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considering PHP

advice needed for community site



1:36 am on Oct 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

I am relaunching a local community site and am considering developing it in PHP, something I have no experience in. I've developed several multiple static sites and am fluent in html, but my coding experience is limited to modifying perl and java scripts.

I've glanced at a few php systems and I assume this is the way to go.
I'm looking at PHP-Nuke, XOOPS, or Post-Nuke. Does anyone have any suggestions? The easier to use the better.

Here are the functions I need to accomplish:

message board
with subcategories and preferably support for html or at least links and font modification.

voting poll

easy to use control over the message board, etc.

content management
don't know if that's the right term, but a function so a third party could log in and post an article or blog-like entry.

the following would be nice but not necessary:

preferably not java based, everything I've found for PHP seems to use IRC. is there anything standalone?
I'd REALLY like to tie in passwords and userinfo into the message board so visitors wouldn't have to sign up more than once.

random image

SSI like function
pardon my ignorance, but something like update a menu once, it's updated on all pages kinda thing. This shouldn't be a problem for PHP, correct?

Google powered block or module


Any other advice you might have would be appreciated as well, Thanks.


2:22 am on Oct 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member chiyo is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Shy Guy...

have a lot in hotscripts /php / for perhaps more than a 100 portal/communcity scripts like XOOPS and nuke and clones. When evaluating these 6 months ago, we actually found some of the simpler programs more flexible than nuke/postnuke etc, New open source programs are released or updated every week. A basic understanding of Php, [erhaps learned in a weekend, especially given you have some programming experience already, will give you a great start in taking control of these scripts yourself, and not having to worry about the numerous bugs, possible exploit potential, and extraneous functionality in the more complex, popular scripts.


4:46 pm on Oct 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lorax is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Welcome to WebmasterWorld!

You will find a hefty amount of information on learning PHP here [searchengineworld.com...]

As for using someone elses package. I've used PHP Nuke and found it very limiting. If you're the type to just install it and use what it gives you then it'll work. Slow and difficult for SEs to parse but it will work and offers you a bunch of options through (modules) which are freely downloaded. If, however, you're the type that likes to get in there and modify things to suit your liking, it will be a bear. First you'll need to wrap you head around what the programmers were thinking. This in itself is daunting because the whole application is modularized and some of the code is very advanced. For a beginner - it's a lot to take on.

My advice is to either create something yourself and use it as a learning experience (use tutorials to help you build the different sections) or use something built by someone else but look for those that are relativel simple so you'll have half a chance to modify them later.

BTW - as mentioned by chiyo - Hotscripts.com has a bunch of PHP code (snippets and full apps) to choose from.

Best O' Luck


8:17 pm on Oct 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't recommend anything that has Nuke in its name.


9:48 pm on Oct 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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There was a security problem with Nuke, which allowed hackers easy access to your server. Not sure if this is still the case.


1:41 pm on Oct 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member lorax is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Have you got a reference for that security problem?

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