Friday, July 14, 2006

Forums

Well since I am admin of 4 forums and mod of 2, I know a little about forums so I posted here all the best and easiest forum software

SMF:

Ok SMF is a quite easy to use software, but it is very dificult at first to modify the settings. Also this software gives you COMPLETE contorl over the site, meaning they have a bunch of settings to set up the permissions. I wouldn really recommend this forums software to people who are starting to make forums.

Click Here to see a DEMO of the SMF software

PHPBB:

This forum software is my favorite, it does not give you complete control over the site but has a couple of settings you can tweak to make that happen. Also this software has a 'Quick Reply'(which is a pop up that lets you reply without having to move from the page) that no other forum software has. Now also, this forum software varies by Host, some host dont give you as much settings as the other ones (read more at the bottom (this software also has the most skins for the site, but like I said, varies by Host )

Click Here to see a DEMO of the PHPBB software

vBulletin

vBulletin is a powerful, scalable and fully customizable forums package for your web site. It has been written using the Web's quickest-growing scripting language; PHP, and is complemented with a highly efficient and ultra fast back-end database engine built using MySQL. Now also, this software is not cheap AT ALL, but believe me when I say this, people do join your forum and they do stay active, vBulletin is the best forum software there is right now, also cost $80 a year to keep it running

Click Here to see a DEMO of the vBulletin software

Here are some free host that you might want to check out

Forumer:(PHPBB)
Forumer is perfect for begginers but they dont offer that many things as other providers this provider does have ads

PHPBB City:(PHPBB)
PHPBB City is one of the most modded host in the web, and they have many many many add ons that no one else has, and no ads what so ever

SMF Host:(SMF)
ow SMF host is one of the best host of SMF, they have tons of skins and one of the shortest SubDomains out there ( www.yoursite.smfhost.com ) and No ads what so ever

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