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Welcome To Icy Phoenix

  • What is Icy Phoenix?
  • Icy Phoenix is a CMS based on phpBB (a fully scalable and highly customisable open-source Bulletin Board package PHP based) plus many modifications and code integrations which add flexibility to the whole package. The official home page for phpBB is www.phpbb.com. Icy Phoenix has some features originally developed for phpBB XS Project which has been founded by Bicet and then developed by both Bicet and Mighty Gorgon. Icy Phoenix has been created by Luca Libralato after he left the phpBB XS Project.

  • What are the main features of Icy Phoenix?
  • Icy Phoenix has many features, most of them are listed in the Features Page and in the Credits Page. The main ones are:
    • phpBB bulletin board and permission system
    • CMS features allowing the creation of new pages and blocks
    • Overall template integration among all site sections
    • Many ready to use features: Photo Gallery, Downloads, Knowledge Base, Links, Chat...
    • Multi-language and multi-template ready
    • Almost 100% XHTML and CSS W3C compliant
    • ...and many others...

  • Is Icy Phoenix supported for bugs, security issues, improvements?
  • Icy Phoenix is an open source project. As like many open source projects it is developed by people using their free time. At the moment there are several persons in the staff willing to help and to contribute to this project. We hope the community will continue to grow and be able to provide all the necessary support to all the users who may need help.

  • Is Icy Phoenix easy to install and upgrade from other platforms?
  • Icy Phoenix has its own setup procedure which guides the user through the steps of the setup process. An upgrading file is provided to upgrade the package from standard phpBB and phpBB XS. Hopefully an upgrade procedure from any other platform will be written in the future: at the moment the only way to upgrade from another platform is by downgrading to phpBB and then run the provided upgrade procedure.

  • Does Icy Phoenix have many templates?
  • Yes, at the moment there are some free templates (some of them with multicolour variations) and we are working to create new ones. If you are interested in new templates you should regularly check the support forum and Styles Section.

  • Is Icy Phoenix multi-language?
  • English is the main language of Icy Phoenix, but it has been translated into other languages (alphabetical order): Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish... and more to come! If you don't find your language listed here, please ask at the support forum, maybe someone else is working on the translation you need and you would be welcome to join the translation team to give your contribution.

  • Will Icy Phoenix be upgraded to phpBB 3?
  • The matter is quite complex. Even if the starting core was phpBB 2, many phpBB 3 features and core functions have been ported to Icy Phoenix: this means that currently Icy Phoenix is based on a version of phpBB which is an hybrid between phpBB 2 and phpBB 3. The code is highly optimized, it uses cache extensively, you shouldn't miss phpBB 3.

  • May I join the Icy Phoenix Project?
  • Of course. Icy Phoenix is an open source project, and anyone who is willing to give his own contribution on a stable basis may then apply to join the Team.

Before trying to install Icy Phoenix make sure you have the following STRICTLY NEEDED requirements:
  • At least 20 MB of free space in the folder you would like to install the package.
  • Web server with PHP (5 or higher) installed and running (works best on Linux + Apache).
  • MySQL (5 or higher) database with at least 5MB of free space (of course the space needed depends on how big your site will be... 5MB is enough for a basic empty setup).
  • Ability to set CHMOD permissions.

These other requirements (even if not strictly needed) are suggested for optimal performance of Icy Phoenix:
  • Hosting Services with .htaccess capability.
  • Apache Rewrite Mod installed and running.
  • GD Libraries (at least 2.0.28) installed and running.
  • Register Globals set to OFF.

Icy Phoenix Features
Icy Phoenix Documentation

Please refer to the forum for further informations and support requests.


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New Server

New Server Posted  Fri 02 Oct, 2009 12:04 By Mighty Gorgon
Hi all,
I would like you to know that we are going to move to a brand new server soon.

Hopefully some day during next week... I still don't know the final schedule, but we will make our best to be online ASAP.

The new server has a better and newer hardware configuration, so I'm expecting that this site will benefit that.

Stay tuned!


