SEO-Board Review

(December 18, 2008 10:42)
Last Version 1.1.0 (December 6, 2008). Released under Custom License.
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What is SEO-Board?

SEO-Board is a really tiny forum software with a main goal (a clue is in its name): it focuses on search engine optimization (SEO), and is therefore very optimized to be crawled. It claims to be perfect solution for small and medium-sized sites, but is this focus to SEO done to the detriment of user experience?

We are going to check this.

SEO-Board is recommended for Tiny Community.

(and supports smaller communities perfectly as well.)

Server & Client Requirements

Server Requirements
Programming Language
Required Architecture and Versions.
  • PHP 4
Web Servers
How the forum is delivered to users.
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
How Forum Data are Stored.
  • MySQL
Operating Systems
Systems Supporting this Software.
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
Browser & Client Requirements
Compatible Browsers
List of Compatible Browsers.
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla FirefoxInternet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle ChromeOperaOpera
Apple SafariApple SafariKonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
Required Plugins/Technologies
Additional or Basic Requirements from Client Side.
Languages supported by SEO-Board.
Supported Languages:
French Dutch
Turkish English (British)
English (American)
Compatibility with Smartphones
Compatible SmartPhones
Compatible Cellphone Brands and Manufacturers.
Application Distribution / Type
How it is distributed / App Store Availability

Forum Threads & Posts

Forum Threads / Topics
Forum Style Forum Organization No.
Thread Icons - Topic Tags -
Hot Topics - Unread Topics -
Hidden Topics - Sticky Threads -
Related Threads - Detect Duplicate Threads -
Announcements -
Posting Messages / Answers
Message Editing Form
How to Post Messages.
Post Editing Format
Supported Markup Language (HTML, Wiki, BBCode,...).
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
Spell Checker
Checks typos on posts and topics.
Image Attachment
How Images can be Attached and Displayed in Message Posts.
Embedded Videos
Videos and Media Websites Supported in Message Posts.
Posting Features
Quick Reply Box - Smileys Yes
Attachments No Syntax Highlighting -
Message Rating
- Message Quoting -

Additional & Technical Features

Additional Forum Features
Poll Creation No
Private Messages
Users Can Communicate using an Internal Messaging System.
Instant Messaging
Discuss with Visitors and Members in a Chat Window.
Topic, Member Birthdays, Events are available from the perspective of a calendar.
Online Users List
Connected User List (Often Found in the Forum Footer).
Members List
Search and Consult the List of Members.
Technical Features
Bundled Software
Additional Software Available with the Forum.
RSS/Atom Syndication
Posts and Threads Exported to Feeds Aggregators Syndicate.
Friendly URLs
URLs are clear and contain information about the topic (title, message,...). Highly recommended for SEO purposes.
Post by Email
Post Directly From your Email Box.
Remote Control
Remote Control from External Software/Websites.
Cache System
Cache pages to optimize bandwidth and load times.
Template Engine
It is easier to theme a forum using a known template engine (more docs & examples,...).

User Profiles & Options

Some details about SEO-Board features regarding members.
Member Options & Features
Bookmark Threads
User Profiles Keep a List of Followed Posts and Topics.
Email Notifications
Receive Emails When New Messages are Posted in Followed Threads.
Export private messages
Private Messages can be Downloaded by Users.
Payment Subscriptions
Paying Membership Subscription.
User Profiles
User Profile
User Information and Settings.
Pictures of Members, Useful to Easily Identify their Posts.
Signatures Added at the Bottom of Each Message.
Tags and Labels Identifying the Members, based on specific criteria (Total Posts Count, Credits, Moderation Level...)

Moderation & Users Management

Moderation & Threads Management
Moderation No.
Moderator per section No
Global Moderator No
Move Threads
Move Threads from Topics
Shadow Topics
When a thread is moved, the previous position is kept in order to inform users of this modification.
Close/Lock Threads
Close/Lock Problematic Threads
Users Management
User Groups
Organize and define groups of users, and apply different actions and settings on them.
Common Groups: Guests, Members, Moderators, Administrators,...
User Registration No.
Limit Features For New Users
Features are limited if a user has created a small number of posts.
Guest Posting Yes
Multiple Administrators Yes
Send Warnings to Users
Inform users by email or PM that they infringe the board rules, and could be excluded for such behavior.
Forum/Section Restricted Access
ACL could be use to determine if a user or a group of users can access (in read only, post message) to some sections and topics.
User Banishment No

