Lumpy Burgertushie wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:59 pm
I do believe it is still the most used bb software in the world.
one reason there is not more activity here is because the software just keeps getting better and better so there are not that many people having problems with it.
remember, the only people that come here are those with problems. the ratio of board installs to people with problems is really going to be quite low and getting lower as the software gets better.
when there are fewer problems and mature software, there is not as big of a need for staff either.
and yes, facebook etc. have made a dent in bulletin board use. I hope that turns around since I would love to see facebook disappear completely.
also, this is just my opinion based on common sense and many years of working with it all.
Forums have been on the decline themselves since 2009-2010 says Google trends
, there are more means of communication between people, new trends, etc. All forum software follows the same trend though between themselves they still compete. Interestingly enough, zetaboards (invisionfree's in house forum system) is actually more popular than phpbb right now in trends. But phpbb competes well with other forum software:
https://trends.google.com/trends/explor ... ,vbulletin
IPB not included because there are no clear single terms to search for it with, nodebb and vanilla forums weren't worth mentioning.
BBpress is constant:
https://trends.google.com/trends/explor ... yk,bbpress
interestingly wordpress has stayed relatively constant with a couple of peaks.
Discord decreases forum use and I'm on a site that has banned talk of it actually, while some people here request extensions for discord integration. Their decline seems to be average though, not related to discord.
Sites like facebook (on the decline, but dwarfs everything else anyways) and reddit
(increasing at a constant) have subcommunities within themselves. Twitter has averaged off.
In my experience, most people who want websites done want a cms, some people are happy with forums, and some both. Wordpress sites are everywhere and aren't going away anytime soon. People want to be able to monetize their site, and that means their forum too. Theme integration, paid memberships, marketplace/shop, and extensive point system with marketplace/shop are the most common requests that I see. I think the chat like pm's thing will be a pretty cool integration and a good step forward. A good way to increase use would be to have a pretty solid and free bridge that people would know about. Just speculating, but if that could be sitewide on wordpress or joomla or something that would be a pretty attractive selling point. I don't know, it's a big topic.
Nevermind that when forums were popular on the mid 2000's, lots of those sites run today, so the proportion of users on forums that is phpbb, I have no idea. That's beyond the scope of just google trends. And the future of the internet and how people will use it... no clue.
Another point is, a user's experience on phpbb can greatly change with extensions, but even with wordpress people will always not know what to do. Though a good thing that could help could be customization db integration with the acp, two clicks for installing then enabling or something, may make customization easier eventually. Though you could also argue that they knew how to install a phpbb zip successfully. But then some admins seem to now know how they did so. This is all conjecture at this point.
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