As a start, I come from Engineering background, but not web development unfortunately. Now let’s begin.
Am about to start a new platform for our brand community, where they can talk, discuss and share photos (Gallery). I just joined recently, and soon we’ll have a discussion about which platform to use.
Developers already made some progress with the forum development, unfortunately, they used phpBB. Which i didn’t like, luckily it’s not launched yet, so i need an answer to the following questions to be able to convince them (Especially developers).
1- Is it as easy to customize Discourse as phpBB? I need reasons to convince them to use Discourse instead of phpBB
2- About the license, I’m not sure the company would like to share the code. Is it ok to do the customization to discourse without contributing to the core?
3- What languages are needed for development? Front and back end.
4- We’re going to develop an app as well. I guess i might find a way to let the company make it open source if possible. Any recommendations here?