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    Question PHP-Beginner

    Hello all....

    I just joined up a couple of days ago. Sorry if this is not the proper place to ask this.

    I want to start up my own PHP forum? Where do I get started on it?


    Thanks...

    BBB

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    There are a number of free forums that you can download. Once you have chosen one, there will be a number of steps to install it. Usually:
    - copy the files to your website
    - create a database
    - create a database user
    - edit a configuration file so that the forum can access the database.

    That is a very brief overview, and it will differ from forum to forum.

    You may get recommendations to use various forum systems. I generally find the following link is useful to check out what people have to say about various free forum systems. Scroll down until you get to the list of "forums".
    http://opensourcecms.com/index.php?o...388&Itemid=143

    HTH
    .s

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    Hi Baseball Babe,

    If you only want to create a very simple forum, you may want to refer to this thread.

    For premade and free forum, I would recommend phpbb

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    PHP BB is too complicated if you are new to the PHP world. I think you should first look for something lighter.

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    phpBB is relatively simple to install if you follow the config. I think it's a good way to get a jump in (though learning the language is even better!).

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    Question

    I'm putting together a site for my high school reunion. I want to integrate forums, and I have two requirements:

    - single sign on (sso) based on the site's profiles (as opposed to the forum's)
    - consistent look and feel with the site

    Is phpBB still the recommended solution?

    I heard it had security issues. Have these been resolved?

    Thanks!
    - AAA
    - A. Alfred Ayache
    PHP/MySQL ZCE

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfred3x
    I heard it had security issues. Have these been resolved?
    The known security issues mainly affects those boards that are still using the old version
    phpbb forum is safe if the forum admin upgrade its version consistently (currently version is 2.0.18).

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfred3x
    I'm putting together a site for my high school reunion. I want to integrate forums, and I have two requirements:

    - single sign on (sso) based on the site's profiles (as opposed to the forum's)
    - consistent look and feel with the site

    Is phpBB still the recommended solution?

    I heard it had security issues. Have these been resolved?

    Thanks!
    - AAA
    I just recently installed phpbb on my website after months of slackign off and debating whether to write one myself. Once i got it installed, I chose a new "skin" that was easy to edit to make it match the 'look and feel' of my site. i swapped the header images with my own, changed a couple colors in the .css file. The login integration part was a bit tricky for me because i already had my own users table. I eventually found a good prewritten class on phpclasses (search for phpbb login integration and look for phpclasses.com) I used the class in my login verification script and my logout script. So now my users only have one single login to go through.

    All in all, i'd recommend phpBB. There's a ton of resources out there. A lot of people have gone through the same issues you'll go through. As far as beign a novice, the installation of phpbb is really simple. it does all the work for you. I'd suggest first downloading it onto your dev machine and install it there. Then copy all the installation files to your webserver then rerun the install files. Worked like a charm for me.

    As far as the security issues, i believe its been solved. I think they've put out a number of new releases since that vulnerability was discovered, but once again i'm assuming so double check with them.

    best of luck.

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    Thanks, Hogarth! You've allayed my fears.

    BTW, what was the skin you selected to align with your look and feel?

    - AAA
    - A. Alfred Ayache
    PHP/MySQL ZCE

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfred3x
    Thanks, Hogarth! You've allayed my fears.

    BTW, what was the skin you selected to align with your look and feel?

    - AAA
    Its the aphrodite skin. It looks good by itself, very clean and simple.

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    Unhappy Desperate Cry For Help

    Hi Hogarth:

    So, I've installed phpBB, tracked down PHPBB_Login on phpclasses.org (at http://www.phpclasses.org/browse/package/1532.html) and tried using it. I'm afraid it didn't work for me the first time.

    I'm guessing it has to do with synchronizing my user table with BB's. I've looked at the bb_users table, and it mostly seems pretty straightforward. But then there's the groups table, and things get a little messy for me there.

    Any words of wisdom, encouragement and insight?

    Thanks,
    - AAA
    - A. Alfred Ayache
    PHP/MySQL ZCE


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