Packt Publishing Building Online Communities with phpBB 2
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Full coverage of powerful features including customization, administration and developing own modifications
Should have been concise
In the first chapter of this phpBB book it gives an idea about Online communities,phpBB history,phpBB development and where it's heading. Then it covers the installation and configuration of phpBB in details. It sites the pre-installation requirements,how to go about it,checklist , troubleshooting while installation alongwith post installation tasks and some security tips.
Then it sees phpBB from the visitor's as well as moderators point of view. It gives a thorough idea as to how to manage the forums,users and what are the general admin options. It clarify the work procedure of administratot to great extent.
It goes in details how to customize the forums.It goes into details of phpBB styles, editing it,installing a new style,customizing through stylesheets and images. It then gives some idea about the mods and hacks of phpBB.It explains the forum administrations including Avatars and smilies as well as guides to create templates and MODs with a lot of examples.
In the last chapter it shows how to program phpBB,user authenticatin,tips and tricks and usage of phpBB's multilingual system.One of the most interesting features of this book is it's four appendices. It covers from directory structures,resources,codes to database structure.
This book takes a practical, hands-on approach to phpBB. Packed with sections through tasks, this book is the ideal guide to learning phpBB. Reference appendices make this a really comprehensive source.