Feature List

GeneralNextBBS Details
Version 0.4.5
Release Date 10/22/2006
Author Chris FR & Team
URL www.nextbbs.com
Free and Open Source Yes
License GPL
License cost 0
Programming Language PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes
Type Threaded or Flat
Installation method  
Upgrade method  
Data StorageNextBBS Details
Postgres Yes
Oracle Yes
SQLite Yes
Hosting available Yes
PostsNextBBS Details
BBCode Yes
HTML Optional
Emoticons Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Yes
Quoting Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes
Attachments Multiple files
ForumsNextBBS Details
Categories Yes
Subforums unlimited
Last Post Yes
Redirect Forums Yes
Trashcan Forum No
Anti-Spam and SecurityNextBBS Details
Groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes
ACLs Yes
Blacklist No
Warnings Yes
Suspension Yes
Bans Yes
IP-Block Yes
Audit Logging  
User Reports  
NotificationNextBBS Details
E-Mail Yes
Instant Messaging  
Bookmarks Yes
CommunityNextBBS Details
Avatars Yes
User Ranks Yes
Rating/Karma System Yes
Signatures Yes
Users Online List Yes
Private Messaging Yes
Custom profile fields Patch
ModerationNextBBS Details
Moderators global and forums
Move Threads Yes
Split Threads Yes
Close Threads Yes
Shadow Topics  
Sticky Threads Yes
Important Threads No
SearchNextBBS Details
Full-text search Yes
Author search Yes
Advanced search Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked
CustomizationNextBBS Details
Languages English
Templates global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Yes
Skin-Editor Yes
Smiley Packs Optional
Plugins Yes
Special FeaturesNextBBS Details
Statistics Yes
Polls Yes
Calendar Yes
Friendly URLs Optional
Data ManagementNextBBS Details
Pruning Yes
Archiving No
Export Formats  
Export private messages No
Lo-Fi View Plugin


nextBBS offers the features you have come to expect from professional forums software.
In addition it offers a mix of community building features borrowed from blogs, wikis and visual galleries.
It integrates natively with other community initiatives, such as global profiles.

In addition to its original modules, it relies on best-of-breed packages, such as Smarty templates, Adodb database abstraction, etc.

It also uses modern technologies, such as Ajax, but not for the sake of using these technologies, which is why their implementation makes sense to your users without being intrusive.

More info may be available in the Docs-Wiki


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These screenshots should give you a first impression how NextBBS looks like. Remember: The look of many forums can be changed by stylesheets or templates so these are only examples.

Areas List

This is a list of top-level categories and forums. Actually, categories and forums share the concept of 'Areas'.
Note that the default page could be one of the portal pages created in the Admin Control Panel rather than this one.

Gallery View

nextBBS offers to view the content of an area rather as a standard forum or as a gallery. In either case, when viewing a topic, it is possible to 'freeze' an arbitrary number of posts at the top of your user comments.

Multi Groups Management

Your users can apply to join multiple groups; groups owners decide to grant them membership at their discretion.

Control Panel: Skin Editor

You do not have to leave your Admin Control Panel to handle your skin files. Syntax highlighting and WYSIWYG editing are standard.

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