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|Stable release||0.9.1 / July 24, 2009|
|Operating system||Platform Independent|
|Type||Internet forum software|
The main difference between Beehive and most other forum software is its frame-based interface, which lists discussion titles on the left and displays their contents on the right.
Other features which differentiate Beehive from most forums include:
- Targeted replies to specific users and/or posts.
- Safe HTML posting (malicious code is stripped out), rather than BBCode, via WYSIWYG editor, helper toolbar, or manual typing.
- A relationship system, allowing users to ignore users and/or signatures that they dislike.
- Powerful forum-wide and per-user word filtering, including a regular expression option.
- A flexible polling system, allowing public or private ballot, grouped answers, and different result modes.
- A built-in "light mode" that allows basic forum access from PDAs and web-enabled mobilephones.
The source of these useful yet distinct features is not just from the minds of developers, but also from the people who use the software.
With its mix of technical features and user friendly interface, Beehive is used by a range of audiences, from Linux users to senior citizens and more. Beehive is used by the popular UK technology website The Inquirer.
Beehive Forum was started in 2002 by a group of ex-PC Format forum members (known then as NPCFF - Not PC Format Forum) who were upset when Delphi forums decided to cripple the service for their non-paying members. The first release, labelled Beehive Forum 0.1 beta, was released on the 27th June, 2002.
The majority of Beehive is written by Matthew Beale, and he is currently the primary coder for the project.
Security & Vulnerabilities
On 28 November 2007 Nick Bennet and Robert Brown of Symantec Corporation discovered a security flaw related Beehive's database input handling. The vulnerability could "allow a remote user to execute SQL injection attacks". The flaw affected all versions of the software up to 0.7.1. The Beehive Forum team responded very rapidly with a fix released, in the form of version 0.8 of the software, later that day.
The current version of Beehive does not have any known security vulnerabilities.
Reviews of Beehive Forum
- Review of Beehive 0.5 by ExtremeTech
- Review of Beehive 0.6.3 by Forum Software Reviews
- Review of Beehive by ITerating
- Comparison of Internet forum software (PHP)
- Beehive feature list on ForumMatrix.org comparison website