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    Best (free) forum software

    Does anyone have recommendations for (free/cheap) software to use to setup a forum on my company's intranet site?

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    Banned

    [url]www.proboards.com[/url] is quite good - it's not run on your server, they host it all for you

    Original Poster

    Cheers for that, but I'd rather have one that runs internally, so there are no adverts etc.

    Original Poster

    anyone used vbulletin.com ? Looks good and pretty cheap

    Babbabooey;3506249

    anyone used http://www.vbulletin.com ? Looks good and pretty cheap



    This site does

    Original Poster

    yeah thats where I got it from!!

    Isn't phbb free?

    Hi, I have tried and used lots of different forum softwares and here is my personal quick run down.

    vBulletin - by far the best of them all, but is not entirely free.
    ]phpBB - Very good, but add-ons and mods are a pain in the ass
    ]myBB - Excellent bit of software loved it, but bought Vbulletin as it suited me more
    ]punBB - Great software but didnt use it for long enough to get a good impression
    ]IPB (Invision Power Board) - Very good software but again is not free.
    ]Drupal - Not technically forum software, is more a CMS but it is very nice, but takes some configuring to get it right.
    ]SMF - Good software, but not a patch on others like vBulletin
    ]Seditio - Great software for free, comes with Portal too unlike most of the others.

    Thats all I can think of off the moment, but am sure I have tried others.

    I am currently using phpBB (an old version), but am moving to vBulletin for my new version of [url]www.techmonkeys.co.uk[/url]

    Browni;3507079

    Isn't phbb free?


    very exploitable i think.

    dmccabe;3507655

    Hi, I have tried and used lots of different forum softwares and here is … Hi, I have tried and used lots of different forum softwares and here is my personal quick run down.vBulletin - by far the best of them all, but is not entirely freephpBB - Very good, but add-ons and mods are a pain in the assmyBB - Excellent bit of software loved it, but bought Vbulletin as it suited me morepunBB - Great software but didnt use it for long enough to get a good impressionIPB (Invision Power Board) - Very good software but again is not free.Drupal - Not technically forum software, is more a CMS but it is very nice, but takes some configuring to get it right.SMF - Good software, but not a patch on others like vBulletinSeditio - Great software for free, comes with Portal too unlike most of the others.Thats all I can think of off the momnet, but am sure I have tried others




    the best ones to use are phpbb3 and smf for being free.... they are easily customisable

    vbulletin is expensive

    faevilangel;3507724

    the best ones to use are phpbb3 and smf for being free.... they are … the best ones to use are phpbb3 and smf for being free.... they are easily customisablevbulletin is expensive



    Vbulletin is expensive when compared to the free ones such as phpBB of course, but you get the support and vulnerability patches guaranteed.

    I dont personally like phpBB as you have to manually edit the source files when doing patches and adding mods. Which is fine as the instructions are clear and simple. However when yo come to upgrade you have no way of knowing which files you modified and where you modified them.

    This then means upgrading is a real chore. where as with the likes of vbulletin, myBB etc they have plugin managers so you can disable and enable them when needed.

    dmccabe;3507766

    Vbulletin is expensive when compared to the free ones such as phpBB of … Vbulletin is expensive when compared to the free ones such as phpBB of course, but you get the support and vulnerability patches guaranteed.I dont personally like phpBB as you have to manually edit the source files when doing patches and adding mods. Which is fine as the instructions are clear and simple. However when yo come to upgrade you have no way of knowing which files you modified and where you modified them.This then means upgrading is a real chore. where as with the likes of vbulletin, myBB etc they have plugin managers so you can disable and enable them when needed.



    smf is easy to upgrqade a patch as it has an in built mod and patch updater, just upload the file and it does it for you, im using smf for my new site and would recommend it,

    if you do want to pay for one, vb is a good choice cos the support is there and is probably the best around but its expensive, i prefer smf though as its easier to update / modify ......

    dmccabe;3507766

    Vbulletin is expensive when compared to the free ones such as phpBB of … Vbulletin is expensive when compared to the free ones such as phpBB of course, but you get the support and vulnerability patches guaranteed.I dont personally like phpBB as you have to manually edit the source files when doing patches and adding mods. Which is fine as the instructions are clear and simple. However when yo come to upgrade you have no way of knowing which files you modified and where you modified them.This then means upgrading is a real chore. where as with the likes of vbulletin, myBB etc they have plugin managers so you can disable and enable them when needed.



    have a look at 'version control' tools - not that it'll change your mind and get you using phpBB but they are VERY handy. I use 'GIT' :-)

    Original Poster

    dmccabe;3507655

    Hi, I have tried and used lots of different forum softwares and here is … Hi, I have tried and used lots of different forum softwares and here is my personal quick run down.vBulletin - by far the best of them all, but is not entirely free.]phpBB - Very good, but add-ons and mods are a pain in the ass]myBB - Excellent bit of software loved it, but bought Vbulletin as it suited me more]punBB - Great software but didnt use it for long enough to get a good impression]IPB (Invision Power Board) - Very good software but again is not free.]Drupal - Not technically forum software, is more a CMS but it is very nice, but takes some configuring to get it right.]SMF - Good software, but not a patch on others like vBulletin]Seditio - Great software for free, comes with Portal too unlike most of the others.Thats all I can think of off the moment, but am sure I have tried others.I am currently using phpBB (an old version), but am moving to vBulletin for my new version of [url]www.techmonkeys.co.uk[/url]



    Thanks for all these, that's really great!
    I've just put on phpbb and will have a play with it tomorrow. Also tried the demo of vbulletin and found that excellent. I think its £100 for unlimited use, but a yearly fee if you also want updates (do I ?) It seems alot easier to manage than the phpbb from the few minutes I looked at them both, so if it really is only £100 i'll prob go for vbulletin.

    ant asp.net solutions that are recomended? :-)

    good thread btw!

    vbulletin is a decent piece of software, going down the free route I went with phpBB and been quite happy with it. A proper plugin manager system for mods would definitely be appreciated though.

    John

    Original Poster

    I plumped for Vbulletin, and got the forum setup in a matter of minutes, now all I have to do is get people to use it !!!!

    It's great fun toying with the forum, adding new products and additions to it etc, and pretty easy to do so.
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