Best free forum software/script?

by asc
11 replies
Anyone care to offer some recommendations based on their own experiences? PHPBB is the only one i have played with a few years ago and seem to remember it being ok. I am guessing there are some pretty good ones around now, any thoughts or recommends??

Thanks in advance

Alan
#forum #free #software or script
  • Profile picture of the author Wack0
    Other than phpBB, there's also MyBB, and SMF.

    I like MyBB.
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  • Profile picture of the author awledd
    WP plugin https://www.s2member.com/

    Upgrades available
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve King
    I use Simple Press inside of WordPress and it works a treat
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Dennison
    Any decent hosting CPANEL will have one click installs for the most popular forum softwares. I know Godaddy does.
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    • Profile picture of the author alexshawn1216
      Discuz is one of my favorite forum software, it was very popular in China, millions of webmaster website based on it, but I am not sure the english version works for you or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
      So does Bluehost. they have one click installs via MoJo marketplace and it is free with hosting.

      I just look and they offer forums with these scripts:


      Vanilla Forums
      Version 2.1

      Simple Machines Forum
      Version 2.0.7

      MyBB
      Version 1.6.11

      phpBB
      Version 3.0.12

      PunBB
      Version 1.4.2

      Hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author asc
      Originally Posted by Luke Dennison View Post

      Any decent hosting CPANEL will have one click installs for the most popular forum softwares. I know Godaddy does.
      Thanks, yes i use 123 and they have the simple install too, just hoping for anyones words of wisdom before i set one up and regret using whichever I chose!
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  • Profile picture of the author sakthiganesh
    I have about 4-5 active forums,upon my experience ,here is my recommendation
    paid/premium solutions
    vBulletin(Scalable,powerful functions,proven and being used by most of top forums)
    Xenforo(Created by the developers who build the vBulletin software,newily arrived but solid features to consider)

    Free Software
    PHPBB(Scalable,free extensions,SEO friendly,advanced spam control)
    Vanilla forum(In-build Private forum functions- best for private membership forum controls and mobile friendly)
    Punbb(Light weight,in-build SEO functions,used minimum resources,best for shared hosting,but not mobile friendly)
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    MyBB is definitely my favorite forum software!
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveFinch
    SMF (simple machines forum) is one I have used and I found it to be pretty good. There are a hell of a lot of themes to choose from and plenty of plugins. It's also available on cpanel as a one click install.
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  • Profile picture of the author youvana
    SMF isn't bad at all and I built up quite a great little community with that a while back. It was spamming that got to me in the end became too much work. But yes I'd vote for SMF.
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