Forum Software Comparison?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by mattbray, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. mattbray macrumors member

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    I am going to be adding a forum to my small-business website and I'm having a hard time figuring out what forum software I should use. Does anyone know of a magazine or website that compares my options for forum software? I would appreciate any help :)

    -Matt
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I would have thought Penthouse Forum did but upon further inspection, I was wrong. ;)

    Seems to me that vBulletin (powers this site) is the most popular out there. Must be a reason.
     
  3. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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    Try starting here

    If nothing else you will get a good list of what's available.
     
  4. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    If you're willing to spend money, vBulletin is the best (in my opinion, at least compared to Invision). If you want one for free, I recommend Simple Machines (I'm NOT a fan of phpBB).
     
  5. tominated macrumors 68000

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    you could try vanilla or bbpress (really lightweight forums)
     
  6. MegaMan1311 macrumors regular

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    I would recommend phpBB3, which is in it's RC7. If you a) don't mind using late RC software or b) can wait until it comes out as gold, I would HIGHLY recommend it. I use it on my own site and it is very good and reliable. It has a good amount of features, but isn't as bloated as software like vBulletin and loads fairly fast.

    As for sites to compare them, I do not know.
     
  7. stndn macrumors member

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    We use smf on our website, and so far it's working just fine.

    If you want website that can compare different softwares, try to visit forumMatrix and get some ideas.

    Btw, forum matrix also has links to compare other things -)


    -stndn.
     
  8. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    Another vote for vBulletin. I think they are the best all around. I tried using a freebie for a while, but got a few hackers messing things up. Nothing so far with vBulletin (commercial).
     

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