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Best Forum Software to Use... Free and Paid?

Discussion in 'vBulletin' started by The Emirates Gallastico, Nov 25, 2007.

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    Evening (well here, anyways :p) all,
    SEMrush
    I'm thinking of starting up a small forum on my website; the website is the first one in my signature. Anyways, money is not really a problem- I'll pay for something decent (don't want to go over $200 though as I'm a broke ass student, but maybe :p), however I've never setup anything like this before... any help, tips and tricks on what to do? Basically I want to setup www.theuniversitykid.com/forum

    Thanks :)
     
    The Emirates Gallastico, Nov 25, 2007 IP
    SEMrush
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    If you have a good budget, get vBulletin. If you don't want to spend anything you may consider phpBB3 (Release Candidate). vB starts at 85$ for a leased license and 160$ for a owned license.

    Meti
     
    WatchOut, Nov 25, 2007 IP
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    The Emirates Gallastico Banned

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    How much does vBulletin cost? :eek:
     
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    I just edited my post above, vB pricing starts at 85$ for a leased license and 160$ for a owned license.

    Regards,
    Meti
     
    WatchOut, Nov 25, 2007 IP
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    The Emirates Gallastico Banned

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    Sorry for the questions, but what's the difference, and is it per year? :)
     
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    Leased = You rent a license for a year, once you passed 365 days you must renew the license, meaning you must pay them another 85$.

    Owned = You will OWN your license for ever, however you have access to any upgrades/updates within the first year, if you wish to extend that period you must pay them 30$ per year which is not required, but highly recommended.

    Regards,
    Meti
     
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    simplosoft Peon

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    Hello Friends,

    Have a look at a new forum that we have launched in to market and would like you people to tell us how does this work a new product ....

    Please visit either of the link and me know the performance of this forum script

    http://redirect.alexa.com/redirect?simplosoft.org

    http://www.simplosoft.org


    The product is available at very low price for life time lisence , and free updates.The product is a fast developing forum in Forum Market and now getting popular with Pokers And Sport Players.


    With Best Regards

    Simplosoft Technologies
     
    simplosoft, Nov 27, 2007 IP
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    Jackel.ca Well-Known Member

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    I highly recommend using a free board software until you're comfortable with the activity of your forum. No point in spending literary hundreds into a software for a community that may not work out.

    Though, if you feel the turn out to be positive, id recommend Invision Power Board for a paid software. It's a little pricey at $145.00 for a standard license, but definitely worth the investment.
     
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    Any reason you recommend IPB in front of vBulletin?

    - Meti
     
    WatchOut, Nov 27, 2007 IP
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    Jackel.ca Well-Known Member

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    I've always found vBulletin to be a little heavy on resources, espcially on larger communities. I find there is a lot of features that the average forum owner would never use. Though, It has been years since I've been into the administrative area of a vBulletin board, so a lot could have changed since then.

     
    Jackel.ca, Nov 27, 2007 IP
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    Somehow I am in love with SMF (run a few forums and they work like a breeze and its free)

    http://www.simplemachines.org/

    However if you have the bucks then i too would recommend VB
     
    kiviniar, Nov 27, 2007 IP
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    I agree about it being abit heavy on the resources, but I think some things have been changed, and there are still lots of features that may be disabled if you wish.

    However, I recommend vB to almost any forum owner due to the powerful script with lots of loaded features, it is worth every penny. IPB on the other hand isin't as userfriendly as vB, things are far more complicated, at least for me. vB is much more flexible and usable.

    - Meti

     
    WatchOut, Nov 27, 2007 IP
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    Jackel.ca Well-Known Member

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    Both vBulletin and IPB are very competitive, and would make a perfect candidate for any community. I just prefer IPB over vBulletin :)

     
    Jackel.ca, Nov 27, 2007 IP
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    I'm developing a programming site right now that will use phpBB3. That is my choice in free. If I could afford vB, I would get that. So, for free, phpBB3 and if your willing to pay $160 for vBulletin, get that.

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
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    Wise decision Adam, I also prefer phpBB as the best free forum platform.

    - Meti
     
    WatchOut, Nov 27, 2007 IP
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    hello friends ,

    test and use features of simploboard i can claim that this can be much better than vbulliten much secure and more faster

    Regards

    Simplosoft
     
    simplosoft, Nov 28, 2007 IP
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    Simplosoft, what is the URL for this forum platform? I've seen some of your recent posts being the "best forum platform"?

    - Meti
     
    WatchOut, Nov 28, 2007 IP
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    It doesn't seem to be loaded with tons of features, so his statements are kind of in the wrong direction, simplosoft, if you wish to be in the same league as vB get a better layout, dark layouts aren't very proffesional. Also, work on some unique features, that's one way of getting users.

    - Meti
     
    WatchOut, Nov 28, 2007 IP