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What is your preferred forum software?


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qubit

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Software Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Which forum software do you prefer, either for using it like you do on TPU (XenForo) or hosting your own forum.

Before voting for vBulletin, check out this video about the tech support nightmare from them and see if you would still vote for it afterwards.


I'm currently setting up my own website and forum and have chosen XenForo from the big names of paid software, because it fits my needs best, although not perfectly. Unfortunately, none of the free forum software like phpBB or Simple Machines was right for my needs.
 
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Toothless

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Anything that's not hideous and easy to use.
 

Regeneration

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XenForo is the most user friendly. But the latest version kind of sucky.
 
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vB had been dead for almost half a decade or something now, their last version's something between a meme and a bad joke.
That being said XF does have a bunch of Bad Ideas About Forums (their inferior ban system compared to vB, for instance), but yeah.

I've never cared about support - always figured it as kinda useless; I'm my own as sysadmin thank you very much.
 

qubit

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XenForo is the most user friendly. But the latest version kind of sucky.
I've never seen anything but the latest version, so I'm curious how you think it's inferior.

@Selaya In a few words, what bad ideas do you have in mind?

The vB admin CP is awesome for its featureset and I was sad to have to walk away from vB after trying out the demo. The software screwed up when I tried to set another tab as the default (just a simple setting) and so badly that I couldn't fix it. I actually needed tech support for software I didn't own! They sorta fixed it, but that really destroyed my confidence in it. What else could mess it up like that? Put that together and all the controversy I've heard about it, the lack of development of new versions and that tech support nightmare meant that I had to walk away from it. It also doesn't have some of the nifty features of XF, like question forums and the epic "discourager" for trolls.

I disagree about tech support. Some things cannot be fixed by yourself, because it's gone wrong at the backend system of the provider. What do you do if the computer running your VPS goes down and there's no failover? You'll need their support, right? Also, not everyone is an expert, so it's reasonable to have tech support to fall back on.
 
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The inferior ban system as mentioned (in vB banned users would be able to have access to specific ban-appeal [sub-]forums, a feature that is not possible in XF [without modding it]). Besides that, I remember that vB has or at the very least used to have the feature where posts would have unique IDs assigned to them (and linkable by that) instead of XFs default per-thread sequential. Way more useful imo, but YMMV.
I'm sure there's other stuff that I have completely forgot about by now, as I've said vB had been dead for half a decade now and my memory's faded by now.

That being said, I have never (really) admin'd an vB (but used it as an ordinary user quite extensively until it's demise) - my by far most extensive experience is with XF, followed by the FOSS stuff like phpBB and SMF.

As for the (tech) support again YMMV; of course I am aware that people who have less of a tech background may need to fall back on it. It is just that from my personal experience, short of the example(s) you've given that are not fixable as well user generally I have only ever met clueless, unhelpful supporters, and in general my own solutions I've figured in the end tend to be superior to theirs, if they had any at all.
In any case, should (one of) my VPSes (yes, I actually do own some) go down, I'd just patiently wait for them to fix it (or not); I can swap to a backup system in the meanwhile, and in the case of the worst case (it not coming back on), I'd just move on and order a new one from a different provider, and restore from backup.
But you probably shouldn't take me as a benchmark for all these things, I tend to be a loner whenever I can when it comes to that.
 
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From a user standpoint, XenForo is probably the best experience I've had. It's a significant reason I favor this forum over others.
 

Regeneration

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I've never seen anything but the latest version, so I'm curious how you think it's inferior.

The WYSIWYG editor used to be better and easier to handle.

Don't know if its just TPU, or the default layout, but the new font isn't that great.
 

W1zzard

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XF is also VERY cleanly coded and extremely moddable - in a proper way, without hax. We're running around 40 addons here that I've coded myself, only one or two of them require a code change.

but the new font isn't that great.
we're using 'Segoe UI','Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Roboto,Oxygen,Ubuntu,Cantarell,'Fira Sans','Droid Sans',sans-serif

So nothing special
 

qubit

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XF is also VERY cleanly coded and extremely moddable - in a proper way, without hax. We're running around 40 addons here that I've coded myself, only one or two of them require a code change.


we're using 'Segoe UI','Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Roboto,Oxygen,Ubuntu,Cantarell,'Fira Sans','Droid Sans',sans-serif

So nothing special
And it works very cleanly and smoothly too, I must say, whether as a user like now, or in the admin CP on my copy.

Alas, I'm not a coder, so can't comment on that side of it. I have the raw skills to do it, I'm not new to programming, but it's a big learning curve now, more than I dedicate time to nowadays.

40 add-ons you made yourself... you mad bro :p It's not obvious either, as just all works nicely and integrated together. That's some mad skillz there. Respect.
 
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Templateshares, not the best software ever, but... It wasn't all that bad. Voted for it because it brings back good memories from years ago.
 

qubit

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Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance Black DDR3 PC3-12800 C9 1600MHz)
Video Card(s) MSI RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio
Storage Samsung 850 Pro 256GB | WD Black 4TB | WD Blue 6TB
Display(s) BenQ XL2720Z (144Hz, 3D Vision 2, 1080p) | Asus MG28UQ (4K, 60Hz, FreeSync compatible)
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People, I so want someone to vote for vBulletin just so that we can heckle the heck out of them. :p
 
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I have used phpBB which has been around forever and day. Its free to use and lots of skills available.

One feature I see on phpBB is the users and bots, so I figured how hard can it be, now my footer has that and it shows it over a 30 minute moving average. Look at the bottom of the page for the widget. WordPress is slightly more modern.


 
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qubit

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Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance Black DDR3 PC3-12800 C9 1600MHz)
Video Card(s) MSI RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio
Storage Samsung 850 Pro 256GB | WD Black 4TB | WD Blue 6TB
Display(s) BenQ XL2720Z (144Hz, 3D Vision 2, 1080p) | Asus MG28UQ (4K, 60Hz, FreeSync compatible)
Case Cooler Master HAF 922
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Power Supply Corsair HX 850W v1
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Actually, since you're the only one to have the guts to do it, I can't heckle you, but must praise you instead. Well done that man! :laugh:

I see that XF has won by a country mile, unsurprisingly.
 
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I use WoltLab for my expats forum and have been since I moved from SMF in 2017. It's robust, has excellent plugins and themes, and is regularly updated.
At the time of switching from SMF, WoltLab had the best price for the forum software and I added Gallery too.
 

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Xenforo by a mile.

VB has been dead since like 2008.

the only other popular software I see on really big sites (that aren’t out dated) is discourse.

which is hot garbage both from an admin and usability standpoint.

cannot STAND discourse.
 
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Actually, I'm quite literally in the midst of migrating all my websites/forums from GoDaddy to ProStack in the UK. (at least, the engineers are anyway)
I simply got tired of banging my head against a brick wall with GoDaddy's out of date servers and software, not to mention their call-centre support which leaves a lot to be desired..
 
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