Basically,I would like to create a networking site that is a forum, and utilizes some interesting Profile options that I have seen on a few sites, like Ratings, PMs, etc...(IF possible, individual ad space on each user's post). One good example of this is "christianforums.com". I am not new to forums, in fact I am quite addicted to them, but only from a user perspective. I really want to learn all I can about running a forum site.
Here are some major questions:
Which forum hosts are customizable and will yield a result like christianforums?
Do I need major programming prowess to do this or will basic skills be adaquate?
What kind of hosting memory will one need for a 10,000 member community? 100,000 members?
Any other BASICS that I would need to know.
Sorry if this seems like a lot.... I am desperate to get one going because my idea is pretty good. A large market awaits this idea, and it would rival craigslist and myspace if done right. A creative way to use forums to connect people and network.