Tim Allen on 8 Mar 2010 13:29:27 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] What Forum Software to use?

On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 4:11 PM, Asheesh Laroia <plug@asheesh.org> wrote:
On Sun, 7 Mar 2010, Gordon Dexter wrote:

> There's a reason phpBB is so popular, and that's probably because it's
> great software.  I last used it a few years ago, and it was great back
> then; I'm sure it's even better now.
> I had a friend who ran a web hosting service, and back then (like 4-5
> years ago) he said that phpBB was the 'bane of [his] existence' because
> of it's popularity and frequent security issues.  I think it's gotten
> better, but patching is still important.
> The other community forum software I've used is e107.  It's a more
> general content management system with a forum plugin, and it has done
> everything I needed, but I'm not sure if I'm as confident in its
> architecture.

I've used a lot of forum software over the years. I must admit, I'm still apprehensive of phpBB after the major security issues it had years ago.

As a user, nothing compares to vBulletin that I've seen. It is licensed software, but less than $200. Here's a fairly impressive site using vBulletin that is one of the most active and feature rich forum communities I have seen:


Check it out, if your situation / community could generate enough traffic to justify the price tag.


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