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Blue Dragon
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From: Penrose, Colorado, United States
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted posted 08-01-2003 12:12

I am choosing a bulliten board for a certain site I am part of at the moment and am curious to know what you guys think the best BBS is out of the following list:

vBulletin
Invision Power Board
Ultimate Bulletin Board

Let me know what you guys think.

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Emperor
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Cell 53, East Wing
Insane since: Jul 2001

posted posted 08-01-2003 13:59

Blue Dragon: Well just from my experience:

VBulletin: Very powerful and feature rich but it is crippled so it is diffcult to use the forum goodies outside of the foum itself, as they really want you to sign up to other products or keep your membership so you have access to hacks which make it work the way you want (there is also that cost thing).

phpBB: Nearly as powerful and feature rich and free to use - wih lots of freely available modifications, etc.

See:

:FAQ: Can you recommend a free forum or message/bulletin board script?

:FAQ: Can you give me help installing/modifying phpBB?

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Amerasu
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jun 2002

posted posted 08-01-2003 14:29

I'll second PHPBB. Just installed it this week and love it. Excellent features.

Skaarjj
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From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 08-01-2003 15:34

I personally like Invision board...although I can be a bastard to set up on a new server (ie: transfering an existing board between servers).

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mr.maX
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Belgrade, Serbia
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 08-01-2003 16:36

My vote goes to phpBB2...


Lurch
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Behind the Wheel
Insane since: Jan 2002

posted posted 08-01-2003 18:10

yep.. phpBB2


RammStein
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: cEll 513, west wing of the ninth plain
Insane since: Dec 2000

posted posted 08-01-2003 22:10

My vote goes to Burning Board WoltLab

this board is pratically a dublicate of vBull .. but doesn't quite have everything .. but close enough .. do check it out

[This message has been edited by RammStein (edited 08-01-2003).]

Alevice
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Mexico
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 08-01-2003 22:49

Vbulletin gives me a lot of simple customization via the admin cp itself, like even making my own bb code tags. But the fact you have to pay for stuff makes it lose quality imo. Invision is nice, but skinning it (other thn just changing the header and the stylesheet) is a total mess.

To an admin level, i have not tested yabb, but for the guys i know who use it, its very cool.

phpBB may be slow as hell, so be careful.

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Lurch
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From: Behind the Wheel
Insane since: Jan 2002

posted posted 08-02-2003 01:21

phpBB isn't slow at all imho.. sure some guys have 500k worth of graphics in their templates, but that aint phpBB's fault.


Alevice
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Mexico
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 08-02-2003 05:26

Depends the population and the modifications it was done to the script. A good example is http://ot.d2mods.com/ it takes like 3/6 seconds more than this one for example: http://www.cgtalk.com

Yeah, some people may say that that is not much time, but comparing the population between each one...well.

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mr.maX
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Belgrade, Serbia
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 08-02-2003 10:41

phpBB2 isn't slower than vBulletin! Both forums that you posted as examples above opened in less than a second for me (plus according to that small statistic on the forum that's running phpBB2 main forum page was generated in about 0.6 seconds). Now, why that phpBB2 powered forum appears slower to you may be related to the fact that it's located in Europe, while the other one that's running vBulletin is located in the USA. The power of server also plays a very big role in speed of applications that run on it (for example, by fine tuning web server, sql database and installing a PHP accelerator you can achieve higher speeds). Also, some of those phpBB2 "modifications" aren't optimized very well and that's not phpBB's fault. And last but not least, phpBB2 comes with caching system which isn't enabled by default, and since most people don't read documentation, it's left forgotten...


Rameses Niblik the Third
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From: From:From:
Insane since: Aug 2001

posted posted 08-03-2003 03:57

vB all the way for me.

RammStein
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: cEll 513, west wing of the ninth plain
Insane since: Dec 2000

posted posted 08-03-2003 04:26

have none of you heard of the Burning Board? .. cuz not one of you has mentioned it

mr.maX
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Belgrade, Serbia
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 08-03-2003 10:35

I've heard of WoltLab Burning Board a long time ago. In fact, I even had one test install of one old version that hasn't even been translated to english (ich kann Deutsch sprechen). Bugs that were present in those early versions and the fact that there's no official english version kept me away from Burning Board.

Burning Board is now a mature product and probably works fine, but it isn't free anymore...

So, as said above, my vote goes to phpBB2!


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