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MyBB Review: You Would Be Crazy Not To Use It!

I’ve used MyBB several times throughout my years of experience as a forum owner and I’ve never been disappointed with what it offers. Don’t get me wrong, it has a few issues ranging from its software to community, but out of all the forum software that I have had an some sort of experience with (as an administrator), it comes out on top easily.

Let’s get the first reason most people use MyBB out of the way. MyBB is an open source software therefore it is absolutely free. This is a forum software that can rival both XenForo and IPB easily, come out on top and still be offered for free for its millions of users. Of course this all depends on who you ask. There are several features that both XenForo & IPB have that I would love to come out of the box with MyBB such as notifications or the like system. However these are available as plugins on the MyBB Extensions site. But then you would expect such features to come out of the box for a software that will cost you $140. Spending $140 on MyBB could get you a forum with a unique look and unique features that no one else would have.

There is nothing complicated about using MyBB, either as a visitor or an administrator. The forum structure is basic yet exactly what is needed. Visitors will have no trouble finding exactly what they want, from the user control panel to replying to a new thread they have just read. Administrators and moderators need no experience at all as both the moderator control panel and admin control panel are extremely easy to navigate and use. Let’s start with the moderator CP – there might as well take it out. The only time I have ever had to go to the moderator CP is to read any reports submitted by the users. MyBB offers in post moderation which means that if you need to close, delete or move a thread/post it can all be done through the post. The admin CP, unlike other software (pointing at you phpBB) was easy to get around when I first began to use MyBB. Everything is broken into 6 categories: Home, Configuration, Forum & Posts, Users & Groups, Templates & Styles and Tools & Maintenance. This means that you know exactly where to go if you want to find something specific. One of the most important parts of a forum is of course the different categories and forums that house the various discussions. The developers at MyBB have done a great job with the “Forum & Posts” section of the ACP. Forum permissions can be confusing sometimes. Do I tick this box? Do I turn this setting on? The permissions feature has made it extremely easy – so easy that it is a simple drag and drop system. Drag this group here so that they cannot view the forum. Drag this group over here to ensure only they can start a new thread in this forum section. But it isn’t that basic. Experienced administrators can choose to set custom permissions which is more advanced.

But what about appearance? The theme of a forum can be the deciding factor for a member when deciding whether they want to join a forum or not. MyBB have again excelled at this part of the ACP. Importing a ready made theme is as simple as uploading a single file through the ACP and uploading some images or javascript files to the forum directory. Want to make that theme unique? MyBB contain in built editors so that you can add, remove or change any part of the themes coding easily to suit your needs. The templates have been split into several different parts from the postbit to the footer. This means that it is extremely easy to find a particular piece of coding that you want to remove or change.

Similarly to themes, plugins are easy to install on to a forum. Just upload a few files to the forum directory and activate the plugin through the forum. And that’s it. There are hundreds of plugins available for MyBB both on the official MyBB website and through other MyBB resource sites. Want to have a currency system? Then there is NewPoints. Want to have a betting system for NewPoints? A quick search on Google will give you a plugin for exactly that.

However, like most forum software there are some parts which need improvement. Although the available themes are great, there is a real lack of them for MyBB 1.8. The current themes all feel over used and if you want a completely unique theme then you will be required to hire a custom designer. You could visit a hundred MyBB forums and most likely you will see the same theme several times. Furthermore, although plugins can be extremely easy to install, they are an absolute pain to uninstall and remove completely. If you want to remove them completely, you will need to find each and every file throughout your forum directory and delete them. Or you can do what I do most of the time and just leave the files there to take up valuable space on your server. Spam is another real issue. The default CAPTCHA system is just not sufficient as bots will always end up getting past it. To stand a chance you will need to find a good anti-spam plugin.

My experience with phpBB a long time ago was short. I was, in the end, frustrated at how confusing it was* and that was what made me find MyBB. I am delighted that I found out about MyBB as if I hadn’t maybe I wouldn’t have gotten into forums. Maybe I wouldn’t have found out about Forum Promotion. There are a few cons of using MyBB but the advantages of using it heavily outweigh them, and that is why I recommend you to use MyBB.

* This is solely my opinion. This opinion is based on an experience a while ago and I’m sure phpBB have improved since then. This may not represent the phpBB experience now.

My Top 3 Free Forum Hosting Sites

Today in this article, I will be discussing my pick of the Top Three Free Forum Hosting websites that you can use to host your forum. I have used my time to try out and test the services the following has to offer. I do have my favorites and I will explain why in this article. Continue reading

Five Useful MyBB Plugins

The following plugins for MyBB, are 5 recommended plugins that would be useful for your MyBB forum.

1)  My Advertisements by Pirata Nervo

An amazing ad manager for mybb which allows the creation of multiple advertising zones and banners.

2) Forum Affiliates Manager by Spencer

Manually inserting and removing affiliate buttons from your forum’s footer can be a major pain in the rear. Well, Forum Affiliates Manager makes the process faster and a hell of a lot easier.

