Many readers of this blog will be running forums based on the free phpBB forum software. I am a huge fan of phpBB, using it on all the forums I run. The beauty of phpBB lies in the fact it is open source and free to all. Now, the long awaited version three has been launched.
Additional features of phpBB3
phpBB3 offers a host of additional features as standard, compared to the previous version 2.x. These include:
- Search engine spider handling
- More member banning and suspension options
- A ‘Report Posts’ feature
- Ability to include attachments in posts
- Database and template caching
- Custom profile fields and memberlist searching
- Password protected forums
- Topic and post sorting
- Advanced user control panel and private messaging options
- Ability to merge topics and posts
- Ability to vary moderator privileges and permissions
There are far more additional features of the new version of phpBB3, I have just highlighted the ones I consider particularly useful.
Should you upgrade?
I will not be upgrading to phpbb3 just yet. As I have previously written in an article entitled ‘Always keep your software kind of updated‘, it often pays to wait a little for the inevitable bugs to be ironed out of brand new software. phpBB3 is a completely new product – every line of code is brand new. Although it has been through eight release candidates, it is inevitable that bugs will be found once mass-adoption takes place.
phpBB will be maintaining support for the latest version 2.x, so you can be sure of continued bug and/or security fixes for the well-tested ‘legacy’ version. I may take the plunge and upgrade when my favourite phpBB mods are upgraded to work with version 3 and when I am confident that most of those inevitable ‘new version’ bugs are ironed out.
Did you upgrade as soon as phpBB3 was launched? How are you finding it? Are you still using the previous version of phpBB? Are you planning on upgrading any time soon? Share your thoughts and opinions by leaving a comment below.