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    GRAPHIC DESIGNER visualkreations's Avatar
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    am i allowed to use PHPbb?

    Is it legal for me to use PHPbb or do you have to get a licence or something?

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    It's free software. You can use it without paying for it or penalty. I think the only requirement is if you want support you have to leave the phpBB link in the footer. But don't quote me on that.

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    thanx , but why do most people use Vbulletin ? does it have that much more features? becuase vbulletin u gotta pay for it.

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    vBulletin offers a lot more features then phpBB and is generally considered the more "professional" forum software. There are MANY threads here at SitePoint covering the debate about whch one to use. Do a quiclk search and see what people have had to say about which one to use and when.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visualkreations
    thanx , but why do most people use Vbulletin ? does it have that much more features? becuase vbulletin u gotta pay for it.
    You get what you pay for.

    Free= low quality *cough*Weekly security issues with that chepo board software.*cough*

    Pay= High quality, hince all high quality sites use vBulletin.

    *ducks*
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    If you want an insecured forum software - as a forum, then sure.
    You're allowed to use it
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    It's really not as bad as everybody makes it out to be. Is it vulnerable? Sure it is, it's the most widely used forum software and it is open source, so of course there are vulnerabilities. That said, there are plenty of security patches for phpBB - though you will never be 100% secure. vBulletin and IPB are better pieces of software, and that is why they cost money

    If your main concern is security, I'd suggest looking into SMF - it does not have as many features as phpBB, but it is faster and more secure

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    I've been using it on couple of sites for almost a year. Just keep it updated and it's secure as all the other boards IMO.

    Although out of the box it's the best forum software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTAce
    It's really not as bad as everybody makes it out to be. Is it
    If your main concern is security, I'd suggest looking into SMF - it does not have as many features as phpBB, but it is faster and more secure
    SMF has more features than phpBB, what features does phpBB have that SMF doesn't?
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    I dont see anything wrong with using phpBB. Just find all the little holes in it, and if you fix those its a perfectly good forum to use. But i wouldn't suggest using it, if your site is based around a forum. such as this one.

    Tho i prefer using IPB.

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    my opinion is that phpbb's security problems lie in giving out the code

    it makes it much to easy to the code to be analysed for issues, errors and weakness's

    ive been using phpbb for a while now ( as part of phpnuke ) ive been hacked once
    i used the phpnuke system called sentinel to protect my site and it couldnt stop the hacker either, luckily it did log the hackers details and i reported the hacking to the computer crimes section of the FBI, they enforce hacking laws worldwide and had the person done for hacking the content and look of my site

    now half the problem lied in my choice of software, unwilling to pay for more secure software as this was my first website i planned on working on to build into a community.

    so in a way i asked for my own problems by such a point and now look towards leaving phpbb and nuke behind in favour of security .vs. cost

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    actually also id like to point out that i lost numerous content pages in the thousands and lost places in google because 90% of my content was lost so i had much less pages in google. i also lost the ability to do a reeling in the year news feature i wanted to do because the old content wasnt there.

    it was sad but there is nothing i can do now only look to the future

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpvr
    If you want an insecured forum software - as a forum, then sure.
    You're allowed to use it
    I haven't met any person who can hack phpBB.So why you call it insecure?

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    Because it seems a security update is released every other week for it (at one point that was actually true). Plus some serious hacks have happened as a result of the flaws. One even used Google to automate the process. Still, despite its bad reputation I still consider phpBB a viable option.

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    phpbb has a huge community, so lots and lots of mods and some very good skins for it which makes it a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTAce
    It's really not as bad as everybody makes it out to be. Is it vulnerable? Sure it is, it's the most widely used forum software and it is open source, so of course there are vulnerabilities. That said, there are plenty of security patches for phpBB - though you will never be 100% secure. vBulletin and IPB are better pieces of software, and that is why they cost money

    If your main concern is security, I'd suggest looking into SMF - it does not have as many features as phpBB, but it is faster and more secure
    SMF has more features than phpBB. I believe you mean it doesn't have as many features as vBulletin (although a lot of vB's features are just bloat in my opinion...).
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    I have quite a few phpBB sites that I maintain and the MODS can be a PIA when updating to a newer release, especially if you are using a custom skin that has been heavily modified itself. All of the forums I'm involved with require attachment or file upload ability and that's the very first mod you have to install into phpBB.

    I have been looking at SMF as a replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visualkreations
    Is it legal for me to use PHPbb or do you have to get a licence or something?
    No license required. Anyone can use it.

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    I use IPB. Better t pay for license than see your forum (phpBB) hacked. I noticed many hacked phpBB forums and never noticed hacked IPB....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milt
    I have quite a few phpBB sites that I maintain and the MODS can be a PIA when updating to a newer release, especially if you are using a custom skin that has been heavily modified itself. All of the forums I'm involved with require attachment or file upload ability and that's the very first mod you have to install into phpBB.

    I have been looking at SMF as a replacement.
    Attachments is a standard feature in SMF. The attachment system in SMF is also more robust than the one for phpBB - you can specify how many files can be uploaded per post, the maximum size of each individual file, the maximum size of all files (per post), what types of files can be uploaded and even limit attachments to specific boards/membergroups.
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    I use phpBB and I love it! It seems like its been around alot, the support is great and its FREE!

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    You cannot use phpbb it is illegal in 49 STATES.

    And I don't think you live in Wyoming.
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