After five years of development PhpBB 3.0 is available.
Already about 500 extensions available.
For some blogs a forum can be an essential add-on!
PhpBB 3.0 ‘Olympus’ comes with many new features and improved security. The new features include UTF8-Support, better treatment of search engines, temporary banning of users, multiple anti-spam features, better log and reporting functions, guidelines for user names and passwords, attachments, speed increases by using multiple caching mechanisms, and loads of other improvements. The number of available translations increased from 50 to 61, including languages written from right to left.
Let’s check the PhpBB 3.0 news and see some other nine solutions…
PhpBB 3.0 Comparison And Feature Set
- Comparison of phpBB with three other Popular (?) Forum Solutions
- PhpBB 3.0 ‘Olympus’ Feature Highlights
Very impressive feature list but:
Negative killer argument: PhpBB does NOT support RSS!
If you take a look at the BlogBridge forum which is powered by PunBB you will see that you can subscribe to RSS feeds for every forum category and for every single forum. From my personal experience I know that I don’t follow forums where it is not possible to follow all discussions and complete threads via RSS. PhpBB 3.0 not offering RSS feeds is a very big NoNo!!!
Semi RSS feeds are no answer. I also follow (read: try to follow) the Gregarius feed aggregator forum which is powered by Vanilla 1.1.2 and Vanilla only offers a castrated feed. The RSS feed does not show new discussion items but only the very 1st item. At least you know that something is happening but I definitely don’t want to load each thread in the browser every time somebody posts a ‘me too is having the same problem’ item.
Sorry PhpBB 3.0, a dead horse is a dead horse is a dead horse! Integrate RSS feeds in your forum software and I might look again.
If I have a blog and I want to integrate forum threads then I must have the possibility to update content blocks on my blog via RSS!!!
Linklist: Alternative Forum Software
I did not check all links and I did esp. not test the different forum software but here are some links extracted from the comments in two German Pro-Linux articles: 1st beta of PhpBB 3.0 and PhpBB 3.0 published In ascending alphabetical order:
- fudForum – Multiple mentions
- PunBB – Multiple mentions
- Simple Machines Forum – Multiple mentions
- Tefinch Discussion Forum
- Unclassified Board
Bonus: More Forum Software Comparison Pages
- Wikipedia: Comparison of Internet forum software (PHP) – This is a comparison of the features of various Internet forum packages written in PHP.
- Wikipedia: Comparison of Internet forum software (ASP) – This is a comparison of the features of various Internet forum packages written in ASP, ASP.NET, and variations thereof.
- Wikipedia: Comparison of internet forum software (other) – This is a comparison of the features of various Internet forum packages written in languages other than ASP and PHP.
- My favorite: ForumMatrix – This is the right place to compare the features of all those forum tools (aka. bulletin board systems) you heard of. Example page comparing phpBB 3.0, punBB, Simple Machines
Well, as a blogger you should definitely not only look at the feature list. More important are questions of how to integrate a forum into your blog. Somebody willing to write an article? My two word article would be ‘Take Drupal’ (and start from scratch).
Somebody willing to shoot with the social networks canons(s) to promote this little list?