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Preferred Forum System
Posted 18 March 2007 - 11:10 PM
I have tried testing out the forums at OpenSourceCMS but there were way too many choices and the forums were just completely overwhelming to try them all out. Getting into Portals, Blogs and Image Galleries and you'll wonder if you will be able to try them all
Give me your opinion on what you use for a forum. If you don't host a forum, which one do you prefer to register at?
Please don't randomly vote Here is a Wikipedia page to inform your decision and you can try them out at OpenSourceCMS. I am also interested in looking towards other software than the ones listed above in the poll, please suggest!
Posted 19 March 2007 - 12:59 AM
I would experiment with the ones you have and see which one suits you best. Nothing better than trying it out first hand.
Posted 25 March 2007 - 04:29 PM
I've now been introduced to OvBB also, but I don't like the theme of it although the admin configuration panel is well set-up. I still prefer the famous phpBB system because of the variety of MODs and themes available for it.
Then again, IceBB has a very extensible feature list and it is very similar to phpBB, so I am looking into that also.
I am looking for more opinions! Please vote and feel free to discuss!
Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:44 PM
I prefer the look and feel of PHPBB2. The IPB I find it less agreeable. And I hate most of the templates in SMF forums.
Of course, this is only my way of thinking.
May I suggest you to try your astahost account, in your cpanel there is an automatic install for phpbb2, look how fast it installs and how easy to use it is, and if you don't like it use your astahost's cpanel to simply remove it from your website.
Hope this helped
Posted 25 March 2007 - 08:54 PM
Now, to explain my choice a bit more. phpBB isn't even worth trying because of the bad security, unless it is phpBB Plus, which seems to be working fine. IceBB is still in beta, and that probably leaves it with even more security holes than phpBB (if that is even possible). On the other hand, it is very similar to Invision Power Board (which was the creator's intention), and since I find it to be one of the best forum's available, IceBB might not be such a bad choice.
As for the "Other" part, there's isn't much to say - when someone says "free forum", I tend to think about three pieces of software only: phpBB, SMF and YABB. People say YABB is rather good, but I haven't tried it myself, so can't say anything good (or bad) about it.
Posted 26 March 2007 - 03:15 AM
YABBSE is actually a pretty good software. I started with YABBSE a few years back, but heard they upgraded it to Simple Machines Forum. I switched after that only to find out that there were still developers who were working on YABBSE. So basically they are still growing, but I'm already hooked on SMF, so no turning back
Posted 26 March 2007 - 03:14 PM
Posted 26 March 2007 - 03:42 PM
Hope this helps;
Posted 26 March 2007 - 07:33 PM
I've started using SMF and I like certain features of it, I just wish it had the permissions abilites that Ivisionfree had or as easily configured. yabBB I don't like. Vbulletin is good but costs money. Shitnz is secure but its user interface and admin cP is horrible.
I'd say I am learning to like SMF, it isn't hard to install. Ivisionfree is my favorite because I know it so very well but its not secure for what I host forums for.
Posted 01 April 2007 - 05:31 PM
So now I have to choose between:
2. Simple Machines Forum (not likely I will chose this one)
4. MyBB (NOT - see below)
I'm saying no for MyBB because of this "latest news":
The MyBB Group & Microsoft Corporation Partnership
Posted on April 1 2007 @ 2:41 am (GMT) by Chris Boulton
SYDNEY, Australia, April 1, 2007 - Today the MyBB Group are proud to announce a strategic partnership between the MyBB Group and the Redmond based Microsoft Corporation.
The MyBB Group are proud to have formed an alliance with Microsoft as this can guarantee the future availability of MyBB with quick and further optimized releases backed from a company with strong roots in the area of software development.
With this partnership MyBB will be transformed in to an ASP.NET web application powered by the MSSQL database server. ASP.NET is a world class web development language used behind some of the webs biggest sites and coupled with MSSQL it is an enterprise-class software development platform. (This will replace the PHP and MySQL editions of MyBB)
The new requirements to run MyBB will be a Microsoft Windows Server operating system with Internet Information Services.
