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Old 06-17-2010, 12:15 AM
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I personally much prefer IPB. I m using 1.3 at the moment.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:45 PM
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vBulletin is very good, but expensive.
phpBB is the best free one by a mile.
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:33 PM
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All important forums are running on vBulletin, this one as well
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Ashley S View Post
For paid i would say vBulletin - www.vbulletin.com
For free i would say MyBB - www.mybb.com
I agree as well. Although vBulletin has its faults, it is still the best forum software IMO.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:00 AM
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according to me vbulletin is simple and best.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:27 AM
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Its clear to see vBulletin is a win, certain aspects of it make it unique. Its brand has evolved much more than a forum, but a community portal. Its been awhile for me to really contest the paid versions. However vBulletin catches my eye, they did a good job organizing the forum and general blueprinting.

For the free forum scripts, I've used PHPBB and it does the trick, one thing that concerns me is its security. I can't count how many times I have seen PHPBBs software get attacked, taken down, and spammed by bots. Again, its up to you to secure it and have moderators to keep spam away.

--MyBB seems very interesting, that is one I plan on checking out.

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Old 12-08-2010, 11:59 PM
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Everyone and their dog is going to give you a slightly biased response to this thread so I'd certainly take it all in and then do some research on each viable option. I like vBulletin personally but my reasons for may be the exact reasons why you'd hate it; you never know?

Just visiting the site of each software dev. alone may give you insight into whether or not the functionality offered is right for you.

Try and look for things such as:
  • aesthetic
  • usabiltiy
  • functionality
  • layout
  • support
  • security
  • upgrade-ability
  • modifications (if required)
  • SEO (if required)
You can tell a lot about what to expect out of your software by visiting the site that produces it. Register in their forums and ask a few reasonably intelligent questions and judge their response time, helpfulness, and insight.

Lastly, after you've done your research, download/install/configure/demo the software yourself. Mess around with the template a bit, try installing a mod or two, get a few friends in and get them to help you bug test the software.

When building a forum the one error that many make is they publish it and then have no idea how to maintain it, get frustrated and move onto their next great idea. Forums are all about getting your hands dirty so if you can't stomach actually working to make it successful I'd suggest looking for the best blogging script.


Probably more than the original post asked for, my apologies if so.
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:02 AM
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IPB (security) - phpBB (stability) - vBulletin (customization)
MyBB=Better security ,Better stability ,Better customization
And Free + opensource .
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:10 AM
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vBulletin and phpBB are good
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:40 PM
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phpBB3 is the best. i recommend it to most of my fellows
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:22 AM
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vbulletin has awesome features as I know, ex: it has a good ajax facebook plugin
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:46 PM
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vBulletin: you do need money to buy it butits worth.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:43 AM
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I think PHPBB is the best...

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Old 05-31-2011, 03:41 AM
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i prefer PhpBB3. easy to use & it had a user friendly option, also easy to modify.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by sbfc View Post
My opinion is that the best free forum software is phpBB3 and the best paid one is IPB3. However, it comes down to personal preference.
I would say SMF. Very customizable, free, fast forum support. 2.0 should be released within a couple months
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:01 PM
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I can cover for paid forum scripts :

vBulletin - good, but I've encountered time-out errors on shared host.
XenForo - good as well, less server load, but lacks add-ons, compared to vB ( most likely because it's new ).
IPB - I haven't purchased a license, but I've admin a few IPB forums. It's also good.

For my opinion, I'd go with XenForo over vBulletin, because I don't have to purchase a VPS or a dedicated server right away to install the forum software.

But, it's best to review what forum software you want. See what other people thinks about it, try out the demos, etc. At the end of the day, it's your decision to make the choice.
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