hmmm, i thought it can be edited in the admin panel just like vbulletin. Oh welll, ok i hope it will be included in phpbb 2.2
I absolutely don't like complex template editing via web interface.
It's much more comfortable to load the .tpl in Quanta+ and enable HTML syntax highlighting.
I've been looking for a great forum system to replace the free hosted one that I've used for years.
phpBB is definitely the way to go
I've been looking seriously at Ikonboard v3.0, though I don't want to install it yet because it's still in Release Candidate 2a and pretty buggy.
True, true, true. Very buggy although iKonBoard has greatly improved (as has phpBB)
It looks great though,
it looked much uglier before subSilver was out :p
with an extremely easy installer,
extremely easy, you call that???
Well maybe for Perl/CGI it is
easy, but chmod here, chmod there, multiple steps, .tar archives, thousands of paths to enter... missing Berkely DB Modules which you have to ask your hoster to install...
phpBB (1+2) installer is just one simple step which requires you to enter you Database details
a lot of features,
I guess iKonBoard 3 has more features than phpBB2, but Group Management is extremely ugly, not to say unusuable, and there are many features which make the board look blown up.
A smart board and hacks to install when you need 'em is much better imho
and mySQL support.
--[--SNIP--]-- But, I clicked on the link to phpBB v2 and I'm amazed at how much it looks like Ikonboard v3.0.
As noted above, iKonBoard looks like phpBB2 [not the other way round] (still much uglier if ya ask me, tho)
What I'm wondering is, does anyone here have experience with both Ikonboard v3.0 and phpbb v2?
I'm a former iKonBoard v2 user and have of course tried iB3.
Does phpbb have as many AdminCP and configuration options as Ikonboard v3.0?
No, it hasn't.
iKonBoard 3 Admin Control Panel is full with options and stuff no1 understands...
no that ain't true of course. I think I'm getting all the options offered.
Just to name some:
- integrated language & skin editor
- Database switcher (from binary file to MySQL, PGSql etc.)
- Premade SSI support
- MIME Type editor for "Attach file to post"-Feature
Phpbb v2 appears to be faster than Ikonboard v3,
imo phpBB is much faster, even when using iB with mod_gzip & mysql
but is it as secure as Ikonboard,
even more secure, I'm sure. I've heard about some exploits in iB3 recently (guess they've been fixed, tho)
or do you still have to move files and hide files and hope that no one finds the file that has your admin password in it?
For Databse-access, there is one file which contains you Database password, yes.
But unless your hoster is stupid, this shouldn't be a problem and there is no good way around this
Sorry if that doesn't describe earlier security issues correctly, but that was the impression I got from reading many posts here.
phpBB2 is a complete rewrite, and atm there are (afaik) no known security holes
I guess what I want to know is why I should use phpBB v2 (when it is released) instead of Ikonboard v3
easy. it's better, it's open source, it's faster, the community is great, phpBB group ain't 0wned by some company. Maybe you are a PHP fan. Maybe you want reliability.
No - It's more a thing of personal preference whether you're choosing to use iB or phpBB.
I suspect that speed and server resources may be better with phpBB. Is that true?
I guess yes, although I'm not that sure. But from what I've heard, CGI scripts are more resource consuming than PHP
What other things are better here than at Ikonboard.com?
There isn't much I could tell you. iKonBoard is a great board, there Community is huge, their support forums well-visited.
And their lead programmer, Matthew Mecham, is a fine boy
I'm not trolling here -- and I'm not interested in "phpBB rules" type of replies
But that's the truth
-- I'm seriously looking for the best free bb I can find. Thank you to anyone who can help me decide.
Hope I could help you decide