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So, what forum software do you use, or do you like the best?
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I like phpBB for a couple of reasons.  For instance, it's the only forum type that I know of that has so many people making mods for it. Unfortunatly that does lead to a downside of the fact that they've added portals into almost all of the pre-hacked versions, which is something that was really un-necessary.  The other reason why I like it is because even though it has some awesome features, it's also FREE! LOL

I haven't really tried any of the others though.  A lot of the scripts such as Ikon want money for it and with my scripting skills not being all that great, I don't want to spend money on something that I'll probably parse error to death anyway. LoL
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There are a few scripts that are vastly more powerful than phpBB, but as you say, none with as large a community as phpBB. And with the vast array of MODs available for it now, you can quite easily get it to do exactly what you want.  I find the JR Admin mod to be one very useful tool!
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I have been an Invision Board fan for quite some time, however I am very displeased with that status of its company as of late. It has slowly converted to a paid-only version of the software, after the designer had promised the community for years before that the software would always be free. That pushed me over the edge and I'm not a very frequent visitor of their community anymore. In all honesty, they're all teriffic scripts, however I don't like how Invision Board is managed, and I'm not a fan of vBulletin's default skin (which, I know can be changed). I don't want to judge phpBB, since I have only used it for a period of around 5 minutes. I couldn't possibly do the software justice.

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Some good points posted so far.

Lets see, i have used all 3 of them before and usually used them abit before i got either "bored" or i felt like moving on and experiencing a new software, but anywho.

First major forum software that i used was IPB and, at first, i was loving it. I figured i'd use IPB for ever and ever. And, like Allen said above, their was the talk of taking away the "free trail". That's when i was thinking about moving to phpBB, they seemed to have nice modifications, such as their RPG system. Seemed alittle easier to hack too. After about 1 month or so i wanted to move towards a more professional feel that i felt phpBB couldn't give me. Going back to IPB wasn't an option, so i checked out vBulletin. It's cheaper then IPB and it grew on me really fast lol. So finally, i think my forum has finally found a home :D

After my uninteresting rant about nothing, my final answer is: I like VBulletin  :p
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I like phpBB for simplicity,but IPB 2.0 for Administration. If you mod phpBB, you can do more of less anything, as most mods already exist.

IPB is no longer free, but as I still have the free version of 2.0, I'm using that on my forums.
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I have to aggree, IPB does have a very good admin system. But as nigel found out, its not the easiest to modify ;)
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I use IPB 2.0 PF4, and I'm not happy that they're charging too, I'd rather spend $200 US on something more worth while….like my Daughter, and not on a tar.gz file.

I would have to agree that IPB has a kick-arse Admin Panel, it's an extremely full on control panel that blows phpBB away, and I used to use vBulletin AGES ago, but it's a shame they also charge too. Being in Australia, I'd have to pay conversion rates for those "paid" forums, and the cost just doubles, so it's just not economical.

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SMF is also a rather nice system.  Its powerful and robust, with many of the features you want on first installation.  And the "Package Manager" is an interesting idea, and very useful for people who dont want to mess around directly with the source code, just to add a small mod :)
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I'll have to take a gander at that and see how it is.

The main issue for me is converting my posts over, and alot of my forums have "Sub-Forums" thanks to InvisionBoard, so if I wanted to move them over, the new forum would have to have a subforum ability.

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I've used:
YaBB, Xoops, IBF, SMF, phpBB, Snitz, ttcms, and vB
I really like IBF. But not their lack of help and how they tried to sneak in the pay thing now.
SMF is probably the best free one out there as there just seems to be too amny security holes for me in phpBB and did not really care for it. FYI, the do have sub forums.
I really LOVE vB's support and it's functionality. IBF seems to now do what vB has been doing. But IBF cannot compete with vB's support over there!
Now, after trying all of these systems, I am in need of a great CMS to go with vB and Mambo really looks nice but may be to difficult for me to figure out.
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It has Sub-Forums? where, I couldn't find it, and the phpBB converter to IBF did a pathetic job at it.

I remember using vB ages back, it was a really nice forum to use, but like all the other forums, it costs money to own it, unless ya slap down a few bucks to own it indefinitly.

I'd rather spend the money on my daughter, or get the rest of my Tie Pilot suit put together.

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By default, phpBB 2.0.x doesnt have sub-forums pre-installed. However there is a mod to add subforums to it.  But this is not taken into consideration by the converters out there, so you would still need someone to create a converter that will import your subforums too.
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Best stick with IPB for now then, even if it is a pre-final.

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Just as a note here, I understand vB is actually more expensive than IPB:

vB Leased: $85 per year (MUST renew each year - as I understand it)
IPB 1 yr: $69.95 per year (only need renew for ongoing support)

vB owned: $160
IPB perpetual: $185

I'm not sure on vB's owned policy with regards to support, but I'm guessing that both vB and IPB are the same on that option making vB the cheaper there - but having said that, I don't think vB owned gives you unlimited upgrades??

Anyway, IPB cheapest is $69.95 and vB cheapest is $85 so IPB IS cheaper…
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Yes IPB went pay, but it is still a solid product. No matter how many times I walk back to phpbb or vBulletin I still come back to IPB. Its a solid script, yes they still make you pay when they said they wouldnt, but solid still the same.


Look its not my fault, hey whats this red button do anyway?
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I got so annoyed with most forum systems that I'm writing my own :p

phpBB does too little, IPB, vBulletin and OCF do too much.
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There is nothing wrong with that, if I would sit down and actually read the books I have, maybe even practice what they say, I might be able to do the same one day.  :rolleyes: Yet I am also a follower of the old saying, if someone can do it better why should I do the same thing. I hope you accomplish it. If you are going to integrate it with ocPortal though I ask that you make it optional so I can continue using my IPB.


Look its not my fault, hey whats this red button do anyway?
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I used to prefer phpBB until there became so many security flaws.

Nowadays I tend to use IPB 1.3, which does have a lot of mods for it (Invisionize for example).

However some of the smaller solutions are better for some situations - my personal favourite (currently) is MyBB.
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It's pretty ironic that ocProducts don't even use their own forum software on their own site…
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