Thanks for the encouraging words about RF Cafe - it's a
lot of work.
I just located this forum, and it is
entirely free. Go here to download it:
You need to have access to a database on your web
hosting server. Mine uses mySQL (also an Open Source
I followed the installation and setup
instructions provided with the program and it worked
the first time!
I believe that you can submit
problems to the PHP website and they'll try to help. There
is also a very extensive forum on the site. There are an
incredible number of options and controls you can set as
The new counter I added is also
in PHP code. Although you'd think it would be even easier
than installing a sophisticated forum, the darn thing gave
me fits while trying to configure it to count every page
on the site while not needing to put duplicate code in
every folder. I actually had to hunt around and learn a
little PHP coding to finally get it working.
best part of all this is, as mentioned in the original
post, is that now I'm entirely free of the FrontPage
Extensions, which have been a pain from day one. The forum
function provided by Front page would not recognize a line
feed, and its proprietary coding was easily buggered if
you happened to dink with the wrong file, and it was easy
to accidentally publish an empty file over top of the one
on the remote server with all the messages. If you've been
following RF Cafe for many years, then you know how many
times the forum has appeared and then disappeared. It was
a nightmare. Good riddance.
Since finding the PHP
forum, I've recognized many websites that use it,
including some very heavily trafficked commercial sites.
Well, that's a lot more than you asked for, but it
shows how glad I am to free of FrontPage! Good luck in
setting yours up.