Free forum software
NovaBoard is a free, feature rich community message board software written in PHP & MySQL that allows you to set up your own forum within minutes.
With a smart modules feature and the ease of creating your own themes you can style and manipulate your board to look and perform how you want.
NovaBoard makes running a message board a breeze!
What Can It Do?
We have a huge feature list that explains exactly what NovaBoard can do. But it doesn't stop there!
NovaBoard can be modified to suit your needs by installing modules or plugins via our simple modules interface. Two clicks and you're done!
We have a dedicated official plugins website where you can install things such as rating systems, google ads, a shoutbox, and much more.
Keep In Control
Create member groups, warn & ban members and create individual forum moderators - NovaBoard has all the tools required to keep on top of your user base.
Select what groups can view certain forums, choose who can and can not download attachments as well as specifying what features members have access to all in one Administration Control Panel.
NovaBoard has the most intense spam fighting security out of all forum software that is currently available.
We check registration requests against an established spam database and utilise Akismet and reCAPTCHA to further decrease the ability of spammers posting on your boards.
NovaBoard will also auto-moderate any posts it believes to be from a spammer and notify you immediately ensuring your user base is kept well away from malicious websites.
1. Extract contents of archive to your server
2. Run http://www.yoursite.com/path/to/forum/install.php
3. Follow on-screen instructions to complete your installation.
- Uses PHP, MySQL & GD2
- Fully compatible with all modern browsers
- Easy to use template system
- Convert the forum into any language
- Track new posts with a multitude of options
- Easy to use module system
- Search topics & posts
- Search Engine Friendly (SEF) URL’s
- Integrated PayPal module
- Unique sessions on every form to prevent spamming
- Encrypted passwords
- Group permissions to control actions users can perform
- File uploading of only trusted file types
- Force users to change their passwords after a set time
- Perform forum upgrades with just 2 clicks in the Admin CP
- Forums & Topics:
- Unlimited forums with unlimited sub-forums
- BB Code with tags such as spoiler, hide, youtube
- Add polls to topics
- Subscribe to RSS feeds in each forum & topic
- Quick Reply & Quick Edit options in posts
- Multi-quote function
- File Attachments
- Report posts
- Auto-merge of a users posts if posted within 15 minutes of last one in same topic.
- Modules & Themes:
- Easy upload interface for modules & themes
- Time saving remote install option
- Upgrade notification for modules that have been updated
- No file edits required!
- Convert board into any language using our language files
- Create different images for different languages
- Easy to use ‘Language Switcher’ drop-down to switch between languages
- Set default language within Admin CP
- Gmail inspired Private Messages
- Subscribe to Private Messages and get them delivered to your email inbox.
- MSN, AOL, Yahoo! & Skype profile fields
- Microsoft XBox360, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3 gamer tags
- Enable/disable registrations
- Editable Terms & Conditions
- Set maximum number of posts guests can view before being asked to register
- Only one email address allowed to be registered to prevent aliases
- Verify email address before account is activated
- User Groups & Permissions:
- Create usergroups to allow members access to certain areas or features
- Set forums permissions per user group
- Assign colours and logos to each user group
- Custom member ranks
- Administrator & Moderator Options:
- Set user groups & individual members as forum moderators
- Lock/unlock, split, merge, move, sticky & announce topics
- Cache & Purge area to keep database size down
- Report to moderators option in posts
- View original posts within an edited one to see what changed
- Graphical warn system with easy to view warn history per member
- Temporarily suspend for a specific number of days
- Outright ban member option