but it seems that SMF is the big new thing for forums) that lets you use CSS to style it. You should start with the forums, build the site around the forums for tight integration, and then style it all with CSS. That's what I would do anyhow.

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Pros: Easy to use, highly customizable themes, lots of mods, good tech support, good support for a large variety of systems. Cons: Somewhat insecure with plenty of vulnerabilities, occasional bugs found.

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Thanks moberemk, I'll try them both out the next few weeks see how it goes. Can I see your forum?

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I've got a VERY early beta version of my forum running at [a href=\"http://mobblog.byethost2.com/modules.php?name=Forums\" target=\"_blank\"]this[/a] url, but I'm nowhere near done with it yet. It's getting close though.

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