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What is phpBB?
phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customisable open-source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ. Based on the powerful PHP server language and your choice of MySQL, MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or Access/ODBC database servers, phpBB is the ideal free community solution for all web sites.
phpBB has been completely re-written since the first version. The current version is focused on a professional-quality modular design, high security, multiple-language interface, support for a multitude of databases servers and complete layout customisation, all with a low execution overhead.
phpBB is based on PHP, the fastest growing server-side scripting language on the web, which results in one of the fastest, feature-rich bulletin board systems available anywhere.
In addition, phpBB is open-source software so it has no fees, no subscriptions, and no restrictions on modifications. Couple this with a thriving and friendly phpBB community and you have a killer solution for creating communities on your site!
Features overview
  • Database Server Support
    phpBB uses a database abstraction layer to enable seamless support of several database servers:
    • MySQL 3.2x
    • PostgreSQL 7.x
    • Microsoft SQL Server 7/2000
    • Microsoft Access (via ODBC)

    ...with more databases available in the future.

  • Security
    Designed with security as a priority
    • Powerful and extensive authorisation system
    • Strong encryption to keep passwords safe in the database
    • Support for both cookie and URI-based sessions
  • Unlimited Forums & Categories
    Unlimited forums can be organised into as many categories as you like
    • Private forums and those only for specified user groups
    • Powerful search facility
  • Posting Messages
    Message formatting with various font styles and sizes as well as allowing quoting, code display, image posting and automatic URL linking
    • Support of standard and extended BBCode tags and controlled HTML tags
    • Polls can be simply added to posts
    • Email notification of replies to your topics
    • Powerful topic subscription capability
    • Original emoticons to portray emotions
  • Versatile User Groups & Forum Permissions
    • Powerful forum, user and group permission management
    • Control forum access to specified user groups
    • Control all aspects of the posting experience
    • Allow limited access to viewing, posting, replying and many other options
  • Member Features
    • Unlimited members
    • Personal profile creation
    • Post counting and administrator-definable ranks for users
    • Email-like private messaging system
    • Supports local, remote and uploadable avatars
  • Moderation Features
    • Topic editing
    • Mass delete/move/lock/unlock of posts
    • Topic splitting
    • Option of auto-pruning of old or unanswered messages on a per-forum basis
  • Easy to Use Administration Centre
    • General configuration
    • Forum & category setup
    • Easy database backup and restore
    • Disallowed usernames
    • User authorisation
    • Word censoring
    • Complete member management
    • Emoticon setup
    • Optional new post verification
    • Extensive ban management, ban by email address, username or single/multiple IP address or hostname
    • IP tracking of posts and posters
    • Mass emailing of groups and users by the administrator
Style and Customisation
  • Multiple styles available for the user to choose from
  • Templates separated from the PHP code so that new layouts can easily be created or integrated with your current site design
  • Complete control of fonts and colours with cascading style sheets (CSS)
  • Active community creating addons and specialised modifications
  • Default style compliant with XHTML 1.0 and HTML 4.01 recommendations from the W3C

All this is supported by a thriving and friendly community of almost 6000 members there to help with any problems, suggestions or just for general discussion!

Installation requirements
  • A webserver or web hosting account running on any major Operating System
  • A SQL database system, one of
    • MySQL (3.22 or higher)
    • PostgreSQL 7.0.3 or higher (preferably 7.1.x or 7.2.x)
    • MS SQL Server (7 or 2000) directly or via ODBC
    • MS Access (2000 or XP) via ODBC
  • PHP (3.0.9 and above or preferably a recent 4.x) with support for the database you intend to use.
Interested in Help4Hosters installing phpBB for you?
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On average, we will install phpBB forum for you within 24 hours during the business week upon the receipt of your payment.

If you have a special request about phpBB customization, please send us an email with the description of the work that you need to be done. We will evaluate your needs and get back to you shortly.

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