The first version of phpBB grew out of the need for a PHP-based message board script that visually resembled the gold standard of message boards in 2000, Infopop's Ultimate Bulletin Board. The board caught on with users as a simple, easily run script, and the rest is history. Since those humble beginnings, phpBB's popularity has grown tremendously, with a vast online community of developers, gurus, and code hackers. It's been translated into over 25 languages, and had over a thousand modifications and templates coded for it. People have coded entire content management systems around it, showing how popular phpBB is with the online community. Figure 7-1 illustrates a default installation of phpBB 2.0.
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