(New to the group. please let me know if this should have been posted somewhere else).
My school is considering implementing a Bulletin Board in our Admitted Student Portal (internal site) to help our newly admitted students exchange information, build community and allow the administration to send messages to the entire group as a whole.
We are currently using Yahoo Groups and would like something more user friendly and integrated into our site (and with search capabilities). Needless to say, cost is an issue, as it is the ease of implementation.
We are leaning towards using an externally hosted discussion board solution (no need for all the other fancy social media features offered by Ning or Facebook). The only features we need are document repository, search capabilities and customization of the look and feel). This product will tie us over until next year when we will be rolling out something more robust.
If anyone has experience with hosted discussion board solutions that match my description please drop me a line with that information. Thanks in advance for your input.
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