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mak123 on February 1 2013 11:49 am
i Must say this is one of the great Php scripts for all developers.
mohammed on August 19 2012 09:55 am
simply, I loved it :)
no-xs on January 19 2011 05:51 am
I love the Forum and hate the Admin-Panel.
While the forum is really powerful and you have a lot of options, the admin-panel is as un-intuitive and complicated (not complex, but really senseless ux).
Brendan on November 5 2010 09:42 pm
Spam bots? You have to be kidding me. I run a phpbb3 forum, with over one million posts, there has never ever been a problem with a spam bot.
I love phpbb3, it's easy to manage, sure the permission system is hard to get a handle on at first but once you do, you see the wisdom in it. There is nothing I haven't been able to do with phpbb3.
ashesh on August 31 2010 12:16 pm
Easy to use and customize
cjk on August 10 2010 07:40 am
Great piece of software, easy to use, once modx is installed, easy to install mods, more themes available than you can poke a stick at, changed from vBulletin 3.8, seems to be having a far lower load toll on my sql server. Also happier users are happier with the interface.
Vikas on June 29 2010 03:12 am
It is very easy to install and easily customize according to site. Nice functionality also.
D_comp on April 20 2010 07:35 am
phpBB is a popular BB, but not good.
I've used vBB, and after that I've tried MyBB. So on I saw my friend phpBB forum, it's so ugly.
Other side, phpBB too hard to get mod.
If vBB is 10 points - So MyBB get 9.5
I love MyBB
EZ on February 22 2010 04:35 pm
I installed the last version and tried to use it for the first time - I am a newbie. I heard good things about it and I am very disappointed. Installation is very heavy, guidelines are hard to follow, up too many features and permissions are impossible. After struggling with support on and off I decided to find another application. This one is too complicated for my needs.
Ivan on February 21 2010 10:06 pm
Great and best free forum. Good support, features...best choice. Phpbb3 with MODs can do anything as other forums.
Dee on February 7 2010 11:36 pm
Looks nice to the user but it a total pain to manage - also you have so many spambots hit your site
Tuxy on November 26 2009 06:14 am
IÂ´ve used phpbb2 for many years too. When phpbb3 came up, I decided to convert to another forum software.
The main reason was a lack of simplicity for many forum admins, used to work with phpbb2. As stated before, installing and mantaining mods is a nightmare. Besides, permissions system is too complicated for some people.
I also worked hard to fix some of old phpbb2 styles for the new version. And now, none of them will work on v 3.0.6.
I donÂ´t agree with those who say they have a great support either. After posting several questions without an efficient reply, I had to ask my friend Google to solve my problems.
Too many difficulties here. ItÂ´s time to move to a script with an easier way to customize mods and styles, and a better support.
phpbb2 lover on November 19 2009 03:58 pm
phpbb3 .. well I dont like it. Dont curse me. I know what i am saying. I used phpbb2 for 5 long years .. then they released phpbb3. Its was completely different, code was different, templating system was changed. phpbb2 templates couldnt be used on phpbb3. The upgrade was crude, then never helped or did support over the migration from phpbb2 to phpbb3. Maybe they were to happy to recreate phpbb3 that they complete forgot phpbb2.
I was one of those who would kill someone for saying a word against phpbb2 or its team. One of the active member with 5000+ post in the Phpbb forums.
But every good thing has to end or change. So did the phpbb2.
I shifted to Vb. I used to hate Vb.
Good Luck to everyone. Take care buddies.. Still cant forget phpbb Team. Thanks for being there friends.. Forum scripts are nothing if PHPBB was not there.
Mani on November 19 2009 01:51 am
Its fantastic... easily install and understandable. Thanks to developers.Good job.
Mark on September 22 2009 01:27 pm
Great script and very configurable. However lacks certain email on event settings and adding mods is a nightmare.
Try SMF before you settle for you board script...
Mike on September 15 2009 03:51 am
vBuletin and Invision are superior to phpBB: in appearance, usability, and ability to modify. Yes, they have fees associated with them, but the old axiom regarding receiving what one pays for holds true here.
Brian on August 4 2009 09:11 pm
I dislike phpBB 3. I found that it was far to complicated to use when you just pick it up. Far more complicated when you come from phpBB 2. It's far to complicated to install mods. If you are a beginner, I do not recommend it. I recommend MyBB over phpbb 3. Only thing phpBB 3 has going for it, in my opinion, is a large mod database and community.
Brendon on August 1 2009 10:00 am
Was weighing up differences between phpBB3 and SMF. Decided on phpBB3 because it looked nicer. Install seemed slick.
