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Ten best forum software you can use to build a successful forum

Want to start a forum? then have a look at these software

you are reading this post, it means you already know the value of
having a successful online forum and that’s why you’re here but in case
you’re yet to know, Internet
forum is the best means of building community of people with similar
on any topic. one thing that make forum owners more successful in the
internet world is the ability of the forum to grow on its own.
You can make unlimited income from a forum if well established
and properly managed. Below are some of the finest software you can deploy to
have your own forum. They are listed in no particular order.

  •  SMF (Free) – Simple Machine Forum almost equals vBulletin in many
    ways. It is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set
    up your own online community within minutes. Its powerful custom made template
    engine puts you in full control of the layout of your message board and with
    our unique SSI – or Server Side Includes – function you can let your forum and
    your website interact with each other.  SMF is written in the popular
    language PHP and uses a MySQL database. It is designed to provide you with all
    the features you need from a bulletin board while having an absolute minimal
    impact on the resources of the server. SMF is the next generation of forum
    software – and best of all it is and will always remain completely free!
  •  phpBB (Free) – This is a free flat-forum
    bulletin board software solution that can be used to stay in touch with a group
    of people or can power your entire website. With an extensive database of
    user-created modifications and styles database containing hundreds of style and
    image packages to customize your board, you can create a very unique forum in
    minutes. No other bulletin board software
    offers a greater complement of features, while maintaining efficiency and ease
    of use. Best of all, phpBB is completely free. We welcome you to test it for
    yourself today. If you have any questions please visit our Community Forum
    where our staff and members of the community will be happy to assist you with
    anything from configuring the software to modifying the code for individual
  •  Vanilla Forum
    (Free) – Vanilla allows you to create a customized community that
    rewards positive participation, automatically curates content and lets members
    drive moderation. Vanilla provides hosted and open
    source community forum software that powers discussion forums on 664,709 sites.
    Built for flexibility and integration, [According to the makers] Vanilla
    is the best, most powerful community solution in the world.
  •  IP.Board
    ($175) – P.Board is the leading solution for creating an engaging
    discussion forum on the web. supports categories, forums and sub-forums in
    whatever hierarchy makes sense for your community. Each category and forum has
    individual permissions and settings, allowing you to precisely determine who
    can access what, and what they can do with it. There’s also Redirect Forums,
    which appear in your forum listing as normal, but link to a URL you define –
    great for directing users to documentation or other important pages.
  • PunBB (Free) – PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion
    board. It is released under the GNU General Public License. Its primary goals are to be faster, smaller and less
    graphically intensive as compared to other discussion boards. PunBB has fewer
    features than many other discussion boards, but is generally faster and outputs
    smaller, semantically correct XHTML-compliant pages.
  •  vBulletin ($249)
    – vBulletin is no doubt the most popular Forum software on earth used by some
    of the finest and biggest forums and other websites. It is complete in every
    aspect and well maintained. The only constraint is probably the cost of
    purchasing the license.  A new license goes for $249.00 while the upgrade
    is $209.00. The mobile suite is currently at $399.00 and the upgrade is $359.00
  • XenForo ($140) – XenForo was founded and build by group of people who
    formerly worked at vBulletin. New but quality in every aspect and coming from
    people who are already familiar with industry standard, you can expect nothing
    but a robust forum software that adhere to modern web standard including the
    HTML5. Human-readable URLs, semantic HTML with embedded microdata, and many
    more SEO features are present in the very core of the system.
  • MyBB (Free) – MyBB is a free open source form software that allows you
    to build a clean community forum in no time. A lot of thought has gone into the
    MyBB interface to make it easy to use. MyBB uses a standard discussion board
    structure, so your visitors will feel familiar with the way MyBB works. Your
    visitors can use the MyBB user control panel to change the way they view
    discussions. They can also easily start and reply to discussions and markup
    their posts. The forum administrators and moderators can use MyBB’s inline
    editing and moderation features to control discussion and keep the forum tidy.
  •  BBPress (Free) – Created by the same people who behind WordPress
    (Automattic) BBPress is one of the simplest and lightest forum software around
    and integrates smoothly with WordPress. Like WordPress, it is also free and has
    thousands of in house and volunteer developers working day and night to
    maintain it, you sure to be in safe hands. However, it too simple to some
    people liking.
  •  YaBB (Free) – This simple forum script (Yet Another Bulletin Board)
    YaBB software is customizable to fit your needs and design taste. Everything
    from the look to the operation can be easily changed. It is easy to setup and
    administer, has built-in security, censor controls, and spam eliminators.
    Security includes encrypted usernames and passwords, no follow links, banning
    tools, and auto-blocking/banning tools. This system is the world’s first and
    most popular open-source Perl forum software! All you need to do to get started
    is download YaBB from this site for FREE and install it on your existing
    website! You can control every aspect of your forum

My advise: If you want to go for free open source forum software,
go for: PHPBB or SMF If you want to go for paid, choose vBulletin it is
the best forum software
on the internet but cost some money. Nairaland and some other forums in
Nigeria runs on SMF which a free forum software.

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