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What forum software should I use?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by jordan9977, Feb 11, 2014.

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    Hello, so I'm starting a new forum and I am new with building forums. I have played around with a few forum builders including myBB, Vanilla and phpBB. I am trying to decide between Vanilla and myBB. I like Vanilla and how simplistic and easy it is to use, everything just seems so 'fresh'. For myBB it seems a lot more custom but also still fairly easy to use. Overall I liked the feel and use of Vanilla better but myBB is still manageable. When I started looking at other sites that use these two forum builders it seemed the ones using myBB generally had more users and activity. I just need some opinions that will maybe help in my decision. Thanks.
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    jordan9977, Feb 11, 2014 IP
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  2. jamesplato

    jamesplato Active Member

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    my 2 cents (pardon the pun) it's the niche more than the software that determines activity. Use the one that makes it fun to run your forum.
     
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    themes4all Well-Known Member

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    As jamesplato said, the forum software is not a problem.. the main thing is the Forum categories... What will make your forum different and attractive for users !? what is the main field that the forum will be About !? answer this 2 questions and go ahead by using any Forum software you feel good With!
     
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    enhu Well-Known Member

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    mybb is the first in my list. its much more easy to customize.
     
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    MyBB very easy to use and customize with lots of themes available for free
     
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    clickbump Greenhorn

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    I use vBulletin for my ClickBump Speed Freaks Support Forum.

    But...

    If I were building a new forum today (and I will soon be), I'd go with Discourse
     
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    I would go with MyBB. I think its the best free forum software around, and has a great community with tonnes of plugins and themes available both premium and free. The interface is very nice, and you can create some very nice looking sites with it.
     
    Sarah Davis, Feb 17, 2014 IP
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    I use phpBB and have no problem with it. The add on mods give it some flexibility.
     
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    Bandlow9696 Peon

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    I had no problem, just the opposite with choosing forum builders. Now I'm working on a new project. With the help of Alconost, the software localization ( https://alconost.com/en/services/software-localization ) of my project is already at the stage of linguistic testing. We were very pleased with the results. I want to say that this isn't our last cooperation.
     
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    Here's one modern open source forum software: https://www.discourse.org/

    It's founded by Jeff Atwood, one of the founders of Stackoverflow: https://blog.codinghorror.com
     
    ridem, Mar 5, 2018 IP