I was about to declare victory when I ran into the 1-year old "re-authenticate forever" bug which phpBB seem to think doesn't exist, despite Google being swamped with evidence. Took me a few minutes to confirm that being a proxy server is the problem (particularly ones that fan out requests across IP addresses).
So, if you don't mind shutting out most corporate users and many people behind ISP proxies, then this is for you. But if you don't want to piss anyone off, then avoid at all costs.
balour on May 9 2009 08:53 am
My main concern about PHPBB, is the fact it send back
password and id at the registration time. This can
drive to trouble water for users who don't take care of their password and sometime use the same password on all their Internet business. After discussion on PHPBB board, the only solution to this issue was to have each Forum owner to alter the registration templates.
Ivan on April 24 2009 08:18 am
Not even better than SMF/MYBB. Time consuming to install mods, and a spambot target if you don't update it. However it has a great support from the community, they are nice and helpful.
Member in VN on January 17 2009 02:21 am
Oh! Very Nice Script
Rebecca on May 1 2008 10:06 am
I've been using phpBB for many years as my forum of choice for various clients, and I don't intend to change which is a recommendation in itself. My clients have been very happy with it and say that it is easy to use and administer. It is also easy to implement your own design. However, it is commonly targeted by spammers and hackers, so it is very important to install the security fixes when they become available. So you can't just install it and think there's no maintenance other than administering the boards.
Aaron Wingender on April 29 2008 10:05 pm
Great forum, I dont see any negative comments which is true. They have great support in the rare case you find you need help. Running Phpbb3 and Joomla 1.5 integrated no problems A++
Cham on November 21 2007 05:18 am
Definately a winner when it comes to speed.
Alex on February 5 2007 02:40 pm
I must say I love phpbb it's my favorite forum. The biggest reason being that the other good ones aren't completly open source and have custom licenses. Also the new phpbb3 is a lot better than phpbb2.
Paul Millar on January 23 2007 09:47 am
Just recently started using PHPBB to setup a new football forum. It is so easy to use and I love all the skins and plugins you can get. I have recently added embedded news feeder to display the latest sport.
glenm on December 18 2006 01:53 am
Some of my sites are based on PHPBB. it's a nice free PHP forum script, but still have many bugs need to be fixed. Hope 3.0 can give us a fresh feeling.
abhishek kumar on December 5 2006 02:54 am
There is no doubt that phpbb is the best open source forum. Adding new mods to phpbb is slight difficult, but if you use easy mod then your job becomes much easier. Also a large number of attractive templates are available on the internet. If you want to develop a community site then I must recommend to use phpbb as your forum.
Gerald Zuckerwar on November 15 2006 03:42 am
I've been using phpBB for almost a year now. I'm not a programmer, but I know just enough to be dangerous! The support is great, lots of advice on how to customize the code.
na on November 14 2006 01:14 am
This is the best forum software available. The only real competitor would be vBulletin, but that one has a fee attached. Since phpBB is open-source, it has many advantages such as that many people help improve it, and that many people know the code and are therefore able to provide guidance. I can't wait till 3.0 gets out of beta!
Doug Stacey on November 4 2006 06:21 am
Still going strong 1 year on - thanks phpbb! JUst keep it updated...
galib on November 1 2006 07:48 am
An excellent forum software. Loads of support, extensions (mods) and plug ins. With the right modes installed phpBB can turn your site into a very successful one and will keep your viewrs comming back for more. My viewers love it. I Highly recommend phpBB.
Ernest on October 1 2006 04:20 am
Hello, I do not know, maybe You know this script already but I am very happy using IPB, http://www.invisionboard.com - It is the best script ever! Ofcourse You need to pay a good amount for this but it is good price for so good script.
glenm on August 4 2006 02:55 am
Very good php forum system.Because it's free and open source,so often hear of it was hacked.
serendipia on July 31 2006 08:12 am
Hard to upgrade but its free and good integration with nuke portals
Tom on March 31 2006 09:18 am
It's a great bulletin board, but a complete nightmare to update if your board uses addons or custom themes.
Bobby on March 21 2006 10:23 am
If you want a really good version of phpbb Check out integramod. It is PHPBB with over 100 pre-installed mods. intergamod google it.
