What is it?
Saito is a web-forum with conversation threading. It is different from the majority of other forums as it puts the emphasis on performance and presenting conversations in a classic tree-style threaded view.
A lot of optimization went into serving long existing, small- to mid-sized communities with moderate traffic but hundreds of thousands of existing postings. It is able to displays hundreds of individual postings on a single page while running on a inexpensive, shared hosting account.
Test it here (login: test/test).
- PHP 7.2+ (extensions: gd, exif, intl, mbstring, pdo, simplexml)
- Database (MySQL/MariaDB tested, others untested).
A ready-to-use ZIP containing all necessary files is available on the release page. Unzip it, upload it to your server, open it in a browser, and follow the instructions on the screen.
You need a more or less generic environement providing:
- PHP with
composerfor the server-backend (mainly build on CakePHP)
- node with
grunt-clifor the browser-frontend (mainly build on Marionette)
- a database
There's a docker file for development in
Checkout the files from git-repository and install the dependencies:
composer install; yarn install;
Move dependency-assets into the right places:
Run all test cases:
composer.json for additional devleopment-commands.
Create Production Files
To generate all the minimized assets for production:
Create A Release Zip
To generate a zip-package as found on the release page for distribution:
Actually this forum was written to replace a mylittleforum installation with a more modern approach. Mylittleforum is a noteworthy starting place if you want a threaded web-forum. There aren't that many out there. Mylittleforum exists for many years now and offers great features.
Disclaimer: Subjective opinion ahead…
But there are a shortcommings, mainly: performance and maintainability. If a mylittleforum installation reaches a few hundred thousand postings it is going to slow down. Also it was written when PHP was a much worse language: there are no test cases, which makes it more fragile to changes.