Vote for the Best Free Forum Software of 2010

Advanced Electron Forum
1% (32 votes)
bbPress
1% (29 votes)
Beehive Forum
0% (6 votes)
Drupal Forum
1% (27 votes)
Extreme Message Board
0% (9 votes)
FluxBB
1% (17 votes)
Fruit Show
0% (6 votes)
FUDForum
2% (62 votes)
IceBB
0% (6 votes)
MiniBB
0% (7 votes)
MyBB
47% (1455 votes)
Phorum
0% (7 votes)
PhpBB
15% (463 votes)
PunBB
1% (28 votes)
Quicksilver Forums
1% (21 votes)
SEO-Board
0% (14 votes)
Simple Machines
17% (527 votes)
Unclassified NewsBoard
0% (2 votes)
UseBB
0% (8 votes)
Vanilla
1% (44 votes)
Viscacha
0% (4 votes)
JavaBB
0% (8 votes)
JForum
0% (8 votes)
MVN Forum
0% (2 votes)
Yazd
0% (10 votes)
Yet Another Forum
1% (28 votes)
E-Blah
1% (17 votes)
YaBB
7% (219 votes)
Total votes: 3066
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Comments (179)

Nas's picture

SimpleMachines for the win!

SimpleMachines for the win! Laughing out loud

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Why in the world would you

Why in the world would you vote for one of the worst two board softwares?

Really, MyBB beats all.

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MyBB is one of those "two

MyBB is one of those "two worst" though. It sucks. SMF owns you.

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Hardly so. MyBB is the most

Hardly so. MyBB is the most featured packed, and it isn't a total eyesore. As an SMF user, you have to admit, the default theme is an eyesore. Also your development is dirt slow. Management isn't that great either. Now MyBB's isn't golden either. I'll admit that. We have our own issues, but it sure doesn't go as deep as SMF levels.

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MyBB's default theme is not

MyBB's default theme is not much better bro. I am never afraid to admit smf's default theme sucks,but mybb is just not any better.

With that said though,both have great professional themes out there.

Mybb is also not better then smf in the way of mods. Both have very simple ways of installing them. Both also have tons of mods.

OH and you say smf has a slow release cycle? So does mybb bro just look at the release dates yourself.

I would really like to know these deep levels you are talking about.

Security, couldn't be smf last I checked had the last amount of known bugs.

Default Theme, Look above on that.

The community, Well yes there has been some un needed stuff happening with smf. However seeing mybb's dev team becoming freetards does not really give an edge lol.. I honestly think the best community would go to phpbb.

The mod system, as said above both have great mod systems. Both are better then phpbb's for sure.

Theme system, people say you need to know php for smf when theming. Which is true and false. Like phpbb it uses php to call upon templates. You can still just use html and css to make a theme. I would even say mybb is better in this area,if it was for the useless custom template feature. You can make a custom one,but it will not call upon it unless you are doing a mod. It also lacks php features like if statements. So both have problems people dislike.

You also claim mybb is the most feature packed. It depends on what you are comparing to. When comparing to smf 1.1 then yes it is more feature packed. SMF 2.0 rc then no. Or if you compare it to phpbb then its a hell no. PHPBB beats this after 3.7 their mod system and default features blow smf and mybb up.

So all in all yes both or I should say all have their ups and downs. Is there a best,nope it is all a matter of opinion. Mine being smf is the best . I would have said mybb will be with 1.6,but seeing what its turning into I doubt it. Hopefully 2.0 will make it though Smile.

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MyBB default throws SMF back

MyBB default throws SMF back into 1990.

MyBB has tons of mods, they just require you not to be cheap.

MyBB doesn't put a release canidate for like 3 years. >_>

Where did i say anything about levels?

Look at the bug tracker from SMF-MyBB, you'll notice who has the least inputted bugs.

Both Communities suck in their own ways. MyBB is great at making the software, but fail at controlling the forum. Though no discussion should really be on it, they should be on fansites.

Agreed

You can easily add ZingaBurga PHP in template and template conditinals plugin, but php should stay out of the templates imho. Why overcomplicate a theme? If you can't acheive it with CSS and what is already provided by mybb, then you really are putting to much into your design, or you just don't know HTML or CSS quite well enough yet.

Well they are the most feature packed without being a bag of crap. (That applies to both the RC that has in in RC for 2-3 years, and PHPBB which is quite like Ubuntu, people use it because the masses do.)

MyBB by no means is perfect. I can name hundreds of stupid things. Though most of the result around the developers and management, not the software itself.

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ah stfu faggot mybb wins

ah stfu faggot mybb wins either way...

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SMF is not free software:

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By free they aren't meaning

By free they aren't meaning FOSS, just F.

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I'v ever tried drupal forum

I'v ever tried drupal forum (advance forum)

  1. SMF
  2. Advance Electronic Forum
  3. PHPBB
  4. BBpress
  5. Joomlaboard

But I'm looking good appearance, wysiwyg, scalable, easy install, easy to manage, high security.
most of them is leak with wysiwyg ... i hope all forum is should be like Vbulletin but free.

so i choose mybb http://gastia.com/forum/ .. is not good enough for the appearance and the modul.. but i'll fix.

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For something Reason.. mybb

For something Reason.. mybb forum is hidden.
Now I'm trying to forum from Drupal Core, not ussual drupal, but DRUPAL 7 Alpha 6

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(First of, hey Nas!) Simple

(First of, hey Nas!)

Simple Machines! Simple Machines! Simple Machines!

RA RA RA!!

If you want to see a SMF forum in action, visit my website!

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SMF the best free forum

SMF the best free forum software out there.... See my site and have a feel of SMF..

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SMF Lovers Damn You Cuz I

SMF Lovers Damn You
Cuz I Love SMF Smile
But I Voted TO SMF !!
Regards

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Congrats to SMF for year

Congrats to SMF for year 2009. Here's for year 2010!