There isn't ASP.NET support nor MSSQL with Microsoft Windows with Astahost. Also take a look at the screenshot! (http://www.mybboard....s/admin-mmc.png). It is integrated directly into the server of Windows Vista (I think) and makes it no way for remote configuration of the forum! Bad idea.
You also need to buy MyBB to get "additional" features. The Lite version (free) includes almost nothing substantial to be a forum.
OvBB, I'm not too sure about. It looks...weird. It doesn't look like it has much support and a good community of users to discuss and talk about the open-source software.
Final choices are either IceBB or phpBB. I don't think Simple Machines Forum would be a good choice for me.
They are all easy to install. I don't like using Fantastico to install anything because it messed up a MySQL database the first time I tried installing Drupal. Actually uploading and installing the files is much easier. All 3 of these are equally easy to install. SMF has more options to configure. phpBB is most user-friendly and very good appearance. IceBB is also very user-friendly and has excellent appearance.
Posted 01 April 2007 - 07:15 PM
If you still would like to go with the other forums instead, it's probably a good choice to wait for phpBB 3 stable release to come out.
Posted 01 April 2007 - 10:50 PM
Being Open Source and backed by a huge community, the possibilities with phpBB are endless. While the Gold version of phpBB2 lacks quite a few necessary features, most notably - Subforums and Attachments, you could be rest assured that there is a MOD available for every such feature. The upcoming version 3 of phpBB - Olympus will include most of the lacking features. Although, it has been stated that not all of the features will be included. After all, they are not trying to mimic other systems.
Olympus focuses on improved modularity. While the MODing of phpBB2 is pretty powerful, it does involve significantly high amount of complexity. Traditionally, MODs were installed manually rendering the process extremely time consuming. However, with the introduction of EasyMOD, the inconveniance was greatly reduced. Huge MODs such as Subforum and Attachments leads to growing chance of collision between existing MODs. Olympus aims at resolving this issue by implementing a better modular approach. Coding styles have been altered and it is being said that none of the phpBB2 MODs will work with Olympus. This will hinder the initial spread of Olympus. As the developers start to chip in and start MODing it, Olympus will surely improve on the reputation, some amount of which was lost when the Santy worm which exploited old phpBB installations came to the surface. The worm exploited the security hole by overwriting PHP and HTML pages. Olympus is also aimed at minimizing such vulnerablities.
Other features include, the debuting AJAX @ phpBB. However, the extent of AJAX usage will be limited and it is hinted that AJAX support will not be used for quick replies, perhaps due to security concerns. Adding Custom BBCode was quite difficult as the users had to rely on MODing. With Olympus such custom BBCodes can be added through the admin panel itself, much like what IPB allows. Users can now send Private messages to multiple recipients. Jabber support will allow notification via Instant Messaging. From what I saw of phpBB3 Beta 5, the installation has become much more user-friendly. The control panel seems better organized and the number of settings have increased.
For a wider list of introductory features in phpBB3, check out http://www.freakitud...-new-in-phpbb3/
All in all, if you are looking for a free discussion board for your site, there's nothing better than phpBB.
Posted 02 April 2007 - 01:20 PM
Because too many resource and lessons for phpbb you can read on the internet.
Also, there are many free beautiful theme that you can find in the websites. it is not difficult to design by yourself,either.
From install - set up to change beautiful theme, it won't take you long to have your first Forum System.
Posted 30 May 2007 - 07:54 AM
The most interesant mods I've found for IPB 2.2.x (The newest IPB version) are
* Ibprobattle (adds new tons of features that lets the users attack others users)
* Custom Pages
You can find all this mods in Invisionize.com
Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:00 PM
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 11:54 PM
It has many features, mods, themes, and its FREE!!! Its got most of the other systems got! And it hasnt got a security issue like phpbb!!!
Really nice, free reliable forum system!
I am using this system, and would recommend everyone to use this!!!
Posted 16 June 2007 - 07:10 PM
IPB is great and all but many of its features are frankly unnecessary, and its targetted by hackers far too much for my liking (although in fairness to Invision Power Services, 2.2.x and upwards are significantly more secure than 2.1.x and below)
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