I installed MyBB on a windows xp system with Apache 2.2.10, PHP5 and SQLite. Instructions and setup were very easy resulting in ready to use Forum in less than 5 minutes. The target machine was an IBM thinkpad 600E 333MHz and 256MB of RAM which was specifically chosen because it consumes very little power and was not being used.
The results were impressive.
MyBB is the best forum software available and I recommend everyone to use it.
MyBB has several advantages over other forum software. Over phpBB3, the bbcode is more complete and powerful and the plugin system makes it easier to extend than the phpBB mod system. Over Simple Machines, it supports nested subforums and it is free open software. It supports merging and splitting threads, an advantage that others such as PunBB or FluxBB don't have for what I could see. It has support for multiple languages for non-English speakers, even theming with a gallery that can almost compete with that of phpBB.
On the bad side, I saw no option to remove previous quotes when quoting a message, and it does not include a reference to the quoted message. I haven't thoroughly checked the plugins to see if there's one that can add these features.
Overall, it's really great.
Just to clarify a few points there, quotes do reference the message, there is a little arrow beside the name you can click and there is also a plugin to remove the previous quotes.
IMO, MyBB is the most functional, stable and secure free forum platform around and more than capable of competing with the commercial packages in terms of forum capability. The support is also excellent.
MyBB also has some incredibly talented themes producing some of the best themes for any board.
If you ask me MyBB deserves a 10 out of 10.
Scratch the part about the reference to the quoted message; that's apparently true only for the demo in forum-software.org, which is version 1.2.1 (but the latest version 1.4.9 still doesn't remove previous quotes when quoting a message).
I love this forum software!
Beautiful software. Fully customizable, ability to create your own plugins, complete control overall. Not to mention it's free. Love it.
Great forum software!
There's nothing to say,it's fantastic.
There are a lot of things to do and is very powerful
i love mybb thanks
It is a excellent free forum software!
The very best in Free forum software I have ever used.
at mybb you can install plugins, very easy, just click..and it gone for install this feature is very nice....
There Is A Negative Point
It Uses It Always And You Can't Disable It Only By Moding The CORE !!
still thinking that the cache is very bad
its devilish and has destroyed my community before
and another negative point is the editor
you need to modify the editor's core to add more buttons
same as disabling cache
Sadaoui "SAFAD" Abderrahim - Lead Developer AEF Group
Good to know, thanks for sharing your experience here.
FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.
I disagree with all comments. First the ''must own payed mods'' are rip off. Second, the community is rather blind and doesn't take any new ideas it you propose them. Also the so called MyBB plugin maker Jesse Labrocca is an owner of an hacking forum. I would be very cautious before buying those mods and installing them. Also, if you want free mods, better get prepared to make ones yourself because on MyBB community money is the way to talk. It's a shame to see much better mods on SMF that are free and far better than MyBB payed ones.
If you want to use free software use SMF.
Overall it deserves 5/10.
"First the ''must own payed mods'' are rip off."
I don't see how you can think this, most of the plugin sites offer unlimited access to their plugins for only $5 - $10 which is exceptional value.
"Also the so called MyBB plugin maker Jesse Labrocca is an owner of an hacking forum."
Why do you see this as a problem? You don't think this has anything to do with the fact that MyBB is one the most secure forum platforms available. Labrocca's forum is subject to threats by some of the most talented programmers/hackers there are and Labrocca has identified dozens of complicated security issues that are beyond the usual level of hacker and these have all been patched incredibly quickly, often within 24 hours.
"on MyBB community money is the way to talk"
You have to be kidding? Have you looked at what mods are actually available for free? Not to mention that, as I said above, the model subscription model used by many of the authors allows users to get access to high quality plugins at a low cost while still providing adequate compensation to the author for their time. Not to mention that Labrocca donates 20% of his profits to the MyBB project and helps to pay for running costs and among other things professional security audits.
