Apart from the less than $2 a month fee for the hosting package, iPage also supports vBulletin, a popular forum management tool that is very helpful for sites that want to run on user-generated content via forums.
Forums can bring it lots of foot traffic to your site since these people tend to be loyal visitors that contribute to the content of the pages. At the same time, forums are valuable references for research topics of virtually any category you can think of.
vBulletin is a software application developed by JelSoft Enterprises. It is written mostly in PHP and is backed up by MySQL databases. This makes it very popular to most developers around the world since it is pretty easy to understand and tweak.
For those who are beginning to use vBulletin to manage their forums, we have some very useful tips for you on how you can manage and improve your vBulletin forum pages.
Spam is harmless at best and a resource eater at worst. How do you minimize spam within our vBulletin pages? Here’s how:
Moderate your new registrants – keep track of your new members and observe their posts. Most of the spammers are new additions to the site with the sole intention of inserting links and spamming the rest of the community.
Include an email verification step in your registration process. Including a CAPTCHA or a verification link that is sent to the used email address can help filter bogus email addresses.
Use vBulletin 3.7 or higher for some automated spam filtering features.
Routinely update the required questions for registration completion so that the spammers would at the very least, be kept on their toes.
Have Typepad and Akismet as your anti-spam services running through your vBulletin pages.
Although some spams might still pass through, diligent forum management via the site administrators is one of the most effective ways to weed out the spammers from the rest of the helpful forum community.
Another feature that is mostly requested in forums is how to customize the user profiles. Everyone wants their own voice to be heard and one of the most common outlets is via their user profiles.
Profile title text color is controlled by the body_color code in the profile page
Page link color is controlled by link_color and the pagebackground.png file
Module text color is controlled by blockhead_color and the moduletextcolor.png file
Button text color is controlled by control_color with the buttontextcolor.png file
Button background is controlled by control_background and buttonbackground.png file
Content text color (one of the most commonly altered properties) is controlled by postbit_color.
Remember to use the 6-character hex values for the colors.