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SMF vs MYBB vs PHPBB3 (plus my experience up to date)

Discussion in 'vBulletin' started by alphamatt, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. #1
    Hi,

    I am about to design a forum. I have narrowed the choice down to 3 free forum software.

    SMF, MYBB and PHPBB3

    Over the last month or so i have registered on their communities and these are my opinions..

    SMF : Decent amount of themes, mods but the community is very very slow to respond to a question!

    MYBB : Forum looks nice enough but seems a bit complicated to me compared to others. Community i have found to be very cocky, arrogant. One particular support member on the MYBB forum is very rude and instead of answering a question just tuts at people. So unprofessional! And it has really put me off what seems to be quite a good piece of software.

    PHPBB3 : Looks nice but the permissions are stupid imo. Cant comment on the community as it went down almost as soon as i registered due to the hack they have had.
    SEMrush
    So.... Taking it all into consideration , what is the best one for me. I know my stuff about computer hardware, and windows but php and forums arent my strong point!

    Matt
     
    alphamatt, Feb 8, 2009 IP
    SEMrush
  2. falguni1

    falguni1 Peon

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    I think bbpress is more good than all this.
     
    falguni1, Feb 8, 2009 IP
  3. alphamatt

    alphamatt Member

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    Hi,

    It just looks so old doesnt it?

    It isnt in the same format as the others , almost like a story?

    Matt
     
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  4. alphamatt

    alphamatt Member

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    Anyone got any input?
     
    alphamatt, Feb 8, 2009 IP
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    tony84 Well-Known Member

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    I have chosen to go with mybb.
    The new version is much more complicated to edit in my opinion than 1.2, however its much less bulky than SMF. PHPBB is just a bit no no, i wouldnt touch that with a barge pole.

    As for the community, i had the same opinion, however once your forum is up and running you will be ok. I have just installed it on the ukhardhouse.info if your interested in taking a look and seing what can be done with it. Its took me about 2 days (not constant) and i managed to get it to fit in with the main site.

    Just my opinion. Its the best free software.
     
    tony84, Feb 8, 2009 IP
  6. alphamatt

    alphamatt Member

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    Hi,

    Your site looks really good!

    I might go with MYBB. I think the main thing that put me off was the attitude of some of the members on the MYBB community forum

    Matt
     
    alphamatt, Feb 8, 2009 IP
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    Agent_Smith Well-Known Member

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    I would recommend SMF,

    Although i have had little to none experience with myBB.
     
    Agent_Smith, Feb 8, 2009 IP
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    Guthix121 Well-Known Member

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    fluxbb anyone? :) its fast and straight forward and have a very nice community..

    cons:
    installing mods isnt that easy.
     
    kiwin, Jun 9, 2009 IP
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    gemini181 Well-Known Member

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    My experience up to date with MyBB is much better.

    1) The software is amazing and easy to learn.
    2) The community is friendly and helpful most of the time.
     
    gemini181, Jun 10, 2009 IP
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    nishant.soni Active Member

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    myBB is great, it looks bit complicated at first glance due to its coding and all. But it will just take a week for u to understand things. Admincp is pretty simple and clear and easy to understand. Amazingly its easy to edit any tempaltes with basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. I'd say that sometimes i feel myBB is ebtter then vBulletin. vBulletin guyz charge $190 or something and again u gotta goto other place to buy vbseo then other place fo this and that and themes.... So i'd strongly recommend myBB.
     
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    tmsfactory.com Banned

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    I do prefer phpBB with Friendly SEO mod
     
    tmsfactory.com, Jun 10, 2009 IP
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    I've used SMF, phpBB and MyBB. Believe me MyBB is better than the 2.
     
    sadiqsaad, Jun 12, 2009 IP
  14. Bohra

    Bohra Prominent Member

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    bbpress doesnt have that many features as these boards doo so features wise it isnt that great
     
    Bohra, Jun 12, 2009 IP