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I used smf for years on

I used smf for years on different websites but there will never be a 2.0 official release. i waited for years nothing, either you can't use the plugins or themes cause your 1.x or cause your beta 2.0 Sorry mybb is much easier and i like the fact not just any mod can hit a button and upload a plugin or theme ( there be work involved here) not much but enough to keep the people who know nothing about computers from messing with it

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Go SMF !

Go SMF !

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A tribute to Douglas. I am

A tribute to Douglas.

I am SMF.

I am the child of YaBB SE.

I am the grandchild of YaBB.

I am bigger than any single person with an agenda.

I am bigger than the kitchen where too many cook spoils the pot.

I am but a gleam in my creator's eye. (Tribute to [Unknown])

I am simple.

I am strong.

I am powerful.

I care for the smallest of sites.

I care for the largest of sites.

I am used for good.

I am used for bad.

I am an integral part of building your community.

I am a digital version of a coffee shop.

I will be around longer than many people who have contributed to me.

Yet, I am still a child, constantly growing and learning.

I do not care about gender, nationality, religious beliefs, physical abilities or financial stature.

I am wounded by a power struggle between people who care about my well being.

I care about the core foundation upon which I was founded upon.

I care to continue to have my existence continued, in one facet or another, so long as I am continued.

People may come, people may go. I will continue to exist.

I am SMF.

Thank you SMF, SMF forever.

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hm.. I can't decide which

hm.. I can't decide which forum software is best because I have only used phpBB3 but looking forward to getrid phpBB3 and install SMF or myBB because most of people said SMF is better than phpBB3 infact i have messed up lot of times when installing mods in phpBB3

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lastnico's picture

yes, installing too many

yes, installing too many mods, and upgrading the PhpBB platform could be sometimes harmful for your forum... Do not hesitate to test MyBB and SMF, we highly recommend them!

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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I tested many softwares

I tested many softwares (vanilla, phpmybb, bbpress, etc) before choosing SMF, and now I'm really happy with it! It really rules! GO SMF people!

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Thx now I use SMF too :D

Thx now I use SMF too Laughing out loud

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lastnico's picture

SMF has already a great

SMF has already a great number of votes, so I suppose that you are not the only person having this feeling about this good forum software.

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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Why the comparation field is

Why the comparation field is only for 4 software. Sad
I want more .. like forummatrix.org
they can compare more than 7 software.... Laughing out loud

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But not MyBB?

But not MyBB?

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I Like Mybb mybb easy modify

I Like Mybb

mybb easy modify

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I Like AEF Becuse is Good

I Like AEF Becuse is Good

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Project Phoenix is going to

Project Phoenix is going to take down SMF for good. SMF was a great piece of software, but I did vote for MyBB, mainly because their templating system is much simpler than SMF (no need for PHP knowledge, just xHTML and CSS).

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Project Phoenix is a fail,

Project Phoenix is a fail, the first code submitted had a bug in it

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MyBB FTW!

MyBB FTW!

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MyBB FTW! I love their theme

MyBB FTW! I love their theme and plugin systems! Updates are little to no hassle at all! Just upload the updated files, and if you're unlucky run the updater and click [Next] 3 or 4 times. Themes are easy to add or make yourself, you can even do it right on the server (well, except for image editing, but hey). With 1.6 coming out soon there are going to be a whole slew of new features.

And best of all, it will never become bloated with all of that social networking stuff. It is forum software and will stay forum software. However, if you do want the social networking stuff, there's nothing stopping you from simply using a plugin. Only what you want, and nothing more to slow things down.

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Come on everyone knows MyBB

Come on everyone knows MyBB is the best Tongue.

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GO MYBB! Very easy to use and

GO MYBB!

Very easy to use and extend.

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Themes are easy to add or

Themes are easy to add or make yourself, you can even do it right on the server (well, except for image editing, but hey). With 1.6 coming out soon there are going to be a whole slew of new features.

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Project Phoenix is going to

Project Phoenix is going to take down SMF for good. SMF was a great piece of software, but I did vote for MyBB, mainly because their templating system is much simpler than SMF (no need for , just xHTML and CSS).

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Phoenix sucks big time.

Phoenix sucks big time.

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I've tested all the popular

I've tested all the popular free softwares and MyBB came out miles ahead of SMF and phpBB for me. MyBB is as good, if not better, than the paid forum softwares in many aspects IMO.

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MyBB for the win!

MyBB for the win!

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MyBB FTW

MyBB FTW Smile

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only reason SMF is nt so far

only reason SMF is nt so far ahead like last time is cause im not pushing it on here

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Or because SMF sucks

Or because SMF sucks Smile

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or that but lets keep with my

or that but lets keep with my theory, I pushed as i was a team member last year ... anyway I wonder what would happen if it were a draw

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I do not agree. It IS good

I do not agree.

It IS good software,but the change from 1.1 to 2.0 was disappointing.All they really did was make a lot of cosmetic changes.Incorporate the wysiwyg editor that will bloat the core.It should have been a plug in.And a few other changes of what they already have.

I left SMF because of their weak theme set up and that I wanted a better admin panel to use.I got better and more with myBB.You can create NEW moderation tools in myBB but not in SMF.

In myBB you can do any of the following in moderation:

Post-Moderation: The moderation is done afterwhile, if an administrator notices a problem or if a user reports something wrong. Each message is therefore directly published.

Reactive Moderation
: Users, by reporting any problems, are reactive against moderation problems. A moderator has to check user reports, without having to follow each threads.

Distributed Moderation: By organizing the forum around moderators, that are power users involved in the community life, the moderation is autonom and only depends on the members.

LINK

SMF 2.0 has zero!

Moderation is much more powerful in myBB than SMF.

