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PHP Forums

PHP Language is the most common and most used programming language on Internet. It is available on almost all platforms, is easy to learn, easy to understand, and customizing or modifying an existing project based on this technology is within the realms of possibility.

However, due to this relative simplicity, non professional (Note: ≠ from free or open source) forum software could easily be a nest of security issues.

Advanced Electron Forum

October 16, 2012 08:24
AEF is a really good forum software, and particularly if you already know well what a forum software does and what could be configured. More »

Beehive Forum

November 14, 2011 10:35
This forum software can easily replace all your web site parts, and can be compared as a (better, of course) PHPNuke solution, without the possibility to d... More »

Drupal Forum

September 9, 2011 22:20
The forum software available in Drupal is clearly powerful and well integrated. More »

Extreme Message Board

February 10, 2012 14:58
Extreme Message Board is good forum, but some users accustomed to vBulletin or IP.Board might be a little bit disappointed by this forum, which is good for... More »

FUDForum

August 27, 2012 08:13
FUDForum is a classic and good forum software, which provide many features by default. More »

FluxBB

November 16, 2013 14:18
No doubt about this, FluxBB is clearly a pure PunBB fork. Indeed, it has all advantages and inconveniences of its parent : FluxBB is a really good and s... More »

Fruit Show

April 16, 2013 22:57
Fruit Show could be used for only one reason on your website: replace a chat or a mailing list. More »

FusionBB

April 28, 2012 09:06
FusionBB is a very good forum software, that will successfully fulfill your needs if you look for a very complete community software that supports almost a... More »

IP.Board

December 2, 2013 15:03
Reviewing a forum software of a such high quality is one of the rare moment when you feel IT problems can all be fixed in a simple manner. More »

IceBB

May 27, 2013 08:49
IceBB is a good forum software, has many qualities and is really simple to use. More »

Joomla Forum

January 18, 2011 23:52
Joomla is, without any doubt, a really good Content Management System. More »

MesDiscussions

January 18, 2011 22:36
In one word, MesDiscussions.net is a really powerful software. More »

MiniBB

August 11, 2011 21:27
MiniBB is a good forum software for people that loves customizing and installing only the features they would like to integrate. More »

MyBB

January 14, 2014 09:54
MyBB is a really good alternative to classic forum software, with a real nice plus of providing a really dynamic and motivated community around it. More »

MyProBB

April 16, 2013 22:57
MyProBB is a classic forum software. It would be hard to find another adjective that would classify it as well as classic. It's good but too much classic. More »

Phorum

July 10, 2012 08:59
Phorum follows guidelines for what is was developed: Speed and Efficiency. More »

PhpBB 2

April 16, 2013 22:34
Very good and powerful forum. More »

PhpBB 3

April 16, 2013 22:35
PhpBB Developer team has made a great job and it seems they have created something close to the perfect forum software. More »

PunBB

April 2, 2013 09:33
PunBB is a really good and simple forum software. More »

Quicksilver Forums

January 18, 2011 22:51
Quicksilver Forums is a good and simple forum software, but unfortunately, it does not benefit of a good advertisement. This review will maybe change co... More »

SEO-Board

January 18, 2011 22:54
SEO-Board is really too simple in our opinion. More »

Simple Machines 1.1

April 16, 2013 22:56
Simple Machines Forum is one of the best forum software ever tested here, and it really deserves a good score. Several years of intensive development an... More »

Simple Machines 2

February 25, 2014 22:08
Simple Machines Forum team is one of the rare developers team that releases a version of their product only when everything is done. More »

SocialEngine

January 8, 2012 23:27
From a global perspective, SocialEngine is an awesome product. It provides a great base, extended with many plugins and features. More »

UBB.threads

January 18, 2011 23:03
UBB.threads is a really good forum software: simple to use, simple to install and simple to administrate. More »

UltraBB

January 4, 2012 10:21
This descendant of WowBB is clearly more powerful and more secure. More »

Unclassified NewsBoard

January 18, 2011 22:48
Unclassified Newsboard is clearly a really good alternative to the main known forum softwares. More »

UseBB

January 18, 2011 22:54
UseBB is a simple and useful forum software, which could be compared in terms of features to PunBB or FluxBB. This forum software, which respects W3C no... More »

Vanilla Forums

February 28, 2014 13:17
Vanilla is a way more innovative forum software in many domains when you compare it to traditional forums. More »

Viscacha

January 18, 2011 23:07
Viscacha is a really surprising and interesting forum software. More »

Wikid Forum

April 1, 2014 16:30
WikidForum is a really really young project, and for the time being, one has to admit it misses support from a base community. However, this project was... More »

Woltlab Burning Board

June 1, 2012 08:12
Modern, polished, well designed, norms compliant... More »

WowBB

January 11, 2012 15:49
As we can see below, WowBB, even using a proprietary model (which is rare in forum software world), provides many unique features that will probably make y... More »

XenForo

October 23, 2012 12:44
If four words could sum up the feeling we have using XenForo, they would probably be: "XenForo is absolutely outstanding!". More »

XennoBB

April 16, 2013 22:58
XennoBB is a young project (begun in 2005) that already provides many features that other bulletin boards have. More »

bbPress

September 26, 2011 09:31
The bbPress follows the way of softwares which are looking for a simple core of thoughtful features that are all well implemented. More »

esoTalk

January 18, 2011 23:52
esoTalk is a really good surprise, because it proves that installing and configuring a forum software are not necessarily time consuming, and the final res... More »

vBulletin 3.8

April 16, 2013 22:31
It's clear, vBulletin is the most used forum software on Internet, and there are tons of reasons for this. More »

vBulletin 4

May 22, 2012 12:39
vBulletin is definitely an amazing piece of software. More »

Perl Forums

PERL Language is older than PHP, that was developed as a successor of this first language. The consequence is that PERL forum software will be often "old" software, that were started at a moment PHP was either not existing or considered as a correct alternative.

