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Building Online Communities with phpBB 2 Paperback – May 10, 2005
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- install and configure phpBB - manage topics, postings, smilies and users - understand themes and styles - customize your site - master forum permissions - create a your own phpBB themes - extend phpBB by creating your own mods - package and make your mods available to the community - custom programming for phpBB
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Top Customer Reviews
For the beginner, it is a great step by step instruction on getting up and running, even explaining how to install MODs and templates. Many of the questions asked in the support forum at phpbb.com are answered in the book, there would be far fewer support posts if people read this book first.
For the more advanced user it is a great reference book. It contains everything you need to know for making a new template. It has a lot of great reference charts like what files do what, and the database structure. It also has a pretty good chapter on custom programing complete with references to many of the variables and functions phpBB makes available.
The only complaint I have is the price. But I feel all computer books are overpriced.
The book provides practical examples and hands on advice on issues like installation and configuration, administration, development of themes and styles, creation of MOD's and more.
Beginners with basic technical knowledge will benefit the most since they will be able to start deploying their on line community after the first couple of chapters.
As a teacher and consultant to several businesses and organizations i have found this book to be a valuable resource to anyone aiming to build and grow an on line community
After that caveat, the authors want you to also download and configure other [free] software that is not directly related to phpbb, but aids in the installation and management of phpbb. If there are problems with this software it is left to you to solve them using any available resources - usually FAQ's and other help files from whence the free software came.
As for the ease of use - The authors needed a good technical author and editor. There are assumptions made that you should know some piece of information that is either left out or glossed over in this text. In my experience, good, complete step-by-step procedures are always spelled out in detail in a beginners book. Not so here.
The index seems to be woefully lacking in detail. Major topics are covered, but you still have to search through individual pages on those topics to find esoteric specifics.
The above criticism notwithstanding, within two hours of the book's delivery I was able to troubleshoot and repair a nagging problem on the board I am setting up.
So the technical information is there, just do not expect this to be a beginners text. It ain't "phpBB for Dummies!"
I specially like their writing style and user friendly examples. The installation, requirement before installation and fixing problems (that may occur sometime) after installation and covered well.
If you are a moderator, it's time for you to rock. Administrative features are described well. It also describes administrator roles and tasks.
Developing mods and Hacks, customization of themes seems so much intersting to me. Authors did a great job! I really like this book very much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this bag in my early programming days. Set up phpBB and could never keep out all the Russian and Chinese hackers. Worthless software.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book covers phpBB 2 - the current version is 3. It seems to be quite a bit different. I didn't find it useful.Published on August 26, 2011 by Bert R. Onstott