Jeff, You are absolutely correct that there are many forum software choices out there however, not are identical or even similar. First there is the design language choice, there are many forums that are written in PHP, but there are no less forums written in PERL, ASP and ColdFusion because not all servers support PHP. Then there is the distinction between open & closed sources forums like FUDforum & phpBB which are open source and Vbulletin & PHPthreads which are closed source. Personally, I have decided to write my own forum because after looking at the 2 prevailing open source forums Phorum & phpBB2 I was not impressed by their code to put it lightly. Thus, I decided to make a clean break and write something, which in my option is better.
In the end, having more choice is hardly a bad thing, no? Ilia On June 10, 2002 01:51 pm, Jeff Lewis wrote: > Is it just me or the forum area totally overflowing with choices? I often > wonder why people don't pool talents and work on really great products, > instead people break off and make their own system - quite unusual... > > > Jeff > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Ilia A." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 1:54 PM > Subject: [PHP] FUDforum 2.0 Stable Released > > > FUDforum 2.0 is a web forum released under the GPL license, written in > > PHP4 > > > utilizing a MySQL database backend. > > The forum is completely customizable via a templating system, which is > > compiled for optimal performance. The templating > > system also has integrated i18n support, which allows the forum to be > > used > > in > > > other languages, at this time there are 5 > > different languages to, which translations are available in the standard > > distribution and more will be available soon. > > The spell checker integrated into the forum, which utilizes pspell > > library also has multi-lingual support, > > thus permitting even the non English speakers to spell check their > > messages. > > > FUDforum 2.0 also includes a powerful user group management system, that > > allows fine grained control over the users of the forum, > > for the administrator as well as the group manager(s) assigned by the > > administrator. > > In addition to these features, the forum contains all the other features > > you > > > may have come to expect from a web forum, such as the > > ability to attach files to messages, include polls, private messaging > > system, > > > FUDcode, which allows the user to style their text > > without the need for HTML, thread & forum subscriptions with both e-mail > > & > > ICQ > > > notification, buddy and ignore lists, a full text search > > and many more. > > Despite all these features, FUDforum is extremely fast and scales > > extremely > > > well, by using MySQL indexes and table views implemented in PHP > > to retrieve the data in the most expedient manner possible. The result, > > is that most forum pages take ~0.01-0.02 seconds to generate on > > most computers, even while the forum is under a heavy load. > > The forum, by default is setup with very secure file permissions, that > > are designed in such a way that given a reasonably well setup web > > server, your forum's data will be safe against hackers. > > > > You can download FUDforum from http://fud.prohost.org/download.php and if > > you > > > have any questions, there is a support forum at > > http://fud.prohost.org/forum/, where you can get answers to your > > questions > > and > > > concerns about the forum. > > > > Ilia Alshanetsky > > [EMAIL PROTECTED] > > FUDforum Core Developer -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php