Off Topic: Best source for making my own website?
KommissarReb (SW12) Rep. 2304
#1   19 Jul 2023
I'm seriously thinking of creating my own version of FileFront for video games I like (not just Quake 3). I'm thinking of having a forum on the side too for discussion and support. But the main event would be having sections for each game that link to other sites such as GameFront or elsewhere where the actual files would be located, and on the front fun things such as a "Picture of the Day" section for people to upload funny or cool screenshots of the game in question. There would be a forum for people to discuss things too.

I was originally considering using phpBB for this purpose, but I've seen people say that website format can't really be designed for what I'm thinking of. Also that it keeps all uploads and attachments in one place and can't store much.

Could the current version of phpBB be used for what I'm seeking to do, or would I have to go with a different one? Or would I have to make my own site from scratch? I am considering this because there are a lot of cool (now) old games that I like that I want to generate support for, but I want to be the one laying out the framework for it.

Tig Rep. 1554
#2   20 Jul 2023
@KommissarReb (SW12) - The best starting point would be to start with a crappy but stable old PC running Linux or FreeBSD (or Windows Server if you are really brave) in your house as a development server.

Next, get familiar with this set up and how to run a web server.

Now on to the fun stuff:

  • Install someone else's code / package / application and see if you can make it do what you want.
  • Or, write some code and build your own.
Another option; use a Google Sheet and Google Drive or OneDrive or Mega or Dropbox to host the downloads. At the very least you could keep track of stuff with a Google Sheet while you start to work out the real website.

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