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What Forum Software To Use?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by dieselpowered, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. #1
    I am getting ready to release another community and I am REALLY torn on what software to use. I have vBulletin licenses as well as IPB licenses so that is not an issue. Not looking to get into a battle, however, can I get some feedback on what software I should use and why.
    SEMrush
    If I were to use vBulletin I would use the 3.8.X series as 4.X still has way too many bugs for my liking.

    Thanks in advance for your insight!
     
    dieselpowered, Aug 24, 2010 IP
    SEMrush
  2. deluxdon

    deluxdon Catch Me If You Can...!!!™ Staff

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    I suggest you to go with VB all the way.

    DON.
     
    deluxdon, Aug 24, 2010 IP
  3. dieselpowered

    dieselpowered Greenhorn

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    Can I trouble you for a reason why you say that? Not doubting, just asking.

    Thanks so much for your time!
     
    dieselpowered, Aug 24, 2010 IP
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    RectangleMan Notable Member

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    I think that statement says a lot.
     
    RectangleMan, Aug 24, 2010 IP
  5. dieselpowered

    dieselpowered Greenhorn

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    LOL ya I suppose it does ;)

    Read through the forums here and basically I think it is coming down to personal choice...the numbers are pretty equal in regards to those who prefer vb or IPB. I suppose another approach I could use, from a SEO perspective, which will index better, IPB with the re-writes turned on, or vBulletin with vbSEO?

    Thanks!
     
    dieselpowered, Aug 25, 2010 IP
  6. RectangleMan

    RectangleMan Notable Member

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    I always tell people to analyze their needs then the software. If I need a huge bells and whistles forum I'd use VB but if I wanted something more focuses and modular in design I'd go with IPB. For me I use MyBB on my forums including my Alexa 5k forum with 5.5 million posts and in about 2 weeks will be the #1 MyBB forum online.

    I've had IPB and VB licenses. Overall I find both softwares to be lacking for my needs which are easy upgradability and extremely modular. With MyBB I can add plugins easily and never had issues with updates. They've actually all been very easy.

    When I ran phpbb upgrades were a nightmare so I eventually went VB thinking it would be better. It was just as bad. IPB is imho superior forum software and if I was to get a pro paid license software it would be IPB. They seem to have their act together while Internet Brands is obviously ruining VB.
     
    RectangleMan, Aug 25, 2010 IP
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    jimmy6281 Guest

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    yeah. i think vBulletin is better.
     
    jimmy6281, Aug 26, 2010 IP
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    Mad Maxie Peon

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    I have used a lot of different forums over the years but always come back to vbullitin as I want to run yahoo answers on mines to get it started and vbullitin was the best way to do it :)
     
    Mad Maxie, Aug 26, 2010 IP
  9. ked38

    ked38 Peon

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    XenForo script maybe our next choice, it is made from previous vb team.

    http://xenforo.com/community/

    Still waiting for the initial release.Seem end of Summer but not proved.

    Ked :)
     
    ked38, Aug 26, 2010 IP
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    ayman20068 Well-Known Member

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    try smf rc3 it's great
    i use it in my forum and have lots of forums running with it
    it's light , fast , error free , has lots of themes and mods
    and if you have some php knowledge you will like it alot

    also vBulletin is beyond talking it's one of the best no doubt , but if you have it already then try something different
     
    ayman20068, Sep 1, 2010 IP
  11. apsara

    apsara Peon

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    No idea about paid softwares. But SMF allows easy upgrades besides being free. Integrating into a portal is very very simple.
     
    apsara, Sep 2, 2010 IP
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    profanitytalker Well-Known Member

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    There is a reason why Vbulletin is a market leading brand. It is the best forum software that can easily be customized to your business needs thanks to the largest modifications developers community at vbulletin.org.
     
    profanitytalker, Sep 2, 2010 IP
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    Spineless Monkey Active Member

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    #13
    I agree with profanitytalker, vBulletin is by far the easiest to customise the way you like.
     
    Spineless Monkey, Sep 5, 2010 IP
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    sthdbb Peon

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    Very insightful. You definitely bring a new voice to this subject. This piece of info really courage me. Thanks ^o^
     
    sthdbb, Sep 21, 2010 IP
  15. Spineless Monkey

    Spineless Monkey Active Member

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    XenForo will be available to buy first week in October for $100 if you buy on a certain day, which is to be announced of $140 if you buy later.... Bargin.
     
    Spineless Monkey, Sep 21, 2010 IP
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    RectangleMan Notable Member

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    lol...$100 or $140 is still way too much to pay for new untested software and I don't care who wrote it. Who knows how buggy the code is? I've never heard of paying for beta software. What crap. Already a terrible start when it comes to business 101. And remember there won't be any good plugins, modifications, or themes! $100...omg fail.
     
    RectangleMan, Sep 21, 2010 IP
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    Spineless Monkey Active Member

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    Never heard of vBulletin?

    As far as many people are concerned that is still in beta at the moment.

    XenForo is new but it's looking a lot better than vBulletin and IPB.
     
    Spineless Monkey, Sep 21, 2010 IP
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    vBulletin is the most reliable solution now,is not perfect but is best on the market.
     
    mario212, Sep 21, 2010 IP
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    Spineless Monkey Active Member

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    If vBulletin is the most reliable that doesn't say much for IPB.
     
    Spineless Monkey, Sep 21, 2010 IP
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    ked38 Peon

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    Yes, it is the price for 1.0 official release version with 12 months support, found by previous vb developer team.
    And my friend may get a license on the sale day.

    Xenforo isn't bad and very potential for adding more features later..
    :)
     
    ked38, Sep 21, 2010 IP