Start with free or paid forum software?

LeadCrow

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Most of Woltlab's code is actually opensource. The WCF framework in fact usable as is for a website and your own addons even if you dont purchase Woltlab's official apps.
 

MagicalAzareal

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Most of Woltlab's code is actually opensource. The WCF framework in fact usable as is for a website and your own addons even if you dont purchase Woltlab's official apps.
That is very interesting, good to see.

I see a lot of XML. Huh, fascinating. I'll have to pore through that later.
 

ips_doug

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If you are going to start a project (either for fun or serious) what forum software you will go with?

Will it be a free forum software to get started and paid or will it be Paid when starting?

Now i have started with free and if i am really serious or see a good growth i will move to paid forum software
I started a project a few months ago and I used Smf for it. The project went dead btw. I started a new one a couple of weeks ago using Smf again and it is going good so far. If it keeps growing, I will switch to a paid forum in the near future, Ipb.
 

overcast

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Vanilla also has the open source version. So for anyone who likes simple easy to navigate forum, it can be one good choice.
 

Alex.

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Free: Vanilla

Paid: XF

I have difficulty recommending either vBulletin or IP.Board these days, and the latter was my favorite for nearly a decade.
 

LeadCrow

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You're not the only one feeling similarly. Unless you're running a board that once depended on niche features from oldschool scripts, modern software is a more interesting option for forums to focus on communication and purge distractions. Boards look pretty much the same on small mobile displays, so its difficult justifying a pricetag for an experience you're not exploiting optimally as a webmaster.
 

haqzore

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Free: Vanilla

Paid: XF

I have difficulty recommending either vBulletin or IP.Board these days, and the latter was my favorite for nearly a decade.
What changed with IP.B to remove it from being your "fav for a decade"?

You're not the only one feeling similarly. Unless you're running a board that once depended on niche features from oldschool scripts, modern software is a more interesting option for forums to focus on communication and purge distractions. Boards look pretty much the same on small mobile displays, so its difficult justifying a pricetag for an experience you're not exploiting optimally as a webmaster.
You agree with "having difficulty recommending the latter" - which was Invision Community?

Also curious on your thoughts? You also mention "modern software"... It's my personal opinion that Invision Community has done more to push what a forum script can do than anybody, ESPECIALLY with the 4.x line.


Just curious is all.
 
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