Hasnain Khattak on March 17 2006 11:26 am
I have been using This PHP based PHPBB forum on my site since 2 years. I have upgraded to its latest version. I havea found it suitable for every kind of users, although many modules are not built in but are available as add-ons and great support site is there with good documentation. Its my first Forum management software and i first time set up it last year and now working on new one.
k4be on March 10 2006 01:23 am
I got phpBB 6 months ago, it has been hacked, and now i do not use it anymore :/
Don Brown on March 2 2006 03:40 am
I've used phpBB for years and I love the system. Eay to install for a beginner, yet robust enough to serve a veteran's needs. Very custonizable look, too. My only complaint is that my phpBB forums get creamed by netbot spammers.
Laura on February 28 2006 04:32 am
Runs our new forum perfectly, loads of styles available and a good support base, well recommended!
Captain on February 21 2006 06:45 am
I finally found a good peice of forum software... they have their own book so i think that says it all.
sanny on February 15 2006 10:40 am
Great forum software. I'm using a zonex from zonemetrics.com which is based on phpBB but with better SEO. However I've liked the phpBB a lot. It's a truly revolution in the forum software.
MC on February 10 2006 04:52 am
Very many cms systems have some problems, but w cannot do anything :(
Kdo.vi on February 6 2006 08:49 am
Great phorum system but here is problem... spambots :(
doug on February 6 2006 08:40 am
Great little forum package, can be integrated with fantastico for easy client install, Runs our little photography Forum really smoothly. good stuff...
Master Cobra on January 29 2006 04:16 am
ah, and there is also many bugs ;] have fun :)
Michael on January 26 2006 10:48 am
I've always been a fan of phpBB. It has plenty of features built in and there are a lot of hacks/themes to help work it into your site. The admin interface is also very user-friendly. Another plus is that the phpBB community is HUGE, so you'll never have trouble finding help when you need it. Note: Some people prefer the lighter punBB, so you might want to check that out. It's also on opensourcecms.com, so just find the link in the menu.
Styx on January 9 2006 05:25 am
I've been using phpBB for the past two years and have loved it since day one! I moved from running one forum to running twelve with almost 60 different mods installed to the boards. Although updates are variously frequent and sometimes a hassle to integrate, they give me a sense that I'm secure and that the phpBB team cares about keeping me secure. phpBB.com also offers a very helpful community of experienced members who are happy to try to answer any question. It is simply an easy forum to install with much to offer and much more potential. And with phpBB's huge lineup of mods and mod authors, (including the database of mods at www.phpbbhacks.com), there's now practically a mod for almost anything you can think of. But there's more. phpBB is planning on introducing the phpBB 3.0 line, which will have many more features than the current 2.0 line has. phpBB Olympus will definately be something worth trying when it comes!
Johnson on January 2 2006 11:00 am
Not great -- eight (8) updates to apply in 2005! Very tedious. Looking for something more secure and stable.
Bradly on December 27 2005 05:53 am
This forum is great. The admin panel is easy to use and quick to learn. Tons of mods are available at phpbb.com and as a total noob I was able to load these with little problem. Easily the greatest forum out there!
arjuna on December 20 2005 04:24 am
wow, this is amazing..its easy to learn and one of the best around..
Doug on December 16 2005 05:09 am
PHPbb is one on the best ive used,, Its important to update regularly, because it's one of the biggest out there its prone to security attacks, And once a flaw is found the news spreads fast! Very good support. Recommended.
alnuke on November 30 2005 08:05 am
i used the one ported for phpnuke (bbtonuke). I like this forums because it is flexible and many hacks available that can be applied to suit my website. I would highly recommend this forums.
JOhn on November 28 2005 02:03 am
Been useing this for small to large forums i host for a long time now and its one of the best. Amazing forum, and petty much a staple for many websites. Just make sure to keep on top of bugs and security like any free script and you will have a powerhouse of a script with tons of mods available.
digitalSURGERY on November 8 2005 03:09 am
We used this on one of our clients sites, and it proved itself worthy of a gold star in my books. miniBB is also pretty good, but for features, stick with phpBB :)
megri on September 14 2005 04:56 am
Well Great forum script I have been using from last three years on 5 forums and it is working fine.the problem is that update are very frequent as you have to update site from time to time. Further If you use search engine mod for title in URL your site will definatly rank on google and other search engines
navy on August 31 2005 05:48 am
Very very good script just look about which version you install for securyty reasons, but the problem is far now, and i have inserted this one in my oscommerce .. it works perfectly ...
