3 Reasons Why PHP Message Boards Rock

If you are web designer, chances are you include forums on at least some of the sites you manage. If you haven't explored PHPBB2 you are missing out as this type of message board offers to designers a forum that is well supported, easy to manage, and above all else: free! Let's see why PHPBB2 is a hit with so many web designers.

Compared to some web designers, I am relatively new to the business. I created my first forum with MSN groups in 2002 then, six months later, I made the move over to EZBoard. Sure, it did not have all the bells and whistles of vBulletin and other corporate developed boards, but it did the trick for me. That is, until EZBoard was hacked and my livelihood nearly disappeared in moments some two years later!

In search of something different, I considered the move to vBulletin, but I was quite frankly not wanting to shell out license and upgrade fees on a regular basis. At the time of the EZBoard incident, I was running six forums, so I knew that I would eventually have about that many when I completed my transition away from EZBoard.

So, why PHPBB2? For three reasons:

1. It is free. Yes, absolutely! Since it is "open source" code, developed by the developers, it is offered as a free download to whosoever will. Believe me that is a big appeal and, apparently, many designers around the world feel the same way as over 200,000 people are members of their support forum.

2. It can be used across platforms. Whether you work in Windows or Linux, IIS or Apache PHPBB2 is usable and fully functionable.

3. Highly modifiable. Open Source extensibility is evident with the incorporation of PHP, HTML, CSS, and MySQL into the forum.

For the novice, PHPBB2 does take some getting used to especially since you are responsible for installing, maintaining, backing up, upgrading, and modifying your own forum. For your benefit you can access onsite Flash tutorials which are a great way to walk your way through the installation process too. As with any software it is vulnerable to outside attacks, so take care to make sure you regularly back up your forums and familiarize yourself with the security procedures.

In all, PHP message boards really do rock and at a price that cannot possibly be beat!

Matt runs two PHPBB2 sites at http://www.aviationemploymentboard.net and http://www.corporateflyer.net

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Iowa City Press Citizen

Solon superintendent candidates speak at forum
Iowa City Press Citizen
The Solon Community School District during public forums Thursday introduced two candidates for its superintendent position from school districts in Ottumwa and Hudson. The Solon Community School Board met in a closed session at Solon High School ...

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Dallas Morning News (blog)

Rawlings announces forums to 'gather valuable feedback' about 'new' Trinity ...
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As you'll note they're scattered all over the city: The first forum is scheduled at El Centro College's West Campus on N. Hampton Road, and then they bounce around all over town — from Fair Park to Northwest Dallas to East Dallas back to the Arts ...

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The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Solon to hold superintendent search forums
Iowa City Press Citizen
The Solon Community School District will hold two public forums Thursday to gather input on two finalists seeking the superintendent position. The forums will take place at the Solon High School media center at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. School board vice ...
Solon to hold public forums with superintendent candidatesThe Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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M&I Forums becomes a CMP Preferred Provider
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Meeting & Incentive Forums, a global leader in pre-scheduled 1-2-1 appointment trade shows for the meetings and incentives industry, has become a CMP Preferred Provider. This certifies that M&I Forums meet the requirements for attendees to receive nine ...


Heroin Forums encourage help from community
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil is continuing the war on drugs with two heroin forums to give citizens information on what is being done to curb the heroin epidemic and how community members can help. Billboards placed throughout the county have ...

Business forums mull over policies
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BUSINESS forums organised by the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry do more than just promote networking and the sharing of ideas, says secretary and public relations officer Shalendra Prasad. "We hold about three to four forums annually and ...


Upcoming Community Forums: Petroleum Pipeline Safety in Contra Costa County
The forums include speakers from the national not-for-profit Pipeline Safety Trust, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Kinder Morgan, the company operating petroleum pipelines throughout Contra Costa County including one in the Iron Horse Trail ...

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Contra Costa pipeline safety forums open to public
Contra Costa Times
The forums will include speakers from the national nonprofit Pipeline Safety Trust, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Kinder Morgan, the private company operating many of the petroleum pipelines throughout the region, including one beneath the ...

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Hamilton County sheriff holding community forums on heroin
CINCINNATI -- In an effort to have the public partner with police combating heroin use, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is holding a pair of forums. Heroin has become “the drug of choice” for many because it's cheap and accessible, according to ...


Forums aimed at drawing presidential candidates to the Quad Cities
The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, St. Ambrose University, and the Quad City Times got together to create the Quad Cities New Ideas Forum. The idea is to invite presidential candidates to take part in a series of forums, held over the next eight ...
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