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Best forum software?

Discussion in 'General Business' started by Georg Borg, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. #1
    So, I am about to start a new forum. Which one is the best forum software nowdays?

    I am looking for a responsive, versatile, fast, modern forum software with many addons and great community. Price is not an issue if the quality is great.

    The only software I have experience with is VBulletin, is that one still good nowdays? Pros and cons?
    SEMrush
    Any ideas?
     
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    This forum's software which is XenForo.
     
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    Georg Borg Member

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    Cool! And why is XenForo the best?
     
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    Lots of people like and use it. You can find out more on their forum: https://xenforo.com/community/
     
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    The XenForo that's used here AFAIK has been heavily modified by @digitalpoint
     
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    Modified how except public available add-ons and maybe the design?
     
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #7
    There are zero publicly available add-ons used on this site.
     
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    Totally. He's a complete nerd.
    Anyways, if you want a free forum script, just go with phpbb3. Stay away from simple machines.... does that still exist? If I had to have a non free script, I really used to love Invision. zen foro is kinda nice. I do miss having the vbulletin here at times, but I've come around alright.
     
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #9
    You wouldn't miss it if you saw what vBulletin has turned into. You should go try to use it. :) https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/
     
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    Georg Borg Member

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    Well, I don't mind paying under $1k as a one time fee. More if it really is worth it. What are the main differences between Xenforo and PhpBB3?

    Yeah, seems like VBulletin are not as good as they once was. Lots of internal errors and bugs. Too bad. But the XenForo founders are old lead devs from VBulletin it seems.
     
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    XenForo is the best at the moment. It used to be vBulletin back in the hayday... but just like Blackberry they don't innovate. Which leaves room for others to conqueror.

    There is no best forum software.. There is only the best forum software for you.
     
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    There is really no such thing as "best"

    You need to work out what your needs are and what you are trying to achieve and find the one the matches that.
    They all have strengths and weakness, that you need o sort through based on what your needs are.
     
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    The 'best' forum software is software that 1) does what YOU want it to do, 2) works the way YOU want to it to work, and 3) has a cost that YOU can live with.
     
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    phpBB is lagging behind in development. Last I heard, it does not work with PHP7.
     
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    Georg Borg Member

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    At this point I am looking for a well coded, fast, highly customizable, reliable, well documented forum software that does not use a monthly fee based pricing model and that has a great community behind it.
     
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    Looks like they've fixed that, just installed the latest version on PHP 7.1 and so far no problems
     
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    I guess that’s better... at least it’s the newest version of PHP without active support. :)

    http://php.net/supported-versions.php
     
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    There's got to come a point soon where we see a mass migration of servers onto at the absolute minimum 7.0 and we'll see loads of sites break where they use the old mysql_ extension
     
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    That's true. Although there's always a workaround. I saw it. A custom script turning all mysql_ connections to mysqli_ ones. Works with php7.0+. Someone who knows what they are doing can always find a workaround.
     
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    So you want to go with XenForo as already suggested, it's awesome.
     
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