Anatomy of a Flip: Day 5

Sorry this post didn’t make it officially on Day 5. The Boston Celtics game took precedence over the blog last night. Glad to see the Celtics are going onto the finals, and also very glad to see that I’ll be finished with my flip early!

Day 5 consisted of one task, and one task only. Create an interactive web forum that easily allows users to create an account and communicate together. This might sound like a huge ordeal requiring knowledge of PHP and MySQL…well, I do know PHP, and I do know MySQL, and I didn’t write a single line of code to create my forum.

I use GoDaddy’s Hosting Connection to automatically setup and configure an advanced user forum with a robust MySQL database running behind it. This is unbelievably easy to do and is one feature that makes GoDaddy an excellent hosting provider for domainers, especially flippers.

In the Hosting Connection section I simply selected Simple Machines Forums and hit install. A few minutes later I had a forum up and running on FitnessGames(.)us. I was then able to login to the forum and setup the different message boards, login settings, etc.

After twenty minutes I was done! You can view the completed board (before it is linked-into the site) at the following link: View Forum.

Task: Create interactive web forum  with PHP front-end and MySQL backend
Time to complete task: 20 minutes

That’s it. Today is officially Day 6. I’m going out to see a movie and then, when I get back, will spend the 30-45 minutes required to finish The site will go live on Sunday – one day early, and all with less than an hour of work a day!

Stay tuned later tonight for the last installment of Anatomy of a Flip!

You can always view the flip in its current state at: FitnessGames(.)us

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  • Danny June 1, 2008, 2:28 am

    Thanks for the post. Isn’t the forum overkill? To get a forum odd the ground you will require a large user community who invest time in posting. Surely such a community won’t be drawn to such a site or perhaps I’m wrong?

  • Morgan Linton June 1, 2008, 3:26 am

    Thanks for your comment Danny – this is an excellent question. While a forum does take time to grow it is absolutely essential that your flips allow people to interact in some way with each other.
    Over time the goal is to generate reliable monthly traffic – a web forum, chat room, any way that you can help your domain name’s visitors interact with the website will keep people coming back.
    Given that it takes about 15 minutes to get a forum up and running it’s a very small time commitment for what could become an essential draw to your site.


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