I'll stay with my opinion. I'm not zealot defending SMF, but sorry MyBB plugins (payed ones) are RIP OFF. Hell some free SMF plugins modify the forum far better then MyBB plugins. Sorry but plugins like SimpleDesk would be payed at MyBB. MyBB community is lazy and incompetent. If they can't get rid of the plugin and theme authors that are destroying the software then they don't have a right to say to anyone that those plugins are reasonable and offer much. For the sake of software don't make such statements. Also MyBB staff could solve these problems, but it seems that there is no interest in doing that. It's like MyBB is a forum run by 14 years old developers. Conclusion: Stay away from this software, if you are starting new forum and want free script with good functionality use SMF
PS: I've used MyBB forum. And it's a shame for people to pay for addons that are free on other systems.(SMF-PHPBB3)
Just curious at how old you are? Perhaps you are upset that people like a little credit because you are too young to even have a job? Regardless of age, Labrocca works hard on his plugins and they are well worth the small price you pay. A portion of the money labrocca makes on his plugins also goes to mybb to help it stay alive. I love mybb, and I enjoy supporting it. Now my bigger problem with your attacks are they are all plugin centered. Um.... hmmmm Plugins don't make a bbscript. Not at all. The core bbscript itself is what makes it. Mybb is much more stable, much more secure, and much faster than smf. It's also updated much quicker and has less "drama" about it. I have had soooo much trouble with smf it is not even funny. The only problems I have had with mybb were very easy to fix myself, or the community helped me along the way.
compare between myBB mods and SMF ones
the mod developers in SMF
get better mods
and i even don't see any donate button ?
don't rush your self
mybb is bad forum software
hopefully they get better at version 2
since 1.6 is the same old bad software
Yes, they do work harder because it's harder to build mods for smf because mybb is programmed better. As far as the quality of the mods go, from my experience, smf mods cause a lot more forum errors than mybb ones. SMF in the past was bigger than mybb, and that is why there are more mods for it. WDYM a donate button? Mybb has a donate button if you want to donate to them. But what does that have to do with forum script quality? And still, what do mods have to do with forum script quality. I am not rushing myself. I have been using forums scripts to build sites, including smf, for 9-10 years now(I only found mybb about 3 years ago). If that isn't long enough for smf to prove themselves to me, then there is even something more wrong with it than I thought. Mybb is amazing software with hard working developers, who work on the script. Mods are for the community to work on and create. They will get better at version 2, just like they got better at version 1.6. I am loving the changes, and no, it wasn't a major upgrade. Everyone knows this, and everyone was told this before it came out. SMF 2 RC2 or 3(whatever they are at now) is the same old software as smf 1. Poorly coded and not as professional quality. I've used smf, even rc, before. It doesn't even come close to comparing to mybb. Also, for your information, being a programmer myself and enjoying coding small mods for my own site I have to say that mybb is better in mods too. But, I will let you have your own opinion. You, probably being just a forum admin, don't have much experience with this. But one thing is for sure. I have never cared for a community that focused on the mods installed on their website over the actual community. If you give me something good to eat, I will stay for a little while. If you give me family I will stay forever. As a hint to you, from someone who has been making communities a long time. Focus on bringing your members together and creating a family. Don't focus on constantly bringing them more mods to keep them. It's a lot easier.
Thank you, this is a wonderful opinion!
you motherfucking faggot MyBB is the best forum software and you have no fucking rights granted to you by your sick administrator to post useless and illiterate comments.
it is obvious that you are angry with myBB.But some of your comments are way off base.
No one are being forced to pay for Mods and that the software itself is very good.There is a good list of FREE mods available.The developers are almost ready to release version 1.6 with many new features and changes to existing ones.It is obvious that you have not paid attention to the continuing developments.
I left SMF because of its bad theme set up and the ugly colors it use on quote bars.And it is OUT OF DATE in many areas.I was stunned when I looked at the 2.0 version and see mostly a lot of little changes.The underlying flaws are still in place.
Their 2.0 version is not all that different from the 1.1 series.They simply added a few new features.Changed the way some of the buttons were used to a drop down set up.Changed the default theme,but internally it is still much the same.
I chose myBB in its place and never regretted it.After my journey from phpBB2 then phpBB3,to SMF.I was never really happy with those forums,since there was always something I detested about them.With myBB not a single complaint I can find and that means I have found what I wanted to run my forum on.
I read that myBB will later do a complete new version 2.0 line.It will be interesting what they come up with that helps them work on their weaknesses.
