Best Forum Software in your opinion

Which is the best forum software?

  • Burning Board

    Votes: 19 7.8%
  • IPB

    Votes: 55 22.6%
  • vBulletin

    Votes: 12 4.9%
  • MyBB

    Votes: 17 7.0%
  • phpBB

    Votes: 10 4.1%
  • NodeBB

    Votes: 4 1.6%
  • SMF

    Votes: 13 5.3%
  • Others

    Votes: 14 5.8%
  • XenForo

    Votes: 99 40.7%

  • Total voters
    243

Abizaga

I am a tuna sandwich!
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I agree.

If I had to pick one today, it would be either XenForo or Invision Community or both. It's nice to finally have a real choice between the two very promising products.
I agree with this. Xenforo and IPB are hands down the most powerful and versatile software on the market rn. At least that's affordable.
 

Abizaga

I am a tuna sandwich!
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Ah, the good old days. It is a real shame what happened to vb.

Anyways, regarding paid forums the best imo is Ipb, whereas regarding free forums, Smf.
I know, right. I really miss those days alot. I started a vBulletin 3.x forum up on the side just for the nostalgia. SMF is an awesome software too. I wish it had a reaponsive theme on it though. :(
 

haqzore

Devotee
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Dec 6, 2012
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Even ignoring a responsive theme (a requirement IMO), SMF just looks old as dirt... Even on desktop.
 

Frode789

Participant
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Dec 16, 2014
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Sure it kinda looks old but so does phpbb and its still being used.

phpBB looks much better than SMF though. (and the preview for phpBB 4 is looking pretty sleek!)
SMF looks ANCIENT, not old.
And maybe the most important point when using a free forum solution, is that phpBB is much more popular so the 3rd party content is more varied and more updated. (for example I tested vanilla as well recently, and the 3rd party scene is dead there. Literally dead.)
 

Doug Heffernan

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phpBB looks much better than SMF though. (and the preview for phpBB 4 is looking pretty sleek!)
SMF looks ANCIENT, not old.
And maybe the most important point when using a free forum solution, is that phpBB is much more popular so the 3rd party content is more varied and more updated. (for example I tested vanilla as well recently, and the 3rd party scene is dead there. Literally dead.)

Do you have a link where the preview for phpBB 4 can be seen? I did some searching, but could not find anything.
 

Frode789

Participant
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Do you have a link where the preview for phpBB 4 can be seen? I did some searching, but could not find anything.

Dev link for the new style: https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=691&t=2485796
(preview of other features in phpBB4 is not available yet. We do know there will be stuff like auto-update, install from ACP and probably tons of other drastic changes, just like the big jump from 2.xx to 3.xx. etc. I expect it to be pretty damn good for a free solution, once it's done.)

Some early style previews:
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Doug Heffernan

Enthusiast
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Dev link for the new style: https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=691&t=2485796
(preview of other features in phpBB4 is not available yet. We do know there will be stuff like auto-update, install from ACP and probably tons of other drastic changes, just like the big jump from 2.xx to 3.xx. etc. I expect it to be pretty damn good for a free solution, once it's done.)

Thanks. It looks good. They are stepping up their game, that is for sure.
 

MarkFL

La Villa Strangiato
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For versatility, I like IPS and for rock solid stability (lack of quirks) I like XenForo. Both are winners in my book.
 

vicram10

Neophyte
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Aug 11, 2020
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i don't know but for me the best paid forum it's XenForo but in the other side the best free forum for me is SMF
 

ShahinPB

Aspirant
Joined
Dec 16, 2015
Messages
17
Honestly, I'm interested in Xenforo but I can't decide if I should make the switch or not.

Right now, I have a large VB4 forum that once I decided to make a switch for a testing purpose, it didn't turn out so well. I guess I will have to endure it a little longer, and hope for the best.
 

DigNap15

Fan
Joined
Sep 14, 2019
Messages
549
I use and like Xenforo - it has never let me down
I don't have any experience of any others as an admin (owner)
I do wish that XF had more stuff in the core and less add-ons which just cause confusion
I also wish there was a more complete users manual for XF, there is so much to learn being an admin.
 

Pete

Flavours of Forums Forever
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Sep 9, 2013
Messages
2,120
The best forum software is still the one that does all the things you need (or has add-ons available to do them), and that helps you engage your members. Everything else is fluff.
 

ShahinPB

Aspirant
Joined
Dec 16, 2015
Messages
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The best forum software is still the one that does all the things you need (or has add-ons available to do them), and that helps you engage your members. Everything else is fluff.
Well said! I chated with some people a while ago and they were acting like why I'm still using VB (in their word a dead product). I mean there is a saying that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," and still rocking (then they blocked me haha).
 
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