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    I use phpBB, I have no complaints.

    Sure from an admin standpoint it doesn't have as many features, but it has everything I really need. It may not be as good as vB, but it is infinitely cheaper.
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    I actually say... Use whatever works best for you. For me personally, I wouldn't use anything less than vBulletin. However other people have their own needs and a different product may fit those needs.

    Ask me to recommend something, it will be what works for me. That doesn't mean it is the best product for you.
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    My bad, sorry.

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    Originally posted by Kail


    1. The template system used by phpBB is extremely powerful and easy to use. Most people who call it "hard to use" have barely glanced at it. It requires no programming skills, just some basic HTML coding knowledge. I've never seen anything that compares to it. The vB template system with custom code snippets is inferior to phpBB's template system.

    Well, I just installed phpBB - the install was slick as a whistle!

    But it would be nice (necessary!) to add a header, a footer and optionally a sidebar, but I'll be darned if I can find anything in the docs or on the phpBB site. Came here to do a search and found this thread...

    Manybe there's a doc file I haven't looked at...

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    Documentation is one of the weaker aspects but is being improved constantly. There aren't many documents currently but several are being made. Send me a private message and I'll send you some links to documentation on how to edit headers and footers.

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    Thanks Kail and iFroggy for the links!

    I'm not done yet (haven't started. Still reading.) but I think I'll be able to figure this out from the data you have directed me to.

    Perhaps I'm wrong-headed, but it just seems to me that integrating a script with an existing site is a pretty common need. Isn't there a simpler way to structure phpBB? What are we talking here? Including 4 files at max - a header, a footer, a left sidebar, a right sidebar.

    As easy as it may ultimately be, it just seems to me that it shouldn't require a PHD in phpBB to accomplish this...

    That's again for the guidance guys!

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    Well, I use the following script to put some pages inside of my header and footer, not sure if it helps you.

    See it in action:

    http://www.sportsforums.net
    http://www.sportsforums.net/links.php

    It has to be in the directory that the forums are in.

    PHP Code:
    <?php 
    define
    ('IN_PHPBB'true); 

    $phpbb_root_path './'//<-- modify 
    include($phpbb_root_path 'extension.inc'); 
    include(
    $phpbb_root_path 'common.'.$phpEx); 

    $userdata session_pagestart($user_ipPAGE_INDEX); 
    init_userprefs($userdata); 

    include(
    $phpbb_root_path 'includes/page_header.'.$phpEx); 
    ?> 
    <! -- DO NO CHANGE/ADD ANYTHING ABOVE THIS LINE !!! --> 

    <table width="80%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="center">
      <tr> 
        <td> 
          <p><font size="2">Text</font></p>
        </td>
      </tr>
    </table><br>

    <! -- DO NO CHANGE/ADD ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE !!! --> 
    <? 
    include($phpbb_root_path 'includes/page_tail.'.$phpEx); 
    ?>

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    phpBB is good. vBulletin is also good.

    vBulletin is paid software and phpBB is open source software. With vBulletin, you are paying for the polite technical support. If you need technical support, and you need the security and reliability that goes along with it, then get vBulletin.

    If you want something that is very high quality, efficient, fast and is free, get phpBB.
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    Originally posted by iFroggy
    Well, I use the following script to put some pages inside of my header and footer, not sure if it helps you.
    The result is what I'm looking for.
    I see where the header and footer are being included, but I'm not clear on how the forums replace the table with the word "Text" in it...

    I still have a couple of references from yesterday I need to read. Perhaps they will shed some light.

    Is this off-topic! Should I start a new thread?
    The example sites I linked to from phpbb.com didn't use headers or footers. Seems this topic might be of interest to others.

    BTW - http://www.sportsforums.net/ is looking good!

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    Well. PHPBB are the best BB's u could use for free. and if you are looking for new designs. maybe u coould use templates. ull find some at phpbbhacks.com(ifroggy's). if u want to make ur own. u can do that by knowing what file of the temp shows what and how is it arranged !
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    Herbster,

    The code I gave you allows you to create simple pages with your phpBB header/footer automatically on them.

    Thanks for the complement on SF.n.

    What are you looking for exactly? (I am confused right now as to what it is exactly.)

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    Originally posted by iFroggy
    Herbster,

    The code I gave you allows you to create simple pages with your phpBB header/footer automatically on them.

    Thanks for the complement on SF.n.

    What are you looking for exactly? (I am confused right now as to what it is exactly.)
    Nah. You're doing fine, iFroggy, I'm the one who was confused - had everything turned inside out.

    Went back and re-read what confused me yesterday.

    I ended up editing the overall_header.tpl and the overall_footer.tpl. Don't know if that is the best way to do it, but it worked and I'm a happy camper.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Hey, well... you're welcome.

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    yes phpbb very cool..

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    What about minibb?

    I've had to replace jive (Java based community software, otherwise very good but my directive was like "find something faster, scalable and possibly in PHP") this year and found nearly all phpBB sites somehow overloaded and not much fun anymore - I remember those old days when some were moving from BBSs to newsgroups ...

    Then I've found miniBB. Now that's open source too, not bloated with some useless features and is really fast. It shines with PostgreSQL ... An example what one webmaster on our server has done is listed in minibb's sites page (Slovenian fans of Harry Potter).

    For the speed I think it beats both phpBB and vBulletin (now there's a flame :-) but if you really want easier-to-customize features then stay with one of these two. Anyway give miniBB a try if your customers/users just want basic-to-complex forum (and don't have knowledge and needs of spoiled longtime forumers ...).

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