favorite forum software?

Discussion in 'Admin & User Resources' started by zoldos, May 20, 2017.

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What's your favorite forum software?

  1. Xenforo

    50.0%
  2. vBulletin

    16.7%
  3. IPB

    16.7%
  4. Zetaboards

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. phpBB

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. MyBB

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. SMF

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Other

    16.7%
  1. zoldos

    zoldos Administrator Staff Member

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    What's your favorite forum software? Clearly mine is Xenforo. :biggrin
     
  2. kingcool52

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    I voted for XenForo because I love it. When I had it a long while ago it was such a great software to have. The themes available for it are amazing as well. Free forum software wise I have to say myBB is the best. The support community is great and the number of themes and plugins available for it are just amazing
     
  3. zoldos

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    Right on. Yeah I tried XF like when it first came out. I had no idea what a "node" was, but it seemed like a solid software. I was using vBulletin at the time and later switched to Xen. That's all I've used since! :)
     
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    I like the older phpbb forums, the newer versions are 'ok' impo. Zetaboards is best with customization, though having helped to admin a vbulliten board I'd say that I like it the best even if it took a while to learn the admin cpu. XD I was a pro at it before the admin decided to close out the forum back on 2004 or so.
     
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  5. zoldos

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    Xenforo is pretty easy to customize as well. I'm very familiar with the template system. But the upcoming new version changes everything. I hope people put out some good plugins and templates for it. :)
     
  6. Sharon

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    I actually really like Proboards myself. I'm not a very skilled programmer at all so I lack the skills/knowledge to work with xenforo, etc.
     
  7. zoldos

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    I used ProBoards for my very first "real" forum in like 2001. It had too may ads and couldn't be customized so I quickly dropped it and started using phpBB. :)
     
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    I remember when vBulletin used to be the popular choice. Most big forums were using it and now look what happened to it.
     
  9. Empire

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    You all know what's mine :p

    I voted for IPS since I been using it for the past 2 years and I like it very much. With 4.2 coming soon there are so much options you know YEAHHH
     
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  10. zoldos

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    Yup. I went from phpBB I think to IPB, then VB, then XF. :)
     
  11. zoldos

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    Cool, right on!
     
  12. queenzelda

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    I think that's because some one took the vBulletin code & reworked it to make what Xenfro is now, from the reading I've done. Though I could be talking out my a**, since it's been a long time since I was reading about it. XD
     
  13. zoldos

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    I kinda doubt that. There are very distinct differences, as I tried Xenforo upon release and was also using vBulletin at the same time. Pretty certain they are not using the same base code.
     
  14. queenzelda

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    Idk, they seem very familiar to me & some one (at the time I was reading abut this) was claiming that the person who coded Xenfro had just taken part of the code from vBulliten & reworked it for the Xenfro release. Idk, like I posted earlier, it's been a long time since I was reading about all of this & I could be posting from outta my a**. =p
     
  15. zoldos

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    Xenforo came out in I believe 2010. Anyway, I love it! hehe
     
  16. Smokey

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    Paid: Xenforo
    Free: ZetaBoards. :)

    I had to move to ZetaBoaards due to a few financial issues as well as some really bad luck with my hosting. :( However, I'm happy with the move and as stated by Queen, ZetaBoards is highly customizable for a free piece of software. :)
     
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    Ah.....it's funny, I actually took out a small loan to get my first XF license! My members on another site then paid via donations for the license for this site!! :biggrin
     
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    I'm a software developer (C++) and have done some really light Python-language CGI*. And I'm at home with HTML. But I've never tried managing a pull-blown dynamic site using these web applications.

    *I'm just realizing how much this dates me. For me, CGI means "Common Gateway Interface" -- some scripting hooked up to, typically, an Apache web server. (That is, as opposed to CGI -- "Computer Generated Imagery". At least, I'm aware of the new meaning).

    What database is typically behind these things? MySQL? Or just flat files?
     
  19. zoldos

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    It's MySQL. :) I used to code extensively in C++ back in the early to mid 90's when I ran an school dial in BBS. hehe
     
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    Xenforo is where its at right now, but ipb was pretty great too!
     
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