SvennD
June 8, 2016

Forum looking beyond phpBB

Posted on June 8, 2016  •  2 minutes  • 408 words  •  Suggest Changes

I have been a phpBB fan since phpBB 2, they are the standard for me, when it comes to forum software.  However the phpBB 3 package is complex to work with, it has way too many buttons, the permission system is crazy deep and while phpBB 2 was a fun target for modding, the modding community did not take up phpBB 3 that good IMHO. With the release of phpBB 3.1 they took a different direction, they included a framework, Symfony -now this is personal- but I’m not a huge fan of Symfony either, I’m more of a CodeIgniter guy, though luck. Today I’m searching for alternatives to phpBB, while I am not sure I will find my next forum software package, one thing is certain, its goodbye to phpBB and its not-always-so-friendly community.

 

I don’t think its essential to be free or/and open-source, but its an advantage (one can test before having to commit) . I however require the software runs in a Linux environment so no windows-only tools. (PHP/MySQL is not a requirement, but its the easiest for me, and one of the most used languages) I did sorted this list, by how-much I like them after trying to install and playing with the demo. (allot of forums are missing, feel free to join in!)

Flarum

Discourse

nodeBB

Simplemachines

vBulletin

InvisionBoard

VanillaForums

Xenoforo

MyBB

todo :

https://www.woltlab.com
http://www.phorum.org
bbpress
http://fluxbb.org

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