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...those are my thoughts anyway.
Also, the main page of the site has over a hundred inbound links (5 per forum) for the latest posts, resources and other stuff added to the site.
My oldest site with this design (2 months old) is now at PR6 and a couple of them are at PR5 and PR4.
There are futher techniques (some mentioned in this thread, like mod_rewrite) that could further help, but for me weighing the effort against the possible gain, I decided to just stay with the above mentioned modification.
Personal preference now is to use a dynamic forum script with mod_rewrite to make it look like static HTML. I've had great success with miniBB and mod_rewrite.
Looking at phpbb and a couple of others.
Any recommendations as to what/which is easier to set up and keep going - and be crawlable by Google?
We have an info site hosted on VIAnet that we could use (don't want to put it on our ecommerce site).
I'm in the same boat :-/
I searched and searched and those mods that were posted didnt work. Hence I downloaded 2.03 and got it working fine. There is also a not so well knpown modification that flatten the urls which I also have incorporated.
I'm sending you a pm with the url's so you can see for yourself. I believe the moderators would edit an example url out. phpbb 2.03 is perfectly fine imo and secure.
For the flat url mod I can send you some files and instructions which work as long as .htaccess works in your directories. No need for mod_rewrites etc. Combined it makes for a very search engine friendly forum. I have phpbb 2.01 on my own domain (see forum in profile site) which works very well. Every page is indexed. The Mod does work with 2.03 as well and I'll send you the example in a sticky.