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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 148639 25-Jun-2014 20:05
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Years and years ago I started up a forum running on phpBB, as it seemed like the best choice back then. As it was open source with a large and active user base.

Ran the forum successfully for many years until my interest drifted away.... now I'd like to start up another forum, is phpBB still the best choice? Or has time moved on, and I should go with a more modern option? From looking around it seems like the top choices now are phpBB, MyBB, NodeBB, & bbPress. Anything else, which is preferable?

Who I am: multi time Ironman finisher, University of Auckland graduate, Freelancer (mainly focused on website development, message me for work).

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  Reply # 1074529 25-Jun-2014 20:22
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I believe phpBB, myBB and SMF are the most popular free options currently. To be honest, any of them will do a good job. I personally like phpBB (still!)

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  Reply # 1074735 26-Jun-2014 03:34
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Hi dman! Thanks for including NodeBB in your list of top choices :D

NodeBB is fairly young, although we've got a lot of interest in both our theming and plugin development communities. In fact, after only 6 months, we already had more plugins than vBulletin!

Development of the core product is also very active, so if you're looking for a forum solution that works well on all devices, with a dev team that listens to your concerns, choose us!

We're open source as well -- free to self-host, although we offer commercial hosting plans to those who want a more "hands-off" approach to their forum management. Give us a shout on our community forum if you've got any more questions :)

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