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Which is the best premade forum and why?

 8:07 pm on Dec 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

phpBB 2 is free and seems to be good.
Why use something else?



 9:00 pm on Dec 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

I personally like myBBOARD (google it), put their are literally hundreds of other forums. I would recommend you look around, and try out ones that seem promising.

DMOZ has a good list of forums:


 3:10 am on Dec 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Start by creating a list of must-have features to narrow the list. If possible, avoid forums where the features must be applied as hacks. When you start applying multiple hacks to the same code, things can get messy and support non-existent.


 11:54 pm on Dec 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

don't know much about forums yet.
It's more as an extra to my site.

Thought maybe you guys could tell me what's better.
This is one of the largest forums on the net:)


 1:04 am on Dec 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

We all have our preferences. I like phpBB, have used it for 5 or 6 years, don't mind hacking the php and tpl files so it does what I want/looks like I want.

rogerd I think likes vBulletin. It's not free, but it is a good option if you need a paid-for solution with some "real" support (which you don't get with phpBB - though the fora on the site are GREAT for helping out).

Others would point you to yabb, or various other software out there. You almost have to download two or three brands and try them locally to see what they do, how they do it, how hard they are to tweak, etc. That's problematic too, unless you have a local server set up for testing....


 1:17 am on Dec 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've had great success with invision board. Have not dealt with the latest releases, but I've always been impressed with the ease of use and hackability.


 3:55 pm on Dec 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

- the PHP version of this has changed its name to SimpleMachines instead. Tis pretty good and would be my recommendation.

 9:06 pm on Dec 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

And I've been really happy with UBBThreads.


 8:46 pm on Dec 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm a YaBB guy. Mostly because it's what I started with and got used to it's quirks.

There's a huge, and well organize, YaBB communtiy. I'm getting a little disheartened waiting for YaBB 2, but they still update YaBB 1 (I think they're on 1.4.something now), and are good about security updates and such.

Other benefit to YaBB - CGI/Perl. While CGI/Perl can be a bit hostile to tinker with, it's way, WAY more secure, and if you have a picky hosting provider, or run your own server, it's far easier to deal with CGI/Perl security than it is to deal with php security.


 9:06 pm on Dec 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Vbulletin is the best, i think, but it's not free.


In holland almost all big forums are using this forum. For smaller forums is phpbb useful.


 2:48 pm on Dec 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

What about forum software that works with Frontpage?

Marketing Guy

 3:04 pm on Dec 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Frontpage isn't good for working with forum software. I'd suggest grabbing a copy of Dreamweaver if you need to edit forum files.

If you are simply using an out-of-the-box installation (ie, no modifications), then publish your site (without the forum folder) using Frontpage, then upload the forum folder using a FTP programme.

I'm fairly certain Frontpage adds it's own code to files (messing with forum software). That said, I have published webs containing forums before with no ill effect, but I always edited the forums with Dreamweaver.



 3:36 am on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

We have at least five forums and all have been uploaded and tinkered with in FP...at least the stuff that's FP tinkerable.


 4:18 am on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just researched this topic myself and came up with:
- phpBB if you're looking for free software. Expect somewhat frequent updates, there seems to be a lot of security updates. However, it is a very popular program so there are lots of hacks and mods for it.
- for low cost paid software, vbulletin or invision power board are both a couple of hundred $'s and seem to be the next step up.

(I'm currently migrating from phpbb to one of the other two I mentioned).


 8:37 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

avoid forums where the [must-have] features must be applied as hacks.

This is why I don't use phpBB - I'd have to hack it to get features i think are essential for me. Some of the hacks are well-known and available from the phpBB site, but I don't want to be playing around with code each time I upgrade.

I use WebBBS, despite there not having been a major update in two years now (there are occasional sightings of the not-Yeti - version 6 - so I'm soemtimes hopeful in that direction). It has a search-engine friendly URL option as standard, the ability for users to subscribe as standard and the ability to flag individual users for premoderation as standard. If phpBB had these as standard I'd have jumped ship, since phpBB has a lot of nice-to-haves, but I'm not going to go backwards.

Other people have other needs. You've got to be aware of what's available and how it matches the nature of your forum. There is no simple "best".

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