Your university account might not cut it. I have a forum too, it’s really easy. Here’s a quick run down of the steps you’d take to get (a phpBB one) setup.
Woah, they got all kinds new stuff there (or maybe these aren’t new and I never noticed).
Check that wherever you plan on hosting it meets the requirements.
Installation of phpBB 2.0.11 requires the following:
* A webserver or web hosting account running on any major Operating System
* A SQL database system, one of:
o MySQL (3.22 or higher)
o PostgreSQL 7.0.3 or higher (preferably 7.1.x or 7.2.x)
o MS SQL Server (7 or 2000) directly or via ODBC
o MS Access (2000 or XP) via ODBC
* PHP (3.0.9 and above or preferably a recent 4.x) with support for the database you intend to use above
If your server or hosting account does not meet the requirements above I am afraid phpBB 2.0 is not for you.
You’d want the full full zip.
After that, install it:
Basically you can unzip the file you downloaded and upload the contents of that file into the directory to want phpBB to run in.
Once all the files have been uploaded to your site you should point your browser at this location with the addition of install/install.php.
You’ll need some info here about the php database you want to use.
Just download it and get your hands dirty. I guarantee you’re going to run into problems installing it no matter how much you read. You don’t have to worry about “breaking” anything so hop to it.
I haven’t officially started selling my hosting/computer services, but if you need a cheap host and/or help getting things setup, let me know . I have fantastico so you can do the whole setup in less than 2 minutes.
I’d also recommend getting an account on phpBB. The people there were very helpful when I ran into problems with installation and other issues.