Creating a Web-based BBS, Part 1

Ready to create your own virtual community? Here's how to begin.

Next month, we will complete the design and implementation of our basic BBS, adding the ability to create messages and search through the system. Until then, consider dropping by a working implementation of this software at, where you can trade ideas with other readers of this column.


Reuven M. Lerner is an Internet and Web consultant living in Haifa, Israel, who has been using the Web since early 1993. His book Core Perl will be published by Prentice-Hall in the spring. He can be reached at The ATF home page, including archives and discussion forums, is at