The same with phpBB with version 4.0.Hopefully they are going to fix that modding mess and upgrade mess.Plus simplify their bloated administration permission panel.
This means they have the opportunity to MODERNIZE with the latest developments that have come on line in recent years.
SMF failed to do that in the transition from 1.1 to 2.0,it is a screw up and because of that and the failure to modernize the internal structure.They will lose favor to other software that are willing to change with the times.It is an overrated forum software that will suffer in comparison to many others who are doing full rewrites to a new version.
I suggest that you stop with your misleading rants and go and work with your software of your choice.Comment in the forum community that supports your chosen software.
I agree with the person above me, SMF didn't change AT ALL, if you upgrade to SMF 2 you loose all your template changes and package changes, but with Mybb, plugins use hooks or whatever they call, you just have to throw them back in and your done, no extra work with the LONG codes the SMF packages use.
It's easy to code a template for Mybb, My friend was able to make a HTML page we had for our site and perfectly integrated it with MyBB and then i integrated it for WHMCS, And now they look all the same, i can't say that about SMF unless i was lying.
Best forum software EVER!!!
GOOD WORK MyBB DEVELOPERS!!!
I use MyBB on my forum it is the best,
Yes i have tried other popular forum software none of them can beet MyBB
There is a difference between being fan and having realistic look on the things. MyBB has good core base and I won't say it doesn't when it really does. However we (if you follow the community forum and use the software) recently have the developers decision to change the software to LGPL. Why you may ask? Because they needed to enable the legal way for their ''plugin friends'' to distribute their payed addons because they we're breaking GPL license. And the second reason is to get rid of threads about payed plugins.
You know buying packages that add functionality that are beyond normal forum addons deserve to be payed for. However none of you actually thought about security with addons like that. Personally some of the mods/plugins of two biggest payed plugin developers are vulnerable to XSS attacks and SQL injections.
Why are you still posting misleading comments against myBB?
Everything you have been commenting about,have been unsupported opinions.
Give it a rest since you appear angry against the software.
You obviously don't know much about the GPL license then.
It is plain that you hate the software.Fine.
But you should stop the lies you are promoting.Your hate is probably the cause of your lies.Get over it!
It is obvious that you have not read the official statement concerning the changes at the myBB.com community forum.
Here it is and beware.It is calling you a liar!
Modifications policy changes, upcoming modification site upgrade, and more…
what an awesome script i have ever came across .But when i left same comment in forum they ban me .
Dont know why .Any way if you have a donation link simply send it on my id .would like to donate some .awesome script ,every thing is just great easy installation ,easy mod,theme and feature adding.
A fantastic software, hands down the best free forum software available to date. It's easy to use, customize, administrate and extend.
Though not necessarily the most attractive in terms of the default theme, I can say it's one of the best for downloading either a free or premium theme and customizing it to your needs. The plugin system, well, there's really no debating it's simply awesome. No core edits, rarely any template edits... from my experience no other forum software compares. It's that simple.
I highly recommend anyone who's ever doubted MyBB to give it a shot. Don't base your opinions on the community - upload the software to your server and try it out, see what your members think. Test out a few plugins and themes, and try not to drool
I found MyBB last month and instantly fall in love with it. I've moved my community site from e107 to MyBB last week and so far I'm pleased with it. The plugin system is good but it's still far behind Wordpress. Still the best free forum software out there. Keep it up MyBB team.
Best Existing Forum Software!!!
Wow this a best forum software. You know before i use mybb my hosting is running slow, but when i use mybb this forum is fast
By far, the best software I have seen
It is a excellent free forum software!
waw... this a best forum software.
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That's because you don't have the correct knowledge to use it, If i were you, I wouldn't make assumptions on the basis of opinion and experience. As almost everybody else thinks this is "the" best forum software, And so do I.
If you've had bad experience with MyBB, Then simply go to the support forum, and post a thread for some help.
That guy is right MyBB sucks if you have a high traffic site thats why i moved over to vbulletin but i guess in this case free is not always better as for there support vbulletin doesnt care what kinda site you host long as its not warez or some illegal site mybb doesnt allow porn vbull does never knew porn was illegal in the USA they ster towards kids with small forum who make a forum for a week or month with a free domain and go on to the next project Mybb is just a software to start off with not a long term software
myBB has done just fine with high traffic.The myBB community forum has a number of users there.Who own a forum that is a "BIG BOARDS" forum,where they attest that the software works.
vBULLETIN forum software is a paid script.It better be able to handle high traffic!
