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What is a forum?

A forum is an employee/student/public meeting or assembly for open discussion. An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site. It originated as the modern equivalent of a traditional bulletin board. From a technological standpoint, forums or boards are web applications managing user-generated content.

People participating in an Internet forum may cultivate social bonds and interest groups for a topic may form from the discussions. Forums prefer a premise of open and free discussion and often adopt de facto standards. Most common topics on forums include questions, comparisons, and polls of opinion as well as debates.

What are the benefits of forum and why should I use it?

Do you own a web site and want a way to give your visitors a way to share information and ideas? The first thing that might come to mind is a web forum. Forums are hot cake in cyberspace. Popular forums have millions of users. Forum revolutionizes the way we communicate. This is in theory the ideal setup from a technical standpoint. Technology seems to have made it easy to communicate ideas and thoughts across the web to any number of readers and users.

For example:

News, Notices, Polls, Debates, Alumni association, blogging, Job posting, Information to a group of people/parents/students about attendance, exam notice, practical, viva voce etc, distribution of assignments, notes, ppt and all these in specified categories.

More over it, if a user gets registered on your forum, you would be having his all contact details like mobile number, email, website and home address for future communication.

All visitors can directly connect to concerned departments. It allows busy person to ask a question, read information sitting on their places thus eliminating communication gap.

What is FastForum?

(An effective way to communicate. Use FastForum, Save Trees, Go Green)

FastForum is a powerful and robust forum software system implemented in Java. It provides an attractive and user friendly interface, an efficient forum engine, an easy to use administrative panel, an advanced permission control system and much more.

Built from the ground up around a MVC framework, it can be deployed on any servlet container or Application Server, such as Tomcat, Resin and JBoss. Its clean design and implementation make FastForum easy to customize and extend.

If you or your company is searching for a serious and robust Forum Software, FastForum is the right choice.

What do I need to use it?

Well, nothing special.

There are two scenarios to use it:

Intranet implementation - You need a computer connected to your local area network. This scenario is preferable when you want forum to be accessible within your organization.

Internet Implementation - You need a web hosting account. This scenario is preferable when you want forum to be available on internet.


 

Features

Pay once and use whole life. No renewal cost.

Installation

  • Easy installation through graphical web interface

General

  • Unlimited forums, categories, and topics
  • Support for several popular databases, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and HSQLDB
  • Karma - Rate messages and users
  • Bookmarks - save your favorite threads and share with other users
  • Friendly URLs (no more long and hard-to-remember links!)
  • Listing of currently online users
  • Listing of the Most Recent topics from the whole forum
  • Fast and scalable, perfect for busy sites - unlike most message board systems, JForum caches frequently accessed data to avoid excessive querying of the database

Posting Messages

  • File Attachments, with fully customizable options
  • HTML and BBCode support
  • Automatic parsing of links in messages
  • Integrated private message system
  • Email notifications for topics on private messages
  • Unlimited emoticons, easily administered via a configuration panel
  • RSS syndication
  • Sticky topics and announcements
  • Post preview

Moderation

  • Easy to moderate
  • Moderated Categories and Forums - Administrators may allow new messages be posted only after the approval of some moderator or administrator
  • Topics can be locked/unlocked and moved between forums
  • Topics can be moved between forums

Permissions & Security

  • Read-only forums - Forums where is not possible to post new messages, just reading
  • Reply-only forums - Forums where only reply to existing posts are allowed
  • Robust security system
  • Forum moderators can be granted varying levels of control
  • Advanced HTML filter, for increased security

Customization & Extensibility

  • Easy and fast development for any other data source
  • Familiar and attractive layout
  • Highly customized permission control, allowing fine control over access to any forum and category, by group and by user
  • Easy to support new bb tags via a XML configuration file
  • Uses the simple and powerful Free marker templating system which allows unlimited control over layout and theming
  • Supports individual themes/templates for users
  • Support for different languages; easy to add new languages

Users

  • Member Listing
  • User defined avatars
  • User banning
  • Unlimited users, groups, and groups per user
  • User profile
  • User ranks
  • Language preferences may be set on a per user basis
  • Remembers last read messages and tracks new posts

 

How to get it?

Really, in this fast moving world, nobody has time. One needs faster and effective communication tools. Here comes the FastForum.

Obtaining FastForum is easy.

email at sales@ansofttech.com

 

 
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