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  • genesis
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    @binil This is so true with SMF. After post4vps.com closed its VPS hosting, one of the members started a Forum very nostalgically with IMF. I even created an IMF to see how it works. Any way, there were only three of us posting to the new IMF Forum and then the member got busy and no one posting, and the moment the Forum became inactive, it totally went over to spam like on a massive scale. It looked like bot spam. I think if one wants an active Forum, then one should go for something like myBB or phpBB. Although I must say they’re a pain to update.

    in reply to: Your favourite messaging app #372
    genesis
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    I also was unaware there’s a whatsapp for business, and just as curious to hear what the differences are.

    I checked and there’s really very little info – I found this page on it:
    https://www.whatsapp.com/business/

    I guess maybe one has more options for advertising – so who knows, all those whatsapp accounts that look so much more flashy than the others, perhaps they have business owner accounts?


    @binil
    is the business whatsapp account for free?

    in reply to: CPanel vs DirectAdmin #370
    genesis
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    @kreesher For me DiorectAdmin has come a long way since I first got in touch with it as an end user. However it is a long LONG way off from even competing straight with cpanel. The last time I used it I didn’t find it as user friendly. Due to the fact that on an Admin basis for setting DirectAdmin up it can be a hit and miss affair for the Administrator. If there is a choice between DirectAdmin and cPanel, cPanel wins hands down in every respect. Particularly from a user friendly point of view. If one doesn’t have a choice though, and can get DirectAdmin for free, then DirectAdmin is a really great cPanel alternative. For me I’d put it on top of the list together with my favourite VestaCP fork with Debian https://myvestacp.com/

    All depends whether you have a budget. If you want a free panel, DirectAdmin is a really good free panel. If you have to pay for it though, then it’s OK’ish. For now any way.

    • This reply was modified 1 week ago by genesis.
    genesis
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    I’m thinking again about what the better forum is. I’ve lost a little trust in mybb as post4vps.com is closing its doors due to a compromise of its database three years ago. I think it’s maybe a little overreaction. But while we were identifying the issue, I realized just how vulnerable mybb is for exploits. It’s just so very important to keep mybb up to date all of the time. As that was what turned out to be the problem. Mybb script had not been up to date.

    Another issue with mybb is that if you have a theme and a few plugins, conflicts can be a headache and keep support admin very busy. And when time comes to update the mybb script, it can become a nightmare. It’s not just a case of clicking a button like one can with WordPress to upgrade mybb to the latest version. The new version can potentially conflict with plugins. So one has to first disable the plugins and check the working of the theme. I remember at Gigarocket when we changed the theme to its current, every time when an upgrade happened there were a huge number of Forum issues that came up.

    phpbb is not much different to mybb. I prefer phpbb to be honest because its community forum is much better managed and supported by tech admin than the mybb community forum. There are also much nicer themes available. But in the end to upgrade the script has the same issues as with mybb. Potential for conflicts with plugins and themes.

    I’m just about to try out Simple Machines Forums (SMF). At the recommendation of a friend. So maybe when I check in next time I’ll be able to share my experiences.

    Of course most people with big bucks have moved over to Xenforo. I absolutely refuse to pay $160 US for a panel. Admittedly Xenforo is great and its themes (most of which are paid) are great. But for me I think it’s aimed at large corporations serving their clients and who have plenty of money to invest, which I don’t have.

    in reply to: Your favourite messaging app #320
    genesis
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    I’m using WhatsApp. I know there’s been a big huha about WhatsApp at the beginning of the year, due to its link with FaceBook and issue about privacy and that quite a number of WhatsApp holders moved to Telegram. But in the community that I live in, WhatsApp has been a way of life for many years. It’s the way we conduct business and communicate with our family and friends.

    As a rule I don’t keep any personal info in WhatsApp, and I’m always careful what I say whether e-mail or any place on the Internet. But I’ve used WhatsApp for three years now, and have nothing to fault it with. It works very very well.

    in reply to: CPanel vs DirectAdmin #319
    genesis
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    In January of this year I had a chance to participate in an up to date DirectAdmin shared hosting account. I helped with beta testing it. You can check up on the BETA test reviews here:

    https://post4vps.com/Forum-Reviews

    Prior to the test I had used DirectAdmin as a user account with Frihost.com a few years back. Then when I became staff at Frihost a few years later I got myself a shared hosting account with DirectAdmin with a host in Canada. DirectAdmin of course comes from Quebec Canada. At that time there were very few hosts who were using DirectAdmin. But ever since the issue with the high rates cPanel has been charging, DirectAdmin has come out of the shadows and made many improvements to its panel.

    When I tested a DirectAdmin shared hosting account in January I was totally surprised how much the panel was looking like cpanel. Almost as though it is trying to copy the same style. I think however it would have to go a very very long way to catch up with the growing technology that cpanel has invested so much in over the years. DirectAdmin is completely OK, more than OK, but for me cpanel is still that much better. Particularly WHM.

    in reply to: Device you use the most to access web. #140
    genesis
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    My desktop computer is still the most comfortable and also more efficient device for searches, as I can sit at a desk, and take notes as well. I have a system with NotePad as well.

    I find the phone a little clumsy at times, but yes, agreed, I find myself using it more too, but because of cost however, I am on a package that doesn’t include data, i.e. I only do searches with WiFi at home. The clumsy part is that I have to fiddle around with enlarging photos, and it’s just not the same with YouTube as well. I’m getting more experienced at using it, but am still more comfortable with my desktop computer. Not only of the computer, but the total search package consisting of computer on a desk with Notepad on the computer and also hard copy notepad, pen and pencil. I like to write down key words from time to time, just to be able to refer back to it some times.

    in reply to: Which forum plugin is used for freecloudhost? #138
    genesis
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    @kreesher Agreed. I think I’m looking for structure myself. The different elements of the BBPress Forum seem to be scattered all over the place and some times the advertisements are in the way. It takes some getting used to.

    On the other hand, it must have been the easiest and quickest way for Binil to set up a Forum with the least amount of support needed. If one would have chosen myBB or another Forum it would have taken ages to set up, and loads of time to support. Maybe if we could get more interested members to join, he could try something different later. But for now, as long as the advertising works well, maybe it is OK.

    BTW there is an excellent discussion going on at post4vps.com regarding alternatives to BBPress. @Binil, if you are interested you can check it out here:

    https://post4vps.com/Thread-The-Best-Forum-Software

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