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    What forum is best?

    Hi.

    I'm in the process of developing my own website for a forum-based music exchange (which will be completely free btw). However, I'm struggling with the back-end. I would like a forum that works in a similar way to EduGeek, with users able to give rep power, get PM's, etc. etc.

    Can anyone suggest?

    Thanks.

    Alan.

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    are you looking for free software or paid for? Edugeek runs on vbulletin but there are other free ones out there

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    phpBB can do what you want - so long as you add mods.

    vBulletin can also do that, and is what edugeek runs on. However, you have to pay for it.

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    I was just looking at VBulletin - probably not a good idea for me to fork out £123 for a website that will probably fail!
    Having a look at phpBB at the moment. Looks a bit tricky to set up though.

    Thanks.

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    There is also vanilla which is ok - i installed it but only to play with Vanilla - Free, Open-Source Forum Software

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    Have you considered http://code.reddit.com/ you can either run the code on your own server or just create a hosted subreddit with yourself as Mod. You can add a CNAME record aliasing your domain to rhs.reddit.com. You will be able to access your reddit through your domain.
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    I'd say PHPBB3 to start out then if it works well you can very easily move everything over to vBulletin, they have tools for that.

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    I use Simple Machines Forum on two of my websites.
    Home of SMF: Free PHP and MySQL forum software
    Mods available.

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    What, you mean you're not going to painstakingly build one from scratch? pffft (BTW - I don't recommend it! Not for a live website anyway, great learning curve though...)

    +1 for phpBB for it's customisability

    And don't forget to share the link when it's up and running

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    Lots to compare here:
    ForumMatrix - Compare Them All
    Tick the ones you want to compare:

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    Take a look at MyBB - free and has a vBulletin-ish look to it.

    I've recently setup phpBB and wish I'd used MyBB instead now.

    Other alternative is the recently launched XenForo.

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    Thanks for your suggestions - gone with phpbb in the end. I'll post the URL once its up and running!

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