I admit that myBB lacks what I believe to be an essential spam control as stated here,from the link:

Limit Features for new users
Features are limited if a user has created a small number of posts.

SMF does have a limited version.

Around we can go,but what is most important is what best fit YOUR needs to manage the forum you have.For me personally that would be myBB.I had SMF and decided to look for a set up that was more to my needs.

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phpbb is the ugliest forum

phpbb is the ugliest forum package there is.

I voted SMF despite some of the CSHs, Developers, Customizers and SMF Friends being uttter jerks.

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I hope you on about me

I hope you on about me Laughing out loud

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To be honest, in that case,

To be honest, in that case, it was more Amacythe driving them away rather than the other way around. Mind you, two of my friends were SMF staff.

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you have friends

you have friends Tongue

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You are one of the biggest

You are one of the biggest ones there is.

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I have been Administrator of

I have been Administrator of the following:

phpBB2
phpBB3
SMF
bbPRESS
myBB

From that list I like myBB way more than the rest.

SMF is good software,but overrated and is falling behind in modernization.They still use the underlying structure that have been abandoned by many.This will hurt them in the long run.A good reason why you should not consider SMF 2.0 in your long range plans.

bbPRESS is simply minimalist set up.It suffers in comparison with just about the rest of the list above in features.

phpBB2 is simply out of date and does not have any security updates any more.Anyone still clinging to this dinosaur is asking for trouble.

phpBB3 has a BLOATED administration set up and the installation difficulty of mods is absurd! Plus they are not keeping up with modernization features.

myBB is my personal choice for best software.I admit that I have not used many of the listed software,but some are not even close to myBB's quality anyway.They are superior in theme coding,mod installation and use up to date software stuff.

If you notice the USER voted rating of myBB as being one of the two of the listed 49 software reviewed,with a 9.0 rating! Surely that tells you that it is highly regarded by actual users.

In my opinion,I would stay away from phpBB3 3.0 version and stay away from SMF 2.0 version.In the long run you be glad you did not fall for the hype and went with better software such as PHORUM,myBB,FUDforum (I do wish they fix up the admin panel).

I strongly suggest that you try the DEMO's that this website generously make available and see for yourself what they have to offer.That is where YOU the prospective owner need to do to see what they offer that fits YOUR needs.Leave out the hype and go with what works best for YOU!

FUDforum would be in the big leagues if the admin panel was better organized to match up with the excellent front end it has (go look at it!).I decided to go myBB because they have a similar quality front end with a much better admin panel.Now with 1.6 version nearing completion with over 50 new features.It will surpass probably all the rest of the board list of available free forum software on features alone.

Cheers

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Thanks for the lecture.

Thanks for the lecture.

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Upcoming myBB 1.6 version

Upcoming myBB 1.6 version will eliminate a long standing complaint (it was valid) for large forums.The use of mass action for users in the ACP.Now it will be available thus much easier to handle large membership more easily.

Another lack being remedied is the View your own threads only.Now the user can handle forum activities better in a busy large forum.

This and other changes will make it easier for myBB to work better in the large forum capacity.

myBB 1.6 feature list

It is now in beta status and available for download to look around in it.But not ready for stable use,so do not try upgrading your 1.4 based forum to it.

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Mybb still looks

Mybb still looks ugly.

www.anybodythere.net uses mybb and looks absolutely ghastly.

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He he he..., That is a CUSTOM

He he he...,

That is a CUSTOM theme you are ranting about!

myBB has nothing to do with it.

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This is based on myBB. LINK

This is based on myBB.

LINK

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You want to see a good

You want to see a good looking forum using MyBB? Then click the link.

My Forum

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So because there are bad

So because there are bad themes the system is bad? Yet, any webmaster knows the best theme is a custom one and you can make that look however you want.

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That looked very similar to

That looked very similar to phpbb which is the ugliest forum of the lot and they know it.

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My vote go to mybb!! Great

My vote go to mybb!! Great Software!!

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One code to put..... MyBB

One code to put..... MyBB >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Other forum system
Crown

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What else is there to say

What else is there to say other than MyBB?

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Who said MyBB Forums looks

Who said MyBB Forums looks ugly?
Want to see a good looking MyBB forum? Then just check out my forum.

My Forum

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Mybb is going to win

Mybb is going to win Laughing out loud

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You guys vote for SMF because

You guys vote for SMF because you haven't tried MyBB. MyBB looks much better than SMF because it has better themes and that's why MyBB forums look more professional because they are easier to customize. SMF is basic and the themes are not even Web 2.0, MyBB themes look nice and friendly. Try MyBB for just a day and you will never switch back to SMF.
MyBB can beat any free and paid forum software!
We at everyBB sustain MyBB! Cool

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MyBB is the best, and the 1.6

MyBB is the best, and the 1.6 and 2.0 versions will be awesome, I know.

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MyBB wins. It's extremely

MyBB wins. It's extremely easy to develop themes for it.

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MyBB is the best Also Check

MyBB is the best
Also Check Out My Site
CyberHackers.org

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MyBB is way more advanced

MyBB is way more advanced than SMF or phpBB. I used phpBB for two years but wasn't quite happy. I than switched to SMF which was complete crap forcing me to use vB and IPB until I discovered MyBB.

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Bais much? MyBB is great,but

Bais much? MyBB is great,but more advanced then smf and php ? I must ask in what way?

Moderation haha no php owns that area.
bb
Easy to make and install mods? - MyBB is good here,but smf is also good if not better.

Template and Theme System - Okay MyBB takes the cake here. However it surprises me that there are only a handful of decent free and paid themes.

Default Features - Well this is about a tie with smf 2.0 rc3 and mybb. Now if you compare to smf 1.1x or phpbb then yes mybb has this.

Easy to use ACP - It is a decent acp,but I find smf just as good if not better.

