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When miniBB was just released, it obviously inspired "big forum program" developers to release so called "low-fi" or "lite" extensions to their existing software. It proved the market always needs something ultimately simple, yet even more effective. But the huge problem here is, having two different interfaces of the same software leads to so called "duplicated content" which is a bad issue for search engines. Is there a reason to have both bloated and simple output code, if only the simple one is enough?..
Also many developers try to provide some kind of "output compression" in their software, hiding the fact that their programs return abnormally large HTML source, which is not suitable for an efficient search engine indexing. Why do we have to kill server resources with such additional compression, if it's just possible to program for a small resulting HTML code initially?
Content is the King nowadays, and miniBB takes care of your Kindgom. Its template-based code presents an absolutely clean HTML created from scratch by hand (remember: the handmade work is always more valued); and its forum messages structure automatically produces exactly what search engines will swallow. The program doesn't need any kind of additional code compression on-the-fly, because it is "low-fi" by itself.
There can't be anything simpler than that, and there can't be anything quicker. Our code is optimized by default without any other tricks needed to apply, and it's still editable, thus fully meeting The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) standards.
Logically, such code is LOVED by any search engine, and it won't eat all of your bandwidth as well. This surprises many of our users just after their forums URL starts to become "dangerously" indexed by a content crawler.
But even if you don't need new visitors coming from a search engine, miniBB allows to create a forum completely hidden from public, and accessed by invited people only. You make the choice.
|What forum owners say about miniBB: I just wanna say: I was searching for PHP code for a forum for a site I am working on, they were either too complex (my users aren't that computer literate, i.e. not geeks) or not professional-looking/feeling enough. MiniBB was just the right balance, even my mum can use it!!! Adam|
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