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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great free fast & easy setup forum with great mods"

    May 31, 2011  |   By BOttaviano

    Version: phpBB 3.0.8

    Pros

    Free, easy setup, many mods, great admin panel.

    Cons

    None yet that I can see.

    Summary

    Been using phpbb3 for about a month now and found it to be very easy to administer. I have very little css & php experience but was able to quickly modify my pages to my custom css. I have also added a blog and image resizing mod with little effort.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "cant even figure out how to get the damn thing to work"

    August 1, 2007  |   By shurlocke

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    couldn't even use it!

    Cons

    online instructions everywhere suck bad, they don't tell u where to get phpmyadmin, or mysql, write instructions as if you know how to use those latter two, and i keep running into dead links.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Welcome to hell"

    August 11, 2006  |   By sammydavisrox

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    Stay away from this like it is the plague! Or better yet, try asking your host about phpbb before you download it. When I first asked my host about it, they told me that the software was full of bugs and that I was probably better off with something else. But I couldn't find anything else at the time. Now I wish I would have listened. The whole system seems like it was designed and is now run by 5 year olds. And I guarantee you'll run into a new problem every week, regardless of your history in web design. Most of the things that you think should come standard in the software, aren't included. Instead, you have to download 10's - 100's of modifications just to set the board up to make it useable... ergo, some of the mods like the the descriptive time zone mod. Something as simple as time zones that list more than just GMT +1, 2, and 3 hours should be built into the software. How many people can tell you what GMT timezone they're in without further instructions? On their so-called "support forums" about 90% of the people there think mods like that should come standard and become exasperated thanking the person that made the mod. But they still wouldn't consider making it a standard feature if you stabbed them in the eye with the idea. There are dozens of other 'mods' that you would think should be built in but you wind up putting in months to install yourself. They have a mod called Easymod which is supposed to install everything for you. But more often than not, it fails.

    Cons

    And none of these modifications are 'easymod compliant.' They have a system set up to tell you if it is compliant with easymod and they do sometimes 'validate' the mods with the auto-installer, but they aren't actually sure if it's compatible. Therefore, the system never gets used and you really can't tell if it's going to ruin your whole board or not... until you install it. Trying to get help from their support forums, is like trying to get money to rain down from the sky. It's almost impossible. They have a search feature set up to go through (over 1,000,000 topics) but it doesn't work. More often than not, you'll run into a blank white page or be presented with 1 page of completely unrelated topics that gives you the option of going to one of the other page choices at the bottom of the screen, which leads to a blank white page. So now you're only choice is getting help from them directly. Oh, you don't want that... Good luck finding the right forum(s) to put it in. If you put it in the Support forum, they'll tell you it's a Dicussion problem. But if you put it in the Discussion forum, they'll tell you it's an operator error. More often than not though, they'll just tell you said something wrong in your message and lock your topic. They couldn't be any less friendly. You sometimes may get lucky enough to have another visitor of the forums answer your question for you but most of the time, those questions either go unanswered or they're received with hostility. Having phpbb is like having three wives. Imagine the stress that would bring, or just download phpbb and see for yourself. But you've been warned.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Download problems"

    July 22, 2006  |   By robphil777

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    If you visit their site @ phpbb.com you can get the latest download. I don't know why the link isn't updated but it shouldn't be a hindrance to downloading what seems to be a TOTALLY FREE and USEFULL program. Cnet use to have links to the publishers websites which I've always used to be sure that I had the latest download file. Apparently cnet has disabled this.

    Cons

    Not known at this time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "sweet"

    February 25, 2006  |   By smart_phil_dude1

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    this is very helpfull

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Refusal to download = Bad review"

    January 12, 2006  |   By Overkill97

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    Wouldn't download through Firefox, IE, or by using alternate links. Per previous reviews, it sounds like they've got a problem.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "not bad"

    October 17, 2005  |   By darkcarnival

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    It's a good program for those who don't want to code their own. It is also better on updating security holes than other board software(counting vbulletin as well). it may get attacked more but that's only due to the huge fanbase it has(its just like how windows keep getting attacked alot)

    Cons

    support could be better, esp for those who are trying to find converters. can't tell you how many people I see get ignored when they ask for a converter that works for what they use and what version they use at that. In short, they seriously need to update their converter paks as most of those span to versions made 5 years ago. but support is something they need help on.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great"

    August 14, 2005  |   By testsims

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    Cool free download

    Cons

    Nothing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent OpenSource software"

    July 13, 2005  |   By Anon_

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    It's free. The support is great, and can be moulded into any site. There are hundreds of individual skins available to make your site stand out, and the modding community is huge, with over 380 offical mods validated, and hundreds more in beta and at 3rd party sites. Incredibly easy to set up with a 2 step install system, and runs on free software, Apache, PHP and MySQL. Unlike other forum systems, this can be used on other database systems. MSSQL, Access, and Oracle among others are supported, with Firebird and SQLite being added in future versions. There is no bloat to it, all the essential features are there, and every other function you could imagine is available. It is also incredibly secure, provided you keep up to date with releases, is rock solid. It's incredibly flexible too. Being free it's suitable for small sites, and being open source it's also suited to the largest user base. The biggest forum on the web, Gaia-online with over 300 million posts posted by 2 million users with over 20,000 users online at any time uses phpBB as it's backend. It's really that stable.

    And it's the only suitable open source forum. Most other true open source forums are minimal, and don't have everything it takes to have a fully functioning site. And others claim to be open source, but really aren't. Go with phpBB, you can't go wrong.

    Cons

    vBulletin fans

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great!"

    April 4, 2005  |   By maddudeonline

    Version: phpBB 2.0.8a

    Pros

    there are so many 100% easy to customise

    no ads

    easy to install

    classic

    great support

    Cons

    the only con is like to code my own but thats just me :)

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