we are running a forum that can be found at www.team-andro.com/phpBB3
Statistics are as follows:
- Existing since 2004
- About 9.9 million posts in more than 360 k topics
- Nearly 290 k users
- Around 40 k visitors per day, most coming from Google
- Some very large topics up to more than 500.000 posts
Our current software is phpBB 3.0 and we are considering whether to start a project to move everything to Discourse.
Our considerations around that project are still high level, so I’d like to ask some questions, which are more general.
Has somebody made experiences how the move from a big PHP based classical bulletin board to Discourse will influence Google rankings?
Of course architecture and functionality of Discourse and phpBB are different. Are there differences which are not visible at a first glance but will lead to bigger problems? Maybe something like differences in the permission systems?
What has been the reaction of your frequent users? Has it taken long until they have liked Discourse? And what did your moderators say?
Did the introduction of Discourse have a measureable postive effect on numbers expressing user behaviour and engagement? I mean numbers like pages per session, bounce rate, session duration but also number of posts per day, number of active users.
Is it possible to use Discourse as a single sign on provider for other applications? I.e.: We have other applications not providing a login and they should make use of Discourse authentication instead. I’ve found the topic Official Single-Sign-On for Discourse (sso), but that seems to be the other way round.
Thank you in advance for your replies!