SteveT on August 22 2005 10:46 am
Howdy! I've been using phpBB for a couple years now and like it a lot, BUT it's security issues have been serious and I am now moving the board off our main server and on to its own isolated server because of the barrage of attacks on us. phpBB's popularity and past security issues has made it a popular target in the hacking community. phpBB staff has been good at addressing issues as soon as they become known, but as a board manager, you must be prepared to be diligent about updates and apply them right away when they are announced and become available... good practice, anyway, I suppose, but it's a hassle if you run multiple boards. Also, the more you modify the board, the more of a hassle it is to update and sometimes requires making edits on the code level. Spammers also exploit phpBB boards unless you use the visual confirmation code feature. Over all, though, we're sticking with it and are otherwise very happy with phpBB and use it for forums, FAQ, project organization, and personal notes. --ST
bushak on August 8 2005 10:22 am
Its realy great. I've use this script since version 2.0.3. Now it has so many mods/hacks... Look at my phpbb + portal = http://jsm.hukm.ukm.my
marcus23 on July 22 2005 06:46 am
Recently phpBB was hit by numerous bugs. So watch out for version you're going to install.
Bjarne on July 16 2005 12:58 pm
After testing a bunch of cms's and forums, I settled for phpBB. Yes, there are some limitations, for instance is there no mod interface / api - so all modifications and add-ons are done by modifying the source code - but - the huge community around phpBB makes it a very well supported solution. I recommend it.
Matt Williams on July 13 2005 03:08 am
We just put this message board up to replace our old one (Ceilidh from Lilikoi Software). It's great and we love it. We also like the number of templates available for download and all of the other extra features being developed for this system.
Dave Proffitt on June 9 2005 03:08 am
phpBB is great. I have had it running since February 2005 without problems, and wouldn't be without it.
James on June 8 2005 09:47 am
phpbb, definately simple to set up and configure, probably a 'must have'.
Lei on May 6 2005 11:43 am
robb on May 5 2005 05:31 am
robbs site - this looks great certainly
Jack on April 30 2005 04:48 am
Phpbb is the best free forum tool. Easy to use and customize.
CQRT on April 2 2005 04:05 am
PHPBB has been the perfect blend of customizable and community supported software for my needs. I also find the price attractive ;). Board installation and requirements are explained well. You should put plenty of research into what is already posted on the support forums at PHPBB's own website as well as what it takes to mod/hack the forum to have your own style & features. Until you are thoroughly familiar with how to customize the forum you might want to limit advertising to a few friends who will help you test and not be upset if the forum goes down (or gets reinstalled). I had only minor hiccups during installation but worked through them and I encourage you to try doing it yourself, as well. But if you find yourself completely lost reading the installation docs then you might want to consider a professional installer.
Mads on March 15 2005 07:14 am
phpbb_fetch_all mod seems to make it easy to use your phpBB as a backend for your homepage. A bit of php is required, but seems like a nice way to expand your forum into a cms.
doug on March 4 2005 01:31 am
Excellent forum software - Has improved VW Circle - excellent community forum
james on February 12 2005 05:27 am
phpbb is great. it's quick, easy to use and administer, and there are phpbb modules for almost every popular cms
Dennis on February 9 2005 11:34 am
RE: My phpbb was hacked a few days ago. Lost everything because of some security flaw. The security flaw was NOT, repeat NOT in the phpBB application itself, it was in AWstats which runs on their server. Please get your information correct before posting a comment. As of 9 Feb 04 http://www.phpbb.com has a letter up explaining (as best they could) what has happened. phpBB has had some security issues in the past but was patched almost immediately. It's a great product and even better community.
Dickson on January 12 2005 11:56 am
My phpbb was hacked a few days ago. Lost everything because of some security flaw.
Shobhit on December 15 2004 11:55 am
PHPbb is just the BEST :-) It is Fast, secure, full of features and addons, easy to use.
zilla774 on December 15 2004 04:11 am
I have phpBB running on all my projects and I can say that it is simply a joy to use. It has a very simple, easy to use browser enabled install. Gets it right first time everytime. The administration section is not hard to learn and certainly beats the competition. It is extremely well supported and has a wide variety of skins which again, are extrememly easy to modifiy once you get used to the way its all laid out. Adding Users, Groups, Private areas etc is all very fast and easy and I never have any trouble administrating or moderating all the sites I have under my control. A major plus point is its easy integration with other full CMS like Mambo and PHPnuke. Combine phpBB with PHPnuke and you have formidable site. I've never had any security issues with phpBB either. Maybe I am just lucky....
hung nguyen ngoc on December 5 2004 07:00 am
This open source is very good not only in GUI, but also in functions. Thanks very much to developers.
Chris on August 22 2004 04:01 am
phpBB is fantastic. Certainly the best open source forum solution, in my opinion better than paid forum systes like vBulletin.
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