I am a tuna sandwich!
- Apr 11, 2008
vBulletin 3.x in its day, hands down my fave.
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.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 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.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.
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.)
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.)
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).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.