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What is a good forum I can use on my website?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by shemseddine, Nov 26, 2013.

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    I've decided to start a forum section on my website but I don't want to be spending a load of money on it just yet. I am looking for a free version that is very good.. I know I'm asking for a lot but what would you suggest?

    I have tried phpbb but I started getting a load of spam and I don't think it's safe
    SEMrush
     
    shemseddine, Nov 26, 2013 IP
    SEMrush
  2. aspire

    aspire Well-Known Member

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    MyBB is good. I have been using it and it's running fine with no issues as such.
     
    aspire, Nov 28, 2013 IP
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    WebDeveloperSahil Active Member

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    As you don't want spend money in forums, they best free forum software is Mybb, go for it you'll be fine and it's very easy to use and lots of themes, plugins etc.
     
    WebDeveloperSahil, Nov 28, 2013 IP
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    Now free forum software in trending MyBB, phpBB, SMF how ever these are opensource you can try it once then you can decide, every one suggest only these three options only, main drawback in these lack of Security.
     
    mahesh naidu, Nov 29, 2013 IP
  5. shemseddine

    shemseddine Active Member

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    I decided to use SMF in the end. It's pretty easy to use but obviously like many opensource packages, it has a downside. I am getting a lot of spam users signing up and posting. It's less now since I made it so that they have to activate using an email and also to answer 3 non-bot questions.
     
    shemseddine, Dec 1, 2013 IP
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    Does your site use a CMS? If you use Wordpress, you might find bbPress a better option for the integration.
     
    StratDomain, Jan 11, 2014 IP
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    I have personally used just about ever single forum software on the market today. I used to be an avid vBulletin user until here recently. I have now switched over to XenForo (just like DigitalPoint) from vBulletin. I have to say I am extremely glad that I switched and my members are also. I just think that there is a whole lot more features with XenForo and I think it just looks a whole lot better and more modern. To me, I think vBulletin actually looks cheap, even though it is expensive. I would try the demo of XenForo before you purchase it, I think you will enjoy it though, I really do!
     
    lilsimon04, Apr 5, 2014 IP
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    builtSEO Well-Known Member

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    Yes. MyBB, SMF are targeted by spam bots.
    Have tight rules for new members. only members with 3 days post with 5 approved posts can sharelinks/urls
     
    builtSEO, Apr 25, 2014 IP
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    I'm a fan of xenforo. Best platform I ever worked with and I kinda tested them all
     
    SuperiorWD, Apr 25, 2014 IP
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    xenforo is awesome but phpbb is also a good option.
     
    Gerva Sharma, Apr 26, 2014 IP
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    jancok13 Greenhorn

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    use smf more good for maintaining and development
     
    jancok13, Jul 25, 2014 IP
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    All forum scripts have plugin that you can use to stop spam including phpBB.
     
    maddenitrous, Aug 26, 2014 IP
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    aspire Well-Known Member

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    MyBB is good. Have been using it for almost 12 months. It's a large forum with most of the requirements being met. Spam can be taken care of, it hasn't been an issue so far.
     
    aspire, Aug 29, 2014 IP
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    I have used phpbb, smf and recently mybb. Out of the lot I would chose mybb to be the best free option.
     
    sarhad12, Oct 22, 2014 IP