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phpBB Multi Forums - Multiple Databases, Multiple Domains, and More!


What makes phpBB MultiForums different from the other phpbb-based multiforum software available? I'm glad you asked! Here is a complete list of features (warning: you might want to grab some coffee. This is a long list! Don't forget to look at the bottom for some great deals!)

Easy Installation
Our one click installer makes setup a breeze!

MULTIPLE Databases
This is a feature not found standard in ANY other multi-user software currently available! phpBB MF allows you to set up as many databases as you want/need, to keep your server running smoothly. You are also able to configure how many forums you want on each database - 1 or 100, it's up to you! Once one database is full, phpBB MF will automatically switch to the next database. If there is not one available, signups will automatically be turned off and you will be notified that the database is full.

MULTIPLE Domains!
Another feature not found standard in ANY other multi-user software! phpBB MF's license allows you to use our software to set up forums on multiple domains. As an added bonus, phpBB MF is set up to allow the same forum name for different domains. Example: User 1 signs up for user1.domain.com. User 2 comes along and wants to set up user1.domain2.com. With phpBB MF, this is possible!

Ajax Enabled
Many functions in phpBB MF have been coded using ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) technology. Perform multilple tasks without waiting for your page to refresh a dozen times!

Automatically Inserted Ads
Ads are inserted automatically on the users' forums, wherever you want them to be - top and bottom, top and side: it's your choice!

Automated Signups
Choose whether to use email or instant activation
What's the difference?
Email Activation will allow the user to pick their own password but require
them to confirm their address by clicking the link in an email sent to them
by phpBB MF.
Instant Activation allows instant access to the forums, but emails the user
their randomly generated password (which again confirms their email address)

Secure Signups
phpBB MF performs multiple security checks on the data entered in the signup form, before allowing it to be submitted. If a user is trying to spam from your signup form they won't get far!

Forum Name Availability Check
Using Ajax, phpBB MF automatically checks to see whether the user's desired name is available.

Subdomains
All forums are set up using subdomains - something.yourdomain.com
instead of index.php?mforum=something. Help increase your domain's search engine rankings!

User Admin Flexibility
Forum admins have virtually complete control of the forum in their admin panel - including upgrading their forum status to remove ads and/or have access to database downloads, setting their own forum logo, and changing their board's theme. All of this is of course controllable by the Multi Forum admin via the MF admin panel

Extreme Styles and Global Admin Template Modifications
Extreme styles is a fast replacement for phpBB's somewhat slow template system. It caches templates to provide quicker load times for pages, reducing server overhead.
Global Admin Template allows you to use one template for the admin area, saving precious server disk space.

Advanced Ad Removal and Database Backup Access
Users have the option of removing ads by paying a flat fee (that you set) or by purchasing a number of ad-free impressions. Database backups are handled in a similar fashion - they can pay a flat fee to have 'unlimited' access to backups, or they can purchase blocks of downloads at a certain price. (again which you set)

Paid Upgrades
Users can upgrade their forum to remove ads (by purchasing a number of ad-free impressions or paying a flat fee for ad removal) and are also able to get access to database backups (by purchasing a number of downloads - in blocks you set or paying a flat fee), all at prices YOU set! Currently using Paypal's IPN technology to process payments, upgrades are automatic for verified, confirmed, instant Paypal payments (eChecks will not automatically upgrade the account until it has cleared). You also have the ability to choose one time or recurring payments.

Multi Forum Administrative Features
Forums at a Glance
View hosted forums easily; perform tasks on multiple forums at once, and more!

In Depth Forum Control
phpBB MF allows you to perform many tasks on individual forums, such as
  • Edit Contact Email
  • View Forum Signup Date, Number of Posts, Number of Members, Category, and
    Days since last post
  • Change Database - Is a forum admin complaining their forum runs too slowly? Easily and effortlessly move them to another database!
  • View Upgrades Made
  • Suspend/Unsuspend, Put Into/Take Out of Maintenance, Disable/Enable Ads, Backup Database for just that forum, Contact the Forum Admin
  • Rename - Did someone make a typo? Change their forum name quickly and easily
  • Take Admin Control - If for whatever reason you need to take over admin duties for a particular forum, it couldn't get much easier than this! The ability relinquish control back to the original admin is also included

Illegal Terms Search
Concerned that someone may be using your service for warez or porn? A quick search will tell you if your suspicions are right!

