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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 4:18 am (12 years, 7 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Hi guys,
Out of the following,which forum software is most popular and what features makes it popular?
1.vBulletin
2.SMF
3.Invision Power Board
4.phpBB


Apart from above, are there any other good forum softwares?

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timjowers
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 6:19 pm (12 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:38 pm (12 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

vBulletin, is the most popular.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:08 pm (12 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

I use JForum and it works extremely well. It was the only Java forum SW from sourceforge.org that installed and ran without serious investigative effort; that is, installed and ran in about 15 minutes.

TimJowers, http://www.talkbackforum.com/ - Discussions in a single click!
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Riker
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:07 am (12 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

I use IPB and phpBB...IPB is the best IMO...I dun care for vB that much...have also used a couple others, but IPB is my fave so far
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 5:03 am (12 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Looks like
Paid -vbulletin
Free-phpBB

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 1:29 pm (12 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

That would be my choice too Smile.

I don't think IPB can be considered free anymore, so there are no major competitors to phpBB left (there are many lightweight boards out there which may be very good - but that's not what I'm looking for). I also like the fact that phpBB has stuck to its GPL license since the beginning.

vBulletin seems to have got a bit bloated in version 3 (they gave in to a lot of feature requests). However this seems to have happened to phpBB too, to a lesser extent (in the upcoming version Olympus).

I wouldn't choose IPB simply because they seem to be in it for the money more than anything else, what with their constant licensing changes... However from a user's point of view their script is quite nice to use.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:59 pm (8 years, 8 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

IMHO PHPBB is the best free one. It also has quite a big bunch of hacks and mods. If you want a full CMS based on phpBB I recommend Icy Phoenix.

Demo : free forums
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HostDone
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:44 pm (6 years, 3 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

If you ask me, I am sure that vBulletin will be the best option in terms of paid forum software..
As for Free, phpBB is quite good for running forums.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:38 pm (6 years, 3 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

The vBulletin is your best bet, stay away from "free" apps, there is a reason why they are free. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:05 pm (6 years, 3 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Can agree with the others.. Among free forum software - it is phpBB.. As for the paid one - it is vBulletin!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:31 am (5 years, 9 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

VBulletin is the best and most used forum software because it keeps the spammers away.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:46 am (5 years, 9 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

vBulletin seems to have got a bit bloated in version 3 (they gave in to a lot of feature requests). However this seems to have happened to phpBB too, to a lesser extent (in the upcoming version Olympus).

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:03 pm (5 years, 1 month ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Well for me IMO IPB and especially vB are overloaded with too many features. In frontend many settings or pages are hidden to deep what makes them hard to find.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:45 pm (5 years ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

VBulletin is the best

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