Administration & Support

Database Management
Backup Database
Backup forum datas that you could store somewhere else.
Prune Database
Remove old and unused datas from your forum.
Restore Database
Restore a backup of your database if the previous install crashed.
Administration Tools
Statistics about posts count, users, traffic...
- Error/Notice Log Viewer
Forum Logs could be consulted.
Tasks Scheduler
Maintenance tasks are regularly launched and could be scheduled.
- Mass Mailing
Send an email (newsletters, advertisements, information,...) to all users.
Installation & Upgrading
Installation Method
How this forum software could be installed.
Installation Wizard
Upgrading Method
How this forum software could be upgraded.
Upgrade Wizard
Updates Notifications
The Admin Panel informs you when a new version is released.
Forum Migration
Convert an existing forum to SEO-Board.

Security & Spam Protection

Security & Spam Protection
Captcha protects your forum against spam bots.
e.g., Syndicate
Abnormal Behavior Detection
Detect users or request strange behaviors, and try to process proactive actions.
Words Filtering
Offensing Words are automatically replaced.
User Blacklist
Prevent specific user accounts to register (based on email address, name,...) and disable potentially harmful members.
IP Blocking
Prevent access to spam robots and other scripts that could attempt DDOS or Brute Force attacks on your forum.

Vulnerabilities Advisories Criticality

Secunia Criticality

Secunia Advisories severity affecting SEO-Board.

Vulnerabilities Impact

Secunia Impact

Secunia Advisories impact affecting SEO-Board.

Customization & Social Networks

Add new features to your forum installation.
Modify the style of your forum easily.
Custom BBCodes Patch Smiley Packs No
Thread Icons
- Additional User Profile Fields
Ask more about your members with custom fields.
Integration with Applications, Social Networks, Intranet...
Social Networks
Users can share information from their social network account...
CMS / Blog Bridges
Integration with existing Web publishing tools.
User Accounts Integration
Do users be able to log in with their corporate, Google, Facebook,... accounts?
Content Aggregation
Forum allows to integrate news and content from other website, using an aggregation protocol (RSS, RDF, Atom,...).

W3C Norms & Accessibility

Norms & Accessibility
HTML 4.01.
HTML 4.01
Click to see if it respects HTML norms.
CSS Stylesheets
CSS 1.
Click to see if it respects CSS norms.
Accessibility (WAI)
Web Accessibility ensures that the forum is usable by people of all abilities and disabilities.
No accessibility.
UTF-8 Support
Default encoding used to support all locales and countries.
Conformance to W3C Norms
Does SEO-Board correctly follow (X)HTML and CSS norms?

Recommended Books

Final Words


SEO-Board is really too simple in our opinion. Even if it works well and is quite fast, it could not be compared to a PunBB or FluxBB softwares, that are combining simplicity and enough features to compete more powerful forum softwares.

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Comments (4)

SEO-Board is an easy,

SEO-Board is an easy, Functional and powerful for medium and low websites like Forex and Marketing


Hi everybody. I don't know

Hi everybody.
I don't know why they called it "seo-board". It doesn't have any basic Seo features e.g,
Forum Categories
URL Redirection Forum
Sub Sections
Trashcan Forum
Topic Tags
Spell Checking
Detect Duplicate Threads
Social Networks
UTF-8 Support
W3C Norms
And even Friendly URLs

I wondered if I could find a Persian translated Seo forum software such as VBulittien or PHPBB.
I think if I try to translate this software to Persian I just wasted my time and other Persian users time.

Thanks a lot for your powerful solution and good luck

lastnico's picture

I would suggest you using the

I would suggest you using the How to choose? tutorial, that, at a specific time, will ask you in which localization you want your forum software. Answer Persian and you will get a list of forum softwares that match your needs (hopefully Wink

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.


Hi lastnico Thanks for your

Hi lastnico

Thanks for your suggestion.

I used it and I found my software, but the thing that is very important for me is SEO features of a forum software.

I think the best of free software is Phpbb and the best of commercial software is VB.


Thanks for your time

And of course I will follow you.

Your friend

Majid Abed

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