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BB/ Forum software which is search engine friendly
Are there any?

 9:48 am on Jun 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

PHP BB seems great and everyone's raving about it. Yet, the posts don't seem to be search engine friendly. I'm looking for something like BestBBS which is the software that powers this board. It's not available yet for licensing. Is there any other software you know of that creates .html pages?





 12:40 pm on Jun 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I can recommend to try out miniBB: free, minimalistic, totally tweakable, and the most search engine friendly forum software I've soon so far. I dropped my monsterous phpBB about a month ago for this software, and haven't regretted it for a single moment! :)



 2:12 pm on Jun 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Phpbb can have html pages with the mod_rewrite hack. The only forum that I know of that made actual static html pages has unfortunately disappeared.


 3:12 pm on Jun 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

vbulletin 3


 5:17 pm on Jun 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just use phpBB with some mods that make it very search engine friendly. Works great.


 7:33 pm on Jun 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

vBulletin is not search-engine friendly. See message #2 in this thread [webmasterworld.com]

The most search-engine friendly forum software that I know of is WebBBS. However, that's about all that can be said about this particular package, since it has not been updated in years.

Because of WebBBS's lack of basic modern facilities, I recently abandoned it in favour of vBulletin. I don't regret the move for a number of reasons, but one thing that has worsened for my forum is search-engine ranking. Posts that were at the top of page one in Google with WebBBS are down the middle of page two with vBulletin.

There are always pros and cons in any choice. But I'm hoping that vBulletin will get its act together someday soon.


 7:36 pm on Jun 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Very useful tips. Thanks! Maccas, Is that a mod I can download or is it one you wrote yourself?


 8:00 pm on Jun 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

You just need to modify a few files, search for phpBB mod_rewrite on your favorite search engine, should bring up something. Also get the remove session id's for guest hack as well.


 7:15 am on Jun 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Threads is search engine friendly. I'm not sure if it still requires the hack to get rid of the session ids or if they're now part of the software.

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