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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 Sections

New Sections Posted  Sat 18 Apr, 2009 11:07 By Mighty Gorgon
Hi all,
I have just released some new site sections which I'm going to explain the purpose here.

  • Bugs Tracker: a brand new section where registered users may submit bugs to Developers. This is still in Beta Version, and if no bugs arise it will be officially opened. Please use that page only for BUGS, not for support requests!!! Trolls and spammers will be banned.

  • Styles: the new styles section which will contain ONLY styles designed by me (Mighty Gorgon). This section will include both Icy Phoenix and phpBB 3 styles. Currently contains only styles for Icy Phoenix RC1. Please note that these styles won't work with Icy Phoenix This section is still in Beta Version, please use the forum to report bugs. A big thank you to The Steffen for creating all the languages buttons.

  • Donations: this is the new supporters page which should be automatically feeded by PayPal when donating.

  • Donate: this page allows users to donate through their PayPal account and being automatically added to the Donations list. If some conditions are met they should also receive some benefits (check that page for further informations). If someone who donated through this page won't automatically appear in the Donations list, please contact me. Special thanks to Highway Of Life for having developed the basic PayPal class which I have used in this page.

I have worked on these new sections for months and now that we are approaching the final release I have decided to open them to the public, just to make sure that everything is working fine for the new coming release.

Please feel free to report feedbacks or any other comment in this topic.

Thank you.


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Join The Icy Phoenix Team

Join The Icy Phoenix Team Posted  Wed 01 Apr, 2009 17:01 By Chaotic
We have created a new page on the website that presents information on how you can give back to Icy Phoenix. Donations are a great way to give back, but providing your time and expertise is much more valuable to us. Keeping the community alive with questions and solutions to further enhance Icy Phoenix is our ultimate goal.

For more details, please visit the Join Us page.

If you have questions regarding the functions of each group, please contact the team leader of the group you are interested in joining.


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Chaotic Is The New Staff Team Leader

Chaotic Is The New Staff Team Leader Posted  Sun 15 Feb, 2009 23:11 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi guys,
as you know Zuker left leading the Staff last week.

Since Gary (Chaotic) is contributing so much to this project I have decided to promote him as the new Staff Team Leader.

He is doing great here, and I'm sure he will also do better in the future.

Good luck my friend, and thank you for your precious contribution to Icy Phoenix.


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Icy Phoenix .COM Is Going To Be Moved

Icy Phoenix .COM Is Going To Be Moved Posted  Mon 09 Feb, 2009 22:42 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi guys,
I would just to let you know that this site will remain closed for at least a couple of days, because I'm moving it to a new server.

After many months of bad performances and also some JS and PHP injections I have decided to shut the current hosting service and buy a dedicated server.

This new solution is costing a lot more... but I hope to definitely solve all performances issues and bad server configuration.

I will try to release a new beta before moving, so you can play with it while this site is closed.

Unfortunately I really need to close the site because I not only need to move files and db, but also I need to switch registrar, and this will cause a service blackout for a small (I hope) amount of time.

I will try to have all things sorted out before this weekend.

Stay tuned.


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Thank You Zuker

Thank You Zuker Posted  Mon 09 Feb, 2009 22:32 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi guys,
I'm really sad to announce that Zuker just asked to be removed from Leading the Staff Team here.

I really want to thank him for all the hard work he did so far for this project, and for the great support service to the community.

Thank you Zuker, I hope to see you here around even if you are not Staff Team Leader anymore.

The Staff Team Leader position will be re-assigned shortly.



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Featured phpBB On phpBBHacks.com For November 2008

Featured phpBB On phpBBHacks.com For November 2008 Posted  Sun 16 Nov, 2008 09:49 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi all,
I am really happy to announce that Icy Phoenix has been selected as the Featured phpBB on phpBBHacks.com for the month of November 2008.

What is the Featured phpBB?

phpBBHacks.com recognizes a different phpBB every month. They are recognized for their exceptional use of the phpBB forum software. They are the standard by which phpBBs should be measured by. The pride of phpBB.

For more information, please check out the announcement related to this event:


A big thank you to Patrick O'Keefe for the nomination.


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Icy Phoenix Goes SVN

Icy Phoenix Goes SVN Posted  Thu 28 Aug, 2008 14:44 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
This topic is now outdated, you can refer to this new one:

Icy Phoenix Project Moved To GIT Only


Hi all,
I have decided to move Icy Phoenix to SVN to have a better control on the code and to provide to all that are interested a way to better follow this project.

A quick introduction on what SVN (Subversion) is:
Subversion is a free/open-source version control system. That is, Subversion manages files and directories, and the changes made to them, over time. This allows you to recover older versions of your data, or examine the history of how your data changed. In this regard, many people think of a version control system as a sort of "time machine".

In a nutshell SVN allows developers to automatically keep track of all the changes to the package, and allows all interested users to follow the project by a different point of view.

Most of you won't be interested in SVN because it requires some skills and time do dedicate on it, but for the few of you which are interested in the development phase this will be a great opportunity to be an active part in this project.

If you want to be just a normal end user of Icy Phoenix you may stop reading this announce here, as what it follows requires some technical skills and time to be spent on this project.

