i like phpBB2 forums alot. Alot of modifications out there for them as well. I never have problems with server lag even with monsterous numbers of people online at the same time, nor have I seen anyone with such problems.
About avoiding boards, avoid YaBB CGI boards. They are heavy resource users and slow anyway. phpBB2 are the way to go!
I only allow forums written in PHP with a mySQL backend. I do not allow any Perl written forums as they do take up a lot of server resources.
I personally have never had problems with phpBB and advise it to all my clients over vBulletin or IPB. However of course they are able to use whichever forum board they wish, as long as it is written in PHP with a mySQL backend.
I don't think you should ban phpBB from being used on your servers, however of course it's totally your decision.
Most applications that will cause problem is those that is coded by the webmaster. Often they know a little bit about mysql but not much and they will use 10 "select * from table" query instead of using 1 query that will do the jobs.
PHPBB or invision power board for free. Paid would be Vbulletin
Ive used phpbb and invsion, both are superb and run great.
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well Yaser, customer said we had lots of sites there and that was reason of slowness. We couldn´t convince them to shift a dedicated server. He didn´t want to pay more than 15 bucks a month, when he was using 70% resources on that server
Most of the renown forums use vBulletin like this one itself www.moneytec.com and even used by hosting company on their own forums. Because of the flexibility and great features it well worth its investment not to mention ease of use.
Originally posted by Yaser Most of the renown forums use vBulletin like this one itself www.moneytec.com and even used by hosting company on their own forums. Because of the flexibility and great features it well worth its investment not to mention ease of use.
I agree. I would definately rate vBulletin #1, with phpBB being the best choice as a free forum. Both seem to be able to handle large databases and traffic better than others.
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