PunBB 1.3 Officially Released!

PunBB 1.3 has finally been officially released just today! This release brings tons of improvements from 1.2, particularly the new extension system. Here is a small list of improvements (from the official news post (external link)):

  • Extension system based on hooking technique. One click extension installation, no need to modify forum's code anymore.
  • Full UTF-8 support.
  • More customisable styles, templating system.
  • New layout: markup, CSS, language files updated, markup helper functions added.
  • URL rewriting schemes, nice URL's built-in.
  • Split/merge topics functionality.
  • Multiple groups for moderators allowed.
  • Searches are now case-insensitive, extern.php improved, more global, per-group and per-user options added.
  • Certain "bad" characters are silently stripped out from the text input.
  • Got rid of extras folder, README added.
  • Hotifx system based on extension system for quick bugfixes.

Since the start of PunBB 1.3's development, the project has also undergone a change in ownership as Rickard Andersson (external link), the lead developer, moved on to new things. The code base has improved a lot as well, although I guess that isn't as exciting of an issue with the hook-based extension system.

Screenshot of PunBB 1.3\'s new layout

Personally, I like the new default layout. It's much more slick than the old one and a nice facelift.

Lowter will probably upgrade our PunBB installation in the coming weeks, for anyone wondering. You can download (external link) the official release of PunBB 1.3 from the PunBB website.



  • Seems nice. Will look forward to seeing it in use on Lowter soon.

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Sun 9 Nov 2008 at 16:02

  • Any thoughts on FluxBB?

    Posted by Frans (external link) on Sun 9 Nov 2008 at 17:44

  • I haven't really checked out FluxBB, but to me it seems idential to PunBB. They haven't made any improvments on it really, just a change in control. I'm not sure the huge benefit in that, considering it's already an open source application and control is in the hands of the community already.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Sun 9 Nov 2008 at 18:40

  • Well, PunBB 1.3 is actually based on FluxBB 1.3 I think? The point was that there wasn't enough control according to the people behind FluxBB... however PunBB 1.3 is deemed stable now and FluxBB 1.3 isn't yet. I suppose this means they'll diverge and won't have plugin compatibility anymore.

    Posted by Frans (external link) on Tue 11 Nov 2008 at 14:32