My views on Proboards

Discussion in 'Free Hosted Forums' started by Nightfire, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Nightfire

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    Now I know alot of you hate or dislike proboards. :cheeky: But has anyone ever pointed out the plus sides of proboards? No, I didn't think so. Personaly I would choose proboards over anything else for a first time admin, just because it's reliable & remotly hosted. You don't have to worry about files or downloading mods that funk your board up. Secondly Its free! Who can resist free? It introduced me me to the world of admin-ing. And in a good way too. Another great thing about proboards is its easy to use. It may not have all your fancy (or costly) features, but it has everything you need and doesnt have anything you dont need. You can always find a code to add a new feature. Speaking of features, proboards just upgraded from v3 to v4 this year, and has probably changed alot from the last time you saw it. Then theres the support, in my opinion proboards has a great support forum, they usualy get to you in less than 10 minutes and are verry helpful. In my opinion proboards is one of the best free forums, especialy for beginers. I am however ready to move on to bigger and better thins I'm thinking either SMF or MyBB.

    But overall, People seriosly need to take a look at proboards, there are some really succsessful "proffecional" sites that use proboards. I honustly think that proboards is VERY, VERY, VERY underrated.
     
  2. Outumuro

    Outumuro TAZXbar Publisher

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    Give me Proboards over EZBoards any day!

    If you like Proboards for what they are, but are ready to move on... while you're checking out more sophisticated forums, take a look at the new YaBB 2.0 while you're looking.
     
  3. MissMoke

    MissMoke I speak Jive

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    I must disagree on the support forum. I have never encountered such apathetic and outright mean people in all my years of running boards. They have so many rules about what to post where and if you slip up they put your warning in your title. Just a bunch of powerhungry people with mediocre software. In addition, they can delete your board at any time and don't have to tell you why.

    NO THANKS.
     
  4. lufc

    lufc forumpromotion.co.uk

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    i agree that it is a great starting base for anyone, its where i had my first forum but the support is the worst in the world,

    if you dont have the same view as patrick the mods will ridicule you or not allow you to say what you want, also if you dont know what you are doing they like to think that they are the gods of forums and put you down, if it wasnt for the owner we wouldn't have proboards but if it wasnt for him it would be much better (if you get what i mean).
     
  5. phoenixdown21

    phoenixdown21 The Man with the Plan

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    What are the really successful professional sites that are using proboards?

    I think they may good for a true blue begginer but if its for an even remotely serious site, I just like the fact that if I host my own, I have more say over what goes on.
     
  6. ATARI

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    After setting up a board last night nearly three years after closing my last Proboard, merely to test it, I can see they've done a lot to shed their old shortcomings. Even the support seems better than I remember. Good luck to them I say.

    My only complaint is that you can't add images such as gradients to the skins you create, but i'm sure it's been mentioned to them before. I don't think they need me adding to that ;)

    In conclusion, Can Proboards compete in a market seemingly dominated in one form or another by IPB or VB? I certainly hope so. I have a fondness from the old days of myself using them, and the changes they have made to their software have increased what was turning into a dilapidated service. Superb :)
     
  7. Nightfire

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    You can ad gradients easyly, you just have to add a code in your headers/footers. I don't know it off hand but there is one.
     
  8. Adam S

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    Look here....

    http://rankings.big-boards.com/?filter=proboards,all
     
  9. ATARI

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    Thanks. I stand corrected :)
     
  10. fullphaser

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    Having worked on the PB team for a while now, I think the thing is that Proboards TOS which throws the most people out of line. Its not really much to ask for, but it seems to upset a great deal of people. Its really nothing more than try and run a semi professional forum ie "no porn, not to much in terms of profanity" but other than that I can see no reason not to use PB's they are trying to fix their w3 errors, and are working on a very comparable version 5 as we speak.

    Add this to the fact that you can now drop the .proboards##.com

    for that I applaud them :)

    Edit: Yikes this appears to be a very old thread, apologies, and I though the tagging system was a new thing :p
     
  11. What

    What Aspirant

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    how would i do that?
     
  12. Taylor Hewitt

    Taylor Hewitt Enthusiast

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    I agree that it's great for starting admins to get the hang of it but other than that it serves no other purpose. PHPBB is the best free software in my opinion but I'm IPB for lyphe!
     
  13. fullphaser

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  14. NappilyEvahAftah

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    Support is bad

    I "lost" a board I'd started, and Proboards support didn't have a way to find it. I couldn't remember the username/id for the board, and I assumed they'd be able to locate SOMETHING, using my basic account info. Wrong. I was completely stunned.

    So, make SURE you bookmark and even make a note of your Proboard URL. Cuz if you forget it, you're out of luck. I use Proboards as a backup board, for my new forum.
     
  15. projectego

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    Totally agreed.
     
  16. Lurk

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    Surprisingly, my first forum (proboards) from 2003 is still online just as I left it. :O
     
  17. Sleepylazy2006

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    I'm running a proboard forum and haven't had any problems that I would considered major problems. Maybe a few minor problems but they go away soon after. Proboards forums depending on what they are, can be either bad or good. Not all Proboads forums are good and not all proboards forums are bad, it just depend on the Admin of that particular forum, same goes for other forums software.
     
  18. Isaac

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    If I could download and use ProBoards on my own server, we might have something going, but as long as there is .proboards.com in the URL, I'm not going near it. I know you can use your own domain now, but that costs 14 ad free credits, and you can't pay via PayPal, only Credit Card or Money Order. And the URLs are the least SEO friendly I've seen on a forum. Why have:

    http://support.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=pbgt&action=display&thread=1156014753

    When you could have:

    http://support.proboards.com/topic123.html

    Using simple mod_rewrite? Not to mention everyone cringes when they see proboards in the URL, and automaticly believe it's a n00b forum with a newbie admin.

    ProBoards was good to start with, but if you're actually looking to go somewhere with your forum, you've gotta host it yourself.
     
  19. fullphaser

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    Thats true, great to see you by the way Issac, in truth I have told Martyn (The current programmer for the software) and crowd several times to go for the SEO friendly but they keep using the no user error issues buy out so... I don't think we will see an SEO friendly proboards this round.
     
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