phpBB is one of the oldest names in the forum world. And many of the web’s biggest forums are built on phpBB.
It’s a powerful, open-source solution with a comprehensive feature set, which is further supplemented by developer add-ons. You’ll need technical expertise to run a phpBB forum successfully, and support is only available through third-party experts or the phpBB community software forum.
Top features include:
- Flexible category and sub-topic options
- Extensive moderator controls
- A large library of extensions
- Rich user profiles
- Private messaging
Oh, and if you’re wondering, “BB” stands for “bulletin board.”
Search engine optimization (SEO) features: phpBB has several built-in SEO features.
Pros: Powerful solution with a huge feature-set, large community of users, free.
Cons: Requires development knowledge to customize and run successfully, cost of hosting and maintenance can be high, limited support.
WordPress plugin: No WordPress plugin is available but there are workarounds for integrating with WordPress.
Shopify plugin: There are no Shopify plugins for phpBB.
Free version: phpBB is completely free.