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Old 06-21-2011, 02:34 AM   #1
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I wanted to get your guys take on the different types of forum software out there.

As far as forum software goes I here that these are some of the best:

FREE

SMF
phpbb

PAID

IPBoard
vBulletin (the software used here)

CMS Forum software

wordpress
drupal
joomla

Here are some of the pluses I see of using cms forum software (from what I have read)
SEO
more templates
more admin options
modules
basically better customization

I have worked with these 3 CMS programs just a little bit and they seem a little messy to me for lack of a better word...

I also had some security problems caused by a template I installed with wordpress...

Now to the free forum software

I here good things about SMF and phpbb. They are both pretty good and very popular but I don't mind paying a little bit more to get vbulletin if I can justify the cost.

If I was to set up my forum using SMF and then down the road I decided to switch to vBulletin would this be a problem? Can I convert from one software easily to the next and still keep all my post?

so many questions...
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:30 AM   #2
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We use Modx as a CMS because you simply port your HTML/CSS into it so there are no templates to hack/alter. Give it a try

As for forum software I'd pay for it if I were you. Domedia is considering moving this forum to XenForo. We had a play with it a few weeks ago and it looks very good.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:36 AM   #3
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Thanks! I am going to check those both out right now!
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:43 AM   #4
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checking out the demo of xenforo now... very attractive interface!
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:08 AM   #5
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checking out the demo of xenforo now... very attractive interface!
Yep, agreed. The GUI is very slick indeed.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:53 PM   #6
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wikipedia has a comparison of all mayor forums out there. Might be a good idea to check if you have requirements.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:42 PM   #7
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I'd be VERY interested in how things go if you do switch to Xenforo.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:25 AM   #8
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Hi,
Thanks for all the nice updates.
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