After the software is installed, the following will need to be done to start your forum:
1) create a project directory
2) create a database and initialize tables
3) test run the site
4) deploy on a real web server
This document briefly goes through steps 1-3. For more detailed information, please visit Askbot project documentation and the support forum.
Askbot ships with a script "startforum" that can be typed on the command line and the project directory will be created in the location you choose.
There are many methods to create the databases - for example - many hosting providers have handy tools helping to do that easily.
Use PostgresQL database, if possible, but askbot will work with MySQL. Other database engines may work as well, but they were not yet tested.
At the minimum, a database user name and password will need to be entered in the file "settings.py".
Finally, initialize the database tables and test-run the forum:
python manage.py syncdb
python manage.py migrate
python manage.py runserver :8000