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Forum And Bulletin Board Software - Boardawy


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Boardawy is the web standard free and open source code in Perl forum software and bulletin board system software BBS with unparalleled features and tools with free support.


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Boardawy Main Features Summary
  • SQL database driven 100%.
  • Unlimited categories.
  • Unlimited forums.
  • Multi - lingual.
  • Multi - theme.
  • Full user accounts manager.
  • Advanced search tools.
  • Images and files uploads.
  • Content Management System
  • Advanced user permissions
  • Many Sorting options
  • Admin Accounts Manager
  • Fully integrated banner server.
  • User registration confirmation.
  • Database management.
  • HTML template based.
  • User Visual html editor.
  • Admin Visual html editor.
  • Custom functions.
  • External programs integration.
  • Unlimited mailing lists.
  • Easy setup wizard.
  • Very customizable.
  • Hundreds of options
Boardawy Main Features Details

These are just a few of the main features only of the Boardawy software. The software has hundreds of features which can not be listed here.



SQL database driven 100%

SQL databases are the most powerful database systems until this moment that can handle several Gig bytes of information safely with the highest search speed and information retrieval. Based on this Mewsoft Boardawy built with all its databases using SQL. This includes all the categories, forums, topics, posts, mailing lists, accounts, users information, websites information, statistics and any data used by the software. This makes the software unlimited in its capacity and speed which puts the software on the top in race with the well known big forums software sites now on the net.

Unlimited Categories and Forums

The software has built in category and forum manager in the admin center which allows to create unlimited number of categories and forums in each category. Since the categories are stored in SQL database then its is unlimited practically. Each category or forum can be configured separately for generating Meta Tags (title, description, keywords), using templates, sort order, permissions, html customizations, and more.

Multi - Lingual

The software admin center has a language manager that allows the administrator to create unlimited number of languages and translate any language online or on your local PC in just a few minutes. The software by default comes with the language English only, any additional languages you need to just create it from the language manager and translate the text in minutes. The software use all the languages available in real time which allows the surfers and users to select which language they want and the software will keep their preferences using cookies so they need to select the language only the first time they visit the site. The language manager will allow the administrator to create new languages, delete languages, edit languages text or search and replace languages for certain text.

Multi - Theme
The software has built theme manager in the admin center which allows the administrator to create unlimited number or themes (skins) and assign each theme to a specific language, then the user can select the language and the associated theme. This is very important for example for some languages like Arabic and Heberw their direction from right to left which does not work with the defualt english language which is left to right, in this case the administrator can create one theme for the Arabic language and assign it to the Arabic language and make all the html code to work from right to left normal with the Arabic or Heberw languages. This is just a small example of how the multi-theme (skins) is useful in internationalization of your site.
Full user accounts manager
The software has built in advanced user friendly account manager system for users. The user account manager has many tools to help users manage their account very easily. The user account manager include these tools:
  • Overview
    View account information summary.
  • Edit Profile
    Users can edit and update their profile or registration information at any time.
  • Sign out
    This option allows the users to log off their account for security specially if they use a shared computer.

Advanced search tools
Users has a very advanced search tools besides the simple and fast search box that shows up on all the pages. With the advanced search tools, users can refine their search based on many options.
Images and files uploads
Very important now in any forum site. Administrator sets the the number of files and the size of each signle file and the total size that will be uploaded in each posting and users will be able to preview the images and also select how their images will be displayed for example as a slide show or above each other.
Fully integrated banner server

The software is integrated with full banner manager software SQL database driven same as the software itself to handle millions of impressions per day for heavy traffic sites. The banner system allow to create and manage unlimited accounts, campaigns and banner zones or groups or locations on your templates. The banner also can be used directly on your other sites and your static or dynamic pages either with direct call or with SSI. All banner call are done from the same main banner program for all zones so you do not need to copy scripts or configure anything. The banner also has a cash buster to avoid browsers to cash banners images. The banner server also has a full client report area so all your banner advertisers will have a login to the stats area to check their campaigns stats in different format either daily or hourly report for every individual campaign.