It is obvious that you are ignorant.
I am sure you speak for over 50,000 users of the myBB software.
You are just another lying moron.
MyBB is really the best free forum software, test it for yourself, its great, i love it.
Best regards REDLine PC
Summary: Sure, MyBB may not be perfect but it's one of the best alternative forum software around.
I grew up with SMF but I feel they've added more clutter just like vBulletin has; I'd still recommend SMF over vB.
MyBB is so lightweight it can handle a very very large community, why? No bloated core, and the features that can make MyBB great are usually plugins and themes. Making themes has never been so easy, just learn basic CSS and you've got it. Need to manipulate the forum even further? Templates is your answer.
Security is rather easy to strengthen, and the ACP is like a +++ for me.
I actually had to move away from vBulletin when they degraded themselves, and to my surprise MyBB came to me like a wish granted by a genie.
My conclusion? Actually use this software and not be a casual one-timer for MyBB and throw it away, thus not seeing its full potential. Their support team is really nice and if you thought they couldn't help you, then stop speaking in gibberish or you could SEARCH for something you need before starting up a thread there.
10/5 rating from me!
First,I have SMF looong time and lose my time with many things and stupid things inside.
>Especially for plugin system<. Sorry, but that is true!
Now, when I check MyBB and possibilities inside I cannot described what found !
This piece of software is INCREDIBLE, Easy and Power on any level.
I try to compare paid software like vB, IPB etc... but, plugin system in MyBB is AWESOME!
When you need some changes in ACP that is easy. ..so much easy!
For me, MyBB is best forum software in world. Now I have version 1.64 and that is really good.
I highly recommended for everyone this beautiful software.
When you try to work on others forum software every time go back on MyBB!
Thats the point.
Simple and powerfull software!
Well, I wait for new version 2. Developer must think BIG. I repeat - think BIG!
Think on new functions which cannot found in other forum software,CMS and blogs.
Because, MyBB have oportunity, inside design and chance to be 1st. software which have all of them.
Even complete beginner can work with MyBB and of course, also is for professionals.
Now, without confusing, MyBB have incredible system both in ACP nad foru users in CP.
When you have right plugins and right theme, that is BINGO for your ideas!
Screw this software: your better off with IPB or SMF
How come I have two forums working fine on it?
You are pathetic!
lol, i have one forum too working just finem, dont blame the software if you dont have the knowledge...
To those who overtly exalt myBB.
It is not important if myBB is the best software or not.
What matters is that it meets the needs of the owner running a forum with.If it meets yours well.Then be fine with it.
If not.You have many good forum software choices to chose from.This website offers you the opportunity of trying some demo's of software you interested in.
But to have people like Steve Marcholi and Nick come here spreading lies and disinformation about an obviously good forum software.I despise it.And that it is demonstrably wrong.
There are a number of BIG BOARD forums out there using the myBB forum software successfully.That alone shows the wrongness of what Steve Marcholi posted.
Go to the myBB community forum and see for yourself how easily it works.
MyBB has been the best forum software that I have ever used. Heaps of plugins around, heaps of themes available and very easy to customise. Great forum software. I use it on many websites and its great!
I have used it for the last 1+ year .. this is the best free forum software
Summary: Great bit of software I would always use this now although I have a vBulletin license as well as an IPBoard. The staff team and developers are great they've done really well long live MyBB.
mybb software is the best I've seen in the Forum Building,Best Existing Forum Software!!!
my bb is best
great and easy to use
Mybb kullan?? bak?m?ndan süper, admin paneli de çok kullan??l?
It is the best forum software for me. I can just recommand it.
We at gamerone.net have used MyBB for over 1 year now and are proud to support its development.
@Gam3ronE: You can disable redirect page in ACP.
Oops. Can you tell me how like this? .. Start > Notepad > Type oops.
And what is it there for anyway?
Thank you sir.
Go to ACP (admin panel) > Configuration > Server and Optimization Options > Set "Friendly Redirection Pages" to "off".
