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User Reviews
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Do you like new Forum Software Reviews look?

I love it!
62% (16 votes)
I like it
12% (3 votes)
I dislike it
8% (2 votes)
I find it overloaded / too colorful
15% (4 votes)
I don't like this website anyway
4% (1 vote)
Total votes: 26
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Discover FSR with a New Look

I am proud to announce and release this new version of Forum Software Reviews, after 3 months of hard work to get it ready for today.

It includes many changes, that I could not be all listed here, but here are the main improvements:

  • Forum Reviews are single page now. Most Internet connections are fast enough today for loading a small bunch of 10 Kb HTML content. Search are now easier in this page.
  • Home page has now an inline forum comparator, perfect to quickly look and compare major features of each bulletin board.
  • Screenshots Galleries are now really better in terms of ergonomy and ease of use.
  • FSR should load faster, as either most images are in sprites or their count was simply reduced. (+ our recent server change)
  • Improved ways to share links with your community... Including a Google +1 button on top of the page, so please be kind enough to +1 us if you like FSR.
  • ... and many other changes, but I let you find them by yourself Wink

I hope these changes will suit your need and are in the way of improving your experience in finding the best forum software for your community. By the way, if anything goes wrong, or if you see any bug, do not hesitate to report them to us.

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Forum Press Review of August 2011

Here is an excerpt of recent news regarding forum software:

Something else did not spot on our radar? Post it in the comments.

Edit: And a news from the past joined the list, as PunBB speaks Icelandic since 2003. My
apologizes...

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FUDForum 3.0.2 Reviewed (again)

Again, an old review is updated! This time, it's for FUDForum review to be updated again.

FUDForum is definitely still in the race of pure forum software, that clearly want to demonstrate what a forum is in the spirit of most people. Have a look at the FUDForum Review to discover why!

We also decide to increase its score, reaching 8 out of 10!

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XenForo Review and Demo Available

XenForo has just been reviewed, and this test is available at XenForo Review.

Additionally, we have also installed it on our sandbox environment to let you test and discover this software via the XenForo Live Demonstration.

XenForo, the forum that created the most buzz last year has finally announced its final version one week ago. It is a good opportunity to see what former vBulletin developers were able to succeed with XenForo.

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