View Full Version : private PHP forum - authentication not necessary

02-10-2003, 01:21 AM

I have been looking at various free PHP forums. A lot of them look pretty good including phpbb... however that and many others simply have too many features for what I need. I am toying with the idea of writing my own but I would like to find out first if you know of one I could use instead.

Here is my situation: THis would not be a public forum, people who access it would already be logged in to a members area, so there would be no need for the forum itself to authenticate users. There would already be sessions in place that identify them, and those would ideally be used to track them in the forum as well. (This is really my biggest problem)
Forum would not have moderators, just one admin.
There would only be 200 or so people with access to this forum, and frankly I don't expect it to see too much action.
It really would not need to be feature-rich if you know what I mean... It's OK if it does not provide all the functionalities of say a phpbb. So while phpbb and some others I downloaded are pretty cool, they are of course designed as stand-alone products ready to go out of the box and handle all the details for you. It's not immediately obvious to me how to modify them to bypass their own authentication systems and use my own. I searched their forum (phpbb) and found people with the same question but either they went unanswered or didn't quite hit the nail on the head.

If you have done something like this with a pre-made PHP forum, or know of one that would easily allow me that much flexibility, I would greatly appreciate your feedback. Oh by the way it doesn't necessarily need to be free either.

Thanks kindly for your time.

02-10-2003, 01:33 AM
As you say you'd pay too, then get vbulletin (http://www.vbulletin.com) forums (same as these). There's a whole site just hacks and help to modify the forums.

02-11-2003, 03:39 AM
Hi Nightfire, I think vB is a bit more than I need but I will certainly look into that and check the forums there.

thanksl very much.