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MyBB is great! I'm glad it's

MyBB is great!

I'm glad it's doing so well Smile

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MyBB for the win!

MyBB for the win!

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MyBB!

MyBB!

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MyBB is gonna be the 2010

MyBB is gonna be the 2010 winner by far! SMF can come close second but never will it surpass the epicness that is MyBB.

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Definitely MyBB. SMF simply

Definitely MyBB. SMF simply doesn't stand a chance.

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MYBB FOR THE FUCKING WIN

MYBB FOR THE FUCKING WIN

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MyBB gets more and more

MyBB gets more and more votes. I think it will go beyond 50% and it will mean that MOST of people prefer MyBB! Great news! Smile

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I've used all forum

I've used all forum software's, including SMF. You can't say SMF is better than MyBB at all.

MyBB is superior in all area's.

MyBB ftw!

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MyBB FTW!!!

MyBB FTW!!!

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It always amazes me when i

It always amazes me when i see someone spewing crap about the base theme of MYBB when BOTH Phpbb/SMF are VERY outdated and ond't even use any java/ ajax and or basically New technology. I highly suspect the people who do really have no clue about how the software works and or is living in the last century. For ANY software to not use the latest stuff is just beyond words. That IS what the users ( who populate peoples forums )want. I strongly suspect this is why those like PHPBB and SMF will continue to slide back. The reason for that is because the developers at both of those softwares believes that less = better partly based on flawed reasoning such as bloat and or what is considered bloat. I'll put up MYBB performance again SMF/PHPBB any day and i am nearly certain it will win despite having to so called bloat the developers at the others constantly fall back on. Perhaps when most of their userbases migrate over to MYBB then will they have a change of heart. Thus YES the reasons why those two were so popular is simply because there was no real alternative unless you wanted to fork out $$ to IPS/vB atleast up till say 2006 or so when MYBB made a splash with MYBB 1.2. Now with the release of 1.6 MYBB will have nearly every feature the paid products have had a corner on. This will surely put a huge burden on the likes of smf/phpbb who grow further behind and perhaps the paid guys as well especially those like vB who continue to price themselves out of the market. Keep in mind how easy it is to install mods/plugins. MYBB has seen a recent explosion of new Modders/theme-skinners recently and thus making it very easy to be able to have and do what all the paid scripts do without the hefty price tag though.

And yes like a few others i have as well used phpbb/smf etc and still do have a current IPB license for the time being. I started running forums back in 2001-02 or so and have watched the development etc of all of them and MYBB is nothing like we have seen before. Another thing is support and development is not like you see at all the other free scripts and thus on par with the paid guys and this itself gives MYBB a huge advantage over them all even the paid guys simply because it is free. So yeah MYBB hands down..

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Just as a side note from only

Just as a side note from only reading the first couple of sentences of your ramble, SMF does in fact use AJAX; I haven't extensively used phpBB3 beyond basic testing and converting forums away from it, so I can't speak for it. Begging your pardon, but it seems to me your post is therefore just adding to the crap-spewing.

From a personal standpoint, I like SMF the best currently. MyBB is indeed looking to be interesting, but to me it's not quite mature enough to rely on for a large forum. Personal opinion, imagine that. That said, it was probably a year ago or so when I last tested out MyBB, and it wouldn't surprise me if it's made great strides since then.

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MyBB is the best

MyBB is the best

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MyBB is the best....MyBB is

MyBB is the best....MyBB is the winner for sure Smile

Praveer

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We are more than 50%

We are more than 50% Smile

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You vote inferior products

You vote inferior products because that's all you know and are frightened of change
how many voted for another software before even trying MyBB! lemme guess the whole SMF fraternity

powered by SMF lmao

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Please use MyBB then give

Please use MyBB then give your views. MYBB IS THE BEST!!!!!! And please dont criticize other forum softwares just because you are not using them or like some other forum software.

Praveer

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SMF is good

SMF is good

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but not as good as MyBB

but not as good as MyBB Laughing out loud

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!!MYBB FTW!!

!!MYBB FTW!!

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I've used 90% of the software

I've used 90% of the software listed. I don't see why SMF has as many votes as it does. It should be much lower. How can you say "SMF is the best" with a straight face? Unfortunately most free forum software users I've come across are newbies, and those are the ones you have voting here.

Before you start saying "so and so is better" - make sure you've used the others first. Your opinion is worthless when posting "SMF is the best zomg!!!1111!!11!!1!" - if you've never used another forum software, especially if you've never used the one you're comparing it to. Also, if you want your argument as to why x is better than y, please check your spelling, and don't use excessive punctuation marks or "1337" speak.

Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of any of these forum packages, but if I had to make a list (in no particular order):

  • MyBB
  • FluxBB
  • Phorum
  • bbPress
  • UseBB
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Rather tell us why MyBB is so

Rather tell us why MyBB is so much better than anything that ever existed.
It sure will beat the "duh, MyBB is the best" spam going on here.
Are they paying you guys for it? If so, I want in.

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There is a post saying why

There is a post saying why MyBB is better than other free competitors.

And no MyBB didn't pay no one to vote.

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Would you mind pointing us to

Would you mind pointing us to the post? I trust it's not the excuses in the rest of this topic?

BTW, I just downloaded MyBB to see why it is oh so wonderful. But sadly it looks like there is a bug when using SQLite. The DB is created under the 'install' directory and is not accessible when you run the forum. A check for full path would have helped. Thus far I'm not impressed.

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What are you talking about,

What are you talking about, it support SQLite, the install dir stays there but there's a LOCK file thats made at the end to lock the script from being ran until you need to upgrade. The forum still runs.

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The really big post above

The really big post above says it, comparing MyBB with other free competitors.

