Thursday, June 9, 2005 | News | Open Source
Online communities are proving to be central to the success of many websites. A thriving community of enthusiastic clients, latent customers or simply like minded people can increase both the popularity of your website and also reasons for repeat visits. One of the easiest ways to set up and run your own online discussion forums is with phpBB, the free, Open Source bulletin board package.
phpBB is a standard among web hosting companies throughout the world, and is one of the most widely used bulletin board packages in the world. phpBB short-circuits the need for you to be a web development master in order to create and manage massive online communities.
One of the benefits of phpBB is that with the right guidance, anyone with a basic knowledge of HTML and a willingness to learn will be able to create, customize and manage their own Internet community. Packt Publishing has just released a new book Building Online Communities with phpBB, that is ideal for those who are just starting out or looking to take phpBB further. Written for new and intermediate users, the authors, each an experienced phpBB administrator and enthusiast, take you through the whole process of setting up your own phpBB site, helping you to create, customize and manage your online community with phpBB.
�phpBB is so easy to use� said Stoyan Stefanov, one of the authors of Building Online Communities with phpBB. �If you need a forum as a companion to your web site, you can download phpBB for free, install it and have your forum ready in an hour or two. And that's only the start of the fun - as you go, you can start customizing the look and the features of your forum to a point where it's almost addictive to take care of your board and grow your community. Being so easy to work with, feature rich and extеnsible, phpBB is probably the most popular forum software out there.�
Building Online Communities with phpBB begins with the initial installation and configuration of phpBB on your system, with troubleshooting tips to help you through. You will then go on a tour of phpBB and its features, stepping you through the basic tasks, growing your understanding and familiarizing you with the power of phpBB.
Everybody wants their community to look special, and customizing your forum is the next stop in the book. Beginning with a detailed rundown of styles and themes, you will then see how to customize your forum by first modifying existing styles, adding new elements, and even creating a new style from scratch.
The book then goes onto cover further administration of your community, creating hacks or "modifications" for phpBB, custom PHP programming with phpBB, and reference appendices with more phpBB resources, the phpBB file and directory structure, guides to the BBCode and permission systems, and the phpBB database structure round off this book.
The emphasis is on simple and practical guidance for you to get the most from phpBB. This book is available now through Packt Publishing, for more details, please visit: www.PacktPub.com/book/phpbb