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5 FREE software to creat a forum

Discussion in 'Forum Software' started by Deathstarr, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Deathstarr

    Staff Member Administrative Moderator Premium

    phpBB - https://www.phpbb.com/

    Some of phpBB's major features include:
    • Modular design for the Admin Control Panel, Moderator Control Panel, and User Control Panel
    • Support for multiple database management systems, including MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Firebird, OpenLink Virtuoso, and other ODBC-accessible DBMS
    • Support for unlimited levels of subforums
    • Ability to create custom-defined BBCode
    • Ability to create custom profile fields
    • Permissions system
    • UTF-8 Support
    • User Preferences
    • Moderation
    • Administration
    • Search Engine spider Handling
    • Unread message tracking
    • Private Message System
    • Statistics

    MyBB - https://www.mybb.com/

    General Features
    • Have an unlimited number of members, forums, posts, threads - and anything else!
    • MySQL Fulltext search capabilities (MySQL 4.1+)
    • As many copies as you like, one database.
    • Completely customizable with our intuitive templates and theme system
    • Install or create as many different languages on your forum as you please
    • Developed in PHP, compatible with MySQL, PgSQL, and SQLite v2 and v3 database servers
    Member Features
    • Powerful user control panel
    • Custom profiles and settings per user
    • Custom profile fields
    • Advanced private messaging system with tracking and multiple folders
    • Reputation system allowing members to rate each other
    • Signatures, avatars, buddy and ignore lists and forum subscriptions
    Posting Features
    • Attach multiple files to a single post
    • Automatic thumbnail generation for attached images
    • Clickable smilies and BB Code
    • Quick moderation options for moderators
    • Email notification of new posts
    • Create polls with multiple options and attach them to threads
    • Multi-quote - quote multiple posts easily in one reply
    Thread Display Features
    • Threaded or linear viewing modes
    • View a printable version of any thread
    • Subscribe to threads or add them to a favorite threads list
    • Send threads to your friends via email
    • Quick reply area - quickly respond to a thread or quote a reply
    • Report posts to moderators
    Moderation Features
    • Add moderators to particular forums, set their permissions or allow them to moderate all forums
    • Extensive logging of all moderation activities performed
    • Open, close, stick and unstick threads
    • Move or copy threads between forums, merge threads together, split posts from a thread
    • Inline moderation - mass action multiple threads or posts in one go
    • Create your own moderation tools to perform multiple actions at once
    • Moderator control panel allowing moderators to perform some light administrative tasks, such as announcement management, moderation queue management for the forums they moderate, and basic user profile editing.
    Administration Features
    • Completely customize the look and feel of your forums by creating a color scheme and modifying templates
    • Control every aspect of your forums with little technical knowledge
    • Manage forum announcements
    • Assign permissions to forums and different user groups
    • Manage smilies, custom MyCode, post icons, word filters and more
    • Powerful user management features, including User Views, which are basically saved searches and allow you to track groups of users
    • Ban users by IP address, email address, username or create a timed ban on an account
    • Administrator permissions to limit the abilities of secondary administrators
    • Run maintenance tasks to keep your forum running in tip-top shape
    And More...
    • Who's online list
    • Advanced event based calendar functionality allowing multiple calendars, ranged and repeating events, event moderation, private and public events, and more
    • Fully customizable F.A.Q.
    • Members listing and advanced member profile views
    • List of the forum moderation staff
    • Forum statistics page

    SMF - http://www.simplemachines.org/

    Some of SMFs General features include:
    • Comprehensive template system.
    • Advanced permission and user management.
    • Supports multiple languages at once.
    • Open and well-documented source code.
    • Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.
    • Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
    • Multi-media output. (XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP)
    • Multi-language support from a large community.
    • Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as hacks.)
    • Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
    • Search within your personal messages.
    • And much more!

    miniBB - http://www.minibb.com/

    • Protected members passwords
    • Flood protection by the IP-address and time
    • Your board may be securely opened even for guest posting! - with the special Captcha module protection on guest posting and new registrations.
    • Special rules for guests and new users for posting external links on forum
    • Safe auto-login when returning on forum in X hours
    • Single super-admin account for better security
    • Email verification on registration
    • Full HTTP Secure (HTTPS) Compatibility
    Members Profiles and related
    • Unlimited amount of member accounts
    • Forum-related statistics and graphs, based on the amount of posts for each user
    • Member Photos
    • Possibility to extend member profiles with any kind of custom fields
    • Private Messaging and communication between forum members, with the optional Email notification when the new PM arrives; as well as "Reminders" feature (PM to yourself)
    • Contacting members by email sent through the server
    Search Engine Optimization
    • Fully valid W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional HTML, ultra-compact, printing-ready and indexing-friendly output
    • SEO Friendly URLs
    • Automatic Description META-tags for forum and topic pages
    • Automatic "nofollow" tag on external hyperlinks, and automatic "follow" tag on internal forum and website domain URLs
    • RSS feed
    Administrative Settings
    • Creating and managing forum titles, descriptions, icons
    • Assigning private, read-only or replies-only forums
    • Protecting whole forum by a single password
    • Banning users by IP/username or blocking user accounts
    • IP tracking in messages (for administrative staff only)
    • Members search (by email, username, activity etc.)

    Vanilla - https://vanillaforums.org/

    Here are just a few killer features Vanilla Forums have to offer.
    • Rich User Experience
    • Slick Administration Capabilities
    • Limitless Add-ons
    • Custom Themes
    • Change Title of add custom logo with one-click
    • Easily Import old Forum
    • Vanilla API
    • Social Connect
    • Vanilla Mobile
    • Vanilla Connect
    • Banner
    • File Upload
  2. Kristian Keefer

    Kristian Keefer New Member

    I am partial to phpbb. I think it allows you to do the most and is one of the easier platforms to use. That being said, this is an excellent list. I like that it shows that each have some really great benefits.
  3. wins sol

    wins sol New Member

    very good effort like it.

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