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Written by Peter Martin 4 comments

my little forum

A simple PHP and MySQL based internet forum that displays the messages in classical threaded view (tree structure). It is Open Source licensed under the GNU General Public License. The main claim of this web forum is simplicity. Furthermore it should be easy to install and run on a standard server configuration with PHP and MySQL.


Blog or CMS to XML. No database required. Laptop on usb key. Multi-users with different permission levels. Static pages, categories, tag management, archives. Comments management. Media manager: images, documents. RSS feeds of articles, comments, tags, categories. Translated into 11 languages ​​(French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian). Customizable themes. (supports themes for mobile devices and smartphones: iphone, blackberry, pocket-pc...). Plugins. URL rewriting.


A fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License. Its primary goals are to be faster, smaller and less graphically intensive as compared to other discussion boards. PunBB has fewer features than many other discussion boards, but is generally faster and outputs smaller, semantically correct XHTML-compliant pages.


XMB forum software is open source and runs PHP scripts with a MySQL database backend.

Easy to set up, easy to use. Powerful and highly customisable.


Question2Answer (Q2A) is a popular open source Q&A platform for PHP/MySQL, currently running on 24,500+ sites in 40 languages.


PerlB (/pərl,bē/) is a fork of the WebBBS Perl scripts.

  • No database required; messages stored as text files. Compatible with WebBBS and Tetra-WebBBS messages.
  • Threaded, chronological, alphabetical and guestbook-style indexes.
  • Optional email notification of new messages.
  • Anonymous posting, moderated posts, email required to post, profile required to post, etc.
  • Archive options.
  • Rich text editor with WYSIWYG full-screen and code-view modes, image uploads, video embedding (YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Instagram, DailyMotion or Youku), and more.
  • Responsive design and HTML5 compliant interface.
  • Easy to adapt to existing site designs using template files.
  • MIT License


#1  - Bob said :

Do you support phpBB?

#2  - Peter Martin said :

Not at this time.

#3  - Joe said :

my little forum seems to be the only forum that still offers a threaded index of posts.

#4  - Peter said :

PerlB, our fork of WebBBS, is primarily a threaded board, with options for other formats.



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