Welcome to phpBB Services

Me in 2022Professional phpBB forum software services, extensions and modifications

Hi. I’m Mark D. Hamill (no, not the Star Wars actor). Since 2006, I have been providing phpBB services to the phpBB community. phpBB is popular forum software used on the Internet. As of February 6, 2023, I have served 495 distinct customers and completed 1480 requests for service. I figure I must be doing good work because I get a lot of repeat business. There is not much I can’t do to service your phpBB needs … and I can usually do it quickly, elegantly, professionally and at affordable rates.

I am also the author of two complex and frequently used phpBB extensions and modifications, Digests and Smartfeed.

Please check out my services page to see what I can do for you. If you have a support inquiry, use my handy form. Feel free to browse my site or to send me email. If you send me email, it may be helpful to place “phpBB” in the subject line somewhere to get my attention.


  • February 5, 2023 – Digests 3.3.18 released. Details.
  • December 10, 2022 – SCSS Compiler 1.0.6 and Digests 3.3.17 approved by the phpBB Group. Details.
  • September 7, 2022 – SCSS Compiler 1.0.6 released. Details.
  • June 29, 2022 – Notify admins on new error log entry extension version 1.0.1 (beta) released. Details.
  • April 28, 2022 – New version of my book is available. Details.
  • March 4, 2022 – Smartfeed 3.0.17 released. Details.
  • February 10, 2022 – Spam remover 1.0.4 released. Details.
  • June 11, 2021 – Selective mass emails 1.0.11 released. Details.
  • April 6, 2021 – Filter by country version 1.0.19 approved by the phpBB Group. Details.

Page last modified February 6, 2023

17 thoughts on “Welcome to phpBB Services

  1. Mark is a gifted and extremely kind boy …
    He updated a 1.5 million post forum with flying colors ….
    I will get back to you soon Mark ….
    Thank you so much…


  2. I hired Mark to upgrade my phpBB forum from 3.0.12 to 3.3.3 in February. Even though the old theme wasn’t compatible, he did a great job at making the new theme look almost exactly like the old theme. He even went above and beyond by helping me with some additional styling.

    I had a lot of questions about the upgrade and Mark answered each one in detail. His knowledge of phpBB is incredible!

    We scheduled a specific time for him to do the upgrade and he was ready to work right at the appointed time and then completed the upgrade quickly thanks to his expertise.

    He was a true pleasure to work with and I will definitely be using his services again in the future.

    I highly recommend his services to anyone reading this. Great job, Mark! And thanks again!

  3. After years of avoiding converting my ancient v. 2.0.21 – mostly due to (a) fear of losing 15 years of work and (b) what I perceived for me as a technical challenge – I was fortunate to run across Mark. I found him responsive and informative, and decided to engage him to convert my oldie while maintaining my long established “look”.

    And all for prices that I considered more than fair. In addition he suggested good and needed changes.

    Unfortunately, I needed a few weeks to get ready for Mark, so in the meanwhile I ordered his wonderful ebook – which I found thorough, understandable and complete. Mark literally holds your hand throughout each process (installation, converting, upgrading, etc.) so I took a chance, backed up my forum and followed his precise instructions.

    To my amazement the conversion went perfectly. Thank you Mark. I will not hesitate to engage you for any future needs, upgrades or improvements.

  4. Mark is the source for help you have been looking for

    Very Professional, great communications, and solid knowledge of the subject of PHBB

    Highly recommend him to anyone looking for help

    Thanks again Mark

  5. Mark has revived my php-board on the German poet Rilke, which has about 12.000 posts, dates back to 2002, and is associated with a literary society (Rilke Gesellschaft). After several downtimes following updating tentatives that had gone awry over the past years, the board seemed really messed up this time, with the database compromised through several messed up rescue attempts. A German friend who had helped me repair the board several times played dead on all my tentatives to get his help, even for money. So I found this site and detailed my problems in the form. When Mark responded after a few hours, it all sounded very promising, but also hard to believe: should I really provide access to this complete stranger, and would he repair everything, and how much time was it going to take him? Well, he went to work the next day, and it was such a smooth process with Mark’s short and to-the-point progress reports and occasional requests for further information. He had everything cleaned up and back to life in three hours, much faster than any of the other repair jobs people had done on this troubled board before. And when everything was done, I messed up in the last step, and without complaining Mark cleaned up behind me again immediately, in basically no extra time.

