PhpBB vs Vbulletin vs xenforo

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Re: PhpBB vs Vbulletin vs xenforo

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JLA wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:11 pm
Self-hosted
OK, you are hereby authorised to self-host my board any time ;)
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let's not forget all those little guys running back and forth around the world delivering the messages and the replies.
they are working their little asses off for sure.


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warmweer wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:29 pm
JLA wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:11 pm
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OK, you are hereby authorised to self-host my board any time ;)
Since 2004 - we have absorbed into our site a few old phpbb's that decided to give up.

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I joined a sports board two weeks ago that was using Xenforo. I’m biased but I found the experience ‘hard work’ for want of a better phrase. I wouldn’t use it if it was free but, as I said, I’m biased.
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JLA wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:33 pm
we have absorbed into our site a few old phpbb's that decided to give up.
That's not a fair statement - he just wanted to get out of the hosting business. ;)
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Re: PhpBB vs Vbulletin vs xenforo

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Naturally I have to go with phpBB, having had experience with my fair share of phpBB and vBulletin powered forums phpBB is definitely better. I don’t know much about Xenoform, but I am sure in comparison phpBB would still be preferred for me.

Frankly, as far as I am concerned all three do the exact same thing. The available extensions or themes available personally are irrelevant, if you have the knowledge you can code your own extensions and designs your own themes. If you can’t? Then it is as easy as hiring someone to do it for you. At the end of the day, it comes to the fact that phpBB is free software, and forum software like vbulletin, ipb, and xenoform are not.

Anything they can do, in the right hands phpBB can do. So why would I spend money on licensing for forum software, that I can code myself or pay someone to code anything those paid forum software can do as a standard that my free one can’t? For convenience? I call paying for convenience being a sucker, you’re just too lazy to learn how to make those features yourself, or have someone make them for a fraction of the price it would cost to purchase that license. Buying forum software is like throwing money away when you can learn how to do everything I just went on about for free as well by just using google. That’s how I did it

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<Small Voice>
Kunena (Joomla plugin) is also free.
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I've been going through this exercise for an existing forum that is thinking of going away from phpBB. Others considered have been Discourse (as now used by the MX5 Owners Club) as well as Xenforo (Vincent Owners Club). I'm not sure what Thumpertalk https://thumpertalk.com/forums/ uses but it's pretty impressive (it uses an AWS clone for attachments after server side image compression for example).

It depends a lot if the organisation wanting to use a forum have people sufficiently IT savvy to install, maintain and administer it.
phpBB is great if you do (kunena isn't bad either). The 'turnkey' solution offered by Discourse is superficially attractive if money is no object.

Still working on my report. The organisation relies a lot on a commercial website supplier and just volunteers for the forum (except mySQL level and server script FTP level access, which complicated things).
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FYI Thumpertalk uses Invision Community.
I wrote the thing that does BBCodes in 3.2+.

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JoshyPHP wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:22 pm
FYI Thumpertalk uses Invision Community.
Thanks. The head honcho there is very helpful.
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