User registration confirmation
The software has admin options to allow users to register and get approved automatically or manually or by email confirmation. For email confirmation registrations, all users are confirmed by sending a confirmation code and a specific website address to the email address the user used to register. The new users accounts will not be activated until they check their email and click the unique confirmation address with the unique confirmation code. This assures that no user will be able to register to the system with invalid email address or false information. Admin also can require Credit Cards for registration.
Database Management

The software admin center has many tools to manage and control everything in the system database. This includes tools also for managing the SQL server itself. Among these database and SQL server tools are:

  • Backup or export the whole SQL database into delimited ASCII text file.

  • Loading or importing the SQL database from ASCII delimited text files.

  • Unloading and Loading SQL tables separately.

  • Viewing SQL server variables and current status.

  • Empty, delete, optimize, check SQL tables separately.

  • SQL Commander to run and execute SQL statements.

  • Create, delete, and manage SQL databases.

HTML Template based

One of the most powerful features of this software is its use for pure html templates for every single byte generated by the software. This means there is no limit on the customizations the same as you edit normal html pages. Not only templates for the pages generated by the software but also for every form, hyperlinks, any generated output, listings, navigations, and everything the program prints to the output is customizable.

Visual html editor
Both users and the administrator center has built in WYSIWYG Visual html editor for online editing the templates and posts. Also templates can be edited with any visual html editor like Frontpage or else.
Custom functions

The software has built in script editor in the admin center which allow you to write your own Perl, HTML, and JS functions and insert the output to the templates with the rest of the program output. Custom functions can use the current program templates as well as you can define new templates to be used. This means you can build new functions with its own templates.

External programs integration

Not only you can build your own custom Perl functions but also you can directly integrate your current scripts and programs with the software and insert the programs output in the templates directly. There are many built in classes to run SSI functions from inside the templates.

Unlimited mailing lists

The software has SQL based mailing lists system unlimited in its capacity for each list. The admin center "Mail manager" has full utilities to manage unlimited number of mailing lists and mass email:

  • Create, edit mail letters

  • Create unlimited lists

  • Add, Delete subscribers

  • Add, delete lists

  • Send mass email to lists

  • Select mail format text, or html

Easy setup wizard

The software is very easy to install and configure even for just beginners. No need to be programmer or professional to run or manage the software on your server, all you need is the general internet stuff, like how to use any ftp program to transfer files, how to change files permissions, very little html to customize the templates or links to your look and feel. Just transfer the files to your server, change permissions and you are done with the installation. The software has built in setup and configuration wizard that will check and create directories, permissions, SQL tables and more.

Very customizable

The first thing you must search in any software is how far is it customizable. Whatever its function if it is not 100% customizable then it looses at least 80% of its value. Mewsoft Boardawy software like all Mewsoft products is very customizable. There is not single byte that is not customizable. Lets explain this shortly

The software uses html templates for the body of the pages that generated. Inside these html templates are the output of the cgi programs and the text itself.

Now the software is multi-lingual, which means the same text should be in different languages and this is done by inserting language variables inside the templates between "[[" and "]]", for example a field form that has text label "Please enter your first name" this has assigned a variable name for example first_name, to insert this label in the template just insert it like this [[first_name]]. When the surfer selects specific language this variable will be translated from the language selected. This shows that you can move this language variable anywhere inside your template. The value of the language variables itself you change it from the language file, so you edit it to anything you want.

Second, the cgi programs output is inserted inside these html templates in two methods. The first method is by using Plugins between comments like this . Of course you move this Plugin anywhere inside your templates. The second method is using what we called it Classes in the templates in the form like this , these classes can be used anywhere in your templates. So basically everything the program prints out is customizable and you have full control over the look and feel. You can use any WYSIWYG html editor like FrontPage 2000 or else to edit the templates. The admin center has built in visual html template editor online and Visual html editor integrated.

Accounts Manager
Fully manage all users accounts. Admin can browse users by category based on the first user name letter, or search for specific users by any criteria. Admin can do many functions on users accounts including activating, deactivating, deleting, setting permissions, and login to the user account manager and use all the user tools.
Files uploads options
The admin can allow users to upload files when posting to the system. This option can be turned off or on at any time. There are options to set what files types allowed for the system security. Also options to set the maximum number of files that can be uploaded per one post, the maximum size of each individual files, and the maximum size of all the files that can be uploaded per single post. The uploaded files automatically deleted when the posts deleted.
Hundreds of options
The software administration center has hundreds of configuration options that control the software behavior and the look which can not be listed here, for detailed information about these options please see the product manual.
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