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Web Wiz Forums System Requirements

Web Wiz Forums System and Client Requirements
Web Wiz Forums is designed for the Windows hosting environment, and has been designed to work with a variety of different server settings and locales.

Please check with your web hosting company or server admin that your web hosting account meets those requirements listed below.


Server Requirements

Web Wiz Forums has been extensively tested to run with any of the operating systems listed below using the Windows IIS web server with ASP enabled.

  • Windows Server 2008 with IIS 7 or above


Database Backend

Please ensure that the version of Web Wiz Forums you are running meets the database requirements below.

  • Microsoft SQL Server version
    • SQL Server 2005 or above
    • TCP/IP connections to the SQL Server must be enabled
    • Microsoft's MDAC 2.6+ drivers need to be installed on the web server.
       
  • mySQL version
    • mySQL 4.1+ or above
    • mySQL 5+ or above
    • myODBC 3.51 or myODBC 5.1 Drivers
       
  • Microsoft Access Version (not supported in production environments)
    • Microsoft's MDAC 2.6+ drivers need to be installed on the web server.

Please note: If running on Windows Server x64 then you will need to 'Enable 32-Bit Applications' in the website's Application Pool to run the Access, due to there not being 64-bit database drivers available for Access databases at the present time.

Server Requirements for Email Features

One of the following email components needs to be installed on the web server in order to use the email features of Web Wiz Forums.

  • CDOSYS
    Part of the Windows 2000, Windows XP Pro, and Windows Server 2003, operating systems. An SMTP server is also required.

  • CDONTS
    Part of the Windows 2000 operating system's, but can be installed on Windows XP Pro and Windows Server 2003. The SMTP server that ships with MS IIS also needs to be installed.

  • Persits AspEmail
    Available for most supported operating systems, also requires an SMTP server.

  • W3 JMail
    Available for most supported operating systems, also requires an SMTP server.

  • ServerObjects AspMail
    Available for most supported operating systems, also requires an SMTP server.


Server Requirements for Upload Features

One of the following upload components needs to be installed on the web server to use the upload features of Web Wiz Forums (Premium Editions).

  • Persits AspUpload 3.x (required for additional Upload Progress Bar and large file uploads)
  • Persits AspUpload 2+
  • Dundas Upload 2+
  • SoftArtisans FileUp 3.2+
  • aspSmartUpload
  • AspSimpleUpload


Server Requirements for Image Resizing

The following compoent needs to be installed on the web server in order for uploaded images to be resized in Web Wiz Forums (Premium Editions).

  • Persits AspJPEG 1+


Server Requirements for Friendly URLs (FURLs)

Web Wiz Forums has the ability to rewrite URL's for pages on English forums that are indexed by search engines and for ease of use. This improves search engine indexing by rewriting the URL include page subjects as part of the file name. One of the following is required to be installed on the web server in order for this feature to be available.

  • Microsoft URL Rewrite Module for IIS


Client Side Requirements

To use Web Wiz Forums the client needs to be running one of the following browsers (other browsers may be supported but are not tested).

  • Internet Explorer 4+
  • Firefox
  • Netscape 4+
  • Mozilla
  • Opera 4+
  • Safari
  • Google Chrome


Rich Text Editor (WYSIWYG Editor) Browser Requirements

To use the Rich Text Editor (WYSIWYG) to write posts, one of the following JavaScript enabled browsers is required.

Support Browsers
  • Internet Explorer 6+
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox 1+
  • Mozilla 1.3+
  • Opera 9+
  • Safari 3.0.4+

Supported Platforms
  • Windows
  • Apple Mac
  • Linux
  • Google Android

Server Requirements for SSL Web Page Encryption

Web Wiz Forums has native support for SSL Web page Encryption allowing sensitive pages such as Forum Profiles, Registration, Login, Member Control Panel, Admin Control Panel as well as other sections to use SSL Encryption. In order for this feature to work your website will need to have an SSL Certificate that matches the domain used for your Web Wiz Forums installation. Web Wiz Forums can then swap to SSL Encryption for those section mentioned previously.

Premium Edition Server/Hosting Requirements

To use Web Wiz Forums Premium Edition certain features need to be supported by your web host. These are very similar to requirements for PayPal IPN when using ASP. Please make sure your web host supports the requirements below:

  • Microsoft XMLHTTP Object (Microsoft.XMLHTTP)
  • Outbound HTTP Connections on TCP/IP Port 80 (not through a proxy server)

A 'Web Wiz Forums Server requirements Test' button is available in the Web Wiz Forums Admin Control Panel on the Premium Edition Upgrade page. Before you make your purchase, use this button to test that the servers of your web host can support the Premium Edition. You can also view our list of Unsupported Web Hosts.


No refunds can be given for unsupported servers as every effort has been made for you to verify that you are using a supporting web host before you make your purchase*.


*This does not effect your statutory rights


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