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    phpBB VS Discourse

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  • Simple Machines Forum

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  • WordPress

    phpBB VS WordPress

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phpBB reviews and mentions

Posts with mentions or reviews of phpBB. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-15.
  • A First Look at Hanami 2 for Ruby
    6 projects | | 15 Dec 2022
    I have had a test Hanami application since the beta 1 release. It is a plain old server-rendered discussion forum - think something like phpBB. The app checks how much effort it takes to add common features to a Hanami application, such as user authentication, file uploads, etc.
  • ‘I am 30 years old and I miss the old internet. The beautiful people are in charge, just like everywhere else’
    2 projects | | 16 Oct 2022
    All the old forum software is still "out there" and still being developed, like vbulletin and phpBB so in principle there's no reason why we couldn't bring them back...
  • Mashup of Reddit and discord - does this exist?
    5 projects | | 12 Sep 2022
    Maybe a kind of Forum like phpBB (one of the most known and old around) will fit your needs?
  • Ask HN: Is there a self-hosted alternative to Facebook Groups?
    4 projects | | 6 Aug 2022
  • I miss the the old Web 1.0
    9 projects | | 6 Mar 2022
    BBS/Forums: Simple Machines or phpBB
  • What Other Open Source Apps Run on XAMPP/Php + SQL?
    2 projects | | 23 Feb 2022
  • Would anyone be interested in joining a forum alongside this subreddit and discord server?
    2 projects | | 11 Nov 2021
    I'm thinking about diversifying how users can access CodingHelp by opening a forum. Either ran with MyBB, phpBB or XenForo (XF). This is something I would add in 2022 as I haven't even started looking into the 3 software platforms I would choose from. I know the differences from past experiences, but I haven't used them in years.
  • Use forums rather than Slack/Discord to support developer community
    20 projects | | 8 Nov 2021
    So what's everyone's favourite forum software? Which of the many packages out there would actually be suitable to replicate the usability of Slack/Discord, without making all of the messages disappear like in a black hole?

    1) Discourse:

    Looks pretty modern and also offers managed instances if you'd like, but i can't help but to feel that it's pretty JS heavy and there is perhaps too much whitespace, which makes navigating longer threads somewhat cumbersome. To me, it seems like a case of UI > UX, which is an upsetting trend that i've noticed ("make something pretty rather than something functional").

    2) Flarum:

    This one is perhaps a bit better in my eyes as far as the UX is concerned and seems to have actually been developed as a mobile first forum. It does have that modern look while at the same time being reasonably functional, and the idea of putting the forum structure tree in the sidebar actually works pretty well!

    3) phpBB:

    Personally, this is my favourite from the "traditional" forum software, since it's really usable, it keeps a good information density, doesn't lose usability and isn't as JS heavy as any of the other alternatives. Also, there are plenty of plugins and even the default functionality provides you with most of the things that you'd like in a piece of forum software and the hardware requirements are pretty low.

    As someone who runs a phpBB forum or two myself, the biggest pain is perhaps updating, since you run into the very same issue of never knowing whether an update will break something or not and you might have to manually alter some config files if things go sideways. Also, admittedly, the admin UX could be better, but i guess that's just the software showing its age.

    That said, old is not necessarily always worse.

    4) Simple Machines Forum:

    To me, it looks like a slightly simpler alternative to phpBB, with similarly good readability, slightly lower information density, but overall a very similar look and feel to phpBB. Can't talk much about its features, but some people have recommended it in the past.

    Also, in regards to the free plan memory limitations, has anyone here experimented with self-hosted IM solutions? Personally i'm running a Rocket.Chat ( instance which seems pretty nice and functional, for example, for a smaller software developer team, though others also have had good experiences with Mattermost ( or other software.

  • Ask HN: What is the next Reddit, for you? (2020)
    6 projects | | 21 Oct 2021 - the #1 free, open source bulletin board software
  • Lemmy a federated open-source alternative to Reddit
    15 projects | | 7 Sep 2021
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Basic phpBB repo stats
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phpbb/phpbb is an open source project licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 only which is an OSI approved license.

phpBB is marked as "self-hosted". This means that it can be used as a standalone application on its own.

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