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    The best bulletin board?

    Often when discussing bulletin boards, the selection is between phpbb or smf. How does vbulletin compare to these products?
    Is vbulletin better, but does not come into account because it is not free, or are phpbb and smf the best alternatives?

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    phpBB or SMF are both good to start off with. Then, once you have income from the site to pay for it, move to vbulletin.
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    If money is an issue, but you still want to go paid, consider IPB - it is just as good, if not better, than vB and the pricing is much better.

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    Which of those alternatives is easiest to implement to other pages of the website?
    I want to extend the website with other more or less static pages, other than the bulletin board. Some of these pages will be restricted to only members of the bulletin board. So after a member has logged into the bulletin board, then he will have access to additional resources.

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    They both have template systems that you have to learn about. I would say it is easy in either case, but vBulletin is probably the easiest. The problem vBulletin is there are so many "toys" in admin that it is hard to find what you want, but their documentation is very good. phpBB has less documentation, but is maybe a little simpler once you learn how to do it. I don't care for SMF. I have about 30 forums.

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    phpBB is my choice.
    Why? Well it's free, not monetarily, but the freedom that it offers being open source is amazing. Besides, if you don't have a feature on it, simply search and you'll get almost all the features that you could ask for.
    Somehow, never impressed by IPB. But I liked vBulletin's admin panel, though it was a bit intimidating in the beginning.
    Still, my pick -> phpBB.
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    I agree phpBB is fine and does everything i need for free too
    always looking for better hosting....

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    I prefer vbulletin, it costs a bit but is the most flexible forum software there is. Skinning is a walk in the park, hack community is also awesome.

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    Hey guys,

    Well phpBB was my choice too. However, I need a little bit more, like frontend news teaser, newsletter subscription and backend adjustable pages. I've tried some phpBB modules but it didn't worked well.

    Recently a friend of mine showed me a BBS based on phpBB code. It's called ZoneX and it's pretty new. It's under GNU GPL and of course free of charge Bulletin Board System. It has exactly the features that I wanted.

    They have all needed documentation and my guys are testing it right now.
    Here is the link to their support forums where you can find everything you need: www.zonemetrics.com.

    So I'm just curious what you think about this one and do you have any similar NO CHARGE solution like this one with all features that this guys have.
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    If money is no object, compare all three and decide for yourself.
    If you're looking for a free system, compare SMF and phpBB and determine which one best fits your needs based on what each system has to offer. You can get demos of both phpBB and SMF at http://www.opensourcecms.com, and I can provide you with an admin account on an SMF 1.1RC1 board if you would like to see what that version has to offer.
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    OK, here we go again
    PAid: vBulletin (i hear is good)
    Free: PhpBB *not the default install, but what can be accomplised by installing some good mods. Putting some work on it can have some great results

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    MyBoard would be an excellent free choice.
    http://www.mybboard.com

    It's a VBulletin clone.

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    If you've budget, you can go with vBulletin, it is secured and flexible and in opensource I think punbb.org is good CSS forum.

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    I showed this thread to the owner of cpfools.com, and this is what he said:

    If you've budget, you can go with vBulletin, it is secured and flexible and in opensource I think the BEST free one out there is SMF
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    I like vbulletin even though it's not free. It's worth the money IMO. Tons of skins, hacks, mods available online for it as well.
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    I'm an invision man though VB is very good
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortd81
    I'm an invision man though VB is very good
    i had lots of compatibility problems with invision. but phpbb is working great for me. i never tried vbulletin.

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    IMO, vBulletin is far better than phpBB. Less problems, more secure, and it's fairly intuitive. It has all kinds of features, like editing your template files from your ACP. phpBB is not bad, and IMO it's the best free forum software out there.

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    I've heard many people say that vBulletin is the best. I'm not entirely sure what the big deal is over price: $200 is not very much money.
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    $200 isn't much money if you've got a good job, but for many people it is, especially if you're in college.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psalzmann
    MyBoard would be an excellent free choice.
    http://www.mybboard.com

    It's a VBulletin clone.

    Regards,
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    If im not mistaking its acaully got the the same backend code as invision from the early years.. or to be more precise the PHP version of ikonboard.

    For me, I've been doing alot of invison work, the program is good'n all. But vbulletin is just so much more developed and mature than any other board.

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    Vbulletin is the best hands down, has all the features, speed, great support etc.

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    If I were to pay for a BB, then I would go with vBulletin.
    But since I'm not paying, mybboard.com is a great bulleting board, which I have used to create several sites.
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    I was a bit disappointed by my experience with phpBB.

    Recently I have tried NavBoard at http://sourceforge.net/projects/navboard. It is a flatfile board. That is you do not need any database installed on the server. The installation takes no more than 2 minutes.

    However the last version was a little buggy, so I picked the older stable version and it is running smoothly. Here are more features, for these who have been interested.

    FEATURES

    -No db needed, flat file storage
    -No install script needed
    -Small data storage
    -Fast loading
    -Themes with css
    -Unlimited categories/forums and subforums
    -Detailed forum access permissions
    -Disabling increase post count
    -Page compression
    -Online users
    -Avatars (uploadable)
    -Attachments (uploadable)
    -Polls
    -Views
    -Thread rating
    -Custom profile fields
    -High powered module system
    -BBCode
    -User levels
    -Full featured admin controls
    -Customizable storage locations
    -Quoting
    -Titles
    -Moderators
    -User ids/forum ids
    -Display names
    -Banning (IP,Username,Email)
    -IP Logging (Individual posts also)
    -Last seen/Last post
    -PMs
    -Email confirm/Admin approved registration
    -Display names
    -User groups
    -Templates
    -Replacements

    The GUI was a bit "old" looking, but it is based on templates so anyone can change it to the way he likes.

    And it is OpenSource.

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    I think its worth to pay for vbulletin.


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