I'm a big phpBB MOD creator and I know phpBB2's look and coding like the back of my hand. I edit internal options of my phpBB2 forum all the time and I know the variables and how the system all works.
With that in mind, I have a question: isn't JForum just a copy of phpBB2 with some internal edits done? I notice some different things like new options and new arrangements of topics and forums and members and stuff, but the core look of JForum is identicle to phpBB2. JForum simply looks like a different phpBB2 style template - that's all. It looks like a copy-off of phpBB2 with some of phpBB3's features added in. :x The smilies are exactly the same as phpBB2, all of the images are exactly the same, the fonts and font colors are exactly the same, the layout is exactly the same, the registration page is exactly the same and I can go on and on and on about how JForum seems to be exactly the same as phpBB2. All I see are some small template changes/edits - nothing big.
So, can someone tell me how JForum is different than phpBB2? Does it use a different coding language or something? And don't tell me the little differences like the different looking form buttons, or the "My Bookmarks" page, or the different image backgrounds, because that isn't enough to convince me that JForum is totally different than phpBB2 and can be called "a separate forum from phpBB2."
Thanks and please let me know how this is different. I'm sorry if I'm wrong, but I am just sticking up for phpBB and the hard work that was put into making that forum solution. [originally posted on jforum.net by legohalflife2man]
so, you are mostly right about your point when we talk about the look and feel. JForum is indeed using a slightly changed version of phpbb2' subsilver theme, no questions about that. That's because back then, when we started the JForum Project, phpbb was largely used, and users know its interface, so following the same ideas in JForum was a big advantage, as we didn't need to reinvent the wheel.
On the other hand, the similarities stop there. While JForum's main template is based on subsilver, everything else is different - I mean, JForum is written in Java, while phpbb is developed in PHP. The database are quite the same, but again, because it's a tested approach and familiar to many developers.
PHPBB is good for those who only have a PHP hosting plan, while JForum is good for applications already written in Java that need a lot of integration and in those servers that have Java support.
Rafael [originally posted on jforum.net by Rafael Steil]
I understand you, Rafael Steil. It makes sense now.
Nice website design, by the way. I love the Photoshop-work and the gradients on the header and side images. [originally posted on jforum.net by legohalflife2man]