Using an old forum software is however not especially a bad idea, because 10 years of experience and bug fixing is generally a good insurance of having a secure and polished software, used by thousand people before you. This, of course, does not take the style into account.

E-Blah

April 16, 2013 22:59
The E-Blah forum software is a good surprise. More »

YaBB

May 8, 2011 10:06
YaBB is the kind of forum software we like. Reliable, simple and still alive after 10 years of development, where competitors often give up after 2 years. More »

Java / JEE Forums

Forums based on the Java/JEE technology and language are mostly targeting the professional and the business world, as the first purpose of these forums is usually to allow interconnection with other Java tools and services. This is of course not always the case, and you can safely install any Java forum software on your own application server.

Unfortunately, a low number of providers sell ready-to-use Java environments and servers, which basically means you will have to configure and rent a dedicated server in order to host your JEE/J2EE forum.

JForum

January 13, 2012 08:51
JForum is the best forum software in the Java/JEE world. The installation wizard will help Java beginners to install it. More »

JavaBB

February 10, 2011 00:01
JavaBB is currently a well finished software. More »

JsForum

April 16, 2013 22:58
This J2EE software is pretty limited and do not even use a classic MVC framework like Struts. More »

MVN Forum

January 19, 2011 00:02
MVN Forum is a really surprising and good forum software. More »

Nemesis Forum

April 16, 2013 22:59
This forum is a classic J2EE software, that is quite simple to use and install if you already know this platform. More »

SKForum

April 16, 2013 22:59
SK Forum is a really poor and limited forum, that has unfortunately another big problem: its default theme, that is particularly ugly. More »

Yazd

January 19, 2011 00:03
Yazd could be a nice surprise, but is definitely not. Really hard to install, basic features,... More »

jGossip

April 16, 2013 22:58
jGossip is a really old forum software, that uses J2EE technology, but it's clear that we do not expect a great future for this project, compared to other ... More »

Hosted Forums

Hosted forums and services are a perfect way to delegate hardware and software issues to a third party company, and focus on the content and the management of your forum community.

However, the downside is that, most of the time, you are not totally free with the hosting and cannot entirely customize and improve your forum software. In the worst case, it's even impossible to export your forum data in order to retake control and reinstall them elsewhere.

Answerbase

March 28, 2012 22:47
We are pleasantly surprised with Answerbase. More »

BulletinBoards

February 4, 2011 08:56
Despite on its old look, BulletinBoards is quite a good surprise. It correctly does its job, and the support is one of the key point of this service. More »

ForumCommunity

February 10, 2011 13:20
ForumCommunity.net and ForumFree.it were a really good surprise: really dynamic, powerful and easy to use, it is actually surprising that it is not that sp... More »

Forumotion

April 16, 2013 22:34
The solution provided by Forumotion is extremely efficient, simple and inventive. This is a perfect way for new users or beginners to create a forum wit... More »

FreeForums

January 18, 2011 23:55
When we started thinking about reviewing FreeForums, we were not sure how we should consider it: as a simple phpBB hosting service? More »

Google Groups

September 27, 2011 11:23
Yes, it's true, Google Groups is not a real and classic forum software. More »

Lefora

October 19, 2011 08:06
That's right, the solution provided by Lefora is extremely efficient, simple and inventive. This is a perfect way for new users or beginners to create a... More »

Nabble

April 8, 2011 22:37
Nabble is really useful if you need a forum software immediately, and that you don't care about advanced features and manage your own forum solution,... More »

Ninja Post

November 12, 2010 09:33
Ninja Post impressed us a lot. This project is young and very dynamic, simple and attractive. More »

NitPick 2011

March 23, 2012 16:12
This is the first time we review an Image Board software, so the novelty primarily comes from the main goal of this software, that is really useful when yo... More »

ProBoards

January 4, 2012 09:24
ProBoards is a really good surprise. More »

Tal.ki

January 18, 2011 23:53
Tal.ki is a really surprising good forum software. More »

Twelvestone

January 8, 2012 00:52
Twelvestone holds its main line and implementation promises: being a simplistic, modern and efficient forum software, moreover, hosted! More »

Website Toolbox

October 19, 2011 07:51
As usual in an hosted forum software service, the software is really simple to install, configure and administrate. More »

ZetaBoards

December 8, 2011 13:55
We can directly conclude with this feeling, ZetaBoards, as Lefora, is a really powerful hosted forum software. More »

Zoho Discussions

January 18, 2011 23:39
Zoho Discussions literally makes us rediscovering forum softwares. More »

Microsoft .Net Forums

Forums based on Microsoft .Net technology are most of the time reliable (if developed correctly, as usual), and are not necessarily limited to a Microsoft Windows environment, as the Mono Project provides an open source implementation of this language and technology.

Be however sure the forum supports other database systems than Microsoft SQL Server.

Comm100 Forum

January 19, 2011 00:00
Comm100 Forum has released a good software: simple to use, really similar to other competitors, and full of features we expect for this kind of bulletin bo... More »

NearForums

April 18, 2012 12:45
NearForums looks very promising. More »

Yet Another Forum

January 18, 2011 23:03
Yet Another Forum is not yet another forum, but a real Microsoft .Net alternative to the classic LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) architectures. More »
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