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Site's General Overview

Founded in 2006, Forum Software Reviews is a renowned website concerning open source, commercial and hosted forum software. By providing about 60 demos on our dedicated server and allowing comparison and reviewing of most used forum solutions (68 reviews, and counting), Forum Software Reviews is now a must-have reference for every forum solution. More about us...

Statistics:

  • +/- 35.000 unique visitors per month (Google Analytics data).
  • +/- 120.000 page views per month (Google Analytics data).
  • Google PageRank 4. Google PageRank Checker
  • Alexa Global Rank 41,202.
  • Visitors: from Beginners to Expert Users, mostly looking for a forum software (for fresh installation, migration, feedback on an existing product,...).
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The targeted traffic is +/- 30.000 page views per month1. 468 x 60 Format is also an option (€ 40 per month).

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User Reviews Banner is integrated on top of all existing User Reviews, Vote for Best Forum of 2011,..., Vote Results and Best Forum Software of 2010, 2009, 2008... pages, that are competitive places where our visitors are reading opinions about existing forum software.

The targeted traffic is +/- 12.000 page views per month1.

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This slot receives about +/- 42.000 page views per month1.

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The targeted traffic is +/- 120.000 page views per month1.

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Forum Software Timeline 1994 - 2012

Forum Softwares Timeline
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What was the first forum software?
What are the ancestors of the popular forum software?
... When phpBB development began?
Who developed Simple Machines Forum?
Have you ever been curious about knowing:

You'll find these answers on the forum software timeline above. From 1994 to 2012, it describes the history of 18 years of Internet forum software.

Please note that this document may contain small errors. If you discover one, please contact us and will do our best to fix it..
Last Update: August 10th, 2011

20 Years Ago, First Website Was Launched

Last Saturday, the 6th of August 2011, 20 years exactly have passed since the first website ever was launched. Many people, including the CERN, in Switzerland, where Internet was born, consider March 1989 the moment when the concept of Internet was introduced. However, it took a bit more than two years to implement everything and launch the first Web site of Internet: http://info.cern.ch.

The funny link with forums is that the Web protocol, that, at the beginning was simply HTTP + an embryo of HTML for formatting the content and define the concept of hyperlinks, is a quite young protocol, since it was invented in 1991, while the Usenet protocol, that we consider as the ancestor of Web Forums we know, was actually older, as it was created 12 years before the other.

It helps us reminding that, even if Internet is now more or less equals to Web for most people, Usenet protocol and communicating using forums on top of Usenet were one of the first brick of what Internet was at the beginning.

Just as a reminder, here are the official dates of creation of Internet protocols:

  • 1969: Internet
  • 1971: FTP
  • 1971/1972: Email (POP)
  • 1979: Newsgroups
  • 1979: Usenet
  • 1988: IRC
  • 1991: Web

Surprisingly, even IRC is older than the Web protocol!

How we Rate Forums?

Please note that the way we rate forum is not intended to be used to compare them, but simply to give our feeling when we reviewed the software. We DO know that this hard to apply everywhere, and that most of non-technical people who see that Forum X has a greater number of stars compared to Forum Y will automatically deduce that Forum X is far better, but, at the end, everybody knows that the perfect forum software does not exist, because it mainly depends on what you want to build and who you want to host. At least we wrote this disclaimer to avoid trolls ;-)

Forum Rating

From To
Innovative ideas, powerful features, nice layout are parts of what increase the global quality of the software against its competitors. You can safely install this bulletin board keeping in mind that you are using a very good forum software.
From To
The forum software is sufficiently powerful and good to be used in most cases. Your members and visitors will appreciate it and won't be surprised by weird behaviors.
From To
Maybe too simple, too limited or with not maintained sufficiently. Install this software if you do know the risks, and if you will be able to do your own support. Technical guests are advised.
From To
If you plan to install it, Give up immediately! If it's too late or if this forum is already in use for several years, think seriously in migrating your community to a decent other solution.

Pros & Cons

Ergonomy

This score helps you to know if the forum software is easy to use from your everyday visitors and members.

Perfection = 9-10 / 10
Perfect ergonomy!
Easy to Use = 7-8 / 10
Visitors see this interface tenth-a-day, so they know how it works.
Normal = 5-6 / 10
Why it does not look like Facebook page? People start to be lost with buttons/layout.
Complex to Use = 3-4 / 10
Well, colors and the way threads and posts are displayed look a bit... old fashion/weird/messy/put your own adjective here.
Too Complicated = 1-2 / 10
Browse by typing the URL is even faster than clicking on the links the forum provides.
= 0 / 10
Where is the Home page?, I can't find it anymore!

Installation

Fast & Simple = 9-10 / 10
Perfect installation: fast, easy, doable by a 2-year old kid.
Easy to Do = 7-8 / 10
Simple and clear enough for most people.
Classical = 5-6 / 10
Works correctly, but keep the following hour free for that purpose.
Long & Difficult = 3-4 / 10
Ouch, too many parameters, strange questions... It may need several hours to achieve.
Too Complex = 1-2 / 10
Manual installation, or semi-automatic one. The forum needs to be tweaked post-installation to make it work, at least normally.
= 0 / 10
A buggy software that will require you to fix the code of the forum (and maybe installer's) in order to install it. Don't say we haven't warned you.

Administration

Really Intuitive = 9-10 / 10
Administrating this tool is like biking, you cannot forget it.
Efficient & Fast = 7-8 / 10
You are even able to understand what these advanced parameters are for, but please do not touch the red button.
Classical Categories = 5-6 / 10
Alright, you know where you can add forum sections and categories, and that's all you want to know.
Messed-up = 3-4 / 10
Mmmh, you don't understand why settings do not apply for about 60 % of the time.
Counter Productive = 1-2 / 10
Be prepared to fear each time you log in to the administration panel.
= 0 / 10
No way to administrate the tool, except by modifying the source code.

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