Friendly URLs are mandatory if you want to improve the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of your forum. It is indeed really useful because, instead of having URLs that look like forum/tid/405 or node/1234, you will have textual URLs that have a link with the topic of the page, like /discussion/increase-the-traffic-your-online-community/possible-way-increase-traffic.
It is therefore better for users browsing your website, and as well when users look for an answer to their questions into Google, Bing and so on.
We were really impressed by the changes that have been done in Vanilla 2, and just to tease a bit, Vanilla score has been increased from 7/10 to 9/10. Check out the Vanilla Forums Review to discover why!Read more »
Just a small news to inform that FluxBB review has been updated and now describes version 1.4.2. We also took some times to refresh FluxBB live demonstration, as well as its screenshots (taken at a moment where PunBB and FluxBB shared the same theme). As the default theme is now different, and you will discover this on the FluxBB Screenshots Gallery.
You will notice that interesting new features, that were not enabled in the previous review, like guest posting, image in posts, database pruning, existing plugins, moderation settings, possible forum migration, and so on are now updated accordingly, which makes FluxBB easily competes with other forum softwares.Read more »
After a really intensive fight among all competitors, we are proud to announce the results of our yearly competition to promote the Best Forum Softwares of 2010, in three distinct categories: Free, Commercial and Hosted.
Let's announce the results:
Best Free Forum Software: MyBB
With 47% of the voters (1455 out of a total of 3066 votes), MyBB got its award back for 2010! After an epic fight between phpBB (463 votes) and Simple Machines (527 votes), MyBB (1455 votes) was able to reach this great score, helped a bit by a really dynamic and enthusiastic community! MyBB is getting more and more popular, and its extremely ease of installation and its increasing count of available plugins are clearly parts of the success.
Best Commercial Forum Software: Invision Power Board
Finally, Invision Power Board pushes vBulletin down from the throne, after 3 successive years. Invision Power Board, and more particularly its major version 3 proves that forum and social networks are not two distinct worlds, and that forum technologies can evolve to embrace social networks.
Best Hosted Forum: ZetaBoards
After the beginning of the year lead by Lefora, Zetaboards finally got out and won this award with almost 60% of the voters. This company, that also runs InvisionFree has a clear and good expertise in forum hosting and community supporting, and they deserve their award.
Now that 2010 is ended, it's time to look forward to the future, and we announce today the official poll to nominate the best forum softwares of 2011. Note that this year, we put all softwares together, but each of them are running for their own category (free, commercial, and hosted).Read more »