I like MyBB because it's easy to use mainly. I like the default theme and the skins that are available for it, they are very nice and clean. Plugins are really quick and easy to install. The Admin CP is so easy to use and finding settings is easy with te search features. With a little money getting great plugins and themes makes your forums more great.

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It's very easy to make custom

It's very easy to make custom themes as well, i was able to make my main site, Mybb, and whmcs ALL the same well you know except the content. You could never do that with SMF unless you know how there hooks or whatever they call it.

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Why wouldn't MyBB be

Why wouldn't MyBB be better?

EVERYthing about it is better, Plugin makers know what they are doing, and the developers actually know how to develop, and not leave a script in beta for years.

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Mybb is ugly. Phpbb looks as

Mybb is ugly.

Phpbb looks as though a toddler designed it.

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So is SMF, it looks like

So is SMF, it looks like puke.

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100% true. Nothing is more

100% true. Nothing is more ugly than vBulletin Admin CP

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SMFis the best by far.

SMFis the best by far.

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MY DADS BIGGER THAN YOUR DAD

MY DADS BIGGER THAN YOUR DAD

Big smile

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thank god i use mybb .. . if

thank god i use mybb .. . if i didn't i would be looking at my Powered by SMF footer and thinking........

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Thinking how much you miss

Thinking how much you miss using it instead of the childish crap known as mybb.

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Can you explain why Mybb is

Can you explain why Mybb is crap

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No he would be thinking, 'Why

No he would be thinking, 'Why do they throw in 4 images and a test link at the bottom, and been in RC for a year now'

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Sorry meant text link

Sorry meant text link

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The actual VOTE results hurt

The actual VOTE results hurt SMF forum owners don't they...and rightly so

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The only improvement SMF

The only improvement SMF needs is the Team members.

Some of the Team members have forgotten what manners are.

Some have even forgotten that they were newbies to the forum too.

How can a Project Manager even dare to call users 'Clueless'.

One Beta tester has deleted the majority of the mods because of the attitudes of other team members towards him.

Mind you having said that the French have no manners anyways.

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The only improvement SMF

The only improvement SMF needs is the Team members? really?

Funny, I would say the codebase needs completely rewritten, and, stop going into beta/RC for YEARS.

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That why phpbb and vbulletin

That why phpbb and vbulletin so buggy?

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Even with every SMF member

Even with every SMF member voting with phones, net and toes...it don't matter you can't compete with the mighty MYBB

give it up SMF before you make yourself look more stupid than already are

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MyBB.com do not care about

MyBB.com do not care about this vote, they know already without being told that MyBB is the best

same goes for the users

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Frankly I couldn't give a

Frankly I couldn't give a damn who wins the vote.

A forum is a forum is a forum.

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I just looked and they

I just looked and they started 2.0 in 06' .... And released it to charter members in 07' and it's almost the end of 10', When do you think there gonna release 2.0, a 4 year long script. >.> just like Microsoft woot

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Yeah a script that is at best

Yeah a script that is at best a partial re-write.There is still a lot of SMF 1.0 in it.

They lost a lot of developers and supporters over a year ago,that delayed their final 2.0 release.It is a shame that internal disputes have slowed them down.

A once promising software that has shot themselves in the foot.There are still a lot of 1.0 SMF users who have not changed.

Just the way phpBB3 did.Because of their many flaws,there are still a lot of phpBB2 based forums still on the net.The lack of security upgrades are not making them upgrade to the current version.

Not a pretty picture.

Hardly anybody are still using the old 1.2 myBB version anymore.Because the 1.4 version was a vast improvement,that it was a no brainer to upgrade to.

If myBB organization continues to be stable and modernize.Their 2.0 version could become the envy of the free software field.

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Yep, SMF has been the slowest

Yep, SMF has been the slowest in developing, thats why there's so many plugins due to no new features so they have to make it in to plugins.

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I last posted here on June 13

I last posted here on June 13 and SMF was in the lead.Today it is myBB that has the lead,and appears to be winning easily.

WOW!

I am one of the those who has used several different free forum software,never really happy with them until...... I tried myBB and FINALLY my vagabond migration days are over.

When myBB 1.6 is released.It will probably surpass all the other free software in DEFAULT settings.Thus you can spend more time tweaking the theme to match your forum's subject matter.

I realize that SMF,phpBB3 and other free forum software,will always have their fans.But are you going to tolerate the feeble SMF 2.0 update,that it really is not? It still has most of the underlying 1.0 set up in it and the theme is prettied up.But still a clunker with late 1990's posting feature's still in it.What is taking them so freaking long to release it as 2.0 Gold? It was supposed to be a brand new re-write!

LOL!

phpBB3 is terribly overrated.The Admin board is bloated and redundant.The default theme is so bad that Subsilver (the other choice) is the better one despite that it is almost identical to the old phpBB2 default theme.Then you have to put up with laborious work to install a mod.A major major bomb,they better fix for their 4.0 version.

SMF is great at installing mods,Heck you could browse the mods list and install 5 of them before you install one at phpBB3.That is how bad it can be.

At this time it IS myBB as a free forum software that has the momentum in developing a quality modernized software,available for free use.

Maybe SMF and phpBB3 will get their collective heads together and wake up to the reality,that they have a lot of work to do recapture the momentums they ONCE had with their respective softwares.

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The only thing i found phpBB

The only thing i found phpBB had that i needed in Mybb was the ability to add forum permissions to 1 user at a time, Which is amazing if you need to make a Team Leader Board or something like that.

Also i heard that SMF 2 Gold is coming out next week, Which i doubt.

Have you seen Area51 of phpbb, theres over 422 open issues.

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2.0 isnt going to be released

2.0 isnt going to be released in a final next week ... rc4 is the next release

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LOL, myBB just released 1.6

LOL,

myBB just released 1.6 GOLD.

They have gone from 1.4 to 1.6 in two years

SMF is going at a slow crawl and they still use a lot of old stuff.

