|Invision Power Board vs. PHPBB|
.............which is better?
I am debating which board I should install on my server, Invision or PHPBB. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Thanks!
I have only used PHPBB. I don't know if it is better or worse overall but I love its ability to be customized and modified and have features added to it. I can make my site not look and feel just like 100 other sites out there.
I tend to veiw this as a "personal fit" issue. I tried Invision and it just "didn't fit". I tried phpBB and the fit is perfect (and has been perfect for 5+ years).\
I would try both (assuming Invision is free - used to be, don't know about now....) and see which fits YOU - your method of work, what you like in board-ware, the types of customizations you want/will use, ease of installation, etc.
One significant difference is that Invision is commercial software (although a free, unsupported version exists), while phpBB is open source.
Hence, if you pay for Invision, you can count on some level of support if you run into problems. With phpBB, you'll have to rely on the support forums or contract for support separately. The phpBB community is very large and enthusiastic, though, so finding answers to common questions shouldn't be difficult.
Beyond that difference, I'd recommend you make a list of "must have" features, and see which board has more of them. Note that while both open source and commercial software often have "hacks" available to add features, if you have to install MANY hacks to get what you need conflicts can occur. Hence, I'd recommend choosing the software that does all, or almost all, of what you need "out of the box". (I guess software boxes are becoming less common these days... :))
I went through this debate a while ago, and plumped for Invision, largely because I'd heard a lot about how unhelpful the phpBB staff were. Invision have a full helpers site, run by users, not the staff, (google for IPB Helpers), which I am an active member of now, and I've found the people very helpful.
Invision is still free, although I must admit they have made it a bit harder to find on their website, but I downloaded and installed it with little problem. I have hit one problem since though, which I'm waiting for a reply to it on the helpers forum - I'm considering registering. Their registration price is quite reasonable - $69.95, about £40 for one year.
I must admit I never did install and appraise phpBB, largely because I was upgrading my exisitng forum, running wwwboard, and wanted to get the new one up ASAP - the old one was attracting huge amounts of spam. The price you pay for running an unrestricted forum I suppose, and why I needed IPB or something similar fast!
I'd still vote for it - It's quirky, and you'll find their own support forums as useful as an ice cream in a swimming pool, but with the other forum and a bit of intuituion and work it's quite good.
Thank you all for posting, and I will look more deeper into the two.
Invision has more features right out of the box. With phpBB you have to add these to the base installation. If you know your stuff with PHP and don't mind tracking down and installing phpbb add-ons and mods then it can be a very good forum. However in it's base configuration it is not as good as Invision, IMO.
Which of the two are easier to install?