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

In The News:

Baltimore County schools to host forums on magnet programs
Baltimore Sun
Laurie Trentler, PTA president for Cromwell Valley Elementary School, has been rallying parents to attend one of the magnet school forums being hosted by Baltimore County. Trentler, photographed at the Towson school in September, has been fighting to ...

Forums set for candidates for Danville school board
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
DANVILLE — Danville school district voters will have a chance to hear how this year's seven board candidates stand on a range of issues at two candidates' forums. The candidates, who are vying for three open seats in the April 7 consolidated election, ...

Cerritos College hosting forums for candidates vying to be school's next president
Long Beach Press Telegram
The forums will be held in the Cerritos College Teleconference Center, 11110 Alondra Blvd. in Norwalk. Monte Perez, president of Los Angeles Mission College, will be featured at a forum from 4 to 5 p.m. March 11. Also March 11, Angélica Loera Suarez ...

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Oswego village, school election forums planned
Chicago Tribune
A public forum for village offices will begin at 6:30 p.m. March 9 at Village Hall. Angie Hibben, chamber president and CEO, said the first portion of the forum will feature eight candidates vying for three open seats on the Village Board. She said the ...
Oswego Chamber to Host Election ForumsPatch.com

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Georgia Execution Drug Pentobarbital Is Popular In Suicide Forums
While problems with the lethal drug Pentobarbital forced the postponement of an execution in Georgia, it is a hot commodity in online forums for suicidal people. A simple search for “Pentobarbital” in the “alternative suicide methods” Google group ...


Public forums seek input for next Palm Beach County school superintendent
In April, the school board is expected to choose a handful of finalists to interview. The schedule for the public forums is as follows: Tuesday, March 3, starting at 6 p.m. at four locations: * Boynton Beach High School,4975 Park Ridge Road, Boynton Beach

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Candidate Forums Set in Indian Prairie School Board Election
Two forums are scheduled for four candidates vying for three open seats on the Indian Prairie District 204 school board in the April 7 election. Seeking election are incumbents Justin Karubas, Lori Price and Mark Rising, along with candidate Renata Silva.

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School district schedules public forums on boundary line changes
Community forums have been scheduled for residents to provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed changes. Each runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will provide the same information, though questions and comments from residents may differ:.

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

CSU to host open forums with presidential candidates
CSU stakeholders will share in the selection process during candidates' campus visits and open forums by submitting feedback online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSUPresident. After the candidates' visits, the presidential search committee will ...
First of 5 CSU presidential candidates speaks at open forumWTVM

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Public forums scheduled
Baltimore Sun
Public forums scheduled. Metro Centre at Owings Mills. Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting eight community forums on magnet schools, which are open to the public. One was already held March 3 at Woodlawn High School. Those still to be held are:.

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