I will try to give you a quick overview on how Icy Phoenix Project will be managed from now on (remember that things may change :-P)

Until last week I used to code on my own PC making daily backups and keeping all old files archived on several backup locations. Few months ago hpl joined Icy Phoenix Development Team, and started to code new things for the project. Of course some things changed for me: I needed to keep hpl updated with all the new files and decisions about the project. This is of course time consuming... and something it is frustrating to merge the files which have been modified by both of us...

This is why I decided to switch to a system which offers a better "communication" method between developers.

I have started a new project @ Assembla.com

Icy Phoenix @ Assembla

I have set up an SVN Repository that is always updated with the latest version of the files, so we can automatically download the latest version and update our local working copy.

Not only... I have decided to leave this repository open to the public, which means that everyone that is interested may now download the latest available Icy Phoenix code and test it.

A Disclaimer is needed...
Please note that this doesn't mean that these files are there to be used or that new release will be released through SVN!

All the files in the Icy Phoenix SVN Repository are meant for developing purpose, so if you decide to use files in the Repository you do it at your own risk.

Official release will be ONLY published on this site and you should use for Live environments ONLY the latest available version in the Download section of this site.

Now that you have understood what SVN is, here is the Icy Phoenix SVN Repository:
Code: [Hide] [Select]

Some FAQs:
  • What is SVN?
    Subversion is a free/open-source version control system. That is, Subversion manages files and directories, and the changes made to them, over time. This allows you to recover older versions of your data, or examine the history of how your data changed. In this regard, many people think of a version control system as a sort of "time machine".

    Further informations can be found here: Subversion Book

    Other useful links:
    Subversion: Introduction
    Subversion: Advanced

  • How can I access to the Repository and keeping it up to date in my own PC?
    There are some software for doing that... and software depends on the OS you are using.
    I personally use Windows based OS and I use TortoiseSVN as a client.
    You will find the documentation to this tool here: Tortoise SVN Documentation

  • Why should I be interested in Icy Phoenix SVN?
    You don't necessarily have to. Icy Phoenix is an open source project, and like all open source projects benefit by its own users contributions. Contributions may consists in:
    1. Helping in the development.
    2. Helping in finding bugs.
    3. Providing localizations.
    4. Providing customizations (both code and design).
    5. Helping in supporting the community.
    6. Making Donations.

    Bullets from 1 to 4 all will benefit with SVN, because having access to the whole development code of a project gives a great overview and help in developing, finding bugs, localizing (this is great when near release date), customizing/designing. Even point 5 may benefit from SVN: a good supporter will help developers and users to keep track of new features and bug fixing via SVN history.

  • I have seen new features in this site, will I find them in SVN?
    If the features you are referring to are strictly related to Icy Phoenix per se, then yes, you will find in the SVN all the features of this site and probably some others which may not be reflected yet in this site. As I pointed out some lines above... if you decide to use the code in the SVN you do it on your own risk.

  • Can I be an active part in Icy Phoenix development?
    Of course the answer is yes. If you have good PHP, CSS, HTML skills just start studying the package and try to actively participate to this community. After a period of "training" if you feel comfortable with the project and you think you can do more for it, then try to contact me and we will discuss about it. If you are not familiar with PHP, CSS and HTML, do not desperate, we still need you: a good project is not only made by coder. It is really important to find people with good attitude in Team Working to keep the community alive: providing support, writing documentation, creating customizations, designing styles, providing translations and so on. If you have time to dedicate to this project, then we will find a place for you in the Staff.

  • How can I start using this SVN then?
    Here are some few basic steps for TortoiseSVN for Windows (steps should be similar for other programs installed in other OS):
    • Download and install TortoiseSVN
    • Create a folder on your hard disk where you want to download Icy Phoenix Project
    • Right click on that folder and choose SVN Checkout
    • When asked insert the Icy Phoenix SVN Repository address and click ok:
      Code: [Hide] [Select]

    • After few minutes you will have all the Icy Phoenix Projects in your folder (remember that the last available version is in ip/trunk)
    • For any other help, please refer to the manual: Tortoise SVN Documentation

That's all for now.

Thanks for reading.

Luca Libralato


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Icy Phoenix Patch

Icy Phoenix Patch Posted  Fri 22 Aug, 2008 19:53 By Mighty Gorgon
Icy Phoenix
Hi all,
here is a patch for Icy Phoenix which fixes all known bugs (until today 2008/08/22) of the latest stable release.

All you have to do, in order to apply this patch, is to replace all files in your Icy Phoenix

And apply a small DB change to upgrade the version.

You are invited to update your sites ASAP.

Icy Phoenix Patch
Package Name: Icy Phoenix Patch
Package Version: (it is a cumulative patch since
Release Spot: Five Rings Patch

DOWNLOAD: Icy Phoenix Patch

Only changed files since Patch B: http://www.icyphoenix.com/_release/ip_20080821_12027_patch.zip

Changelog: http://test.lineameteo.it/diff_tools/install.xml

P.S.: if you downloaded full package after 2008/08/22 you don't need to apply this patch.
P.P.S.: special thanks to Andrea75 for the help in creating this patch.


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