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:

UL to host forums for sheriff, council, parish president
The Daily Advertiser
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, along with The League of Women Voters, will be hosting a series of forums in September, featuring candidates running for Lafayette Parish Sheriff, Lafayette City-Parish Council and Lafayette City-Parish President.

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Forums planned for at-large council candidates
Worcester Telegram
The Initiative for Engaged Citizenship said it will host a 2015 Worcester City Council At-Large Forum series in partnership with Worcester Common Ground, the Worcester branch of the NAACP, and a coalition of other nonprofit community organizations.

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Springfield mayoral candidate Johnnie Ray McKnight calls mayor's absence at ...
SPRINGFIELD – Mayoral candidate Johnnie Ray McKnight, in a prepared release, said that Mayor Domenic J. Sarno's decision to not participate in forums or debates before the Sept. 8 preliminary election is "disrespectful" to the voters and the community.

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Chicago mayor tries to build support for harsh cuts at budget forums
Emanuel, along with his budget director and chief financial officer, will take suggestions from the public at the evening town hall meeting, followed by two more such forums on Wednesday and Thursday. Emanuel has not held a public budget meeting since ...
School protests hijack Chicago mayor's budget forumThe Fiscal Times
Chicago taxpayers sound off at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's public forum on city budgetWLS-TV

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Community forum at Okemos church set for Sept. 24
Lansing State Journal
OKEMOS – Faith Lutheran Church will host a community forum on issues of race, ethnicity and culture at 7 p.m. Sept. 24. “We have decided to hold a series of community forums to have an honest conversation about the reality of racism within us and ...

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Springfield mayoral candidate Sal Circosta criticizes incumbent's absence at ...
SPRINGFIELD – Mayoral candidate Salvatore "Sal" Circosta said it is a "pretty sad state of affairs" that Mayor Domenic J. Sarno recently said he is too busy to participate in a series of candidate forums, including three this week, but has time for a ...

Two Valley forums this month to focus on teens' use of meth, heroin
Terre Haute Tribune Star
The second forum is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at Gibault Children's Services, 6401 S. U.S. 41 in Terre Haute. Mary Beth Mullen, an addiction therapist at Hamilton Center, will discuss heroin use among young people, including the health risks ...

Channel News Asia

PAP, 5 Opposition parties to appear on televised political forums
Channel News Asia
The English- and Chinese-language forums will involve the representatives discussing questions submitted by the public and curated by Channel NewsAsia. In the English-language forum, the parties will be allotted time to state their positions, followed ...


Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno declines to participate in any debates or ...
SPRINGFIELD – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday he is too busy with work and family commitments to participate in any mayoral forums or debates before the Sept. 8 preliminary election, despite invitations from four organizations. "I'm doing my job ...

Herald Sun

Can We Talk? The Sunday Telegraph's forums hit the road in Newcastle, Dubbo ...
Herald Sun
10-10.45am – headspace/NRL wellbeing chat with State Of Mind ambassadors Dan Hunt and. Andrew Ryan. 11am – Outdoor coaching clinic. 12.30pm – BBQ Lunch. Registration not required for the Dubbo NRL clinic. Evening: Can We Talk Forum at Dubbo ...

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