3) Thank You/Like System by -G33K-

I personally find the default reputation system in mybb boring, so I like to switch it up with a thank you system. The plugin comes with many useful abuse prevention features as well.

4)  AutoMedia by doylecc

Saves you from having to teach beginners mycode and makes embedding videos easy.

5)  Fit on Page by -G33K-

Makes a screenshot thread a little more tolerable and will prevent your forums beautiful theme from breaking because of picture size.

All these plugins are usually the first thing I install on a new forum. I find them all useful and I recommend that you check them out! If your a user of mybb, then what are your favorite plugins?

How to Display Latest MyBB Threads in a WordPress Sidebar

When you’re running a blog with a forum, it is important that the blog visitors see what is going on in the community. I see a lot of admins working hard on their blog to get traffic, but forget entirely to advertise their forum. Well luckily if you use WordPress and MyBB, then there is a simple way to promote your communities’ new threads through a widget on your blog.

Displaying MyBB Threads on WordPress

installcrosspost

Getting a nice little widget that displays your MyBB forums threads is actually pretty easy. To begin, you need to install the “MyBB Cross-Postalicious” plugin by Markus Echterhoff. After you have installed and activated the plugin, you need to edit some settings.

Go to Settings > MyBBXP

Now that you are in the settings page, you need to enter your MyBB forum URL and some database information. It will look sort of like this:

settingsmybb

After you enter your MyBB details, make sure to change the “Cross-Posting” activity to “never”. We don’t need this feature to take advantage of the plugins widget. Also, I’ll be covering the “Cross-Posting” feature in the future.

crossposting

After you have the MyBB details filled out and put “Cross-Posting” to “never”, save. After you have saved, you need to go to the widgets area.

Go to Appereance > Widgets

In the “Available Widgets” area you will see a widget titled “MyBBXP Recent Topics”. All you need to do is to drag that into the widget area which you want to appear. Once you do that, you can change a few options (I left mine default) and click save.

And Now You’re Done

Now that you have saved you’re all done. The widget should be displaying your latest MyBB forum threads. Here is an example of what it looks like:

recentforumstopics

So, I hope you enjoyed this short little guide. If you did, then please share it, plus one it, or give us a like. You wouldn’t believe how much it helps us!

Replacing the Default MyBB Editor

The default MyBB editor isn’t all that bad, and it does get the job done. Still, if you’re like me and you love replacing stuff for additional features or for no reason whatsoever, then you’re in luck because there are a couple of other options out there for you. In this article, we are going to be taking a look at a couple different WYSIWYG replacements for MyBB.

As always, before doing anything make sure to backup your forum.

SCEditor for MyBB

This is the first editor I decided to look at it. It’s described as “lightweight”, so I wasn’t expecting anything special.

Like every MyBB mod, it’s installed by dragging and dropping some files over FTP and by activating it in the ACP.

Original Editor:
mybb default editor

SCEditor:

SCEditor MyBB

The appearance of the editor doesn’t change much aside from a few new buttons, but once you dig a little deeper you can begin to see the changes. Some of the changes include:

  • Font size and name are now buttons.
  • Size is based on numbers instead of small, medium, large, etc. and you get a preview of text size.
  • More font colors.
  • Date and time inserter.

While I’m not too fond of the look, the editor itself is decent. It  provides you with a few extra options that the default editor lacks. Other than that, it’s very simple.

CKEditor for MyBB

While taking a quick look at SCEditor was fun and all, the main reason for this post was so that I can take a look at this bad boy. Even though SCEditor is a slight improvement above the default editor, CKeditor looks like a far superior option in comparison.

Note: Please make sure to back up, especially with this modification. People have had some problems with it in the past, which is why it has a poor rating, but as of today it seems to be working. But to be safe, make sure to backup your forum.

Installation is just like any other MyBB modification.

Original Editor:

mybb default editor

CKEditor: 

CKEditor MyBB

As you can tell, there is a massive improvement when it comes to appearance. While the styling is pretty basic, it’s definitely an improvement compared to the 90’s look of the default editor. Some more changes include:

  • Auto save and restore.
  • Color picker.
  • Paste from word, and paste as plain text buttons.
  • Redo, and undo buttons.
  • Special character inserter.
  • Styled insert forms.
  • Current date and time inserters.
  • Ability to change themes.
  • Ability to expand with plugins.

The fact that you can change the theme of this editor, and extend it with plugins is pretty awesome. CKEditor also has a ton of other things that the default and SC editor doesn’t have, like redo/undo buttons and a special character inserter. Aside from that, it is open source, has a huge contributing community and has been in development for 10 years; so you know that’s a pretty worthy editor replacement.

Really, my only problem with this mod is that a few buttons are still in Russian, but besides that its pretty awesome.

Conclusion

I have to say that CKEditor is a great replacement for the default editor in MyBB. SCEditor is a good one too, but its way too basic for my taste and really only adds a few things. What it comes down to, is that the robustness of CKEditor just can’t compare to the other editors. The ability to change themes, install plugins and autosave, are just some pretty neat features that put CKEditor on top. What do you think? Which replacement do you prefer, or are you going to stick with the default editor?