>I am just starting out. I would like to put up a message board on my new site,
>and maybe a search engine. Does anyone know anything
A great place to start your search for ready made scripts is at http://www.cgi-resources.com
You may also want to check out a tutorial found at http://www.webteacher.com/perltour/ titled "CGI for the Total Non-Programmer"
Both of these will get you started... from there it's just a matter of figuring where you get 'stuck' if you have any problems installing the scripts you would like to have:)
Hope this helps