Prime-Web Releases Ultimate Bulletin Board 4.0
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Prime-Web introduced version 4.0 of its Ultimate Bulletin Board (UBB), the full-featured discussion board that many Web sites are using to develop a sense of community.
The new release has many added features, including unlimited forums, the ability to "lock" or close a thread, and the ability to close a forum to visitors unless they have the required password. The new UBB can also pre-set the number of days worth of messages that will appear on the forum as a default.
UBB creator Ted O'Neill has been avidly working on the project, making updates available on an almost weekly basis. O'Neill is Director of Digital Media for Prospect Associates, a communications firm in Rockville, Maryland, but the UBB simply started out as a personal project.
O'Neill developed the UBB in 1996 as a free BBS in response to what he felt was a need for a less-cluttered and easy-to-navigate system. The response from the Web community was such that O'Neill eventually found himself putting much of his free time into the project, and felt the need to charge a small fee for the software.
Some of the features of Ultimate Bulletin Board 4.0 include:
- Unlimited forums
- Support for users with strict cgi-bin policies
- Forum on/off switches
- Support for HTML within messages and/or UBB Code
- Forum moderators
- Registration system
- Full-featured administration/customization through the browser
- User profiles that can be updated by users
- Extensive administrative features using the Web browser interface
- Ability to edit/delete/prune messages
- Word censor capability
- Classic design
- Online FAQ
There are now three versions of the UBB available: the free version, which does not have many of the features of the commercial version; the full UBB 4.0, which is $30 for non-commercial sites or $130 w/two licenses for commercial sites; and a version that has been translated into French.
To see the Ultimate Bulletin Board 4.0 in action, visit Prime-Web's Own Board.