Creating a Message Board
A message board can be a stand-alone feature or an important component in a forum. A basic forum has at least four tables, one each for messages, membership registrations, threads, and replies. However, to save space, and deferring to the subtitle of this book, “A Simplified Approach,” this chapter describes a simple message board with a table for messages and a table for members. My hope is that a grasp of the principles of this message board will inspire you to expand its features and explore more complex solutions. For your interest, at the end of this chapter I added a chart showing how you could enhance the message board to create a forum.