SitePoint Sponsor

User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: PHPBB or SMF

  1. #1
    SitePoint Addict aguroyz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Konoha Fire Country
    Posts
    311
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    PHPBB or SMF

    Hello,

    I'm planning on starting a forum for my site but I can only afford free online community.

    Which is better between the two in terms of speed, performance and user friendlyness, or is there another that is much better between the two that is also free.

    Thanks hope I can get insights from you..
    Uniquely FILIPINO... See how talented and creative Filipinos are.
    http://www.smalltym.com
    Custom Web Designs:
    http://proweaver.com

  2. #2
    SitePoint Evangelist snecz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Warsaw, Poland
    Posts
    429
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use SMF and I think it's a good solution. New version can be upgraded directly from admin panel. And it is very userfriendly.
    You can also try TinyPortal
    Warsaw - the city that survived its own death.
    EMM8 - Profesjonalne Strony Internetowe
    Projektowanie Stron WWW

  3. #3
    SitePoint Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    14
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    SMF here too. Has a much better track record for security, as well as its upgrades and installing mods is very easy with their package manager. The new version SMF2 RC1 is looking really nice with some great new features too.

  4. #4
    SitePoint Addict tuxus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    254
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    They both have pros and cons, phpBB3 has a ton of mods but SMF has a better way of implementing mods, SMF has a better track record with security but phpBB has always been on top of patching any issues and has been around much longer. speed and user friendliness are about the same to be honest.

  5. #5
    SitePoint Zealot
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    102
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    SMF is the best by far. imho

  6. #6
    Floridiot joebert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Kenneth City, FL
    Posts
    823
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Another thing to consider is that SMF is being targeted more and more by spammers and their automated tools lately.
    Take a gander through one of the "Blackhat" forums on the internet.

  7. #7
    SitePoint Guru risoknop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    end($world)
    Posts
    834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What about coding your own forum in PHP?

    Also look at http://www.phorum.org/

  8. #8
    SitePoint Wizard
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    1,149
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    To fix the spam problem, you modify your forum in some minor way as to stop bots. 100% success rate and very easy to do. Just ask people to enter some pre-set string like "hi" into a textbox.

  9. #9
    SitePoint Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    14
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by sk89q View Post
    To fix the spam problem, you modify your forum in some minor way as to stop bots. 100% success rate and very easy to do. Just ask people to enter some pre-set string like "hi" into a textbox.
    Easily done by installing a single mod through the package manager in SMF. Simply upload the file, press install and Presto! Spam problem thwarted.

  10. #10
    SitePoint Wizard
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    1,149
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That usually relies on something annoying like... an image captcha and eventually defeatable.

  11. #11
    SitePoint Enthusiast the-webber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    82
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i used phpbb back when it was version 2 and really really came to like smf. in particular, it's easy to integrate recent posts from your smf forum into your larger site.

  12. #12
    SitePoint Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    14
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by sk89q View Post
    That usually relies on something annoying like... an image captcha and eventually defeatable.
    Well, if you add a mod that asks questions like, what is 4 + 4? You can change the questions too. These types of things certainly can't be automated unless you leave the same questions up forever. But it requires a certain level of competency on your users part though.

  13. #13
    SitePoint Wizard
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    1,149
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The problem with using something that someone else wrote is that the HTML is predictable, so someone can just write an automated script to answer these CAPTCHAs if many sites are sharing the code.


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •