-- Installation : Easy
-- Administration: Easy
-- Usabitlity : Easy
From phpBB website:
What is phpBB?
Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.0 “Olympus” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes.
With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB™ will grow with, and compliment your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB™ is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.
PhpBB is one of the software that support most of major database systems, so you will not have any problem to install it. A Microsoft IIS Server can be only used with a PHP plugin (which is of course not provided by Microsoft).
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What is required to install it
The latest version of phpBB can be downloaded from www.phpbb.com and is available as both tarball and zipfile. Uncompress the archive, put it in your Web server, and set up a database in whatever database program you're going to be using. From there, phpBB has an install script that guides you through the rest of installation process.
phpBB is one of the most favorite bulletin boards of all, one of the reasons for that is it is free and open source phpBB has been in development for quite some years and has won the hearts of many, it is easy to install / uninstall and also the management is pretty simple aswell as the styles management.
phpBB has been extended from phpBB 2 to phpBB 3 although phpBB 2 is still supported by the community phpBB3 is bundled with big improvements to its current backend / front-end and also dozens of this features has been added making phpBB one of the most successful forum softwares out on the internet.
phpBB3 is quite easy to install since a pre-made iinstaller is already bundled with the package, all you have to is setup the mysql information, upload all the files and follow through the simple step-by-step installers instructions.
One of the most amazing features of phpBB3 is that it has been coded so that it displays SEO friendly URLs making your forum more reachable to search engines, even though it is not a new functionality to the forum systems. phpBB3 should be the first open source forum software to offer that capability other premium forum softwares such as vBulletin & IPB has these features but are not free & open source like phpBB3 is.
phpBB3 offers complete control over your forum, there are numerous and i do mean numerous site offering phpBB mods which can let you enhance your already super cool forum into something more awesome. You can different type of mods which helps you add or improve your phpBB forum, one example is that you can add a mod that lets you add a Arcade System into your forum from which your forum members are able to play games on the forum. There are dozens of mods to choose from so phpBB is quite big.
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