What Languages Do I Need To Know To Create A New Forum Software?

Hey all,

First post here, but I wanted to get this question out here. I’d like to create a new forum software, and I know the basic coding languages (HTML, CSS, Java, jQuery) from the Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 on Udemy.

However, I can’t find much info on what languages I would need to know to create an amazing new forum software. I’m willing to learn, just trying to find the direction.

I’d appreciate any help on where I need to focus my time.

Thank you!

The front end is not the only concern when it comes to creating forum software. That’s probably the easy part. There is a whole back-end concern that will need to be solidified. That means a database, login authentication, form validation, pre-processed response pages, requests, scalability, &c. The list goes on. It is not a simple matter.

We really must be fluent at front-end languages; that goes without saying. This is the part that affects the user experience. The back-end, though, that’s where we can break the user experience, literally. When all they see is a white screen, we’ve broken something. That’s kind of how failed responses turn out on the user’s end (client-side, front-end).

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A new forum software, eh @tylerh1994? A worthy cause. Let me know if you wanna talk through it at a later stage. :slight_smile:


Thanks for the response mtf! Yeah, definitely understand the importance of both sides. I was just wondering what back-end language(s) I would need to learn to start building my own custom forum software.

Would it be Python, Ruby, or anything? Combination of a few? Would love your input on what language(s) are best to dive into.

We’ll need to rely on more experienced members to chime in, here. My experience is limited to PHP on the back end, and no database knowledge, whatsoever.

Linux is pretty much at the heart of the backend (mind Apache and Windows are major players). Understanding servers is at the top of the list. CGI plays an important role. The most powerful languages for that purpose are C++ (C# for .net environment) and Java but these days Node.js is front and center, too.

Frameworks are pretty much the norm, but finding the right fit is something that will take a lot of research and getting your hands dirty. Master SQL as no matter which environment you settle with, they all need that. (PHP is married to MySql and Apache, or at least that was the case years ago.)


Ah ok, no problem. I’m still a “beginner” in code, so I’m still learning what all of this means lol. But I’ve been researching every language/framework you’ve mentioned so far.

If you have any contacts that you feel could answer this question, I’d greatly appreciate a connection.

Otherwise, I’ll keep asking around! Thank you for your info so far, has helped me to start diving into SQL (have done some PHP in the past, but need to brush up).


The language isn’t the important part - the framework is. There are lots of frameworks in lots of good languages. There are also inadequate frameworks in bad languages, before start developing you need to see the coding standard either they used the correct coding or not.

Some good choices:

  • Ruby + Rails
  • Python + Django
  • Javascript + AngularJS
  • Perl + Catalyst
  • Perl + Mojolicious



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If you want to create a forum software you definitely need backend languages like java, golang, php or JS. I can highlight java because it really makes application development easy. You can try to create software by your own or connect with professionals.

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PHP is the most common option simply because there are so many cheap hosting packages that support it.

If you’re intending on hosting it yourself this obviously is less of an issue.

I would question the wisdom of re-inventing the wheel though - phpBB et al have been around for a long time and it is likely to be much quicker/easier to customise one of those than rewrite from the ground up. Don’t forget the actual posting/display bit is a small fraction - you’ll need to build all the back-end admin for users/passwords/permissions etc etc. Your best bet is to turn to experts in the field. I would advise you https://sirinsoftware.com/services/iot-development/ I found this company on the forum, which everyone recommended, if there are any difficult questions or if you need help in the implementation of projects

I’m working on a similar project, and I’ve ultimately ended up deciding on using C# for most of my back-end development, while focusing on JavaScript with React for my front end.

Some things you may need:

  • Database
  • Login portals
  • Admin panels
  • Forum permissions setup
  • Storage of forum posts/user data
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