Inactive Forum Pruning
Why host forums that are never used, and are taking up precious space on your server? The pruning tool will remove forums that haven't been posted on for the number of days you specify.

Categories
Keep all your forums neatly organized in categories. Add and Delete categories as necessary!

Email Templates
You have full control over what is in the emails sent out when someone signs up, when you suspend their forum, or when you take admin control of their forum.

Emailer
Contact all Suspended, all pending, all active, or all current forum hostees easily

Ad Management
Ad Management couldn't be simpler! Just paste your ad code and click save

Forum Admin News
Do you want to notify your forum admins of upcoming maintenance? Adding news
is easy. You also control what is published

Premium Upgrades Control
Set the prices for your upgrades, your Paypal information, and view transaction information in real time. You also have the ability to change certain information for individual transactions

IP Banning
Ban a single IP or an entire range

Maintenance Control
View/Edit/or Add Databases, Domains, and banned IPs

mySQL Upgrade Tool
A very powerful tool that allows you to perform database updates on your pre-existing forums. So if a new release of phpBB comes out that requires a database update, you can easily run it on your already hosted forums.

Terms of Service Editor
Edit the terms of your forum host with ease

Powerful Configuration Tool
Signup Releated
  • Enable/Disable Signups
  • Set Instant or Email Activation
  • Set the maximum number of posts a forum can have to download a database backup - this helps prevent your server crashing while trying to perform a backup on a very popular forum. A message will be shown to the admin explaining that you will need to do the backup for them.
  • Choose whether or not to send an email when suspending
  • Choose which pages to not display ads on (to stay within terms of an advertiser, for example)
  • Define what forum names are disallowed
  • Set the maximum number of forums to set up on a database before switching to the next
  • Set the maximum number of days after which a forum will be pruned if it has no posts, and unactivated accounts will be removed
  • Set the username to use when taking admin control of a forum
Forum Integrated
  • Define the Initial (ie when a forum is set up) Forum Name, Description, Post Subject, and Post
  • Choose whether or not to allow custom logos
  • Set maximum logo size and allowed logo file types
  • Choose whether to allow forum admins who have purchased impression based ad removal to control whether or not to hide the ads (this helps them stretch their dollars, if they choose)
  • Choose whether to display an upgrade form within the admin area, and whether or not to show news
Admin Settings
  • Change your admin username, email, and/or password
  • Choose whether to receive an email when a forum is set up
  • Choose whether to enable or disable the WYSIWYG editor
  • Set your admin language

Server Requirements:
  • Apache 1
  • Linux O/S (not tested on Windows servers)
  • GD Library 2.x+
  • mySQL 4.x
  • cURL compiled into PHP
  • mod_rewrite (to create "nice" pages for Directory listings)
  • Minimum 1 database, 2 recommended
  • Ability to create (or have created for you) a top level domain (ie domain.com) or subdomain (ie sub.domain.com) - phpBB MF is not currently designed to run in a subfolder.
  • Ability to create (or have created for you) wildcard subdomains (ie *.yourdomain.com or *.sub.domain.com)
  • open_basedir off (only if using the multiple domain feature)
  • ionCube support (either using included runtime files or via php.ini)

You can try a demo here

As an introductory special phpBB MF owned licenses are being offered at 40% the regular price of $89.95...that's just $53.97 to have ALL these features! Enter coupon code EPHPBBMF-INTRO during checkout to save!

Leased licenses are also available at $9.95/month. Upgrades are valid for as long as your license is active.

ORDER HERE!

FAQ
Can phpBB MF work on multiple servers?
At this time phpBB MF has not been tested on multiple servers, so whether or not it works is iffy.

What payment methods do you accept?
Paypal and 2checkout

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by posting here, PM, or email.

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Some questions:
  1. What do you think is better in the long run, your SMF- oder your phpBB solution?
  2. Will I be able to show a directory of hosted forums?
  3. Is your software multi-language ready? Not in the sense that the user is able to switch the forums to different languages but in the sense that I can buy e.g. 2 copies of your software, run the 2 copies on 2 different sites, one in English and one in a different language? Without having to worry that every update will break my installation....

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Hi Walter

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1. What do you think is better in the long run, your SMF- or your phpBB solution?
I think they're both pretty neat (but then again I may be biased ). However, the phpBB version has a lot more features right now than the SMF MF software, and allows for a lot more versatility at this point.

Quote:
2. Will I be able to show a directory of hosted forums?
Yep. As a matter of fact, phpBB MF is set up with SEO friendly URLs (domain.com/c-2.html, as an example) in the directory.

