I need forum software without a presentation layer.
March 6, 2004 6:59 AM   Subscribe

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I need to implement a forum as part of a commercial site I'm developing. I want to have complete control over the presentation (look and feel), to integrate it with the rest of the site, but don't want to have to reinvent the wheel by building it from scratch. Is there any forum software that includes a database and and stored procedures with some kind of API that I can code against? I've already got authentication/verification of users covered, so I don't even need that part.

It doesn't need to be fancy, (the simpler, the better), but it does need to support topics and threads. Ideally, it will be for IIS/ASP/MS SQL Server, but I might be persuaded to use another platform or a third party provider, if there's no other way. I have a budget.
posted by normy to Computers & Internet (2 answers total)
pMachine Pro has forums that you can design any which way you want. It's PHP/MySQL but it handles things like membership and whatnot. Not sure if there's a way around it. It's pretty cheap--the forums are just one aspect of the software. Note that it doesn't allow avatars without a work around and doesn't alllow members to upload files. Supports multiple forums, threads, and topics, of course.
posted by dobbs at 7:44 AM on March 6, 2004

phpBB is free, open-source, and allows you to create all your own presentation templates from scratch, if you so choose. If the name didn't give it away, it uses PHP, but supports a wide range of database platforms.
posted by jjg at 4:35 PM on March 6, 2004

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