Good grief!

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MyBB Seriously beats all

MyBB Seriously beats all forum softwares.

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MYBB ->

MYBB -> Crown
Cool

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For those who are trying to

For those who are trying to protect Forums like SMF and PHPBB, just look at the results.Mybb Accounts for 57% of the votes out of so many forums.Its way too much.More than a half of all!
Mybb is more secure.Mybb's development is fast.People who say that the default theme of Mybb is horrible, remember thats "Default Theme".Its not meant to be fashionable.If you want to have awesome Mybb themes, you can just google and you will get 1000s of Results.There are many awe-inspiring premium themes too.
Me, as a Mybb theme developer can assure that making themes is extremely easy and you can create UBER-awesome themes.You have the total control of the forum's look.The PHP is not dirtily embedded in templates like it is in SMF and phpBB.
Eitherway, the look of the forum doesnt account very much for the forums efficiency.Its the developers and the community who make the theme.Still, if making themes are easy, people will create more theme.And simply making themes in Mybb is awesome.
Mybb is user-friendly.Mybb is much like vBulletin in features.I am not saying that copying features will make it best but its second to the world's best forum software:vBulletin regardless of the money you pay.If you cant pay, then no doubt, choose Mybb.Quite resembles vBulletin too.Likewise, Powerful.Likewise, Secure.
Mybb's community is also cool and you get a very quick response.They develop actively.They have alot of mods; both free and premium.People are increasingly and actively using it.
I have used almost all the major forum softwares as an administrator and as a normal user:vBulletin,Mybb,phpBB,SMF,Punbb,FudForums and I think Mybb beats them all !
Some people only dont use it 'coz its FREE and OPEN SOURCE.

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Quite honestly having had

Quite honestly having had some time to dig at SMF1.1 code, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Some poor design choices, total lack of use of db transactions when modifying multiple tables... while it might run ok for small forums with a limited number of users, its definitely *not* what I would pick for anything you expect to take any serious traffic.

Not sure about SMF2.0, since its still only RC and I haven't dug into it much, however I would say that if anyone is voting for "2010 best of" claiming SMF2.0, you shouldn't be - its not a real release yet, and therefore shouldn't be on this list... heck, if they get to RC4 this month, at the rate they're moving, we might be lucky there's a real final release in 2010 at all.

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Here comes a new challenger:

Here comes a new challenger: YaBB!

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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Thanks for adding YaBB to the

Thanks for adding YaBB to the site and to the poll! Being 10 years old, we should have been included from the beginning Tongue . Great review. YaBBers, let the voting begin!

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Only MyBB. MyBB is better!!

Only MyBB.
MyBB is better!!

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I have upgraded to myBB 1.6

I have upgraded to myBB 1.6 and I am happier than ever.

With this upgrade it is now easier to handle large forums and their traffic than before,a minor weakness known in 1.4 version.

If you are considering using a free forum software,please consider trying the 1.6 version demo,first before you make final decision.

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phpbb is the most secure

phpbb is the most secure bulltein board overall
has greatest customitation permission
easy to modding

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phpBB most secure? Are you

phpBB most secure? Are you joking?

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Lol.He probably is.And the

Lol.He probably is.And the part "Easy Modding" IS a joke Tongue

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then you maybe dumb ass if

then you maybe dumb ass if you think phpbb is not secure
ha..ha..
fisrt i recomendd you
to seacrh the fact right now
not talk only like a piece of shit
lol

phpbb is easy to modding
unless you are dumb lazy faggot

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That was horrible to

That was horrible to read.

Nothing is 100% secure, There's ALWAYS gonna be ways to get into a software.

phpbb has too much extra mod CP features.

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I already voted for SMF. More

I already voted for SMF. More than a year and a half using it, and fits my needs perfectly.

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I already voted for SMF. More

I already voted for SMF. More than a year and a half using it, and fits my needs perfectly.

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phpbb staff are ruder than

phpbb staff are ruder than the ones at smf and that is a hard thing to do.

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Hi all I find this discussion

Hi all I find this discussion fascinating Smile

Having been a long term user of SMF (since 2005) I would have thought that SMF would have come out on top with perhaps phpBB3 a close second of the supposedly free softwares (yes I know that SMF is not exactly free in the FOSS sense), And perhaps VBulletin and IPBoard for the paid for versions.

During my time with SMF I also tried out phpBB2 and later on phpBB3 both seemed like a good idea at the time but turned out to be a bad idea in the long run phpBB2 got hacked within a week and phpBB3 basically broke a few times upsetting a lot of my members I also found phpBB3 difficult to administer and near impossible to design a theme for so went back to SMF(not the easiest task in the world) I had to convert phpBB3 back to SMF 1.8 and then upgrade SMF from there back to, at the time I think it was SMF 2.0rc1.

I am currently re-designing my website and want to change my forum software, having read various other reviews, the one that seems to stand out above the rest seems to be myBB 1.6 in terms of security, ease of template design, powerful admin and moderation tools, incredibly fast response to support requests on their forums(they aim to answer all requests within one hour, with me it was more like a few minutes).

So with all of this in mind I voted for myBB in the poll and I think I will use myBB for my new forum software (provided the conversion goes ok)

And no I am not being paid for anything that I have said this is purely my own personal opinion.

edjon2000

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Just a shame mybb looks so

Just a shame mybb looks so bland.

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Hi Anonymous, Yes I know what

Hi Anonymous,

Yes I know what you mean, the default them is bland, but on their site they have some themes already designed for version 1.6 that look really cool, so that is not a major problem, as regards the admin panel I think bland is better, although I am still getting my head around all the various options.

edjon2000

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Thats why they call it the

Thats why they call it the default theme, it's not supposed to be the main theme, just a defaul shipped with it and a base to make a theme off of, If you want.

