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My brother is abit of a gamer. He is apart of a group on an online game (The name ...
7th April 2010, 07:01 PM #1
Free Forum Software
My brother is abit of a gamer. He is apart of a group on an online game (The name i cannot remember). They would like some free Forum software to make a forum for the group. They would like a self hosted solution.
I have found this - Home of SMF: Free PHP and MySQL forum software i played around with this a few years ago and it seemed ok.
Does anyone else have any suggestions please?
7th April 2010, 07:05 PM #2
7th April 2010, 07:17 PM #3
7th April 2010, 07:26 PM #4
Forum software is much like the eternal mac vs windows vs linux debate, or the emacs vs vi debate. Very much a personal preference.
I know someone who swears by simplemachines, others who adore phpbb etc...
The best option is to set a few up, try them out and see what you think.
7th April 2010, 07:44 PM #5
There's also Vanilla Forums.
7th April 2010, 07:54 PM #6
Actually, we started a variant of phpbb called Dragonfly.
9th April 2010, 12:58 AM #7
I would say phpBB3 looks like a pretty good choice based on the recent forum upgrade Ars Technica did. Their forums are super fast now - although this probably has more to do with how their servers are set up than anything else. I also really like what Neowin did with their forums using IPB3, but this is not free.
A good point mentioned in the first link above is the number of security vulnerabilities the forum software has, or has had. The less, the better IMO. MyBB has a massive amount of them.
Simple Machines: http://secunia.com/advisories/product/5285/
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