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I'm going to start a forum for my members, which should be more support related. I've searched a lot to find the best possible solution. Of course, like everyone else I'd like to have the best possible solution but without any additional expenses. Erstwhile I installed and tested phpBB. It's a great piece of software and for me it's in front of any other similar engine. Most of all because it's FREE of charge and open source software with large community.
However I need more integrated additional features like newsletter subscription with user statistics, keyword statistics, search engine optimization, additional feedback systems to interact more with my users. I've tried some phpBB add-ons and hacks, but I wasn't satisfied enough to run it. I just couldn't find any stabile and compatible add-on version to satisfy my needs.
Recently, a friend of mine suggested me new forum engine called ZoneX (www.zonemetrics.com) which is also open source and based on phpBB with all features that I need. Well, this was the first engine that gave me all features I needed in only one installation. Furthermore, this forum has many other useful tools like recent and popular topics, survey-like feedback engine, great new search integration and possibility to change content on some pages through backend (like with CMS).
This one has satisfied my needs indeed, but I still search to find similar engines so I could compare it and choose the winner at the end.
Do you guys can suggest me anything similar to www.zonemetrics.com forum?
Thanks in advance!
However, I downloaded and installed their package. It works fine for me. Althought they still have only one theme but they announced they work on some more.
We'll see, I'll keep the eye on them next months.