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YABB is the best free forum

YABB is the best free forum in the world.

http://www.lankaforge.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl

my site is also powered by YABB.

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Just to let you know your

Just to let you know your site doesn't display right on larger resolutions as the blue background doesn't take up the whole screen...

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Hi Udithakw Your site is not

Hi Udithakw Smile

Your site is not web standards compliant sorry Smile this could be down to the forum software you are using.

I try to make sure that my sites are at least Xhtml Transitional compliant but would prefer Xhtml Strict compliance.

myBB is Xhtml 1.1 compliant which is great for users that maybe are blind or poorly sighted as their screen readers can help them negotiate the site.

The name of the game seems to be to make accessible sites for all members of the public, so this is how I try to design my websites, myBB seems to have addressed that as well which is great, and another reason for my vote in their favour.

As I said, ideally I would like to make my site as compliant as possible but I have some issues, I am designing a new site to replace the one I have now using Joomla 1.5.20, the main reasons for this are so that my members can contribute directly to the site without having to understand html, now, Joomla at the moment is Xhtml Transitional compliant but even so I can add all the necessary support for things like screen readers into it specifically I am targeting the Jaws screen-reader which is the most used software for people that are blind and so far I am making good progress but it is a learning curve, and, as such I need my forums to be accessible to blind people, thankfully I have a friend who is blind that can give me feedback on just how accessible my sites are, all of this just adds to my experience so based on that alone, myBB comes out top again.

edjon2000

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I like YABB, the best forum

I like YABB, the best forum in the universe.

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As long as phpBB loses, I'm

As long as phpBB loses, I'm good <_<.

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Mybb wins hands down. God

Mybb wins hands down. God approves.

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I have tried the rest and now

I have tried the rest and now only use the best: MyBB < Best PHP and MySQL based discussion system. With exellent Support, Community, Plugins, Themes, Translations: large amount of official translations etc... what more do you want or need!

Think MyBB!

MyBB offers the MyBB Merge System in addition to the default MyBB package, allowing you to convert other forum software to MyBB, and merge them into an existing installation of MyBB. You can also merge different MyBB forums into one, allowing you to easily combine two forums into one. The merge system is modular, meaning you can only convert the items you want to convert - such as only transfer users, forums, posts, and threads.

Switch today! Smile

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XenForo all the way

XenForo all the way Cool

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1. It's not out yet, so it

1. It's not out yet, so it doesn't qualify for this list.
2. More importantly, it's not free, so it really doesn't qualify.

Otherwise, it does look very promising, as well it should for a fresh project by a former vBulletin developer.

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Oh, forgot it was still

Oh, forgot it was still beta

Beta version is still awesome though

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Judging by the date of the

Judging by the date of the last post here is a reflection of the disinterest in mostly ALL forum software.

It ain't like it used to be with a "Forum" on every street corner as these days there are too many other types of public discussion boards available where one can voice their opinions without going through all of the crap that most forum software seems to be full of these days.

Not only that, not many people want to join a forum just to ask a question or discuss something, when most everything they want can usually be found by Googling etc.

Tongue

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You must be a hermit living

You must be a hermit living in a cave GROUCHY.

Forums are more popular then ever.They are quite safe for personal privacy.Thesre simply more different softwares being used these days.But I believe that the list of available software choices will shrink in the Free software category in future years.

Take note that some are dying from lack of support,lack of traffic or simply lack of interest.Already 4 of the 57 forum software's listed in the website are dead and several more is dying.E-Blah is no longer getting support and has not upgraded since January 2008.Several others suffers from being so bare in the too well known features arena to get much attention.Some of those will eventually die away as well.

Facebook has features not normally found in standard forums.But they are less safe to keep your privacy.It is safer to use forums with Facebook connections than to have Facebook with forum connections.

By the way this is not the only place where there are serious forum software discussions taking place.You need to look around more outside of your little world.

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That's an interesting thought

That's an interesting thought indeed. Social Networks have hugely replaced this system of regrouping people around the same site and topic, and it's true that we still do not know if forum softwares will stay as they are today in the future (~3-4 years)

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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I have recently been pushing

I have recently been pushing the idea of either replacing the portal or modify them to make it work more like a mini CMS.The responses from actual forum software developers have not been positive.

I thought that since Forums are in fact loaded with CONTENT,they should be readily accessible via links.Such as most popular threads,or most replied or most downloaded and such.Thus the need for such CMS as the front page.To make it much easier for guests and members to find what they want,than to flounder around a while looking for something exciting to read.This is especially important for guests.Who have no idea what this forum is composed of on their first visit.

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It does not surprise me.

It does not surprise me. Forum Software developers have difficulties to admit that the traditional forum software (sections -> threads -> posts) is going to disappear, at least for several cases, because new websites do not want to bring this complexity in their architecture, and they only want way to put interesting information on top, and hide lower quality things.

This is clearly a different than the way forum softwares organize the information, where threads display is more democratic, and where the only way to differentiate a popular topic from another one is to see the number of posts (and maybe a specific thread icon)....

This is particularly stupid in some cases, like the famous "Custom BBCodes" topic at the phpBB official forum, which contains more than 3081 replies and is viewed 377295 times, while other threads are really quiet...

http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewforum.php?f=46

This is what I would called an Epic Fail!

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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LOL, They should have closed

LOL,

They should have closed that thread long ago and started a new one.What they commented about back in year 2007 is for me not worth my time.Would have to wade through the pages to find recent comments that still relevant.

SkepticGuy posted some strong opinions that I think have merit.He started a thread HERE.

The changes he made caused his forum traffic to increase significantly.He is now a BIG BOARD owner with 10 million plus postings.With 210,000 + members.