Note that each user can set this option in their options (the "Show friendly redirect pages." checkbox).
Now I'd like to edit my review: MyBB has no cons what-so-ever!
Thank you MyBB Community.
myBB have been supported vietnamese (at here mybbvietnam.com)
easy to write plugin (flexible & cool)
Cons: appeareance can be be a lot better but i am sure its going to change soon
Summary: You dont need money have the Best....cheers mybb
Easy use and very user friendly for members and administrators.
Good support although free software
Lack of features
For a free forum software it is very good but there are not too many features and compare to paid forum softwares, they are rubbish but for a free forum software, it is quite good.
Check out my site:
it is on Mybb and it is pretty good but i am planning on moving away from them
Looks need to be improved?
There are many good forum themes to download to replace the DEFAULT theme.Your complaint make no sense to me.
Joomla is a CMS with several poor forum software plug ins.I am using KUNENA as a site administrator and dislike it so much I am considering talking the owner of the site to convert to myBB and make a bridge between joomla and mybb to make it work.
Drupal is a BLOG software with an average forum on the side that is not very popular.
myBB is a FORUM only software that is far better than Joomla or Drupals forum software.
Drupal is not a blog but a CMS. This website is running on it. Does it looks like a blog?
Summary: Some of my mates say to me, "Why use mybb and not vbulletin?" Don't judge a forum by it's price, mybb may be free but i've used it for about a year now and it's a wicked piece of software. They always make it better and the community forums are always there for a quick, helpful reply to any problems you may run into. 10/10.
MyBB has truly outperformed the rest. Not only is it free, but open source as well; I highly recommend you give it a try.
i use this forum software and i think this software is the first forum software in the world
It's da best.
You are trolling.
i like this because it's free!
It is the best
I fucking swear mybb is made up of kiddie fanboys
An disregard the ugly library of themes, sql problems poping up every 5 mins.
You should first consider the issue before blaming the software. SQL errors can be both software or host related, and in a lot of cases they are host related. Software issues are mainly caused by badly coded plugins too. If you have any issues with your own forum, assuming you're talking from first hand experience with the software, then we're happy to help on our community forums.
If you're a member of a forum which uses MyBB, then you should ask the administrator to get in contact with us so we can help them further with the issues. I rarely see a badly formed query in the core system of MyBB.
I am known as sunsettommy who has used the forum software for over 3 years now and none of the sql problems you complain about have showed up.
In my climate forum I use the Apart Theme that is popular with the regular members.You can create your own or pay someone to make a custom theme.
I LIKE IT
THE BEST !!
I've been using MyBB in more than 6 forums,what should i say.I cant live without.It has become a part of my daily life.Its really addictive & pretty superb and very easy to use & code.And their plugin installation & support is simply Outstanding.
Just Wait for MyBB and it will rule the internet world.Even legends like wordpress,vbulletin gonna get ranked below.
Have an installation & You will never uninstall.
It's the best just the best
There are a few free Facebook Connect plugins floating around, most notably: http://mybbmodding.net/forums/showthread.php?tid=180
Regarding files which plugins provide, I can understand the situation and it's something which we have resolved in MyBB 2.0.
@ Nathan : wow! Another good reason to love myBB. (don't mind my saying lack of fbconnect in myBB but I felt that its something very important and basic nowadays) i shall try your link. Thank you!
if you read this gamerone than thks. i lost 100k xp in counter strike uk zombie plaugue cs1 and i really want it back. i dont know how i lost it or something. but i didnt even get to spend any of my xp. i had 100k xp sometihng as a human and more than 100k xp as a zombie. so all i just wanted is 100k xp back thats all. thks
mybb is the best
Summary: It's best forum
Apart from being out for a long time, I think and feel it's safe to say that MyBB has helped alot of forums grow and become a massive success. There are about 99.9% of forums I use that have MyBB because I feel that it's more complex to use. And people who I've met also use it for their forum as do i.
How can you not use MyBB? A free and fun usable software for everyone even the newbies. No hard things to do, just install run and let the rest of the forum work for you.
As Strong as a software can be. Excellent, Best ever!
I've used a number of forum programs, including some hosted forums and MyBB is by far the best I've used. The ease of plugin and theme installation, and the quality of them is outstanding.