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FreeForums Review and Live Demonstration Available

FreeForums has just been reviewed and you can consult this article on FreeForums Review.

An updated version has been installed as well to let you test and discover this software via the FreeForums Live Demonstration.

We created an account at FreeForums.org some times ago, just to see how their dedicated administration panel works on top of PhpBB 3. We haven't be disappointed, it drastically improves the administration tasks of this bulletin board.

Let's discover this forum hosting provider, that exists since 2007.

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Summer Front Page updates

Summer is already well advanced, and most of you are in holidays, but for those who are not, we are proud to show you the new improvements we made on our front page. The timeline and the forum of the year are now on the left column at the top, and up to 15 forum softwares are now displayed in the forum carousel.

Really aware users should also have noticed a small update on the page header 2 days ago. It is now a little bit thin, in order to improve usability for small screens (particularly for laptops, notebooks, iPad and so on).

Note that the Focus on... feature came back from the bottom to the top.

As usual, please report any problem you encounter, and do not forget to take a screenshot and tell us which browser you are using.

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Announcing the Forum Softwares Timeline 1996 - 2010

Have you ever been curious about knowing what was the first forum software? What were the ancestors of the popular and recent forum softwares? Or when phpBB development began?

These questions are now solved with the Forum Softwares Timeline! From 1996 to 2010, the 14 years of history of Internet forum softwares are described in this diagram.

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NearForums Review and Live Demonstration Available

NearForums has just been reviewed and you can consult the 4 pages of this article on NearForums Review.

An updated version has been installed as well to let you test and discover this software via the NearForums Live Demonstration.

To change a little bit, here is the review of a very recent forum software, NearForums, an open source software based on the well known Microsoft .Net technology.

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Woltlab Burning Board Reviewed

Coming from Germany, Burning Board exists since 2001 and could be defined as a really powerful commercial alternative to other classic forum softwares... Burning Board is edited by the WoltLab company, and counts more than 100,000 active installations.

You can consult the Woltlab Burning Board Review here.

An updated version has been installed as well to let you test and discover this software via the Woltlab Burning Board Live Demonstration.

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