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CustomIcy Posted  Thu 12 Jun, 2008 11:01 By Mighty Gorgon
Hi all.

I have worked a bit on CustomIcy to add some new features.

As you know the aim of CustomIcy is to provide some online tools to customize graphics elements.

The tools already completed are:

Now I'm working on a new tools which is more flexible and powerful which is:
CustomIcy Pictures

With this new tool you are able to upload your own image or graphic element and apply some effects or customizations.

At the moment some settings are not flexible, but I will work on that to allow further customizations.

I know that if you can use Photoshop you don't need this tool... but this is intented for quick and simple editing just for web pictures.

In any case this new tool is in beta testing... and please be aware that this server has really restricted policies about CPU and memory charge... so under certain circumstances you won't be able to see your image... in that case try to disable some effects and reload the page.

Make some tests and let me know.

Luca Libralato


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Welcome HPL

Welcome HPL Posted  Sat 26 Apr, 2008 22:47 By Mighty Gorgon
Hi all,
I'm glad to announce that HPL is now part of the developers team here in Icy Phoenix.

Since he contributed so much to recent developments here @ IP I've decided to let him jump in in Developers group.

Thanks for what you did so far... and remember that now it is time to play harder.

Welcome on board.


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Icy Phoenix Promo

Icy Phoenix Promo Posted  Thu 01 Nov, 2007 21:14 By Mighty Gorgon
Hi all,
It is a long time I've started working on this... but never had the time to complete it...

I wanted to include some screenshots, but since it is now too much time I'm waiting, I've decided to publish it anyway as it is.

Click on the logo!

P.S.: thanks to my brother Mel for helping me in designing this.


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New Project: CustomIcy

New Project: CustomIcy Posted  Sun 15 Apr, 2007 18:53 By Mighty Gorgon
Hi all.

While debugging Icy Phoenix before going final, I've decided to launch another project which may helps users to customize their sites.

The aim of this project is to provide some online tools to customize the design of this package.

In particular I would like to offer a real time customizing tool for:
  • Buttons
  • Ranks
  • Template specific graphics elements
  • Avatars
  • Userbars
  • Extras

At the moment I've just coded some core functions and I've decided to beta test them online with your help. Most of the features (many of them are still to be defined) will be designed and coded after the final release.

The name of the new project is CustomIcy and currently I've enabled two tools:

The usage is really simple... I'm sure you will understand it quickly...

I would like you to test these features and tell me what do you think about it. Awaiting your feedbacks...

Luca Libralato

P.S.: of course you are welcome to create some new graphics to be included in the tools.


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Mighty Gorgon Leaves XS Project

Mighty Gorgon Leaves XS Project Posted  Mon 11 Sep, 2006 08:57 By Mighty Gorgon
Hi all.

After spending more than one year on this project, I think that my time on it is over, and I'm really sorry to announce that I'm leaving XS project.

I've worked hard for this project, and I'm really happy to see that the community has grown so much in the last year.

The reason because I leave this project is simple: personal divergencies with Bicet.

I will not go into further details explaining this.

I don't know what Bicet will decide to do with phpBB XS, but I want to thank him for giving me the opportunity to work on it, and to learn so many things about php and phpBB world. Since phpBB XS currently doesn't have a home, I've decided to continue supporting it until Bicet will decide something about XS or until a new Official XS Support site will open. So...

This site is not any more the Official Support site for phpBB XS, but will continue support it until the project will be close, moved or whatever Bicet will decide.

Now, talking about the future, I will launch another phpBB project soon... I still don't know the name of the new project, and I don't know who will be part of the new Staff... but I can say that most of the features and guidelines I've adopted in phpBB XS will be ported on it... even if I hope to be able to manage things in a different way... hopefully more efficient and organized respect of what I did in the past.

When I have some further details, I will let you know... I still have to think to several things, write down the new guidelines, recruit the Staff, design the new package... and so on... Please, do not ask me for support via PM, because now I'm really busy with this new project setup. If you need help, I hope that the Staff will find the time to help you, and when I have some spare time, I'll obviously come to support XS either.

Luca Libralato


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