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I'd love a forum like this one on my website where participating teachers can share, search, and store effective lesson plans, units, and resources. How might I go about searching for the type of help I'd need to create something like that? My current website is on WordPress - can they handle a forum like this? I'd love to make it password protected - is that something that's inherent to the forum or to the site that hosts the forum?
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
No, wordpress can't handle that.
Google Docs is a great way for your participating teachers to share and store lesson plans, units and resources. It's free, but doesn't offer the level of search and varied user privileges you would be looking for.
Basecamp would be a great tool for you - but it does have a cost associated with it.
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If you want to look into getting a forum there are a number of options that range from free to expensive.
if you search for "open source forum software" you can find applications like MyBB.com and PHPBB.com. Many of the forum software programs have been around for years. While they are free, you will need to have some basic tech knowledge to install and run them. Some sites offer the software that is ready for use and you only pay a reasonable hosting fee. I think they also will provide some level of support.
The paid options may or may not require the same tech ability as the first option. What you pay for is generally a more refined and feature-rich application with less bugs and more security.
ALL forum software should have levels of security that you can configure.
And I would like to note that it's very possible to install forum software that is not exposed to the Internet, but only available to those on a local area network. While this limits the usability somewhat, it greatly enhances the security.
A forum platform like MyBB (as Christian mentioned) should be able to meet your needs.
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