Start with free or paid forum software?

Discussion in 'Forum Software' started by Jason5, Jun 27, 2019.

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  1. doubt

    doubt Tazmanian

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    XF, WoltLab, IPS are not open source but the code is visible.
     
  2. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

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    Most of Woltlab's code is actually opensource. The WCF framework in fact usable as is for a website and your own addons even if you dont purchase Woltlab's official apps.
     
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  3. MagicalAzareal

    MagicalAzareal Magical Developer

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    That is very interesting, good to see.

    I see a lot of XML. Huh, fascinating. I'll have to pore through that later.
     
  4. ips_doug

    ips_doug Aspirant

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    I started a project a few months ago and I used Smf for it. The project went dead btw. I started a new one a couple of weeks ago using Smf again and it is going good so far. If it keeps growing, I will switch to a paid forum in the near future, Ipb.
     
  5. vbgamer45

    vbgamer45 Enthusiast

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    What would be the reason for the switch? ips_dougips_doug
     
  6. ips_doug

    ips_doug Aspirant

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    The reason is that Ipb has a lot more features and options out of the box.
     
  7. overcast

    overcast Enthusiast

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    Vanilla also has the open source version. So for anyone who likes simple easy to navigate forum, it can be one good choice.
     
  8. Alex.

    Alex. The Ancient Dragon

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    Free: Vanilla

    Paid: XF

    I have difficulty recommending either vBulletin or IP.Board these days, and the latter was my favorite for nearly a decade.
     
  9. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

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    You're not the only one feeling similarly. Unless you're running a board that once depended on niche features from oldschool scripts, modern software is a more interesting option for forums to focus on communication and purge distractions. Boards look pretty much the same on small mobile displays, so its difficult justifying a pricetag for an experience you're not exploiting optimally as a webmaster.
     
  10. haqzore

    haqzore Devotee

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    What changed with IP.B to remove it from being your "fav for a decade"?

    You agree with "having difficulty recommending the latter" - which was Invision Community?

    Also curious on your thoughts? You also mention "modern software"... It's my personal opinion that Invision Community has done more to push what a forum script can do than anybody, ESPECIALLY with the 4.x line.


    Just curious is all.
     
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