Hopefully I'm in the right spot here, I'm trying to decide between vbulliten and phpbb. I know there are endless threads on the internet about this and I've searched through them but I have a specific question regarding which one will be easier for my site. The site we're creating is not simply a forum, it's a custom made social application specifically tailored to the RC (Remote control) community which I would also like to offer forums for. Think facebook but specialized for a hobby.
My question is this, through the website users will have the ability to create and keep track of things like their flights, aircraft, blog, etc that will all be wrapped up into their profile. In addition, users can get "props" (karma) for visiting the site, from other users, etc.. I want to select the forum format that will most easily allow integration between the forum environment and normal environment. Specifically, if a user gets props on a forum post it all pulls through to the overall website as well. I would also like for their to be links under the person's user name on the left that shows flights, blog, etc that will let a user quickly see other users information found else ware on the site.
I'm paying to have the site developer and I'm not a programmer by any means. The two most important thing to me are the cost to implement and ease of use once it's implemented.
Website is live and can be found here: www.rcflightshare.com
Thanks in advance!