Where he talks about his thoughts on the structure of standard forum layouts.He then talks about his own forum.Where they made significant changes to enhance the front page (Portal,changed into a mini CMS layout)

Here is an excerpt from his first post:

Quote:
First, some short history: Back in 2006 we realized that the typical format of a discussion board (even with "portal" add-ons) wasn't user-friendly for first time visitors, and especially visitors who may have no prior experience with a typical discussion board system.

My biggest gripe with typical discussion board formats is what passes for a "home" page -- usually a simple list of topical forums, sometimes with a description, and an indication of how many posts and threads are contained within. For a new visitor, this is horrible. And even worse, some forums restrict viewing helpful pages like "recent" or "new" posts to logged-in members. And approaching tragic, some don't even allow guests to see content.

We started creating top-level "summary" pages of the important topics from each forum, aggregate pages of the most-important topics from all forums, and a new site home that had more of a "news web site" feel that showed the best of everything. Literally, as soon as those pages appeared, overall traffic increased dramatically.

He also comments at another thread at the same forum as the first link.HERE in post #2,#11 and #13.Post #11 is where he shows the effort that a visitor faces to find a topic that might be of interest.It can be frustrating to work so hard to find it.Because of the way it is set up in the standard forun format.

Portals needs to be changed to a mini CMS set up.That way the search is short and to the point.

Here is what HIS front looks like:

LINK

This is what he laments is missing in standard forum formats.No CMS.

By the way I no longer can post my homepage url,since it is considered spam.

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I can't agree more! He summed

I can't agree more! He summed up factual facts about forum softwares, and I think I should also write a topic about this because if people stay blind with the fact forum are not _always_ the best structure to host a community.

By the way, to no be considered as spammer anymore by the system, simply create an account, it'll help.

FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.

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Please do write about

Please do write about it.

Forum software needs some new stuff included.To keep up with the reality that there are large forums crying out for a need of a mini CMP (Content Management Portal).Not the typical portal that is not user friendly for visitors and members who are looking for some exciting to read.Rather than wander around looking for the obvious list.

I now have an account and see changes here in this comment thread.I never realized what I was missing.

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I call for to judge a

I call for to judge a admissible wrinkle cream to use, can anyone labourers me?

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mybb is the free forum

mybb is the free forum software ^^ look at mah site i am using mybb 1.6.0 latest version its look like vbulletin lol
http://www.xtremeragingassault.co.cc/

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is the best* lol

is the best* lol

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One thing I notice ALL OF

One thing I notice ALL OF THEM have issues with is

SEO

URLS, Meta Titles are terrible on all of the above forums

Vbulletin has the best by far!

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interesting but I agree with

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MYBB all the way........ no

MYBB all the way........
no SMF/PHPBB.........

am a doctor with a very little knowledge on web...first tried the so called PHPBB.....
installing it is a head ache.....as well the mods r more disgusting to install...many times my board collapsed while installing mods through automod........so i left the site itself and searched for another option.....due to repeated SQL errors

next i found is SMF.......another boring software i met with......mods r although not as grappling like phpbb....they have wated much of my time in solving the errors.....

having chosen the wrong ones in past...i switched to MYBB......
OMG..the best forum software..easy to handle...fast,simple software ever created....downloaded 1.6 package i had installed it on my server.....just i can say is WOW...in a few min i had my forum....the themes r so attractive unlike smf....and very easy to customise.....

the best part is mods installation.....even a school kid can install mod in MYBB.......i love the way they r presented.....till date no SQL error was encountered since using the software since months....

If u are searching for a free v-bulletin.....then it is absolutely MYBB......

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MyBB is the BEST!

MyBB is the BEST! Cool

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I was also likes to Mybb many

I was also likes to Mybb
many peoples votes to phpbb because they have not tried to mybb due to
they are in misunderstanding !

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Mybb or PhpBB

Mybb or PhpBB

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Mybb is best my dear

Mybb is best my dear

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Yea, MyBB is so good, more

Yea, MyBB is so good, more people voted for it than actually using it Smile

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Care to elaborate on your

Care to elaborate on your statement?

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It is obviously rigged! Last

It is obviously rigged!

Last year MyBB received 18% of the votes. This year it got more than 300% the votes of its nearest competitor.

Another proof-point is to install it. It's OK, maybe even above average, but 3x better than anything else? Never!

If you want to bull****, don't make it look too obvious.

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LOL, it is currently at 48%

LOL,

it is currently at 48% of the total.

mybb is more popular than phpBB3 and SMF in two other forums that discuss forum software.

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I used to use phpBB a lot but

I used to use phpBB a lot but now after i have read some of theses comments and seen the poll result i will try out mybb and SMF.

I got tiered of phpBB is that once it is modded it is almost impossible to upgrade.

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SMF!

SMF!

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Go, SMF!! Here's my vote

Go, SMF!! Here's my vote Big smile

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My favorite forum software is

My favorite forum software is vBulletin 3, but that's paid.
For free it's MyBB for sure. Easy to add plugins, build-in SEO, and not really that hard to make your own theme like I did. Smile

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3 weeks ago I was totally

3 weeks ago I was totally fine until I used my dad's razor and hurt myself when I was shaving.It's bleeding but not much. Two days ago I got a sore throat. I also get dizzy sometimes and have been losing a bit of weight.I'm afraid I got hiv.I have ordered a home hiv test from std-test-kits but I haven't got tested because I'm too scared to know the truth.If it's hiv, is it possible that the virus transmitted from my dad's razor? My Dad has HIV,but he says the virus can't be transmitted from a razor.

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I am surprised to see Simple

I am surprised to see Simple Machines leading.

Allie @ Web Development

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MyBB 1.6.x is better than SMF

MyBB 1.6.x is better than SMF 2.x and infact, as you can see, it wins !!

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Just try to install MyBB at

Just try to install MyBB at muabansaigon.com . It's look good and easy to maintain.

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