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    What BB Software do you use?

    Just want to see what people at sitepoint are using...I use phpBB2 and wBB, and I'm thinking of getting vB.
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    i use phpbb2 and it is very good for a free bb.
    and definitely a big improvement on phpbb.
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    If you can get vB, get it! I really don't know what I'd do without it. I use vB in the second link in my sig. Big supporter.

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    I'm experimenting with snitz forums at the moment actually, they are ASP based, but seem to be pretty cool

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    phpBB for me! they seem pretty good







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    Currently: phpBB (4 sites).

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    I use phpBB 2 Final and it's pretty good. My interest would be in comparing the "hackability" of vB. By that I mean, how easy is it to add/create mods. I find phpBB to be cumbersome to modify although usability is as easy as the vB boards I have been on. Much of the same functionality is there. But how easy is it to modify?

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    I haven't used any of the other forum software but I run VB and think its great. It is so easy to setup, and tons of features. My whole site is run off of vb with hacks and I can't imagine doing it any other way.
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    Originally posted by Sketch
    My interest would be in comparing the "hackability" of vB. By that I mean, how easy is it to add/create mods. I find phpBB to be cumbersome to modify although usability is as easy as the vB boards I have been on. Much of the same functionality is there. But how easy is it to modify?
    VERY easy! Take a look at vBulletin.org - thousands and thousands of people participate in creating and adding hacks within the community. With vB's built-in template system, all it usually takes is a few template edits and file edits and you're set to go.

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    Originally posted by ringquest
    I haven't used any of the other forum software but I run VB and think its great. It is so easy to setup, and tons of features. My whole site is run off of vb with hacks and I can't imagine doing it any other way.
    I don't know any PHP or MYSQL but I can copy and paste. And that's all I needed to install some cool hacks. Just need to be able to follow directions. They have hacks for everything too, and if they don't I'm sure someone at vbulletin.org will work on it.
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    vbulletin.org <sigh>...such nasty people....

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    Originally posted by Sketch
    vbulletin.org <sigh>...such nasty people....

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    Hi.

    I use phpbb 2.0 Final on one of my sites, and it's really good.

    Have yabb 1.3 on some sites, but compared to phpbb users don't like them, don't know the exact reason. They say navigation is weird and it's slower and more cpu-hogger than phpbb. Had a yabb installaion go weird about 2 weeks ago I think, but because of upgrading to latest version.

    Using vbulletin on major sites, and it's really good.

    Ikonboard is good also, but huge cpu-hogger, although I don't use it anymore. Ibforums.com looks promising also if it doesn't hog the resources like its big lost brother, ikonboard.

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    I thought u guys must be knowing that from years.

    Anyway . i still aint buying Vb cause i dont need to buy it yet ( i am still 15 ) and dont wanna ask it from my father. so think ill do it later.

    but i love PHPBB 2.0 and like using it. ( with 2 sites) .
    Peace.

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    GO SKETCH!

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    Originally posted by iFroggy
    GO SKETCH!
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    Yes...Go SKETCH!! Guess i won't be posting too much in those forums...
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    Let me speak in the point of view of a vB community member as well as someone from SPF. I agree some of those users were rude to a newbie, but when you are around the vB forums for a long time (something you can't attest to), you see people ask this question over and over and over. I think, Sketch, you just happened to find a bad apple in that thread.

    Granted, that is no excuse to act rude, but perhaps people should be more considerate in how they write their posts that claim vBulletin is overpriced and free ones are just as good. To vBulletin members, that is almost like an insult to the quality of the product and all its features and abilities.

    One thing I think vBulletin *should* do is make a detailed comparison of features between IkonBoard, phpBB, and UBB. That would really clear up a lot of stuff. Fortunately, vB 3 is in the works and it will again set vB above the field with features such as an integrated CMS included.

    One important here is that vB.org is NOT representing vB or the staff in ANY way. It is entirely a user-supported community and Jelsoft (makers of vB) can't control the (sometimes rude) responses of the members. I think vBulletin is a great product and it speaks for itself, the users in some third-party hacking community shouldn't determine whether you use it or not. As Steve said in that thread, if you want perhaps an "official" response, visit vBulletin.com.

    I think there's bias no matter how you look at it. I'm partial to vBers as I am a member of those communities, but know what it feels like on the outside looking in.

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    vBulletin had a detailed and accurate comparison between vBulletin 2.0, UBB 6.0 and various other competitors when vBulletin 2.0 was released. However shortly after it was unveiled they were served with a cease and desist order from an unnamed competitor because their product was shown as inferior.

    Even though Jelsoft still stands by the comparison, they didn't have the resources to instigate a court battle to keep a simple chart online so they pulled it. It was a battle they couldn't afford to choose at the time.

    With that being said, PHPBB 2 is not considered an outright competitor to vBulletin. They are targetted to a different group of people. vBulletin is mainly targetted towards medium to large sites that need a full featured product along with premium support. phpBB appears to be targetted towards small to medium sites which do not need support and a more technical user.

    My suggestion is that if you need a full featured community portal, then you should look at vBulletin 2 and soon 3.0. If you would rather not pay the price then look at phpBB or some other free solution that suits your need.
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    I suppose that means that KarateForums.com will never advance past the "small to medium" stage... although its already past the small in my opinion.

    My theory is that as long as you use a decent software (vB, phpBB, iBF), what is going to make the site popular is really how you run it and what you do with it.

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    vB is not that full of features, and their default design gives a very unhappy feel. Their prices are way too high. phpBB support more databases, and it is free.

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    wBB and phpBB2
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    Originally posted by szo2
    vB is not that full of features, and their default design gives a very unhappy feel. Their prices are way too high. phpBB support more databases, and it is free.
    I s'pose you're right on the databases aspect, although MattR from my understanding is developing a sybase version of vB.

    But I have recently used both and c'mon...phpbb is way too hard to tweak and most of the hacks I tried putting in place didn't work...contrary to vB's which almost always DID work...

    Anyways...

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