Installing Beehive

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2005-02-15 Print this article Print

Beehive requires web hosting that provides PHP 4.1.0 or above, as well as MySQL 3.5 or above. It also helps to have phpMyAdmin if you need to edit the database later for some reason. Check with your web hosting company to make sure you have all the requirements before you attempt to install Beehive. This release also provides an easy to use install/upgrade script. Just follow the instructions in the readme.txt file that comes with Beehive. Even if youve never installed a piece of software like Beehive, you should be able to get it up and running with relative ease as long as you have the requirements listed above. The script runs in your browser. You just need to upload the Beehive files to your directory on the server and follow the install instructions in the readme.txt file.
The Beehive Interface
Beehive, like its closed source cousin Prospero, uses a frames-based interface. This has the virtue of eliminating the constant back-and-forth navigation between the thread listing and messages that plague other kinds of message board software such as phpBB and vBulletin. Its very fast to move between threads and "quick-click" through messages in a section.
The left frame is where you navigate between sections and between threads. The title of each section can be clicked to open a longer list of threads. At the very top of the left frame you can click links to access your private messaging inbox, create a poll, or start a new discussion. You can also start new threads by clicking the "Post New" link inside the thread list for that section, or you can click the total number of threads at the top of each section to see a longer list. The drop down menu at the top of the left frame lets you choose the way you want to view threads in the left frame. For example, you can choose to view threads from the following options:
  • All Discussions
  • Unread Discussions
  • Unread To Me
  • Todays Discussions
  • Unread Today
  • 2 Days Back
  • 7 Days Back
  • High Interest
  • Unread High Interest
  • Ive recently seen
  • Ive ignored
  • By ignored users
  • Ive subscribed to
  • Started by friend
  • Unread started by friend
  • Polls
  • Sticky threads Continued...

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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