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Is PHPBB right for me?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:29 am
by Winterdiva
Hi all,

I am trying to build a community (a simple discussion forum). Just starting out and never done this before, so please be patient with me ! I have some programming experience, but thats from the days of structured programming COBOL etc.

Is PHPBB easy to customise for a simple discussion forum?


Thanks, any relevant advise welcome!

-Winterdiva

Re: Is PHPBB right for me?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:33 am
by KevC
You can try the demo out
https://www.phpbb.com/demo/

There's a login, you can create forums and posts and then it'll delete in an hour.

You can also install it on your own computer for a longer try
Installing and Setting Up Your Own Web Server

When it comes to customising I guess it depends what you want to do. You can certainly change the logo and colours pretty easily or install a whole new style. Extra features can be added with extensions which are just uploaded and activated. No coding needed.

Re: Is PHPBB right for me?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:38 am
by Winterdiva
That sounds great. Thanks KevC

I have a feeling that most of my users might want to participate via an app (on their mobiles). Is that possible with PhpBB ?

Re: Is PHPBB right for me?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:06 am
by KevC
phpBB 3.2.x is responsive so it's not really necessary. There is a third party app called tapatalk but it has quite a lot of known security issues.

Re: Is PHPBB right for me?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:07 am
by Winterdiva
Gr8! Thanks :)

Re: Is PHPBB right for me?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:13 pm
by Winterdiva
Would it be possible to make it an invite only forum?

Re: Is PHPBB right for me?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:39 pm
by david63
Winterdiva wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:13 pm
Would it be possible to make it an invite only forum?
Yes - you set up a Q&A for registration with the question "What is the secret code?" (or something similar) and then give the code to those you want to be members.