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3. Is your software multi-language ready? Not in the sense that the user is able to switch the forums to different languages but in the sense that I can buy e.g. 2 copies of your software, run the 2 copies on 2 different sites, one in English and one in a different language? Without having to worry that every update will break my installation....
phpBB MF is multi-language ready, both for your users and for the mf admin. There is a language folder with all of the phrases used that can be translated into virtually any other language.

In fact, if you added (for example) Spanish and German to the language folder, the admin can switch between the different languages.

Hope this answers your questions; do let me know if you have any others I can answer for you

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Will there be support? I see that your support link is down on your site. What if there's a major phpbb upgrade to cover a security hole? Is there a multiforums planned for when phpbb3 comes out soon? Can users upgrade to that if it's available?

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Will there be support? I see that your support link is down on your site.
Of course there will be support I apologize that you saw that; I was fixing a few things earlier but things should be back up and working now.

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What if there's a major phpbb upgrade to cover a security hole?
Whenever a new version of phpBB comes out I will review the updated files to see if any that phpBB MF use have been affected. If so, the appropriate changes will be made, and the package will be uploaded to the client area.

Regardless of whether the new phpBB version affects phpBB MF modifications I will also post in the forums, just as I do for SMF MF.

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Is there a multiforums planned for when phpbb3 comes out soon? Can users upgrade to that if it's available?
I have no plans to touch phpBB 3 until it has been officially released as a stable version ready for a production environment. To do so would just waste mine and phpBB MF users time.

That said, when it is available (and stable), I have every intention of starting to work on phpBB MF for phpBB 3. Whether or not versions will be available for both phpBB 2 and phpBB 3 I can't say for sure just yet.

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I'm wondering how hard it'll be to integrate both SMF MF and phpBB MF into one site.

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I'm wondering how hard it'll be to integrate both SMF MF and phpBB MF into one site.

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Right now the best option you have is to run each script on a subdomain (ie, smf.domain.com and phpbb.domain.com). To run them side by side in the same directory would mean major recoding of either script, and the results at this point would be uncertain at best.

In the future this may be possible but for now the two MF scripts are meant to run alone.

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What is your license transfer policy? Say I built up a site and sold it? Or just decided down the road that I don't need the license?

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You're more than welcome to transfer your license, provided you shoot an email to me first with your name, email, license, and transaction/subscription ID, so that if verification is needed (such as the mods here do, or if you ask me to personally verify) I know it is in fact the license holder requesting the transfer.

After you've found a buyer, the original license holder will need to submit the new owner's name, email, and address to me so I can update the license in the client area.

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Is there a little more details on skins and custom mods?

IE how well would the free mods released on phpbb site works with this? How about skins? What are some of the limitation? Would the admin be able to specify if a certain forum gets a certain mod or not? etc..

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What the heck. I didn't realize there's no edit button (or am I blind?)

Hey P-nut I read a little more about your script (mainly my questions on the mods). I assume the skins won't be an issue (forum admins will be able to pick the skin that have been pre-installed?).

Now for the mods.. they would all be having the mods if it was installed in a specific directory. Am I right on this?

I suppose the ability to move the forums around on different database will be somewhat of a way to cap mods (although that sounds like alot of work).

Great looking script!

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I assume the skins won't be an issue (forum admins will be able to pick the skin that have been pre-installed?).
Yep; just add the skin to the /templates folder and the forum admins will have access to install/uninstall them from their board.

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Now for the mods.. they would all be having the mods if it was installed in a specific directory. Am I right on this?
Pretty much. Any mods that you install would allow all the forum admins access to them (unless they required database updates, and the forum admins had signed up before you installed the mod, and you didn't update the database of certain users, if that makes sense).

If I can answer anything else for you just let me know

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thanks P-nut for the answer.

Sounds like cake to me.

BTW it seems that your code is encoded. Not that there's anything wrong with that but I was wondering won't that affect users who might want to change something? (won't be me just wondering). In short will you be working on this code actively for a few more years?

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BTW it seems that your code is encoded. Not that there's anything wrong with that but I was wondering won't that affect users who might want to change something? (won't be me just wondering). In short will you be working on this code actively for a few more years?
I am actually contemplating releasing a developer's (ie unencoded) version so users that want to expand on phpBB MF and customize it further are able to do so. If I decide to do this (and the decision will be largely based on how much interest is shown) the software would cost more for obvious reasons

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