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Which type of forum (e.g. IPB, vBulletin, SMF, phpBB do you use) and why?
I use SMF (simple machines forum) because it is free.
It has all the features of phpBB and most of the features from IPB and VB. It is also fast and secure.
Moved onto PhPbb for my next site because I wanted some of the advanced functionality, but didn't want to pay for forum software - ended up using PhPbb on a few sites - always liked it, but takes a little bit too much work to modify initially to get some useful extra features.
Haven't used Vbulletin / Invision on my own sites but have moderated / administrated on some other sites and do like the ease of use.
TBH, I'm a creature of habit these days and will no doubt continue to use PhPbb for future ventures. :) When you establish a collection of mods you want to use on the forums, it's a fairly simple process to update / install.
Next Year.....always next year!
I'm sure Brett makes too much money to want to diddle with BestBBS.....I know I wouldn't waste time on it!
BestBBS is now probably Brett's greatest love, and hate at the same time?
Go on Brett, tell us all how it will be real in the next 6 months ;)!
The BestBBS of this forum here dont have a fancy design but appears as very robust, much more faster and have various nice options.
Prior to switching I compared vBulletin and IPB, vB came out slightly ahead mostly based on comments I read from others.
I find the vBulletin control panel to be the most powerful and feature-rich.
Rogerd am I right?
The phpBB lack of sub foruns is a real problem, indeed. Poor options in administration, too.
Discusware have a well planed admin interface, with good options to administrate and move, too. Maybe is they finally release the next version can catch these top foruns of today.
SMF has been recommended to me by several people, but vbulletin seems very popular.
So, is the cost of vbulletin worth it over the free SMF? My forum has just over 200 members, is growing steadily (very niche theme) and getting 2 or 3 posts day (not bad for 200 members I reckon).