I am looking for low-cost (free, if possible) links or software to create (1) an open forum/message board, (2) a live chat and/or (3) a search page for my website: http://www.virtualboricua.org
and would appreciate any information or links you can provide. I am not interested in using anything that requires banner advertising or that is not adaptable in terms of design. I like all the options that Yahoo Groups offers, for example, but I want something that's more original and I don't want to spend a lot of money.
Secondly, I tried to create horizontal drop-down menus using both DreamWeaver and Xara Webstyle 4.0, but couldn't quite figure out how to get the menus to show on uploaded pages (Xara works great on photo albums and headers, etc.). I have opted for AllMenu temporarily but the software requires me to link each and every new page created before uploading. Any suggestions?
Thirdly, I would like to include a few audio (and possibly video) files. How do I go about doing this (what is needed in terms of software and hardware)?
Finally, Jose, I love the setup for this forum (and your news and photos sections). Could you explain the software and pocedures that are involved (cost, links, etc.). For example, what the heck is Movable Type and how do I learn how to use it without reading 500-page manual?