Looking for the best and free forum software

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Looking for the best and free forum software

I am about to start my own forum using my home PC.

From what I do research here, it seems like mybb is the best and most popular?

So this the one I should get?

Thanks for your opinions.

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Re: Looking for the best and free forum software

Hi!

Yes indeed, MyBB is very popular, but so is SMF and phpBB. I suggest you reading some of the reviews here to let you decide which one will suit you.

You can also use our Quiz.

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Re: Looking for the best and free forum software

I got MyBB running in 2 days. My first time using Apache, php and MySQL.

I use to believe in ASP, IIS and SQL Server and I was using Web Wiz Forum, another forum software. This software is not mention here.

I wonder if ASP and IIS is dying? It is not even popular.

I have look at them but I think MyBB is most popular as far as free. Is there any other votes?

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Re: Looking for the best and free forum software

Yes, indeed, ASP and all Microsoft web technologies, are, IMHO, dying. PHP and all dynamic open source languages (Python, Ruby,...) are clearly the future of the Web platform, and eventually it's the fault of Microsoft's than never tried to be a leader for the Internet (no standard, no link to open source,...)

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Re: Looking for the best and free forum software

I install mybb. I didnt like it that much. I have to edit alot of codes. For example, I disable upload. When I go to the forum, the upload field is there. I have to manually edit it out. Is this the case with you?

Those template editor are hard to use on mybb. It seems like it can magically add another end tag to it. Is it running in real time?

I just did a new install of phpbb3. So far I like it.

I first create essential install of Apache, php and MySQL. From there I make a new clone. Then I use that new clone to do snapshot to go from one version to the next. Really helps me out alot to reinstall everything again and easy to do rollback! I use Vmware. Virtualbox is another free thing to use.

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Re: Looking for the best and free forum software

Hi Chong!

1/ Finally, you seem prefering phpBB, it's good as well, so no problem, even if it's more complex in terms of security access to set up new forum sections.

2/ How did you install the LAMP (Apache, Php MySQL) ? Did you use an EasyPHP or WAMP Server? It very convenient if you use Windows. Else, using Linux, a classic apt-get install php5 apache2.2 and so one will do the job.

3/ I also use VirtualBox as an everyday alternative, and it's very convenient because you do not need to reboot each time you need a real operating system (= Linux), on a bad one (= Windows XP), that my wife uses Wink

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Re: Looking for the best and free forum software

Hello Lastnico.

The admin page on phpbb is a mess! It is sooooo confusing! Global role and permission vs Forum based permission vs Permisson role??? What are all these things? I am having a headache now.

I am doing everything inside W7 Professional x64. I got Ubuntu 10.4 and Ubuntu 10.4 server all installed. I am suppose to learn Linux but I am weak on this. I need to learn and stay away from mouse clicks.

I didnt use any other fancy install. I install Apache, php and mySQL one by one. Lots of tutorial to get it working. It is not that hard at all. I have never used mySQL but I have work on SQL Server and I got it running like that.

I might try VBulletin.

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Re: Looking for the best and free forum software

chong67 wrote:
Hello Lastnico.

The admin page on phpbb is a mess! It is sooooo confusing! Global role and permission vs Forum based permission vs Permisson role??? What are all these things? I am having a headache now.

As I told you, security and permissions are really complicated in phpBB... That's one of the biggest drawback of this forum software, as pointed in the phpBB 3 Review

chong67 wrote:

I am doing everything inside W7 Professional x64. I got Ubuntu 10.4 and Ubuntu 10.4 server all installed. I am suppose to learn Linux but I am weak on this. I need to learn and stay away from mouse clicks.

I didnt use any other fancy install. I install Apache, php and mySQL one by one. Lots of tutorial to get it working. It is not that hard at all. I have never used mySQL but I have work on SQL Server and I got it running like that.

Hehe, Linux and more particularly Ubuntu still needs some mouse clicks, it's not necessarily the old and mystic operating system it was 15 years ago Wink You probably passed a long time to install your LAMP architecture by yourself on your Windows OS. Do not hesitate to try the alternatives I gave you, you will then pass more time testing and reviewing forum softwares than try to make them work Wink

chong67 wrote:

I might try VBulletin.

Yes, do not hesitate, our vBulletin 4 Demonstration Forum is a good place to start. (as vBulletin is a licensed software, it's harder to install it locally).

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