    I am so glad that I found Mark’s page and trusted him! I am also grateful on behalf of the Rilke Society.

    I highly recommend Mark

    Thilo von Pape
    Webmaster and Board Member of the Rilke Society (www.rilke.ch)

  6. Mark has just helped us enormously in migrating our broken site (database full) to a new VPS instance with our host providers. He has also undertaken the domain transfer, phpBB, post editor, auto backup and Gallery extension upgrades. All at his very competitive rates. A pleasure to work with him. Courteous and professional expert advice and service. Thanks Mark.

  7. Our forum is pretty big (about a million posts), and previous attempts to upgrade it from phpBB 3.0.1 to 3.2.x had failed, but then I found Mark’s website last week, and within a few days, he’d successfully upgraded the forum. We’re so grateful to him for his fast, efficient, and effective service. Will definitely come back with any future needs. Thanks!

  8. Repeat customer here. Can’t say enough about Mark, he’s excellent at what he does! Quick, professional work and great communication. If you have a phpBB problem, look no further for reasonably priced help!

  9. We have had a huge problem with old hosting as also with the huge number of spams.
    Our forum was old 3.0.11, he updated it, move to new hosting (cloud based) without loosing any post. He save my time (i’m always lack of time)
    He is very professional, fast, responsible and good person
    Happy to work with him now and in the future

  10. Mark, thank you very much – myself and the guys love the upgrade.

    I’ve been twiddling about with my phpbb forums for three years, always managing to do what needs to be done.
    When my automod broke I couldn’t upload the super toolkit or remove any other mods for the upgrade from 3.0.12 to 3.2.2.

    Our database according to the hosting company was a mess, they refused to do anything with phpbb items as they don’t support it.
    Having read many reviews of various phpbb developers I decided Mark was the man for the job.

    A very professional job done, with many difficulties for Mark, but on the other side we have a great new forum thanks to him.
    Don’t hesitate to contact Mark if you’re having issues, he’ll constantly keep you updated on progress/costs as required.

    Thanks again Mark.

  11. Thank you again, Mark!!!! You did in one afternoon what I haven’t been able to figure out in 90+ hours! The forum is working AWESOME on its new host and looks exactly like it did on the old host. You are officially A God.

    I HIGHLY recommend Mark for any phpBB issues. Very impressed with the speed and ease with which he handled everything. It was like turning to a wizard and paying for magic. I spent DOZENS of hours following phpBB rehosting instructions from the phpBB forums and elsewhere, with zero success and more internal service errors than I care to remember. Mark did the whole thing in a very short time, and made it look easy. I wish I’d emailed him last weekend and saved myself 90 hours of frustration that I will never get back.

    So glad I found this site. You saved me from a mental breakdown.

    Thank you so so much!!!

  12. I wanted to commend Mark for the excellent job he did upgrading our site and plugins.

    It was not an out of the box set up, with changes to both look and function. He got it all and it all worked right the first time. Done when he said it would be done and for the low end of the cost range he quoted.

    I highly recommend Mark!

  13. Sunday Sept 23 2012 18:00 CDT

    Thanks again Mark!

    I’ll for sure keep you on file for any future phpBB work that is required.


    To fill in the blank spaces for anyone else reading this post, I migrated, with great difficulty and cost, my website from one webhost to another. To make a long story short, the migration company tech, (who was supposed to be versed in phpBB), couldn’t find his backside with both hands while standing in front of a mirrow.

    I enlisted Mark to the rescue and in under 2 hours he had the board working fine, along with an update to phpBB 3.0.11 and several mods.

    If you need a good man for the job on phpBB, Mark IS the man!

    Patrick McCrary

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